Despite a sluggish start to winter in Big Sky, recent snowfall has sparked optimism among local businesses for a successful winter season. Matt Rolfson, an employee at Gallatin Alpine Sports, notes that the area is experiencing its slowest winter start in the seven years he’s lived there. Despite the lack of snow, businesses like his are thriving, particularly in ski tuning and repair work.
Liz Mcfadden, Vice President of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, observes that overall business in the town is comparable to previous years. While there is a slight decline from 2021 and 2022, the town remains active. The reduced skiing activity has led to increased foot traffic in town, with restaurants bustling during the day as people explore alternative activities.
Mcfadden highlights the diverse recreational opportunities available in Big Sky, such as the ice skating rink, hiking trails, and snowshoeing. She emphasizes that even if skiing conditions are not optimal, there are still plenty of things to do.
Looking ahead, Rolfson anticipates a busier spring, especially with college spring breaks on the horizon—a significant source of revenue for local businesses. Despite historically low snowpack, he expresses enthusiasm, stating that there is still plenty of fresh snow for residents and visitors to enjoy.