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Chet Huntley petitioned Montana’s governor in 1969 to grant his resort the name “Big Sky” which formerly was reserved to represent the entire state. Tucked between the pristine Gallatin River and the rugged Spanish Peaks, the alpine community of Big Sky is the ultimate playground for the outdoor enthusiast.

In the early 1900s, Frank Crail and his family homesteaded 960 acres which are now Meadow Village. His hay and cattle ranch evolved over time into Huntley’s vision of a two village resort community. From humble beginnings emerged a world-class ski resort complemented by the people and their businesses that give Big Sky its unique culture. 

Big Sky encompasses three main geographic areas; the canyon, the meadow, and the mountain. Big Sky’s scenic Gallatin Canyon offers riverfront living, horse properties, and 20-acre ranchettes along the corridor of Highway 191. The meadow area is represented by the historic heart of Big Sky, Meadow Village, and the newly developing Town Center. The mountain neighborhoods include ski retreats at Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin along with properties that overlook these majestic ski areas. 

Big Sky is a small, unincorporated town that can’t decide whether it really wants to grow up. Developed as a resort community, each neighborhood has a presiding homeowners association that takes on the role of municipal services along with specially created districts to manage water and sewer, transportation, and fire services. A 3% resort tax on luxury goods and services helps bring in additional monies for community infrastructure. This area hosts an eclectic mix of full-time residents, seasonal second homeowners, tourists, and people attracted to Big Sky’s outdoor recreation and resort economy.

Big Sky, Montana Real Estate – an excellent investment in an amazing resort community.

Many Big Sky residents are visitors who decided to stay. If your Montana dream involves mountain living where you can experience wildlife in your own backyard, ski, bike, hike, fish, or golf right out your front door, look no further than Big Sky. Big Sky’s small-town feel allows part-time residents and guests to feel right at home. Specializing in Big Sky homes, condominiums, townhomes, and land investments, ERA Landmark-Big Sky associates are experienced to assist you in realizing your real estate dream.

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  • Spring & Summer: Big Sky tennis courts, miles of backcountry hiking, horseback riding and mountain bike trails, rock climbing and bouldering above the Gallatin canyon, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, golf, Big Sky Community Park - Click here for more information.
  • Fall & Winter: 5,512 combined skiable acres with interconnected Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, 80 Kilometers of groomed Nordic ski trails, snowshoe, horse-drawn sleigh ride dinners, snowmobile, dog sledding and winter adventures in Yellowstone National Park - Click here for more information.

Ophir Elementary and Middle School (K-8) is located in the Gallatin Canyon about an hour north of Yellowstone National Park in Southwest Montana. The first Ophir School opened its doors in 1906 with 5 students. The State of Montana recognized Ophir as a school district (K-8) in 1912. As of July 1, 2012 the school district name has officially changed to the Big Sky School District #72. Ophir takes its name from the fabled gold mines in the Bible. "They went to Ophir and took home gold". The homesteaders, who followed the unlucky prospectors, believed that they had metaphorically found gold in the Gallatin Canyon and named their school "Ophir."

Lone Peak High School opened it's doors to students in September 2009. Lone Peak High School, a public school accredited by the State of Montana, serves families living in the Big Sky School District in Big Sky.  LPHS has an outstanding staff that is highly qualified to deliver an integrated curriculum which is highly experiential and project based.

Community Statistics


Big Sky is surrounded by the magnificent Gallatin Range of Northern Rockies, located in the southwest corner of Montana.

  • Lone Peak is 11,166 feet
  • Mountain Village sits at 7,500 feet &Meadow Village elevation is approximately 6,200 feet... and along the
  • Lone Moose - 6,800 feet
  • Gallatin Canyon elevation is in the vicinity of 5,900 feet.
  • Land area: 228.1 square miles.

Big Sky, MT, gets 14 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 79 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 105. On average, there are 187 sunny days per year in Big Sky, MT. The July high is around 78 degrees. The January low is 7. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 74 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

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407 SALES 1
$ 1,200,000 MEDIAN SALES PRICE 1
$ 657 PRICE PER SF 1
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