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Southwestern Montana has long attracted skiers and snowboarders; now, with the arrival of the ski-in ski-out destination Montage Big Sky, which began welcoming guests near the Spanish peaks and the mountain village of Big Sky Resort last month, it’s poised to become even more of a hot spot for travelers of all types.
The backstory: This is Big Sky’s first luxury hotel, and California-based Montage Hotels & Resorts has invested $ 400 million (US) in alpine development. Surrounded by wilderness, it’s also just a 20-minute drive from Big Sky Resort, where you can access 5,850 skiable acres and a drop of 4,350 feet.
Space: There are 100 rustic but stylish rooms and suites (starting at $ 1,785), ranging from 530 to 2,735 square feet. Drawing on the state’s wood and mining history, locally sourced wood and stone are used everywhere, including in the wall-to-wall shelving and cabinetry, and the stunning plans black marble worktops and deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms. Some rooms also have a fireplace and a private balcony; you will have a breathtaking view in each one, but the most exceptional is the panorama that you will see from the Spanish Peak Suite.
The dining room : After whetting your appetite on the slopes, head to one of the six on-site restaurants. In Cortina, dine on Italian fare (like handmade pasta) with a Montanese twist (a hearty bison fillet, for example), or sample buffalo wings and other classic bar fare at the Beartooth Pub & Rec , where you will also find bowling and vintage arcade games. Stop at Alpenglow for artisanal après-ski cocktails and comfort food (like a cheese pie or baked brie with truffle honey butter), or warm up in the Living Room, a cozy lounge space with bourbon tea service and board games.
Additional equipment: If you’re here for skiing and snowboarding, Compass Sports is on hand for fittings and equipment rentals. For less rigorous outings, try the tube sliding track or the family rink. During the warmer months, you can access the 18-hole Spanish Peaks Mountain Club golf course, designed by former pro player Tom Weiskopf, as well as rivers for fly fishing and trails for mountain biking. and hiking. If you’re the indoor type, head to the 10,000-square-foot Spa Montage, where the menu includes a massage meant to help you adjust to the high altitude. You will also find an indoor lap pool, heated plunge pools, steam rooms and a fully equipped gym.
Nearby curiosities: Yellowstone National Park is less than an hour’s drive away, so take the time to take a guided tour. Take a private car through the monument, where you can see the famous Old Faithful Geyser, take in the scenic Artist Point viewpoint, and stop at the Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest hot spring in the world. Keep your eyes peeled: you might even spot bison, moose, and bighorn sheep.
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