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Big Sky Resort will hold an event called Skiers and Riders for Open Land today and Sunday that will help support Montana land conservation.

By presenting the Skiers and Riders for Open Land coupon, guests will receive a $59 discounted lift ticket ($81 value), $5 of which will be donated to Travelers for Open Land, a nonprofit committed to Montana private land conservation.

“As skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, we understand how important our natural surroundings are,” said Taylor Middleton, Big Sky Resort general manager. “Part of what makes Montana and Big Sky so special is our amazing landscape, and Travelers for Open Land is a great local effort committed to protecting that. Big Sky is excited to help support their efforts, as well as our greater community.”

Travelers for Open Land is a statewide partnership among the hospitality industry, land trusts and the traveling public that creates an opportunity for travelers in Montana to help conserve open land. Participating businesses collect voluntary donations from Montana’s guests and residents, and those funds are granted to land trusts to help protect open land.

“Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky is a perfect complement to the Travelers program,” said Glenn Marx, executive director for the Montana Association of Land Trusts. “Skiers and Riders for Open Land not only provides an opportunity for skiers to contribute to the program, but also highlights the value of open land, promotes a connection to the outdoors and recognizes the contributions of land conservation and outdoor recreation to our economy and quality of life.”

Education and fun are also a part of Skiers and Riders for Open Land weekend, and guests will be able to receive information about Montana’s land trusts throughout the Mountain Village. On Saturday, guests can enjoy free live rockabilly music as the Hillbilly Hellcats play in the Mountain Village plaza from 3:30 to 6 p.m. 

Skiers and Riders for Open Land coupons are available online at,, and Coupons will also be available at Buck’s T-4 and at individual land trusts in Montana.

Guests wishing to spend the entire weekend skiing at Big Sky may enjoy a special rate at Buck’s T-4 Lodge for $79 per room per night available April 8 through 10.

“We hope folks will turn out and have some fun supporting the businesses and organizations that are trying to improve our quality of life here in Montana,” said Mike Scholz of Buck’s T-4 Lodge.

Buck’s T-4 will also host a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by free live music by the Black Diamonds at 7 p.m. The dinner will cost $15, $5 of which will go toward Travelers for Open Land. Call Buck’s T-4 at 800-822-4484 for more information.



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