The Best Hotels and Lodging to Book in Big Sky, Montana

Relax by the pool after hitting the slopes or hiking trails around Big Sky, Montana
Relax by the pool after hitting the slopes or hiking trails around Big Sky, Montana | Courtesy of Residence Inn by Marriott Big Sky/The Wilson Hotel / Expedia
Lynn Houghton

Montana’s Big Sky has some of the most epic scenery in the country and – arguably – the best skiing in North America. Check out our guide on where to stay, with stunning lodging options all bookable on Culture Trip.

This part of Montana was always known as the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, but hasn’t had quite the winter kudos of places like Aspen, Colorado. However, in recent years – with the development of more lift access and the addition of luxury lodges and cabins – this is swiftly changing. Most significantly, this beautiful mountain resort and community have managed to keep its rustic feel.

1. Cowboy Heaven Cabins

Cabin

Cowboy Heaven Cabins
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The rustic appeal of slopeside, Montana-style log cabins will suit many looking for an authentic Big Sky experience in the Moonlight Basin area. Cozy and comfortable, these two-bedroom properties have a kitchen, dining area plus living room, and two bathrooms. There are ample amenities including a private outdoor hot tub – with spectacular views out to the mountains – plus access to the Huntley Lodge pool, hot tubs and fitness center. If needed, you’re close to a chairlift that will take you straight to the best skiing areas.

2. The Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort

Hotel, Luxury

The Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort
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This elegant property oozes charm and is perfectly located for the amenities and shopping of Mountain Village – as well as for skiing, with the Swift Current Lift just a few hundred yards away. The holiday choice of both President Obama and President Biden, the Summit Hotel’s Carabiner lounge is great for après ski as it features craft cocktails, live music and global-inspired plates plus patio seating. The property also has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub – and extensive accommodation choices with over 200 rooms and condominiums available. Some packages include breakfast at the excellent Peaks Restaurant.

3. The Lodge at Big Sky

Lodge

The Lodge at Big Sky
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Located at the base of Lone Peak means not only being steps from ski lifts, but also enjoying views and alpine ambiance from the hotel’s deck and from around the fire pit. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the lobby also afford fabulous views, while the Altitudes Bar is a great meeting place for après ski. This rustic property has an extensive choice of accommodation with 130 guest rooms and suites, and a hot breakfast is included in the price. For those who visit in the summer, there’s rafting, hiking, biking, ziplining and fishing – plus, you are only a short distance from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

4. Moonlight Mountain Homes

Luxury

Moonlight Mountain Homes
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This exceptional three-bedroom property is the perfect luxury option for larger parties or families – and it’s also close to Yellowstone National Park, unrivaled for summer activities including hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and rafting. But in winter, it’s the easy ski access that will be the main draw. The outdoor areas are exceptional with spacious decks and private hot tubs. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, and there is a TV and Wii gaming console to enjoy in the loft.

5. Powder Ridge Cabins at Big Sky Resort

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Powder Ridge Cabins at Big Sky Resort
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These roomy three-, four- and five-bedroom wood cabins are a god-send for large families or groups of friends, and offer old-world charm in bucket loads. There are beautiful River Rock fireplaces, private hot tubs and fully kitted kitchens – as well as housekeeping service – to make any stay here blissful. Located at the north end of Mountain Village, it’s perfect for unbeatable après ski, great eateries and shopping. Skiing is accessed via secluded trails and bridges – perfect for Nordic enthusiasts.

6. Residence Inn by Marriott Big Sky/The Wilson Hotel

Chain Hotel

Residence Inn by Marriott Big Sky The Wilson Hotel
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This spacious, attractive and modern property is within walking distance of Mountain Village, though the après ski on site – at the Copper Whisky Bar and Grill – is pretty special. Get the family or friends round for a dip in the enormous, heated pool or one of the hot tubs while enjoying views of Lone Peak Mountain. The European-style breakfast buffet is included in the price. When you’ve finished skiing, try out the Wilson Townie Bikes for a spin around town, or check out the fitness center or games room.

7. Whitewater Inn

Inn

Whitewater Inn
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Named for its location right on the Gallatin River, this attractive property is off of Highway 191 – not far from the turn-off for Big Sky – with Mountain Village only a further 15 minutes away, and with access to the West Entrance to Yellowstone Park. It may be demure, but this inn is all about comfort and convenience, with continental breakfast included and the spacious king room option featuring its own fireplace. There is an outdoor heated pool with a waterslide for the kids and alpine views galore.

8. Spanish Peaks Cabin Lakeside Vista

Cabin

Spanish Peaks Cabin Lakeside Vista
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Located at the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, this five-bedroom, log-cabin-styled property with seven bathrooms is something extraordinary – but what is most remarkable is the stunning lakeside location. The main level has a spacious living room with a gas-burning fireplace with two bedrooms. On the lower level is a fun den – also with a fireplace – with access to the deck area outside, an outdoor grill and a hot tub. The remaining three bedrooms are on the upper levels, and there is a full-sized, chef-grade kitchen with every gadget and utensil under the sun.

To get more in touch with nature during your Montana stay, see the best campsites in the state, or the best hotels near Glacier National Park. Book your stay now through Culture Trip.

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