Big Sky, Montana

True to its name, Big Sky is big. Think 5,800 acres of peaks, glades and bowls that plummet for 4/5 of a vertical mile into the folds of snowy, wild Montana. Yes, it's pretty. And given stats like that, you can find any kind of skiing you want – steep, scary, mellow, treed – and that helps keep the family together. As does this: Kids ten and under ski and stay for free, which is just part of the copious lower-cost benefits from being isolated from other resorts in the West.

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