January 2, 2017

Big Sky, Montana

FILED IN: Personal

Happy New Year, y’all!! I have been taking a little bit of a social media hiatus, which I didn’t know until after the fact was much needed. The holiday season is always an insane time, but between my best friend, Emily’s wedding, and our trip to Montana, this year was even more hectic than normal!

The week before Christmas, the Bruton’s packed all of our ski gear and warm clothes that we could find, and headed to Bozeman, Montana! Being from Atlanta, we are very accustomed to our mild (50-60 degree) winters. The night before we landed in Bozeman, the temperate there was NEGATIVE 28 degrees. I can’t even imagine what that feels like, but thankfully when we landed in Bozeman, the temperate had risen to 0, so that was much better for us Southerner’s. Once we landed, we loaded up our 4 wheel drive Yukon XL and had a one hour drive to Big Sky. It had been almost 9 years since my family has seen this much snow, and even longer for my boyfriend, Mitch. And let me tell y’all, the drive to Big Sky was absolutely GORGEOUS. On our way up the mountain, the Gallatin River had ice flowing through it, and we were gasping at every bit of scenery we passed.

This was not a normal small family vacation, either. All 18 of us were staying in one house! Leading up to this trip, I was a little uneasy about sharing a house with that many people. Especially since we only knew one other family that was going. But gosh I am so thankful for our cabin in Powder Ridge and for the friendships and memories made. Like I said before, it had been nine years since my family had last been skiing, so needless to say, we were a little rusty at first. This was our first time in Montana, and we were BLOWN away with everything about Big Sky. To start, the beauty of this area is absolutely unmatched. Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by mountains and sky. On top of the gorgeous scenery, Big Sky has over 300 ski runs. 300!! Looking at a map when we first got there was a little overwhelming because we had no idea where to even begin, but thankfully we were staying with people who knew the area well and showed us the ropes 🙂

Our week was filled with amazing food, incredible skiing, struggling to stay up past 8:00 pm, mimosas, and even better company. I am so thankful for this group of people and all of the priceless memories and friendships made. I am missing Montana so much already (especially since they have gotten over 4 feet of snow since we left) but missing these people even more. Until next year!!

Here’s a little glimpse into our week!

All my love,

Sydney

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