April 5 -10, 2015

A true winter paradise, Big Sky, Montana will awe you with its dramatic mountainous landscape, challenge you in its steep ascents and deep powder, relax you with luxurious lodging and excite you with a snowmobiling adventure. Whether you are a skier, or a snowman maker, whether you prefer massages or movies or cliff jumping, this trip truly has something for everyone!

Explore W. Yellowstone, cook up a delicious meal in your gourmet kitchen or snowboard what is considered the biggest terrain in this part of the Americas, and all while enjoying the comfort of spring conditions. And don’t miss the trip’s grand finale with a snowcat ride up the side of a mountain with a delicious dinner in an authentic yurt!

LODGING

The houses are amazing, and come completely outfitted (hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, fireplaces, pool tables, theaters, great views, outdoor BBQs, etc.) so you will be extremely comfortable and have plenty to do when you are hanging out during the day or in the evenings.

TERRAIN/SNOW

The terrain here is some of the best in North America, and you will experience optimal spring skiing/snowboarding conditions. This means you can explore fresh, deep, untouched powder but without freezing your way up a chair lift. And Big Sky is also famous for having no lift lines, which means you will make the most out of a day of skiing and you’re not waiting in line ¾ of the day for the best lifts. First tracks down the mountain, with no one to knock you over? Yes, please. The terrain is also so vast it accommodates both boarders and skiers comfortably and suits all skill levels, and provides excellent back country opportunities for experts.

ENVIRONMENT

Big Sky is on the brink of becoming one of the premiere ski destinations in the country, but for now it remains (to our delight!) still a bit undiscovered, a bit untouched and has that true small town vibe. It’s a friendly town set in a dramatic landscape, with great food, great skiing/snowboarding, and great people.

ACTIVITIES

One of the coolest things about Big Sky is its proximity to Yellowstone. An experience almost exclusive to this area, snowmobiling in West Yellowstone is a clear highlight of this trip. Have you ever seen a moose up close? Now’s your chance! And if you don’t ski, don’t worry. Big Sky is a winter paradise so there is no shortage of activities to do in and out of doors including, snowshoeing, zip lining, cross country skiing, massages, yoga, the list goes on.

PEOPLE

Incredibly friendly, warm and down to earth. Everywhere you go you’ll feel welcome. There’s no posh people wearing designer onesies a la Aspen.

YOUR CFN ITENERARY

Day 1

Arrive – Bozeman
Big Sky, MT

Upon arrival in Bozeman airport, you will be transferred via a 30-45 minute drive to a beautiful lodge home in Big Sky, Montana for a five night stay. Big Sky is home to the biggest skiing in North America with 5,750 acres of skiable terrain, and starring Lone Peak at an elevation of 11,166 feet high. With an annual snowfall of 400+ inches, runs close to 6 miles long, and lift lines with famously no wait, you will enjoy the epitome of a perfect winter vacation. Not to mention, with terrain for every skill level and every sport (snowboarders welcome), and with a plethora of other exciting activities including snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, and dogsledding, everyone can share in the action!

Spend today exploring your new home: take a dip in the onsite hot tub, watch a movie in the full screening room with theater style seats, play a game of pool or warm up by the fire in the living room and enjoy the view of Lone Peak outside your window. The house is pre-stocked all of your grocery needs, and you have a full gourmet kitchen at your disposal.

Tonight get your first peak at the quaint town of Big Sky and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local hangout with delicious regional fare. (D)

Day 2

Big Sky

After you’ve helped yourself to some breakfast, get an early start for your first day of a three day mountain adventure via a private transfer to Big Sky Resort. You will have been provided your 3-day lift tickets upon arrival. If you don’t already have ski/snowboard equipment this morning your first stop will be our preferred outfitters at basecamp. Spend the day exploring 300 named runs on 4 connected mountains with some of the best powder to be found in the West!

If you are not a skier/snowboarder perhaps today you will try your hand at one of the many other outdoor experiences offered in this winter wonderland. Snowshoeing, alpine skiing, zip lining, Nordic skiing the miles of classic ski trails that meander throughout Alpine forests, dogsledding or a spa day. *Arranged for an additional fee.

Tonight enjoy an evening at leisure with dinner on your own. Transportation into town can be provided. (B)

Day 4

Big Sky

After a filling breakfast, get ready to make the most of your last day on the mountain and head out early via private transfer to the resort. Big Sky is blessed by Mother Nature with an average of 400 inches (10.2 meters) of snow per season, so there’s a high chance of scoring a powder day on your trip and maybe today’s the day!

Another day to explore the incredible variety of activities like snowshoeing, alpine skiing, zip lining, Nordic skiing the miles of classic ski trails that meander throughout Alpine forests, dogsledding or a spa day. *Arranged for an additional fee.

Tonight enjoy an evening at leisure with dinner on your own. Transportation into town can be provided. (B)

Day 5

West Yellowstone

Rise early this morning and fuel up with breakfast before departing for an epic day snowmobiling in West Yellowstone. After a 45 minute to 1 hour drive, embark on a serious day of discovery with a professional guide and see amazing views overlooking Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Idaho and Montana. Explore over 300 miles of groomed trails on Forest Service land next to Yellowstone Park. Ride over the Continental Divide, leave the trail to play in the powder. You may even see wildlife the area is known for with moose and elk just a few of the local residents. Boxed lunch provided.

Tonight you will experience a true mid-western winter excursion for dinner. Jump in (or on top of!) a snow cat and head up the mountain to an extraordinary dining experience in the Montana Yurt. An exciting ride to a cool enclave for a delicious gourmet meal is sure to be a highlight of your trip. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Big Sky

Today you will be transferred to Bozeman airport for your departure flight. (B)

PRICE: $1500 per person for 5 nights

PRICE: $1075 per person without lift tickets

* All CFN Trips do not include airfare

Please note: all members must be screened first to obtain a travel badge to participate in all CFN travel events.