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Big Sky Resort, P.O. Box 160001, Big Sky, MT 59716 (tel. 800/548-4486 or 406/995-5000; www.bigskyresort.com), handles a wide variety of lodgings -- from economy to full-fledged luxury scattered among nearly 70 properties. The three-story Huntley Lodge, with 205 units, was the beginning of late NBC newsman Chet Huntley's original vision for Big Sky. It offers rooms that can sleep up to four, and several loft rooms that can accommodate six. The 97-unit Shoshone Condominium Hotel combines the living quarters of a condo with the amenities and services of a hotel, with sleeping for four to six. Weight-training centers, saunas, an outdoor pool, gift shops, and ski storage are included at both places. The Summit at Big Sky, with 213 luxury condominiums, offers European sophistication in a Western style, and hosted President Obama in August 2009. All three properties are slopeside and offer ski-in/ski-out convenience. Winter rates start around $160 a night double and top out at more than $1,000.

Moonlight Basin, P.O. Box 160040, Big Sky, MT 59716 (tel. 877/822-0430 or 406/993-6000; www.moonlightbasin.com), offers properties ranging from condos to private residences to luxurious penthouses. The Moonlight Lodge and Spa (tel. 800/845-4428) is a magnificent mountain lodge offering luxurious penthouse suites and secluded mid-mountain cabins; plus a sophisticated yet down-home restaurant, a relaxed-atmosphere bar, and a deli. There's also a full-service spa with treatment rooms, complete fitness center, steam rooms, heated pool, and a cascading waterfall hot tub; a concierge ready and able to organize everything from fly-fishing trips, to backcountry skiing, to dog-sled adventures; and even an ice-skating rink just outside in winter. Winter rates start at about $225 a night double during the ski season and top out well over $1,000.

In the Big Sky area, rates vary with the season and within the ski season. The highest rates are during Christmas vacation, the lowest in the spring and fall "shoulder" seasons.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.