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Big Sky, Mont.

Big Sky, Mont.

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By Linda Hayes
posted: 09/19/2007

Some resorts are measured by what they have; others, such as Big Sky, are measured more accurately by what they lack, namely crowds, liftlines, attitude or glitz. You don't come to Big Sky to be seen. You come for the mountain's 3,812 acres (5,512 if you count adjoining Moonlight Basin) of adventurous terrain, cold-smoke powder and vast wilderness- not to mention the region's rustic lodges and log cabins, which provide the ideal sanctuary after a day on the slopes. Here are our picks.

LUXURY Big EZ Lodge
Twenty miles from the slopes, Big EZ Lodge lives up to its name. Everything from the views of the soaring Gallatin Range to the native log beams in the great room are oversized and impressive. Thirteen generously sized New Western-style guest rooms-including the ultra-luxurious Lone Star Suite-are done up with faux-fur quilts and woolly bear footstools. And chef Scott Peterson's carefully planned wine-pairing menu is known, not surprisingly, for its big, bold flavors. $565--$1,325; bigezlodge.com; 877-244-3299

WESTERN AMBIENCE
Cowboy Heaven Cabins
A slice of Big Sky living, these luxury two-bedroom, ski-in/ski-out log cabins just off the Iron Horse chair in Moonlight Basin will cater to the cowboy in you. The cabins have full kitchens, so make like a local and provision up at the Hungry Moose Market. (Better yet, have them deliver before you check in.) Or venture up to the mountain-elegant Timbers Restaurant at Moonlight Lodge for your meals. Soak out the kinks in the private hot tub on your porch, or book a Wind and Water Massage at the serene Moonlight Basin Spa. Brought the buckaroos? The Moonlight Kids Center will keep them busy day and night. $245-$775; moonlightbasin.com; 800-845-4428

SLOPESIDE Summit at Big Sky
Access to first tracks is the draw at this upscale condominium hotel within yards of two high-speed quads and Gondola One in Big Sky's Mountain Village. It doesn't hurt that the Carabiner Lounge is après-ski central for a margarita or a pull of Cold Smoke Scottish Ale, which is best followed by a wrangler ribeye at the Summit's restaurant, Peaks. With those essentials at the ready, the 98 one- to three-bedroom condos, many with fireplaces, hot tubs and wet bars, provide a satisfying slopeside respite. $183-$2,615; bigskyresort.com; 800-548-4486

ALSO CONSIDER
VALUE: River Rock Lodge, $160—$280; riverrocklodging.com; 866-995-4455
WESTERN AMBIENCE Rainbow Ranch Lodge, $195—$700; rainbowranch.com; 800-937-4132
PRIVATE HOMES Moosewood Meadows, $900—$1,400; bigskyresort.com; 800-548-4486

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