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It was OK

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 Jan 2021
This place was tough to review. Overall it was is clean and acceptable but after staying there I am surprised to see it over 4/5 . I think is so high is for a few reasons
- apparently pre-covid they had an amazing included buffet breakfast. For my stay they had a takeout breakfast which was good one day but mediocre for most. It's yogurt, cereal, and 1 rotating hot item (usually filled with eggs and potatoes).
- Big Sky is expensive and this is one of the few somewhat reasonable options that is "close enough" to the slopes at around $200. Keep in mind the lodge is a 20 minute drive from the slopes- so you are paying less to be somewhat far but also to stay in what essentially is an older motel that would normally be $50 a night.
- Despite being 20 minutes away from the slopes- there is not much you are missing out on compared to staying slope side (besides obviously easier skiing access) . There is a quickly growing town center with hotels/restaurants/shops but that is still 10 minutes from the slopes and Buck's T4.

The common amenities and grounds have very little charm- the lobby carpet is basically the same as those glue down carpet tiles they put in 90s offices. The hot tubs look like swimming pools and mostly just have views of tall wooden fencing.

There is no Ski shuttle- instead a public bus stops at the resort- but looking at the schedules it does not leave often and takes forever ~45 minutes. Big Sky does have a free parking lot and an amazing parking shuttle system that runs almost every 2 minutes.

I will say about maybe 1 out of 3 guests did not wear masks in public areas and seemed to like to hang out outside their rooms. I actually kind of expected this knowing it's kind of part of rural culture and Montana is very rural- but after concluding my trip I realized this experience was only for this lodge specifically- no where else did I ever pass folks indoors without masks.

If I were to do this trip again I would do one of the following

- Stay for cheaper at the 320 guest ranch that is 15 minutes further away. While I did not see inside the rooms (I'm sure it's as basic as T-4's )- I visited the property and it just had a lot of rustic charm and better ambiance compared to T-4.
- Pay more for for a better property that is also closer to the slopes
- Stay in Bozeman for a cheaper/better hotel and better dinners in town (I'm sure this is bad idea if you want to Ski on a weekend)
Date of stay: January 2021
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Reviewed 13 December 2020

Terrible experience overall. Reasons:
1. Stayed there this year for skiing at BigSky. Checked in, hauling all the heavy ski equipment. The front desk person told us specifically that our room was in another building outside, top floor. We hauled the heavy ski gear (including kids') in 3-4 feet fresh snow, up the stairs (no elevator) only to find that the room was not in that building but right there next to the front desk. The person deliberately made us haul everything to the wrong building in heavy snow. Still not sure why he did that... may be since were not local and asian?
2. Room was extremely dry to the point where we had to crack open the window in the dead winter.
3. Frontdesk person (again) gave us wrong information that the restaurant right next door is closed and we need to go to the town to have dinner. We casually checked the restaurant while heading out to town and found that they were indeed open and waiting for guests. Can't put my finger exactly, but the attitude of the front desk person was to give us as much trouble as possible.
4. They told me that I have only 3 nights booking even though my reservation was for 4 nights (per expedia confirmation). Took some time to get this sorted out by expedia with them.
5. DO NOT RELY on the shuttle service. They don't come on time, they don't take you back to the hotel per the posted schedule (dropped us off somewhere completely different and we had to take another bus to get back to the hotel), they took off while a few folks were still unloading, potentially putting them as well as other people in harm's way (the hatch was open when they took off, skis dangling out)
Overall - if you want a stress free ski vacation, don't go here.

Date of stay: January 2020
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Reviewed 21 October 2020

For the price and location this is a great stay. The staff is very nice, room was clean and comfortable and the famous restaurant next door is convenient.
But definitely ask for a top floor room or one away from the road or be prepared to hear everyone get up for the mornings. For us on the ground floor, at 6am sharp the upstairs neighbor had their boots on and began stomping around to get ready for work. Then you could hear all the surrounding trucks start up to leave right outside the window and finally by 7am the highway road next to our building was busy with life and the roaring of trucks going by was enough to finally get us up and out.

Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2020 via mobile

Our stay was wonderful. Our room was clean and quiet and it was close to all the things we wanted to do! We went ziplining at Montana white waters and hiking at ousel falls! We had a great dinner right there at the restaurant and got to take a nice dip in their two hot tubs!

Date of stay: August 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2020

The lodge is very conveniently located and has a wonderful restaurant attached to it. The views surrounding the lodge are beautiful. The staff are accommodating and very knowledgable about the area. Many times they were able to answer questions about tours and transportation. I took off one star because, unfortunately, my husband had some issues with asthma attacks (doesn't usually happen in hotels). I think it's just an older building, but he had to sleep in the car to get relief. Other than that, this is a great place to stay.

Date of stay: July 2020
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Reviewed 19 March 2020

Buck's T4 is a long time favorite destination for us. We've come here 4 times in the past 25 years, and it's always good. The quality of the hotel is exceptional, from the rooms to the two huge hot pools to the bar and restaurant. The staff is also excellent, always ready to keep guests happy and comfortable.
And the restaurant? No need to leave the premises, it's the best food around. Even for big groups, where most places serve up adequate meals, Bucks' buffet or plated dinners for our large ski group are always far better than expected.
Buck's meets and exceeds all expectations.

Date of stay: March 2020
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