Posted: Jun 21, 2013 8:59 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Updated: Jun 22, 2013 1:58 PM
There are many ways to see Big Sky. Most people usually think of getting around on skis or snowboards.
But there's a different way to check out the resort--when it's not covered in snow.
The Lone Peak Tram Expedition is one of the newest ways to explore Big Sky.
"This is insanely unique," said Rachael Smith, Base Camp Head Guide. "I mean, where else do you get to take a tram to an 11,166 foot peak where you get to look at all of this."
Today marks the grand opening of the second season of summer tours.
The journey to the top takes you more than 4,000 feet above the base of the mountain.
The adventure begins with scenic ride up a ski lift.
From there, you hop in a safari-style truck for a rugged ride to the base of the tram.
The tram then lifts you above the resort and breathtaking scenery comes into view.
From the top of lone peak, you can see 2 national parks, 3 states and more than 10 mountain ranges."
Traces of snow can be seen year round on the summit.
Mountain goats-- and even sometimes bears can also be seen on the snowy ridges.
On the tram-ride down, you get an aerial view of the Rock Glacier--an ever changing land form that the tram is actually built on.
Smith says the experience is hard to beat.
"I think this is as quintessential as it gets," she said. "You know, beautiful views, awesome people, spending time together and checking out you know, all the wildlife and all the mountains we have out here."
If you don't want to take the tram, a strenuous four mile hike will get you to the top of Lone Peak.
For more information on Big Sky summer activities, click here.