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Big Sky & Whitefish Ski Season News At a Glance

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Big Sky Resort opens November 22, 2023 and closing day is usually around April 21, 2024. 

Big Sky Resort said that they many limit lift ticket availability on certain dates. They recommend you purchase tickets now for guaranteed access and the best prices. New last year, the resort is limiting tram access and you’ll need to purchase an add-on ticket to ride the tram. Season passes will also be limited.

Major chairlift upgrade!! As of last year, Swift Current 6 is “America’s Fastest 6-Place Chairlift,” complete with Big Sky Blue weatherproof bubbles, ultrawide heated seats and individual headrests and footrests, this lift will increase uphill capacity by up to 50%!

Big Sky Resort is proud to be part of the Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective families! If you’re looking for an epic ski trip combining multiple destinations, you’ll definitely want to check out these pass options.

Need ski equipment? Our guests receive 10% off rental gear from Ski Butlers in Big Sky!

Want to experience “The Biggest Skiing in America?” We now offer 100+ vacation rentals in Big Sky!

Whitefish Mountain Resort opens December 7, 2023 and closing day is April 7, 2024.

Lift tickets are aren’t available yet but check back soon to purchase early for the best price. Season passes are available now.

New last year, the replaced & relocated chair 4 will be the mountain’s first six-pack and will shuttle guests to the top of Inspiration Ridge.

Check out our 40+ Flathead Valley Rentals including Whitefish and Columbia Falls for easy access to Whitefish Mountain!

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September 8, 2023 Update: It’s live and you can book it here!

🥁Coming soon! Lakeview Escape Whitefish! We’ll keep you posted as soon as this property is bookable but in the meantime, enjoy this sneak peak… 👀

🙌Nestled amidst the pristine wilderness of Whitefish, Montana, this luxurious 3-level log home is the epitome of rustic elegance while overlooking Whitefish Lake. With 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 modern bathrooms, and a generous 2,735 square feet of living space, this home offers an unparalleled retreat for those seeking the perfect blend of nature and luxury.

As you approach the home, you’re greeted by the charm of a stunning log cabin. The exterior is a masterpiece of natural materials, with handcrafted log walls, a rugged yet inviting aesthetic, and a natural Montana landscape. The home sits perched on a hill, overlooking the serene waters of Whitefish Lake, providing breathtaking views from almost every room. Towering pine trees and lush greenery provide a picturesque backdrop.

Book Lakeview Escape Whitefish.

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We’ve been busy sponsoring a few Chamber events over the last few weeks and handing out Ella Cookies! 🍪🍪


Thanks to the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce for putting on the Let’s Be Bold Women’s Networking event and Tamarack Montana for going over the top hosting and giving an inspiring speech!


Thanks to the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce for putting on the Sundowner and Marina Cay Resort for doing a great job hosting. Did you know we manage the majority of the Marina Cay vacation rentals?


🎉 We love being involved in the communities & giving back where our team and some of our homeowners live, work, raise families & play! #StayMontanaGives ❤️


Want to know more about where Stay Montana volunteers, donates & sponsors? Read more here!

Check out our Director of Marketing, Laura, below in a Stay Montana hat making friends & handing out Ella Cookies!

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ashley Whitefish operations managerHere are a few fun questions we asked to get to know Ashley:

Learn more about Ashley and the rest of our Stay Montana team here!

Want to come visit? Browse all Flathead Valley properties here.

Below is Salish Ridge Retreat, one of Ashley’s favorite properties!

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🎉 As a local, family & employee-owned company, we love being involved in the communities & giving back where our team and some of our homeowners live, work, raise families & play! ❤️

You’ll see our team around Montana volunteering, serving on boards, sponsoring events, and of course, handing out Ella Cookies! 🍪

Proud Sponsors: Big Sky Ski & Education Foundation, Wildlands Festival, Big Sky Chamber, GHS Raptors Youth Soccer, Whitefish Chamber, Bigfork Area Chamber, Bozeman Chamber, Oktoberfest in Whitefish, Whitefish Christmas Stroll, Big Sky Shred Day

Board Service: Visit Big Sky & BSSEF, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce new membership committee

Volunteer Work: Gallatin Valley Food Bank, HRDC, North Valley Food Bank

Check out the Stay Montana Gives blog category to see more about how we give back to our communities!

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airbnb superhostWe are proud to announce we achieved Superhost status with Airbnb on July 1st, the team worked extremely hard to achieve this and we know it will have a positive impact for our owners. Congrats to the team on this huge accomplishment!


What is AirBnb Superhost status? It’s earned with a 4.8 review average score with 100% response rate, and less than 1% cancellations. With these cancellation requirements, it’s extremely difficult to achieve for any company with 50+ properties. This designation will get our listings better placement, included as a search filter, and higher trust from guests. All leading to more bookings!


From Airbnb:
“Here’s to you, Stay Montana! You’ve worked hard to delight your guests and it shows. Guests appreciate your responsiveness and reliability, and rave about your outstanding hospitality. In the past year, you’ve accomplished a lot to get to this moment:
  • 1148 Stays
  • 0.7% Cancellation rate
  • 4.8 Star Overall rating
  • 100% Response rate”

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Foo Fighters+River Conservation=🙌

Stay Montana is delighted to sponsor the Wildlands Festival in Big Sky! August 4-6, 2023!
🎉 Did you know it’s THE largest river conservation effort in history?! And did we mention Foo Fighters & Lord Huron?!
Lodging is going quickly so reserve your home base today

Learn more about the lineup, amazing river conservation efforts and buy your tickets!

We’re so excited to assist in Wildlands Festival’s fantastic river conservation efforts and give back to the community where our team, their families, and some of our owners live, work & recreate. Plus, our guests get to enjoy these rivers as well!

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Looking for lodging? We still have some availability in Big Sky!

Ella with Ella Cookies🍪Ella Torsleff, daughter of the Stay Montana owners, developed this unique recipe when she was only 14 years old, and Stay Montana quickly began making them for all our guests and getting raving reviews. Fresh Ella Cookies are placed in each of our vacation rentals for guests to enjoy at check-in!

From Ella, “My family loves my cookies and I hope you enjoy them too!”

•Butter, 1 cup
•Sugar, 3/4 cup
•Brown Sugar, 1/4 cup
•Egg yolk, 2
•Vanilla, 1 tsp
•Flour, 2 cups
•Salt (optional), 1/4 tsp
•Oatmeal, regular or quick, 3/4 cup
•Rice Krispies cereal, 3/4 cup
•Milk Chocolate morsels, 3/4 cup
•Bequet Celtic Sea Salt Caramel, 3 bits/cookie on top

Mix ingredients in order; roll dough into 1 inch balls; refrigerate/freeze for 1 hour; bake
at 325°F for 13 mins.🍪


Read more about Ella Cookies & find other recipes from our owners & team in our Stay Montana Family Cookbook, full of Montana flavor!

Want to visit Montana? We offer a wide variety of properties across Montana with something for everyone. Homes with the Best Kitchens | Browse all rentals from Big Sky to Whitefish

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Gorgeous Waterfront Marina Cay 100% Remodel!

We all love a good before/after story… check out Marina Cay Vista Della Baia! Completely remodeled! 🙌

From the homeowners, “We literally took everything out and started from the ground up. Leveled the floor after tile and carpet removal, retextured and painted the walls. Redesigned the space.”

From the Stay Montana family, “The owners truly did a fantastic job and took every detail into consideration from fixtures to furniture. This property already has such a perfect waterfront location and drool-worthy views, they really took it to the next level with the interior transformation making it a property you won’t want to miss!”

Check Availability: Marina Cay Vista Della Baia


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See more photos and info about Marina Cay Vista Della Baia!

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Beautiful Flathead Lake Waterfront!


Book Marina Cay Vista Della Baia today!


Executive Summary: The owners did a great job and you’ll love making Montana memories at Marina Cay Vista Della Baia!

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big sky ski education foundation sponsorshipWe’re delighted to sponsor this great event and raise money for our local youth ski community! We ❤️ the spirit of skiing in Montana.


As a local, family & employee-owned company, giving back to the communities where our employees, families, kids & owners live is a core company value. Additionally, we like to focus our giving on organizations that help local youth and promote athletics.


Big Sky Ski Education Foundation’s mission is to provide an opportunity for kids to become great skiers and pursue personal goals while promoting good sportsmanship, healthy competitiveness, sound technical skills, and an appreciation for the spirit of skiing in the mountains.


Join in the fun and register your team here!


Meet the Stay Montana Family! #StayMontanaGives

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