Big Sky Montana Backcountry, Telemark Skiing

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Backcountry Skiing

Big Sky backcountry skiing offers deep powder, scenic vistas, and a great workout. Hire a guide if you are unfamiliar with the area.

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Where can I go backcountry skiing in Big Sky?

Beehive Trailhead
Starting from the Beehive Trailhead the skin track typically follows the ridge between Beehive Basin and Middle Basin. The most popular areas for backcountry skiing are Beehive, Middle, and Bear Basins.

Guide Tours
Do yourself a favor and hire an experienced guide or outfitter listed on this page so you can focus on skiing, experience fewer difficulties as a novice, or just not worry about getting lost! Guided helicopter, snowcat and snowmobile tours are available.

Safety Precautions

  • Take an avalanche safety course, carry an avalanche beacon and other appropriate equipment as well as extra food and water.
  • Ski with a group but cross unstable, avalanche-prone areas one at a time, while watching each other safely reach a designated point.
  • Get the latest avalanche condition report by calling the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center at 406-587-6981.

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