“We have always been dreamers in Montana”. – Brian Schweitzer

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Big Sky trail map. Photo credit: bigskyresort.com

Day three skiing at Big Sky meant it was time to pick it up a notch and hit the bowls. There is nothing more liberating and invigorating than physically challenging your body. It was time to hit the blacks.

We traveled with another family to Montana and my friend and I rode the gondola up to the top to hit the back bowls. It was another sensational, postcard perfect day. I felt more alive than I had in months.

IMG_5785 The top affords perhaps one of the most breathtaking views in all of Big Sky. You can see for miles and miles and can even catch a glimpse of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Spring skiing also means no racing, bone-chilling wind. Just absolute perfection.

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Photo above of front side of the resort and the hairy Gullies that we took yesterday (Gully #1). http://www.bigskyresort.com

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Liberty Bowl is located on the back side of the resort. You take the tram up and ski down. Photo credit: http://www.bigskyresort.com

After a few photo ops, it was time to hit the bowl. View from on top of the world. No wonder they call the ski area Big Sky!

IMG_5813 Going down the long, bumpy bowl.

IMG_5816Taking a break to catch my breath (yes my heart was pounding) and grab one last fabulous photo of the insanely gorgeous terrain and landscape. It was breathtaking in more ways than one!

IMG_5814“I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone, but the whole vibe with skiing is not so much thriving on competition against others as it is against myself and the clock”. -Picabo Street

We got to the bottom and were drenched in sweat yet elated. What a fabulous ride!


Author’s note: In case you are wondering, I did not carry a big camera with me while skiing. All these photos were shot with my tiny iPhone camera!

Stay tuned…


  1. i have never seen snow..in real. Just in photos and movies. All your photos of snow and skiing and mountains are over whelming. I may never see snow, let alone ski …your photos are the closest I can get to it.
    Did you say iPhone photo? Grrrreattt!

    1. Thanks so much! I live in Minnesota so I’ve had snow my entire life. The snow out here in Montana is so nice and sticky now. Just perfect. 🙂 So thrilled you enjoyed! Where do you live?

  2. What a picture-perfect day — Lutsen is as wild as I have gotten for downhill skiing in the past decade, and have to admit to being content on greens and blues, so thank you for letting me vicariously ski through you today :-)! Glad you are enjoying your time in Big Sky country.

    1. Yes, you can definitely get hurt pretty bad. I’ll ski as long as I’m able. My dad is 70 and I am finally able to pass him down the hill. He is so fast! 🙂

  3. Shuss…shuss…shuss…shush…pause. Enjoy. Catch you breath. Enjoy the beauty. You brought back to me all the joys of Spring skiing. Thanks thirdeye.

  4. I am sooooo jealous Nicole! I didn’t get to ski this year 🙁 Make sure you have enough fun for the both of us, and that’s a great quote you used from Picabo Street 🙂

    1. Ha Ha! Love that. I’ve got quite the extreme personality when it comes to outdoor sports so for me it was truly fun to test my limits and ski my heart out. In fact, I think I skied the best I ever have which makes me feel good at 41. Then again, my dad is 70 and he screams down the hill still. I’ve got good genes!

      1. yes,m my father had great genes as well, and we’re lucky to have had positive fathers who also took good care of themselves.

        the last time i went skiing was years ago when my sons were in high school. i took quite a fall and left a string of clothes/accessories for a long distance. the guys i was skiing with said if i’d lost one more item of clothing they would have given me a ’10.’

        i realized how close i came to breaking a bone/bones and wondered how on earth i would have managed teaching, parenting and being married while in a body cast! i’ve always prefered the warm weather, so after that i chose warm-weather sports! z

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