Transportation & Lodging
Big Sky, MT
Big Sky Resort
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 59716
The Big Sky area of Montana is well known as a ski resort in winter, but in the summer becomes an outdoor playground with picturesque landscapes and numerous recreational activities. On the mountain are zip lines, archery, hiking, canoeing and mountain biking. Down the mountain by Meadow Village is golf and horseback riding. Fly fishing and whitewater rafting are popular on the Gallatin River.
The Big Sky area is approximately 50 miles north of the west entrance to Yellowstone and serves as a convenient base camp for excursions into the park. The park is home to grizzly bears, wolves, eagles and herds of bison and elk. The park encompasses more than 2.2 million acres and has over 1,000 miles of hiking trails, 12 campgrounds and 2 lakes. The park also contains over 300 geysers, including the famous and predictable “Old Faithful,” which erupts every 35-120 minutes.
The average summer temperature in Big Sky is 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit (21-27 degrees Centigrade) although the temperatures can drop into the 40's in the evening (there has even been snow during a FASEB SRC). Casual clothing is suggested. We also suggest bringing a sweater or jacket for sessions, as the rooms tend to be on the cool side. The elevation is 7,510 feet above sea level. Visitors to Big Sky may need some extra time to acclimate to the higher altitude. Be sure to drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, and start off with lighter activities and gradually build up to more strenuous activities. For more information on activities in Big Sky, please visit the Big Sky Chamber or Basecamp Activities.
Guest rooms are reserved for attendees at the Huntley Lodge. Guestroom accommodations include a private bath, free WiFi, high definition TV, coffee maker, refrigerator, and seating area. Rooms do not include air conditioning. Onsite amenities include a spa, fitness center, tennis courts and outdoor pool. The single or double occupancy registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, with checkout Friday morning). If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. Please call 406-995-5752 and ask to speak with Becca Stackus. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.
The closest airport to the Big Sky area is the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). It is approximately one hour from the airport. Please visit the BZN site for more information.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS from BZN AIRPORT to MOUNTAIN VILLAGE -- 50 BIG SKY RESORT RD
Exit Airport Terminal and Parking area.
Turn RIGHT (west) onto FRONTAGE RD/MT-205. Continue to follow MT-205. 1.4 mi
Turn LEFT (south) onto MT-291 S/JACKRABBIT LN. Continue on JACKRABBIT LN. 7.5 mi
JACKRABBIT LN becomes US-191 at intersection of Huffine Lane. Continue straight south on US-191. 34.0 mi
Turn RIGHT (west) onto LONE MOUNTAIN TRAIL/MT-64 at stop signal where flag poles Conoco station are on the right. Pass through Meadow Village and Town Center. 8.7 mi
Turn LEFT (south) onto BIG SKY RESORT RD at the “Welcome to Big Sky Mountain Village” sign. 0.1 mi
BIG SKY RESORT RD curves RIGHT (west) in front of Bighorn Condominiums. Continue to high-rise buildings: the first is Shoshone/Huntley, second is Summit. 0.5 mi
BASECAMP activities center is located at the top of the stairs between Shoshone and Summit in the heart of the Plaza area
Parking is complimentary.
Karst Stage will be providing shuttle service for the FASEB conferences held at the Big Sky Resort, Montana. Their counter is conveniently located inside the passenger terminal in Ground Transportation. Karst Stage serves all arriving and departing flights at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport seven days a week, although they do not have a shuttle departing after every arriving flight.
Making a Reservation
In order to offer a special conference rate a reasonable wait may be necessary after some flights. During the summer months, reservations are required and can be made up to 7 days in advance. To make a reservation call 800-287-4759 or 406-556-3540 (local call from Big Sky), or go online www.karststage.com and get a quote on their homepage. Karst Stage will be offering a discount of 5% off of their published *shuttle rates. All online reservations will be confirmed by email. Please print your confirmation letter and review it carefully for accuracy and take it with you when you travel. The total trip cost does not include a driver's gratuity.
Cancellation policy: No penalty for shuttles cancelled 48 hours or more prior to departure from the airport. No refund will be issued for shuttles cancelled with less than 48 hours advance notice. Please call our toll free number 800-287-4759 if you are delayed, miss a flight or your flight is cancelled
*Please note, there is a 2 adult fare minimum during the summer months. You will initially be charged for only one fare, however, if no other reservations are booked for the same date/time you will be charged an additional adult fare.
When Arriving in Bozeman
Please call 800-287-4759 if you encounter a delay or cancellation en route to Bozeman. Check in at the Karst Stage counter in Ground Transportation immediately (before claiming your luggage) upon arrival at the airport if you don't locate our driver. You will be issued a return ticket when you check-in with your pick-up date, time and location. Big Sky is 53 miles from the airport and the drive will take approximately one hour and fifteen-minutes. Your return shuttle will be scheduled to get you to the Bozeman Airport approximately 1 hour before your flight departs.
There are several rental car counters located at the Bozeman Yellowstone Airport. All rental cars are located on a lot adjacent to the airport. For a complete list of rental car companies, please visit the BZN site.
Avis Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental
For those attendees who choose to register as “off-site” (this package includes registration and meals only), below is a partial list of hotels available in the Big Sky area. All off-site attendees are responsible for securing and paying for their own lodging arrangements. Please note that FASEB does not have a rate agreement with any of these venues, and will not be supplying shuttle service from these venues to Huntley Lodge. The list is provided for informational purposes only.
The Lodge at Big Sky
(formerly Holiday Inn Express Mountain Inn)
75 Sitting Bull Road
Big Sky, MT 59716
320 Guest Ranch
205 Buffalo Horn Creek Road
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
River Rock Lodge
88 Big Pine Drive
Big Sky, MT 58716
Child and Family Care Resources
FASEB provides detailed information for each conference site on the Science Research Conference (SRC) website and also provides venue information directly to each attendee. Although FASEB does not directly provide child care services, attendees are welcome to have guests (including spouses, children, nannies and babysitters) accompany them to the conference to provide such care. FASEB offers an alternative off-site registration fee at all conferences, to accommodate those with special family care needs (the off-site fee includes the conference and all meals but enables attendees to book their own accommodations). Both the FASEB and venue websites include information on nearby off-site accommodations that may assist attendees with locating licensed child care providers and daycare services. The venue management may also provide any assistance to attendees regarding child/family care issues or concerns, if available. Please contact FASEB SRC staff with any special needs that they may have.
Please Note: Photographs or Video recording by attendees/speakers during any portion of a FASEB SRC conference is prohibited without prior written permission of the author/presenter, organizers and FASEB SRC staff.
Activities in Big Sky
Recreational activities on the Big Sky campus are coordinated and for purchase at a building called Basecamp. A representative from Basecamp will speak to attendees on Monday morning during the conference to discuss what is available during the summer months. For a list of activities, please visit Basecamp (make sure it is the summer website).
For any attendee interested in discussing their research for about 20-30 minutes with medical students, you may contact Dr. Jeffrey Daniels at 406-993-2797 at the Medical Clinic of Big Sky. He runs the local urgent care center/ medical clinic in the town center at the base of the mountain, and hosts a medical student and resident training program.