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Level: Advanced
Length: 60 mi (96.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +164/292 ft
Total: 32 riders
 

Mountain Biking Big Sky Resort

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#2 of 264 mountain bike trails in Montana
#490 in the world

Big Sky Resort is the real deal. It has condos, bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, gorgeous alpine scenery, a golf course, zip lines, climbing wall, vibrant apres-ski and apres-bike scene, great wifi that even reaches the lower trails, the second largest ski field in the USA, and... oh yes - the best downhill mountain bike trails in the USA, not to mention great cross-country trails...

Three ski lifts service the downhill trails with a combined altitude gain of 3400 feet. There are two easy downhill (down-slope!) trails, five intermediate, three advanced and a whole den of extreme trails - the best collection of intensely technical Downhill trails on the planet. Two of the intermediate trails are flow trails, as is one advanced trail - all are masterpieces of their type. One extraordinary trail - Soul Hole - starts out as a steep advanced, rocky, rooty, natural-style, technical downhill trail and then morphs into a sublime, machine-made flow trail. Even within the two parts, the variety will keep your mind focused and your soul enthralled.

The prime cross-country trail is the superb "Mountain to Meadow" shuttle serviced down-slope trail. The other cross-country trails traverse the meadows and foot-hills of Lone Peak, 11,166 feet, and Mount Andesite, 8,800 feet. A fine example is the Beehive Basin Trail.

The information center and the bike shop have a good map of all the trails and the bike shop can rent you a bike and safety gear.

First added by Jeff Barber on May 15, 2015. Last updated Apr 24, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: yes
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Big Sky Resort is 50 miles south of Bozeman in Montana and 57 miles north of Yellowstone Village. It is 6 miles further up highway 65 from Big Sky town.
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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Revenge:
    *****

    It was damp when I rode it (fell off it!) and it was quite greasy and challenging. It's a classic style Downhill track - very steep with lots of roots, rocks, drops and steep chutes. Some of the most extreme features can be bypassed.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Otterslide:
    ****

    Otterslide is a very good intermediate flow trail but it has two problems. The first is that the competition on Big Sky is just too good! The second is that it's a bit out of the way.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Soul Hole:
    *****

    This trail is in my top 10 favorite all-time trails. It's an advanced trail that will challenge you and scare you but it won't try to maim you! It's true to its grade - it's top half is steep and almost extreme but never goes over the limit. The variety is great and the flow in the bottom half is fast and exhilarating with great berms and nice air.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Joker Lips:
    *****

    My experience of advanced (black) flow trials is that because they are quite steep, they get cut up and judder the hell out of you with braking bumps. That is not the case with Joker Lips! Woohoo!! And there is that amazing road drop part way down where you can watch bikers who think they are pilots risk their family jewels! Joker lips has huge swooping berms and the jumps are not bad either.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Snake Charmer:
    *****

    If you like flow trails you'll love Snake Charmer! It's brilliantly designed for fast flowing fun! And some nice air too!

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  • Jim Cummings
    *****

    I love Big Sky Resort. The lift serviced trails are varied, amazing and either intense or fun. The flow trails are phenomenal, and the technical downhill trails are exhilarating. Soul Hole has to rank among the top 10 trails in the world. It's hard to imagine better flow trails than Snake Charmer or Joker Lips. And then there's Mountain to Meadow - a 5 mile down-sloping trail that combines back-country adventure, mellow flow, and stunning scenery.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Mountain to Meadow:
    *****

    Mountain to Meadow is a fun trail that combines stunning scenery with back-country adventure and superb mellow technical singletrack. It's a triple whammy! On top of that it's down-sloping (not Downhill!) all the way after you've grunted your way up the access tracks from Big Sky Resort.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Beehive Basin:
    **

    There is a genuine alpine feel at the top of this trail which is a little distant from the other Big Sky Trails. It's a ride you do for the scenery rather than the cycling pleasure, although the ride down is fun.

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  • frenchrc
    *****

    Great park style riding with lift access. Also plenty of singletrack and cross country to be found in the area as well.

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  • Daniel Crouse
    ****

    With variety of terrain you can choose excellent xc trails with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Plenty of options to ride as long of a ride as you can want. Trails on the lift access offer everything from smooth flow trail to puckering rock gardens and long ladder rides. Steep and technical trails can challenge any level of downhill rider. The one thing missing is large jump lines. I personally don't have experience on large jump lines so it only takes it down to a 4/5 for me. The trail systems here seem to be expanding more and more every year.

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