CASE STUDY #2: 

Big Sky Resort

Main Challenge

The Biggest Skiing in America just keeps getting bigger—with all the resort amenities, condos, employee housing, and other construction that goes with such growth. On a daily basis, Big Sky Resort faces a massive range of land use challenges as it strives to both profitably and thoughtfully develop its irreplaceable mountain land. 

 Key Strategy

To solve diverse development challenges alongside the equally diverse team of stakeholders and collaborators at Big Sky Resort, Trever puts every corner of his development experience to work—while making sure his efforts fit within the proven framework of operations on which the resort has already built its success. 

Overall Outcome

Big Sky is a constantly evolving entity and Trever’s role is ongoing, so the best sign of success is keeping the resort’s upward momentum rolling across the board. Most recently, Trever secured critical employee housing for Big Sky Resort by modifying entitlements, solving a longstanding community concern. Additionally, the resort is currently breaking ground on the Homestead Chalets, adding 11 upscale properties to its roster.  

Credits

Haystack Development works as Big Sky Resort’s primary planning consultant, offering development services, entitlement consulting and land use strategies alongside a cast of industry professionals working both within and outside the resort. Notable projects have involved Bechtle Architects and Gaston Engineering.

“We’ve thrown a boggling variety of projects at Trever…from a zoning change to the overall development plan, and never once have we managed to give him a challenge he couldn’t overcome.” 

-Brian Wheeler

Director of Real Estate & Development, 

Big Sky Resort