WHY CHOOSE THIS TRIP?
LET'S START 2019 with BIG SKY and SKIING AT IT'S BEST!
If you have never experienced Big Sky, Montana, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for to play in the snow with your TSC and Space City friends at a fantastic price and amazing ski playground! Due to the HUGE success of last season’s trip, SCSC is excited that the Texas Ski Council decided on Big Sky as the destination for the TSC Traditional trip. It’s not to be missed!. We are staying at the fabulous Huntley Lodge, a slope side hotel within an easy 1 minute walk to the main Explorer lift. The mountain side resort has a spa on-sight, hot tubs for after apres additional enjoyment, mountain side shops, mini grocery store for healthy snacks and last minute items, ski sporting stores, variety of restaurants as well as a Starbucks!
The free bus shuttle every 15 minutes in the main parking lot offers easy transportation for a 22 minute ride into downtown Big Sky, where you will find more shopping and local eateries. Big Sky is your answer to easiest attitude adjustment as we stay at 7510 feet above sea level vs. the 10,000 to 12,000 feet of many Colorado ski resorts. If you’ve never skied Montana, then you’ve haven’t skied some of the best snow skiing offers! This package includes with our hotel stay a daily wonderful hot and hearty breakfast buffet, including loads of healthy fresh fruits, yogurt, pancakes, even omelets made to order! This huge dining room allows for little wait while facing a beautiful mountain view!. New members can meet new ski buddies at breakfast, so no one skis alone and everyone has a chance to plan a successful ski day!
What is a lift line at Big Sky?? They are nonexistent as you ski around and around as fast as you want to tackle the mountain! Your lift ticket includes the massive front and back side of Big Sky; a full 5800 of skiable acres. If you are skiing several trips with SCSC this coming season, use your Ikon Pass for your lifts. We have an incredible round-trip flight on United into Bozeman, with coach bus transportation to the resort about 50 minutes away. This adventure only has 24 Full package seat/12 Land Only so sign up immediately to secure one of the best ski trip of the season as they are expected to go extremely fast!
Beginners and Intermediates can choose from 2295 skiable acres while advanced and experts have 3515 acres for their skiing/boarding pleasure. Big Sky consists of four mountains connected by chairlifts galore. Lift tickets are good on both sides of the four mountains touted as the biggest skiing in America. There are 23 chair lifts, including the infamous Lone Peak tram for access to the steeps. There are also 11 surface lifts. With over 400 inches of average snowfall per year, we are not going to run out of snow! The average winter temperature is 25 degrees. The longest run is 6 miles!
- 5,800 skiable acres
- 4,350 vertical rise with a summit elevation of 11,166 ft. and base elevation of 6,800 ft.
- 300 named runs on 4 connected mountains, 23 chair lifts including 1 tram, 11 surface lifts.
- Beginner 15%, Intermediate 25%, Advanced 42%, Expert 18%
LUXURIOUS SKI-IN SKI-OUT LODGING:
THE HISTORIC HUNTLEY LODGE
We will be staying right at Big Sky’s Mountain Village. Ample nightlife and restaurants are contained inside the cozy Huntley Lodge. Take the Huntley shuttle into town where there are other excellent dinner options for all price ranges. We are staying at the popular slope side Huntley Lodge, decorated with Montana antlers and wildlife galore. Did we mention the best full breakfast buffet ever experienced on a ski trip is included every day? Located in the heart of Big Sky’s Mountain Village, this historic hotel was part of the late NBC New broadcaster Chet Huntley’s original vision for Big Sky Resort.
The Huntley is steps from the Explorer lift just out the back door. Under the same roof is concierge, dining, shopping, ski storage, meeting rooms and the Solace Spa for a true massage treat. The Huntley Lodge features Boyne Beds and convenient access to a heated pool and two hot tubs. Your comfortable room includes two queen beds, a wet bar, a small refrigerator, a HDTV, free Wi-Fi, a coffee maker, a seating area, daily housekeeping and access to a free ski valet. Access to community washers, dryers and microwaves are also available. Our rates are based on double occupancy. Porterage is also included.
MORE THAN JUST GREAT SKIING
You will enjoy a complementary Welcome Orientation on Sunday, January 13th in the evening. All the TSC participants will be there to enjoy wine, cheese, and some light hors d’oeuvres while you hear all about your fun week to come.
During the week, Cynthia and Chris, your group leaders, will organize a special ELECTIVE dinner to enjoy a Mountain Yurt meal reached via snowcat with a 3 course dinner up ON THE MOUNTAIN! This will be booked individually by each participate with the company at www.bigskyyurt.com for Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30pm. Please go to the website to sign up for an amazing dining experience and see the pricing and details. Space is limited so please sign up early if you wish to be part of this night with our group! Dress warm!
Another group OPTIONAL meal is for Thursday, January 10th at Buck-T’s, a restaurant where the local chef offers a menu featuring area specialties, such as fresh river trout, wild elk, buffalo, and other traditional regional entrees. RSVP email will be required no later than October 31st to Cynthia to hold your spot in our reserved group room. It's a local eatery not to be missed! Again, each participate is responsible for their own meal, but the room for our group will be reserved.
While in the area, there are many wonderful snowmobile trails to explore in the great Yellowstone National Park, just right near by! Back Country Adventures can assist with planning your day off the mountain and their website www.backcountry-adventures.com can answer all your questions about this one in a life time experience seeing all of the amazing wildlife Yellowstone has to offer! Don't forget your camera!
All of these events are optional, but additional ways to enjoy the amazing land and experience Big Sky has to offer. We hope you choose to enjoy one of these extra experiences while in the region! On Friday, January 11th there will be the TSC awards dinner (included in your price) at the hotel banquet room onsite, with an array of yummy food choices.
For this Trip there are 24 FULL/12 Land Packages!
We have secured 24 seats on United Airlines from Bush Intercontinental airport. Flight arrangements are:
United 1499 Depart IAH 1/5/2019 5:24AM Arrive ORD 8:04 AM
United 2185 Depart ORD 10:00 AM Arrive BZN 10:20
United 6089 Depart BZN 1/12/2019 2:07pm Arrive IAH 6:36 PM
Like short bus rides? We aim to please. The typical bus ride to Big Sky from our airport on our luxury private coach is one hour (50 miles). Since we have included a short grocery/liquor stop along the way our travel time will be a little more. Land package participants are welcome to ride our bus as long as your flights coincide with ours into Bozeman and back to IAH.
RENTALS & SKI SCHOOL
TSC has negotiated fantastic discounted rates for ski rental & ski school. Ski rentals are only a 1 minute walk from Huntley Lodge! Please remember Huntley does offer ski valet and boot warmers for our guests, so you don't have to haul equipment to the rooms! If you haven't had a lesson in awhile, consider taking one at Big Sky, where the staff is welcoming to all levels! With so many variety of runs, its a good time to have one of the professionals challenge and improve our level of skiing! Great time to take advantage of our discounted rates for a brush up!
Big Sky is the trip you will want to be on! No lift lines, wide and long beautiful runs, it is one of the best mountains to start the year with! Looking forward to seeing you soon on the mountain!
Cynthia and Chris