The best times to visit Big Sky for ideal weather are

June 11th to September 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.


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Weather in Big Sky

Temperature

Average temperatures in Big Sky vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 36th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Big Sky, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 91.4°F (33°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 50.3°F (10.2°C) at night.

Big Sky Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Big Sky Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Big Sky Perceived Temperature (F)

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Big Sky Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Big Sky Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan35.923.812.9
Feb38.426.515.7
Mar50.936.324.1
Apr5842.328.9
May67.251.637.4
Jun77.560.244.1
Jul89.569.550.1
Aug87.366.747.7
Sep78.35840.5
Oct61.144.631.3
Nov43.930.819.2
Dec32.5219.8

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan2.2-4.6-10.6
Feb3.6-3.1-9.1
Mar10.52.4-4.4
Apr14.45.7-1.7
May19.610.93
Jun25.315.76.7
Jul31.920.810.1
Aug30.719.38.7
Sep25.714.44.7
Oct16.27-0.4
Nov6.6-0.7-7.1
Dec0.3-6.1-12.3


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Big Sky are January, February, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of May 21st.

When can you find snow in Big Sky? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to early January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Big Sky is often around around April 9th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Big Sky.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Big Sky (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

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MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan1%50.2
Feb6%1.20.4
Mar8%1.70.8
Apr20%3.41.5
May22%02.3
Jun24%02.7
Jul6%00.7
Aug9%01.2
Sep11%00.9
Oct9%00.9
Nov8%3.10.9
Dec6%4.10.5

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan112.70.5
Feb631
Mar84.32
Apr208.63.8
May2205.8
Jun2406.9
Jul601.8
Aug903
Sep1102.3
Oct902.3
Nov87.92.3
Dec610.41.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Big Sky has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is July (34.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (60.5%).

Wind in Big Sky is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s average wind speed of around 6.1 knots (7 MPH or 11.3 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late March where average top sustained speeds reach 16.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Big Sky.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan4.3Light breeze11.2Significant breeze
Feb4.4Light breeze11.4Significant breeze
Mar5.5Light breeze14.4Significant breeze
Apr6.1Light breeze16Significant breeze
May5.5Light breeze14.6Significant breeze
Jun5Light breeze14.4Significant breeze
Jul4.9Light breeze14.2Significant breeze
Aug4.9Light breeze14.7Significant breeze
Sep4.5Light breeze12.6Significant breeze
Oct4.4Light breeze12.1Significant breeze
Nov4.3Light breeze11.6Significant breeze
Dec4Light breeze10.7Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan55.5%
Feb53.9%
Mar46.4%
Apr43.5%
May45.5%
Jun45.1%
Jul34.4%
Aug34.8%
Sep38.6%
Oct49.8%
Nov55.6%
Dec60.5%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Big Sky?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Big Sky, MT, US is July, followed by June and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Big Sky in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 36.5 in December means 36.5% of the tourists vs. July.


Overall Big Sky Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 71.9°F (22.2°C) and 39.2°F (4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 2 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Big Sky, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 79.3°F (26.3°C) and 37.1°F (2.8°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Big Sky to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 43°F (6.1°C) and 30.2°F (-1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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