April 1-8, 2017 - Big Sky

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Ella is relaxed on ths, her 100th flight.

She's pretty relaxed on the hour-long drive from Bozeman to Big Sky, as well.

As we get close to the resort, we pass two big horn sheep grazing by the road.

The first night we're there, Big Sky has a ski show on the mountain.

Ella and I climb up a run for a view (and sled down on our pants).

The better view was up close, though.

Alrighty... we're here. Time to ski!

I've missed this view!

This is a great view, too.
We're excited to be here!

A little after-ski wine and app, back in the condo.

Meanwhile, Ella reads for a bit to relax before...

Going to the hot tub and pool during a snow shower.

Then off to the best dinner on the mountain - Andiamo's.

We get to the lifts before they open one day and encounter our only line. Fortunately, it is clear in 5 minutes.

We assess which way we want to go.

Apparently, I decide that way involves falling.

We take the big, heated lift to the upper mountain and get a glimpse of the very top, serviced by gondola.

For now, we ski down.

The powder is thick in spots and can make it hard to get back up if you fall, but also not hurt as much!

We have dinner on the Moonlight/Madison side one night. We love this fire place.

Ella takes a shot of our toast.

(then Jill takes a picture of her salad)

We have lunch on Ramshead mountain at Everett's. Such a view - and good food to boot!

Ella gives me a boost as we take a road to traverse back to Madison.

Just over halfway through the week and we're still having a great time on some fantastic snow.

On day 4 along, we see a lot of the mountain!

Time for a little reward...

Back over at Madison, where Ella loves the bridges and tunnels, we see a sign describing the geology of the region, which is rather fascinating.


On our way out of town, we see two more (or the same) big horn sheep, a bald eagle flying, and this red fox, which scampered across the road and up the hill.

We went all over the mountains of Big Sky this year. Go team!