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Community Benefits

Prior to the inception of The Big Sky Resort Area District the community of Big Sky struggled to maintain many crucial services due to the lack of available funding. Now, thanks to resort tax dollars, Big Sky is able to maintain those services with highly qualified individuals and state of the art equipment.

Below is a list of the community services funded by the Resort Tax.
Arts Council of Big Sky

Arts Council of Big Sky

In the summer the sounds of Big Sky come alive with Music in the Mountains at the newly constructed Center Stage at Town Center Park, one of the most beautiful venues in the state for outdoor music. We host a free concert every Thursday evening at the Center Stage during July and August, featuring a variety of national touring musicians performing in a truly spectacular setting. The concert stage is located in the Big Sky Town Center on Ousel Falls Road.

The ACBS hosts the annual Fourth of July Celebration...

Blue Water Task Force

The Blue Water Task Force is a locally-led nonprofit 501(c) (3) watershed group, headquartered along the famous Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. The Task Force is governed by a board of community members representing a wide variety of stakeholders, including homeowners, recreational business owners, developers, and local water resource managers.

Community Water Quality Monitoring Program
The Community Water Quality Monitoring Program includes quarterly water quality sampling at fourteen sites in the Upper Gallatin. Parameters tested include temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, chloride, nitrate, total dissolved solids, pH, algae, macroinvertebrates...

Big Sky Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce has a scope of work that encompasses business and community in the same realm, where economic drivers and issues of community living are not mutually exclusive.

Appropriation of resort tax funds include marketing and promotions, operations and administrative purposes and wayfinding signage, entry monument design and entry roadway lighting.

Big Sky Community Corporation

Community Corporation

The Big Sky Community Corporation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity created in 1998 to promote, acquire, preserve and maintain land, parks, trails and easements for the use of the people of the Big Sky Community and the general public. Several volunteer committees are organized to carry out our mission and include: Parks, Trails, Historic Crail Ranch, Big Sky Softball League, Skate Park Committee, Disc Golf, Big Sky Tennis Association and Camp Big Sky.

The Big Sky Community Corporation took ownership of 36 acres of park land adjacent to the existing softball fields...

Fire District engine

Fire Department

Big Sky Fire Department serves a fire district of over 55 square miles in both Gallatin and Madison Counties and responds to out-of-district emergency incidents in the 200 square miles of state & national forests and national wilderness areas surrounding Big Sky, as well as portions of Yellowstone National Park itself. The department charges fees for services provided outside of district boundaries and also has contracts to provide out-of-district services as well.

As a full service life safety agency, we provide Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services, Structural & Wildland Fire Suppression,...

NRM RC&D Hazardous Fuels program

Forest Health and Fire Safe Program

Local businesses, landowners, and organizations in the Big Sky area are taking action and addressing their forest health issues as a whole. Big Sky’s forests are overstocked, which makes them susceptible to catastrophic wildland fires, insect pests, and diseases. Our forests need aggressive and intelligent management aimed at replacing the benefits that wildfire once did to promote forest health.

Enhance public benefit from trees and forest (recreation, wildlife, water, aesthetics)
Protect forests from harm (wildfire, epidemic insect pests and diseases outbreaks)
Conserve working forest lands
Identify and conserve high priority forest ecosystems...

Jack Creek Preserve

The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation is a 501c3 public charity that focuses on wildlife and habitat conservation. The Preserve is located within the Jack Creek Watershed, which flows into the Madison River.

The Water Quality Monitoring project supports economic growth balanced with protection of our natural surroundings. They do this by collecting and maintaining unbiased, scientific data to monitor the environment. Eight sampling sites provide baseline water quality data and monitor the effects of both upstream Resort Tax Area development and increasing impacts that may result from having more public...

Friends of the Big Sky Community Library


The Community Library is located at the north end of Ophir School and is open 20 hours weekly to all residents and visitors in Big Sky.

The Big Sky Community Library serves visitors who borrow items or come to work on one of the computers. The library staff continues to improve services, ensure current books and materials are available, and provide an environment that encourages life-long learning. The weekly story time remains extremely popular with both parents and pre-schoolers. This interactive hour encourages early literacy and is a wonderful opportunity for parents...


Morningstar Learning Center is a non profit entity and Big Sky's only state-licensed child-care facility. Moringstar Learning Center's mission is to fill a critical void in Big Sky's basic community infrastructure by providing accessible, affordable childcare services. They serve 50 families in the community with children from the ages of six months to six years of age.

Regardless of income, Morningstar wants each Big Sky parent to be able to enhance their children's development and learning and be able to take advantage of early childhood education. Resort tax reduces the tuition by...

Noxious Weeds Committee

Noxious Weeds

The Gallatin/Big Sky Noxious Weed Committee has continued to build a successful grassroots noxious weed program along the Gallatin River Corridor, from the entrance of Yellowstone National Park to Four Corners. This program is educating thousands of local citizens about noxious weed control every year as well as providing on-site assistance to a wide variety of landowners. The program also has established a comprehensive weed mapping program with agency partners and is able to facilitate treatment of key infestations throughout the area.

Overall, we evaluated the success of the program through...

Big Sky Post Office

Post Office

The last time the United States Postal Service performed a survey in Big Sky, they learned that Big Sky residents preferred a centrally located post office for mail delivery and wanted expanded retail service hours, including service on Saturdays. Without the assistance of the resort tax, we could not continue to provide the expanded service levels we have today, and would be forced to implement additional cost-cutting measures, which would likely result in less convenience for our customers.

Big Sky Search & Rescue

Search & Rescue

BSSAR is a not-for-profit community organization staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers. When called out through the Gallatin County Dispatch Center (911) we provide our expertise and equipment under the direction of an Incident Commander; usually a Sheriff's Deputy. In Montana the Sheriff's Department is responsible for all backcountry rescues. BSSAR is one part of several Gallatin County SAR Teams. Our primary response area is the Gallatin and Madison Ranges of southwest Montana. We frequently assist other Gallatin and Madison County teams, and they help us. We also assist other...

Gallatin County Sheriff's Office - Big Sky/Canyon Division Patrol Services

Sheriff's Department

With the funding from the Big Sky Resort Area District, The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is able to have deputies stationed in the Big Sky and Madison areas. The funding allows the Gallatin County Sheriff to provide general law enforcement services and the associated support functions to the people of the Big Sky Area in a more timely fashion.

All of our deputies are Search and Rescue Coordinators. These individuals set up Incident Command Posts and give direction and add a calming effect in a crisis situation.

Skating and Hockey Association

The Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association is a Montana nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide programming and a venue for public ice skating activities, including ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, and open skating. The Skating and Hockey Association continues to develop and maintain Big Sky's seasonal ice facility, to operate, expand and promote ice programs and continue to build interest and participation in ice sports. Resort Tax funding will maintain the rink facilities and increase safety and usability.

Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association

Snowmobile Association

The Buck Ridge Trail grooming project continues to be a very good project for the maintenance and grooming of The Buck Ridge Trail System.

Scheduled groomings are Mondays and Thursdays each week starting in mid December and ending late March or early April depending on snow conditions.

BSRAD funding for this project makes for a much more safe and enjoyable riding season.

Trails, Recreation and Parks District

Big Sky Trails, Recreation and Parks District is dedicated to the creation and implementation of recreation programs and for the creation, acquisition, establishment, operation, improvement, funding and maintenance of parks, trails and recreation in the greater Big Sky area. This includes, but is not limited to, parks, athletic facilities, ball fields, trails, restrooms, picnic shelters and campgrounds. The entity consists of two special districts, one in Gallatin County and the other in Madison County, whose operations are linked by an inter local agreement. Resort Tax is funding the basic administrative costs...

Big Sky Transportation District

Transportation District - Skyline

Welcome to Skyline, the year-round bus service in Big Sky that also provides the Link between Bozeman and Big Sky. The year-round service offers increased travel options for the community. Whatever your travel plans within Big Sky, this service is the most affordable, reliable and safest way to do it. So sit back and enjoy the view on Skyline.

Visit Big Sky

Visit Big Sky is a new entity formed by Big Sky's tourism professionals. Visit Big Sky brands the premier destination of Big Sky, Montana through a balanced destination marketing strategy designed to enhance the local economy by attracting visitors who appreciate the unique attributed of Big Sky's year-round, world-class resort community. Resort tax supports the Biggest Skiing in America campaign and summer promotions.

Women In Action

Women In Action's mission is to enrich the lives of children and families in the Big Sky community. Through volunteer activism and fundraising, we aim to assist in providing our under-served rural community with access to affordable health, family and educational services.

Big Sky residents and tourists alike benefit from the Community Counseling program by having productive, supportive and well cared for residents that live and serve the Big Sky community.

In addition, an independent feasibility study was funded to assess the need for a Critical Access Hospitality in Big Sky.

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