Big Sky makes enhancements

BIG SKY, Mont. -- Big Sky Resort holds the distinction of being the first resort to open for skiing in the Rockies this season -- on Oct. 16, a full six weeks before its scheduled opening.

The ski area has a number of enhancements to offer guests this season.

There are three new eateries for visitors to choose from -- Peaks and Carabiner, both located in the Summit Hotel, and the restaurant at the Moonlight Lodge and Spa -- as well as an expanded Dugout lodge near the top of the two high-speed quad chairlifts.

Also new is a 220-foot Magic Carpet lift for beginners, which services the novice terrain and is located near the ski and snowboard school.

A new black diamond trail, called St. Alphonse Trees, offers open-tree skiing for experts.

In all, the mountain offers 3,600 skiable acres, 120 trails and a 4,350-foot vertical drop.

Also added this season is new service to Bozeman Airport from Denver via United Airlines. The service brings the total of airlines serving the mountain to four.

The other carriers are Northwest, Delta and Horizon.

For more information, call (800) 548-4486 or visit the Web site at

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