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Recently purchased and newly fitted out - a partner property to CASA MOONLIGHT (VRBO Listing 374629) and CASA FARELLONES Ski Chalet in the Andes (VRBO Listing #95623)
Luxurious ski out rental home apartment and ski lodge in Big Sky. Full home comforts in a relaxed and spacious ski chalet set in the Rocky Mountains, just one hour drive from Bozeman, Montana.
Located on a warm southern facing slope on the lower slopes of the Big Sky ski area, with panoramic views on three sides, Casa Big Sky is three minutes on skis (on groomed ski trail passing right through our property) from the White Otter lift which accesses the Big Sky base area and the mountain beyond. You can ski back to just below Casa Big Sky (and walk the final 250 yards on the road) from both Big Sky and Moonlight basin ski areas - or take the Cascade lift and then approach the home directly from behind.
Skiing and boarding are the main winter activities. There is ample lift serviced terrain in the 2 resorts, but if you feel the need to venture further, various back country options are available.
Summer activities in Big Sky fall into two main categories. Those organised by the resort, including Lone Peak Expeditions, Adventure Zip-line Tours, Climbing Walls etc and those to be found in the greater South West Montana area including Fishing and Rafting on the Gallatin, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golf and of course all that Yellowstone Park ( nearest boundary - half an hour away) and West Yellowstone (just over an hour away) have to offer.
Casa Big Sky is a recently built two story private chalet with total built area of approximately 4,000 square feet set in the Cascade subdivision of the Mountain Village of Big Sky , commanding panoramic and unobstructed views of Lone Peak and the Big Sky and Moonlight Basin Ski Area.
The owners, who divide their time between Chile, Thailand and Montana, use the upper floor primarily during the ski season. The lower floor, which can be closed off from the main house as a self contained apartment, is available for rent at most times of the year.
Getting around the mountains (winter)
There are two primary ski areas in the immediate vicinity of Casa Big Sky (Big Sky and Moonlight Basin - now combined into one super resort - the largest in the USA). Connected to Big Sky, there is also a third ski resort, the Yellowstone Club - but this is a private facility and access there is by invitation only.
Big Sky ski area - can be directly accessed from Casa Big Sky. Put your skis on at the front door, take a diagonal traverse across the garden, and pick up on the groomed trail that runs right through the property and will take you down to the Cascade and While Otter ski lifts (about 3 minutes on skis). You can ride this lift in the morning without a ticket if you tell the lifty that you are heading to the ticket office at Big Sky. White Otter takes you across the back of the resort area and drops you just above the Big Sky base area - where the main lifts such as Swift Bear, Ram Charger and Explorer take you up to the Lone Peak and Andesite ski areas.
The other lift close by the house, Cascade is really only a real estate access lift - that you may chose to use when you return to Casa Big Sky, if you want to avoid the three minute walk on the more direct access.
You can return directly to Casa Big Sky from the top of Swift Bear, anywhere on Lone Peak or Challenger - or if you have crossed over to Moonlight, from the top of Six Shooter or Iron Horse.
There are several options on the route home, the two quickest end up at the Rising Bull Trail down to Rising Bull, which you will reach about 250 meters from Casa Big Sky. From there you will have to leave the groomed trail and walk (some do it with skis) the short distance up to the house.
A longer route which involves taking one more lift (Cascade) allows you to approach the home from behind on the ski trail that leads right though our property without the need to walk.
You will find detailed descriptions of these routes in the house - and I would encourage you to discuss the options directly with me when you are here.
If you are a complete ski novice, or are at a very low level of fitness, you might find the relatively gently ski trails (not ski pistes) that access Casa Big Sky more than you are comfortable with. If this proves the case, I recommend taking a three minute drive to the Moonlight Lodge or the deserted Pony Express lift car park (ten steps from car to lift) and starting your day there. You then have the added bonus of taking in some Après Ski in the excellent Moonlight Lodge.
Moonlight Basin - interconnects with Big Sky - and can also be accessed by a three minute drive - either up to the main Moonlight Lodge (a really good place for lunch or Après Ski) or from the Madison Lodge (there is a much larger parking area here) - just over the shoulder of the mountain.
Description of the Lower Apartment See Floor plans
- Two bedrooms with 2 bathrooms (Master bedroom has King, Bedroom Two has a Twin over Queen bunk) - Large living room with dining area and open plan kitchen - Large garden / terrace facing South and West - Open air heated Hot Tub and BBQ in Garden - Central heating with individual room thermostat controls - Gas (faux Log) burning fireplace - All double glazed stor m windows - Parking in garage for 1 car
Total internal floor area 1,230 Sq. Ft (incl 280 Sq.ft.Garage)
Suggested occupancy 4 persons, maximum 5 persons.
Optionally available (at extra cost) as part of the Lower apartment during the Summer months (when the owner not in residence)
Upper level living dining area and kitchen with two additional bedrooms (but not owners private bedroom suite)
With the additional bedrooms, the maximum suggested occupancy increases to 8 persons.
Keywords: ski in/out, directly on groomed ski trail, free wireless internet, two acre lot, very private.
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Damage Insurance (1,500)$49
Cleaning$165 + tax
Minimum let is generally 5 days (and 9 days during Holiday Season).
Shorter lets will be considered if they are a good fit with existing bookings.
If availability still exists weekends can be booked from the Tuesday preceding the weekend. Weekend rates are calculated at a 50% surcharge over the daily rate.
Lets of over 30 days subject to 15% discount (on the daily rate)
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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About the owner: My wife (Thai) and I (British) are semi retired and now divide our time between homes in Phuket, Thailand (our previous home/business base) and now, chasing the snow, in Big Sky Montana and Farellones, Chile.
Why the Owner Chose Cascade: Quite simply Big Sky is the best, largest and least crowded lift serviced skiing in north America. We had been visiting (and renting) for extended stays for 5 years - and then in late 2009 found prices had become affordable, so purchased. The house is primarily for my wife and I, but when we do not have friends and family visiting, or when we are not in residence, we like to defray operation costs by renting the spaces we are not using.
The Unique Benefits at this Chalet: The space and the peace and quiet. Free roaming wildlife - foxes, elk, moose and the occasional bear are our closest neighbors. Yet all this is within ski access (or 3 minutes drive) of two significant resorts.