Roundup: Slope Side Homes

Slope Side Homes in Big Sky Montana


There’s nothing like skiing right from your front or back door and onto the slopes. Big Sky, Montana is the ideal place for slope side ski homes, with a variety of options, ranging from custom homes and cabins to condo units. Here are some great ski-in-ski-out Big Sky homes that are on the market right now.

90 Diamond Hitch, Moonlight Basin, Montana (click to view YouTube video)
The quintessential Big Sky Cabin. This majestic log home is perched on a wooded promontory with panoramic views to the Spanish Peaks. Locati designed and masterfully created by an engineer/owner, this home exudes Old World warmth and charm while offering the highest standard of finish and impeccable attention to detail. The home is being sold completely furnished including artwork. Ski access is great to both ski resorts.

11 Saddle Ridge Rd., Big Sky, Montana
Saddle Ridge Townhomes are a delightful place to spend your leisure time while enjoying the amenities at Moonlight in Big Sky. This is a beautifully furnished 3BR/2.5BA townhome with incredible mountain views. There is a spacious master suite and the master bath area has been redesigned by McPhie Cabinetry Bath Design out of Bozeman. You have 2 decks on which to relax, a hot tub and you are within close proximity to the Moonlight Basin Lodge, with ski access Big Sky Resort.

39 Renegade Rd., Big Sky, Montana
Sophistication and warmth personify this Cowboy Heaven home. This is where rustic meets luxury. Five bedrooms and seven and half bathrooms makes this home an ideal basecamp for your winter and summer activities. Perfect ski-in, ski-out access on the Natawista ski run, straight to the Six Shooter lift. The 6,300 sq.ft. home is a pleasing combination of reclaimed wood and chiseled stone with custom, craftsman finishes and abundant views of the Spanish Peaks.

For more information about these and other ski-in-ski-out properties, contact Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty today at 406.995.2211.

Home Roundup: Hunting Properties

Hunting Properties

updated 10/09/15

In the fall, visitors and residents enjoy a wide range of hunting opportunities in Big Sky and beyond, whether it’s big game they’re after, such as deer, antelope, elk, or moose, or small game, such as birds. But how about having your own private Big Sky Country hunting property, something many passionate hunters have probably dreamt about since they started tracking animals. Imagine your own private hunting cabin tucked back into the land you own and love? Imagine walking right out of that back door and directly into the woods.

Here we present some of the finest hunting properties on the market in Montana.

Grizzly Meadows, Emigrant, Montana
Located in the beautiful Paradise Valley, near the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, wildlife abounds on this 626-acre retreat that sits between Emigrant and Gardiner, Montana. Bordering National Forest lands for almost 2 miles, hunters can set out right from the 11,000+ square-foot, 6-bedroom main home owned by Nascar racing team owner Richard Childress. The retreat-style property is perfect for trophy hunting, world-class fishing, hiking, horseback riding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling. The views from all angles include Tom Miner Basin, Yankee Jim Canyon, the Yellowstone River, and the Absaroka Mountain Range. A true outdoorsman’s luxury retreat.

Wolf Creek Homestead, Wolf Creek, Montana
Located Between Helena and Great Falls, Montana, this grand mountain log home on 320 private acres is nestled into the timbered hillside, surrounded by wild lands. This outdoorsman’s dream home has plenty of storage for toys in the well-insulated 3-car garage and shop, along with hunting access and year-round springs and creeks running through. The 3-bedroom main house features stellar mountain views, hardwood floors, and detailed finishes throughout. Located right next to the creek is a log guest cabin with propane heat and no running water—the perfect accommodations for the hard-core hunters out there.

Gallatin Canyon North 5CN
Looking for your dream home in Big Sky? This fabulous 2,124 Sq. Ft., 3 BR, 2 BA home in the Gallatin Canyon. Located five miles from the entrance to Big Sky, near the Gallatin National Forest, no covenants or zoning! Enjoy pristine views of the surrounding mountains while sitting on your wrap around deck and the might Gallatin River. This home also has vaulted ceilings, jacuzzi tubs, attached garage and a guest apartment. Back door access to hiking, hunting, and skiing.

Big Sky by the Numbers

Big Sky, Montana : By the NumbersBig Sky, Montana is many things to many people. It’s home, retreat, outdoor oasis, ski Mecca, summer paradise, neighbor to Yellowstone National Park, and the list goes on.  Although somewhat small in population, it’s large in community feel and even bigger when it comes to things to do, especially in the great outdoors.

Here’s how Big Sky breaks down by the numbers…

The varied elevations in the Big Sky area, from Canyon to top of Lone Peak, are often explored within a day, whether it’s hiking to the top in the summer or riding the Lone Peak Tram in the winter.
Big Sky Meadow Village: 6,200 ft.
Big Sky Mountain Village: 7,500 ft.
Top of Lone Peak: 11,166 ft.

On of the perks of Big Sky’s location is the fact that it feels remote and undiscovered, yet it is located between two populous areas: Yellowstone National Park (West Yellowstone) and Bozeman.
Big Sky to Bozeman: 44 miles
Big Sky to Bozeman International Airport: 38 miles
Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park Boundary: 19 miles
Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park West Entrance: 48 miles

The People
Big Sky is a strong community of folks, both year round and part time residents, that thrives on the laid back, yet sophisticated and action packed Montana lifestyle.
Year round: 3,100 approx.
Peak Seasons: Up to 15,000, including day visitors
Big Sky School District Enrollment (K-12): 303

Bars & Restaurants: More than 30 and counting
Shops: More than 40 and counting

May: 60-degree on average
July & August: 70’s to 80’s during the day, 60’s at night on average
Winter: 25-degrees on average

Skiing Statistics
400+ inches of annual snowfall
5,800 skiable acres
4,350 feet of vertical drop
250 named runs covering over 110 miles on three separate mountains
22 Chair Lifts
7 Surface Lifts
9 Terrain Parks
Average lift line wait: 0 minutes

Looking for more information about Big Sky, Montana? Call the Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty office today at 866.995.2211.


Winterizing your Big Sky Home

blog_winterizingIt’s fall in Montana, which means that the mornings are typically chilly and the afternoons often feature that Indian summer sun. Sometimes the days are so enjoyable that it’s hard to remember that severe weather is right around the corner.

As you gear up for an exciting winter recreation season in Big Sky, Montana, don’t forget to outfit your home with the best ways to keep out the cold and the heat in—so you can spend your money on ski passes and gear instead of energy costs.

Here are a few great ways to get started:

Ask a professional: Find out if you qualify for your energy company’s free weatherization audit, or hire a professional to inspect your home. For tips on how to do your own basic energy audit, visit this link:

Replace doors and windows: Inefficient doors and windows greatly increase energy use and costs. Installing storm doors and windows in your home will save you a bundle in the long run. If you cannot afford to replace old windows, purchase a window insulation kit and install the extra layer yourself.

Turn it down: Always turn down the heat before leaving or in areas of the house that are not in use. If you’re the forgetful type or just don’t want to bother, invest in a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to create target temperatures for different times of day, every day of the week.

Look for leaks: Seek out obvious leaks, drafts, and holes by just walking around and examining your home for places cold air may be getting in too easily. Use a rolled up towel to plug spaces underneath doors, put up heavier curtains, and seal outdoor leaks with a weatherproof caulk.

Check the furnace: Keep furnace filters clean or replace them once a month during the cold season. Another option is investing in a permanent filter, which costs more but will eliminate much more debris than a regular filter. Have the entire furnace cleaned and tuned once-a-year, and if it is out-of-date, consider replacing it completely.

Keep the fires burning: There’s nothing like relaxing in front of a cozy fireplace or wood stove after a successful day on the mountain. Have your chimney swept and inspected for foreign objects before you need to use it; and if you own a wood stove, make sure and clean it on a very regular basis to keep it energy-efficient.

Protect your second home: If Big Sky, Montana is your part-time residence, be sure to thoroughly winterize before leaving the area to prevent costly damage. All pipes and waterlines should be drained, and the water supply completely turned off. Set your thermostat lower but above freezing, unplug all appliances, and turn off unnecessary breakers before you go. It’s a good idea to have a management company to check in on your home and help with winterization tips and techniques.

Investing in many of these winterization options can qualify you for a federal tax credit, so be sure to keep track of your purchases and save all receipts. Remember, the sooner you prepare your home for winter, the sooner you can start praying for snow!