Crazy Weather Trends? Or Simply Just the Weather...

Posted on December 17, 2019 by Kali Gillette

Avg Percip in Big SkyWinter hit October in full force! Big Sky received 53” of snow compared to the 27” we normally receive this time of year. On average, we end up with 300” by the middle of April, so if the snowfall kept on at this pace, we would be looking at a banner year.

Roscoe Shaw has been forecasting weather for Big Sky Resort for the past 15 years. Not as a public service, but rather for the resort to utilize in planning their internal operations. Needless to say, he’s seen a lot of trends, so we caught up with him to get his thoughts on what our incredibly snowy fall means for the upcoming winter.

The short answer, “The indicators are neutral, “ he says, “They’re not giving a signal.”

Weather trends are influenced by whether it’s an El Nino, or La Nina year, an odd oscillation in the ocean that goes back and forth. If it’s a La Nina year, there is more cool air moving over the ocean, generally resulting in more snow in Big Sky. If it’s an El Nino year, there is more warm air over the Pacific, resulting in less snow. “I like to say that the girl is good, the boy is bad,” Shaw jokes.

In all seriousness, he says, “This year it’s neither, it’s right in the middle.” Shaw explains that there is a mathematical model for forecasting snow and powder. “Granted, it usually only makes a 10% difference, and it’s only right 2/3 of the time,” he says.

“Just because it was snowy last month doesn’t mean it will be next month,” he says . “It doesn’t mean a thing. There’s no reason to think it will or won’t be a big snow year. Last year, March had very little snow, but overall, it was a really good year.”

As for the frequency of snowy years, it’s entirely random. “Some times kids born short, some times they are tall,” he laughs.

What he can say with certainty is that Big Sky is extraordinarily consistent compared to other areas. “A bad year here is still good,” he says. “The farther south you get in the Rockies, the more inconsistent the snow becomes. You can have awesome snow one year, and the next year have barely any.” He goes on to explain, “A couple of years ago, there were Utah and Colorado license plates all over town. They had very little snow there, so everyone gave up and drove to Big Sky.”

So what makes our snow so special? “Big Sky has as good of snow as you can get,” Roscoe says, “because it stays so steady and cold and dry, which leads to very good snow quality. Other areas may get more snow at times, but Big Sky’s is consistently good.”

Shaw came to Big Sky in 1995, “We just don’t have snow bad years,” he says. “That, and the fact that we have so much terrain with so few people is what makes Big Sky the best.”

Well said, Mr. Shaw.


Mountain Mall Remodel - Summer 2019

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Lindsey Bedell

Construction is well underway on the Mountain Mall at the base of Big Sky Ski Resort Village. The Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty team was invited to get a sneak peek at the recent renovations. An open concept and new structural steel bring a much needed upgrade to the space, thus creating a natural flow for incoming and departing skiers. Grab a coffee before heading out to the slopes for the day, or sit down at the new Apres Bar after a day of adventure and enjoy the view of Lone Peak from the large picture windows.

You can expect expanded dining options in the new Mountain Mall that includes sushi, stone-fired pizza, coffee shop and breakfast stop, along with cafeteria-style food options. There will be additional restrooms and sitting areas added- both indoor and outdoor with views of Lone Peak. The large, beautiful fireplaces offer a feeling of solitude and create a place to warm up before heading back out to the slopes.

The construction will also offer the option to host an array of events and will boast a wedding venue, conference and events center and offer additional outdoor space to increase capacity to accommodate 750 people.

The option to enter through the lower level and use the changing area and rent day-use cubbies to store your belongings before hitting the slopes is a huge bonus! Take advantage of the new elevator that will take you to the central core of the building to access retail and restaurants; in addition to the elevator, a new staircase, accessible on the exterior, will be great for those people coming in from the slope side.

Jamie Daugaard, Centre Sky Architects and Rocky Mountain Rustics have been working hard to get this project up and running for opening day in November! We hope to see you on the slopes and enjoying this awesome new upgrade to the Mountain Mall!


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