Big Sky did something similar to Park City a few years back when it annexed Moonlight Basin, establishing a 5,800-acre region and trademarking it "The Biggest Skiing in America." In an unusual twist, Big Sky is linked by lifts and ski lines to another 2,200-acre ski resort. The other ski area is called Bromley Mountain and it's about 20 minutes away by car.
Both Big Sky and Bromley are part of the Canadian company Powdrill Canada Inc. Bromley was bought by Powdrill Canada in 2004 for $40 million. It had $20 million in annual revenue at that time. Now, it has more than $100 million in revenue annually after adding some new features such as a surf park and tubing hill.
Bromley Mountain has more modest ambitions. It wants to be just a small family ski area that provides good service and value. And it's doing pretty well at that, too. Last year, it had $50 million in revenue and this season looks like it will break the $60 million mark.
In addition to its main base area on Bromley Mountain, Big Sky has five other areas with different types of terrain to suit all skill levels. There's also a snowboard park, half-pipe, and bobsled run.
Big Sky Ski Resort Overview: Big Sky's 4,350 feet of vertical is serviced by 24 chair lifts and 12 surface lifts. The ski area has a peak elevation of 11,166 feet and receives more than 400 inches of snow each year on average.
There are currently 24 lifts at Big Sky Ski Resort including 6 high-speed quad chairs and 18 traditional lift tickets cost $69 to $89 per person. There are also 3 golf carts for rent which can be used to transport up to two people at a time for a maximum distance of about 100 yards.
The best times to go to Big Sky are February through April and September through October. The resort is closed from mid-May to early June and again from late November to early December.
Lifts at Big Sky Ski Resort: There are six high-speed quad chairs that transport passengers to the top of the mountain in just over five minutes. The other 18 lifts include seven triple chairs, four double chairs, three rope tows, and a jibit sled.
All together there are 21 stops on the lift ticket at Big Sky Ski Resort. The highest point on the mountain is called Big Sky Peak; it is available to those who want to challenge themselves by trying cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
You probably didn't realize that Park City Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in the United States, with 348 routes and 41 lifts spread across eleven square miles. Guests at Grand Summit, A RockResort, enjoy the convenience of a ski-in/ski-out property. Other amenities include two golf courses, a spa, a health club, a pool, a tennis complex, and a basketball court.
Not only is Park City the largest ski resort, it's also one of the most affordable. Weekend passes start at $99 and daily tickets are as low as $45. In addition, students under 26 years old can use their ID to get discounts on tickets. There are also family packages available if you need more than one ticket.
The best time to visit Park City is between January and April when the snow is on average about 80 percent full. From May to September there are usually openings on some slopes, but the conditions aren't as good and the crowds are smaller. From October to December, there are no lines at the lifts and the powder is usually dry.
In conclusion, yes, Park City is the biggest ski resort in America. The mountains offer many different types of terrain for all levels of skiers/boarders including beginners with half-pipes, telemarking, and skate parks. There are also several gladed areas for those who prefer not to break trail.