$416M Luxury Resort Under Construction At Big Sky
Source: by Dennis Matheson – Under Creative Commons license
The southern Montana resort community of Big Sky is getting a latest $416 million luxury resort very soon.
The Billings Gazette informs that the new Montage Big Sky resort is under construction in the private Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and is expected to open in 2021.
The resort will comprise of 150 guest rooms, 39 residences, an expansive 16,000-square foot (1,486-square meter) spa and a private 18-hole golf course.
When finalized, the building will contain 520,000 square feet (48,309 square meters). That's somewhat larger than a lodge being built at the nearby Yellowstone Club.
Big Sky Chamber CEO Candace Carr Strauss says the Montage will add to an already existing 1,500 lodging units available nightly in the area.
Though the speculation in new high-end lodging and residences is big news, the community of Big Sky has fought to deliver enough reasonable housing for the workforces who clean the hotel rooms and offer services to guests in the accommodations.
That determination has been worsened slightly by the rising rental by owner economy, like Airbnb, which has also condensed the convenience of apartments or homes for employees. To support, some of the remote companies are providing about 1,000 seasonal worker beds according to the Big Sky Chamber’s 2019 economic profile.
For its staff, the proprietors of Spanish Peaks Mountain Club bought the River Rock Lodge in Big Sky’s Town Center and transformed it into housing for Montage construction workforces, according to a company representative. When the construction work is done, the lodge will be used for Montage workforces.
Spanish Peaks also has 60 beds available for acquaintances in equipped condos and townhomes in the Big Sky Town Center, the representative said.
But the rising community could need additional 600 to 900 employees by 2023.
“Workforce housing is one of the most serious requirements within the Big Sky community,” according to the Chamber’s report. Of the housing units currently available in Big Sky, 70 percent are secondary residences.
A daily bus service is accessible between Bozeman and Big Sky to shuttle workforces, though Bozeman housing prices are 34% above the national average and rental availability there is restricted.