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The scenic community of Big Sky, Montana nestles high in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by timberland, the Spanish Peaks Primitive Area and the Gallatin National Forest. Majestic 11,166-foot Lone Mountain towers over the paradise, where in 1969, Chet Huntley, the late newscaster, and a group of corporate investors purchased some ranchland. Chet loved his native Montana and wanted to contribute to its tourism industry by establishing a year-round resort with complete lodging and recreational facilities. Big Sky is located on Hwy 191, just 45 miles south of Bozeman and 48 miles north of West Yellowstone. From Bozeman, you will drive through the beautiful Gallatin Canyon where mountain goats tend to lick the salt off the road during the winter months. From West Yellowstone, you will spend half the time driving through Yellowstone National Park. Keep your eyes open for moose, bears and elk as many frequent the upper Gallatin River looking for food and relaxing in the open fields. Big Sky is the home to the Biggest Skiing in America at Big Sky Resort, with over 5,800 acres of downhill ski terrain and one of the largest Nordic ski trail systems in the Nation at Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, with over 85 kilometers of groomed trails. This lively community is a year-round playground for outdoor recreationists. Golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, downhill and cross-country skiing, sleigh rides and snowmobiling are all spoken here. For an exquisite breathtaking view of Lone Mountain, stop by Soldier's Chapel, built in 1955. This small church of native stone and logs was built as a memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War II, and to serve the spiritual needs of the ranchers and families living in the Gallatin Canyon and their many summer visitors.
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