Despite only having a population of 3,975, Big Sky Montana is registered as a city, and it’s worthy of attention (it began to be called Big Sky when advertising slogans appeared in the 1930s promoting the State’s splendid new roads, and the name was cemented in 1947 when A.B. Guthrie Jr. published a book called Big Sky).
Big Sky is home of 150-room MONTAGE BIG SKY, opened in with interiors by Hart Howerton, Brayton Hughes, and EDG. It has a Norther Italian restaurant, a suitably-named Alpenglow lobby lounge, Backcast Bar & Grill, and not surprisingly it makes the most of its winter sports facilities.
Last month, to start is ski season, the resort launched an open-ended partnership with LVMH’s Veuve Clicquot. It is called La Grande Après at Backcast. The open-air venue has been decorated by Paola Paronetto, responsible for packaging design of La Grande Dame 2015. On display will be six separate box designs.
On the beverage side, try the signature Paradise 1979, a blend of 130-year old Hennessy Paradis Cognac and Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008. Perhaps try a one-of-a-kind Veuve Clicquot flight featuring Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Non-Vintage Rosé, La Grande Dame 2012, and La Grande Dame 2015. Pair these with traditional caviar service, or Pumpkin fondue or Montana bison chili.
And if YOU feel a bit chilly, there are ski huts at the ready. They overlook the resort’s ice-skating rink, with a backdrop of the Spanish Peaks Mountain range.