Packing for Snow
As I was thinking about my next “what to wear when you go here…” post, I realized my beautiful state of Montana is really a destination hot spot right now. Whether you are visiting in the summer or in the winter, Montana truly is “the last best place.” With President’s Day Weekend upon us and Spring Break just around the corner, I wanted to put together a packing list for the snow. I teamed up the Meridian Boutique in Bozeman, MT to bring you a few great picks for your next winter vacay to Big Sky, MT. I’ve also included my recommendations on where to eat/stay/ski/shop while in Big Sky.
- DOWN JACKET -- I like to bring one down jacket that is versatile and can be worn with everything.
- COZY SWEATERS -- This is the obvious and also best option for the mountain. After a long day skiing, throwing on a good cashmere sweater is perfect.
- WATERPROOF BOOTS -- I love Sorel boots, and they are worth the investment!
- SCARVES -- Adds a little something to every outfit.
- GLOVES -- These are a must in the snow. I like the Echo tech gloves.
- SNOW PANTS -- if you are looking for a very affordable option, check out Top Shop
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Eat @ Everett's
My new favorite lunch spot on the mountain. You must ski or at least ride the chair up to the lodge. The food is great and the views are just the best.
My very favorite place to lunch while skiing Big Sky is Moonlight Basin lodge. Our best days consist of skiing 5 runs, then making our way over to Moonlight Lodge for lunch. Getting there typically requires a few tough runs, so you really earn your lunch getting here. Check into lunch before you head here. I heard they have turned the lodge into a private dining experience for guests only. Nick and I ate there the other day and we had no problem, but just a heads up if you go.
eat @ Olive B's
Our first choice for dinner is always Olive B’s. You’ll find a delicious menu utilizing local protein and produce. This place gets pretty crowded at night, so make sure to make a reservation.
eat @ Lotus Pad
Big Sky really offers some delicious restaurant options. Lotus Pad is a long-standing crowd favorite for great Asian cuisine.
Sweater Repeat Cashmere // Down Jacket Marc New York by Andrew Marc //Jeans Mother Denim // Shoes Sorel //Sunnies Celine
apres @ Carabiner
We love to grab a drink here after a long day of skiing. They have live music daily and a great wine list.
ski @ Big Sky Resort
Look, there are a lot of great ski mountains in Montana. However,I grew up skiing Big Sky Resort since I was a little girl, and it will always hold a big place in my heart. Not only does it have some of the best powder in North America, the terrain is also the largest in North America. You can ski as extreme as you want, or as leisurely as you like as well.
eat breakfast @ Compass Cafe
Best spot in town for breakfast. Try their veggie egg scramble…so good!
stay @ Rainbow Ranch
Located at the bottom of the mountain, about a 15-minute drive door-to-door up to the ski hill, this spot is the place for romance. The lodge sits on the Gallatin River, with spectacular views, a 5-star restaurant, and cozy rooms.
stay @ the Summit
The Summit is hands down the easiest location for accessing the mountain. If you want ski-in, ski-out…this is your spot. Ask for a mountain view room, it is worth the extra $$.
eat @ Ousel & Spur
Great pizza, but my favorite dish is the MT bison carpaccio!
sleigh Ride @ Lone Mountain Ranch
Taking a sleigh ride up to a cozy lodge, no cell phone service, and a delicious meal is the perfect place for a memorable night.
watch a Movie @ Lone Peak Cinema....they sell beer & wine!
Grey Sweater RD Style// Scarf Chan Luu //Jeans Mother Denim /Shoes Sorel // Sunnies Celine