timeline_pre_loader
Big Sky is Born

1902

Crail Ranch Homestead Established

1912

Ophir School (K-8) Established

1968

Chet Huntley Conceptualized Big Sky

1971

Gallatin Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Established

Big Sky Owner’s Association Founded to Manage, Operate and Maintain the Majority of the Developed Lands in Big Sky at the Time

1973

Big Sky Golf Course and Chairlifts Open at Big Sky Resort

1976

Boyne Buys Big Sky Resort

1985

Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Founded

1989

Arts Council of Big Sky Founded

1991

Big Sky Transportation District Formed

1992

Big Sky Resort Area District Formed

1993

Water & Sewer District is Formed

1994

Medical Clinic of Big Sky Opens with Dr. Jeffrey Daniels

Chief Robert Stober is Hired as the First Paid Chief for the Fire Department

1995

Lone Peak Tram Constructed: Big Sky Boasts Highest Vertical Drop in the Country

1998

Big Sky Community Corporation (Later Changed to Big Sky Community Organization) is Founded

1998

Blue Water Task Force (Later Changed to Gallatin River Task Force) is Created

2000

Moonlight Basin Opens for Skiing

$50M Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort Opens

2001

Town Center Owners’ Association Founded and Construction of Town Center Begins

Yellowstone Club Founded

2005

Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin’s Combine Acreage to Announce Biggest Skiing in America

2006

General Electorate of Big Sky Expands Life of Big Sky Resort Area District to 2032

2007

Morningstar Learning Center Opens as a Full-Time Daycare/Preschool for the Community

2009

Lone Peak High School Established

2011

Big Sky Fire Department Staffs Station #1 with 24/7 Career Firefighters

2013

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center Opens

2015

Big Sky Medical Center Opens

Ophir School (K-8) Moves into its own Building, Separate from Lone Peak High School

2016

Big Sky Community Housing Trust Formed

Big Sky Resort Announces Big Sky 2025, a $150M Improvement Plan for the Resort

Business Verticals Building Vibrancy

null

The 2019 Big Sky, MT Economic Profile

  • An in-depth report that highlights emerging opportunities, looks at the current state of business-supporting infrastructure and the industries driving growth, along with forecasts of what Big Sky is poised to become.

Big Sky Today

null

Big Sky, Montana is a unique, mountain resort community just as envisioned back in the late 1960s by its founder, pioneering newscaster and Montana native, Chet Huntley.

Born a seasonal, destination ski resort, today Big Sky is home to Big Sky Resort’s Biggest Skiing in America in winter and acts as a Gateway Community to Yellowstone National Park in summer.  Far-removed from any urban center, Big Sky’s location at the junction of U.S. Hwy 191 and MT Hwy 64 (Lone Mountain Trail) in south-central Montana, is equidistant 45 miles south of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) through the scenic Gallatin Canyon and north of the west entrance to Yellowstone, America’s First National Park.  Big Sky itself is situated at the base of iconic Lone Peak, elevation 11,166 feet, and encompasses the “Canyon,” “Meadow” and “Mountain” areas, each with its own distinct culture and personality.

Business in Big Sky

Big Sky however, is not a place where it’s business as usual.  Being an unincorporated, census-designated place (CDP) straddling two counties – Gallatin and Madison – with seven special districts, 100s of Home Owners Associations (HOAs), a myriad of non-profits, and engaged citizens all contributing to its local governance, creates a complex local governance operating framework.  In addition, business owners define success differently here (usually in the number of days spent on the mountain) and the mountain time mindset and motivations of their employees more than not, mirror that.

Tourism, rooted in Outdoor Recreation, is the #1 industry driving Big Sky’s growth and contributing substantially to the $3B statewide Tourism economy.  Not only is outdoor recreation the reason why people visit here, but it is why they eventually choose to move here.  Consequently, Construction/Development and Real Estate are additional stronghold industries driving the Big Sky economy.  Home to approximately 3,000 full-time residents, along with a significant part-time resident population and thriving visitation, Big Sky plays host to upwards of 15,000 people during peak periods throughout the year.  This translates to roughly 4,200 jobs, which are held by 3,000 employees, due to the significant seasonality of the job market.*  The lack of affordable housing in Big Sky contributes to 50% of the workforce commuting in on a daily basis.  Both of these impact recruitment efforts.

Expansion of Big Sky’s three private residential clubs owned by Cross Harbor Capital Partners – Yellowstone Club, Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and Moonlight Basin – where mainly part-time residents choose Big Sky, due to the outdoor recreational lifestyle and small community feel it provides them, is driving the largest construction project in the history of the state of Montana and translating to significant spikes in real estate sales.

Big Sky is an economic engine fueling Montana’s economy.  It currently ranks in the top five destinations in Montana Lodging Facility Use Tax revenue collections, with Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, and West Yellowsone.  In addition, monies collected through a locally levied 3% Resort Tax have grown 140% since 2012 providing for tourism marketing and management for the destination, as well as key community services and infrastructure improvements spurred by the community’s growth. 

OUR COMMUNITY. OUR BUSINESS. Make it YOUR COMMUNITY. Grow YOUR BUSINESS.

Invest in the Big Sky Chamber by Joining Today!

Resources

null

View our Resources and Living Guides

Click here to read the current issue online.

Click here to read Community Profile.

View our 2017 Map & OVG Advertising Rate Card.

Work Here

null

Please Click the button to visit Job Posting Page

Play Here

null

Please Click The Button to Know About Play Here

Newsletter Sign Up