Big Sky is many things to many people. But to us, it's home.
For some, the lure of uncrowded skiing on a huge mountain with more varied terrain than most people can ski in a season is strong. For others, the perfect summer weather provides abundant opportunities to play outside whether it's fishing, hiking, riding, wildflower spotting, bird viewing, or just being with family and friends.
Since we moved here 25 years ago, the Big Sky community has grown and grown.
Big Sky is a "census-designated" place spanning both Gallatin and Madison Counties in Montana.
Although President Jefferson's Westward Expansion was initiated over 200 years ago, and Big Sky has been an active life-style location for over 40 years, it is still young.
Located along the banks of the Gallatin River, so named in 1805 by Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame, in tribute to Albert Gallatin, the then Secretary of the Treasury, Big Sky has become a thriving year round community as well as a world class ski and summer destination resort. The Gallatin River flows north to become the Missouri river, joining the Jefferson and Madison River at Three Forks, Montana. To the South lies Yellowstone National Park, a beautiful 40 minute drive.
In 1969, Chet Huntley, retiring from NBC News to his native Montana, began to assemble land owned by the Crail Family South of Bozeman, MT, in the Gallatin Canyon into what is now Big Sky. When asked by Governor Forrest Anderson if there was anything Huntley might wish for, to help in his new venture, Chet asked the Governor for permission to call this Gallatin Basin "Big Sky". The Governor made it so.
No longer in infancy, Big Sky has entered the 21st Century with gusto. While there have been a few hiccups along the way, and more than a few developers have fallen victim to its charms, progress has continued apace, with new services and amenities; restaurants offering world class dining alternatives, a twin screen movie theatre with full bar and first run movies, farmers markets and world class medical facilities to make Big Sky a comfortable oasis for its residents and visitors alike.