My life is worth more than that!
I drove that stretch 4 times now. The first time, I drove it in daylight. After seeing clearly what it's like, I made my subsequent plans for the other 3 drive in daylight too.
To base out of west yellowstone means driving it after a day of skiing, probably in the dark (except in late spring). I wouldn't risk it.
If I were strap for cash, I'd base out of Bozeman instead. At least from Bozeman, there's a bus (for something like a few bucks). I did that once. Ate breakfast while on the bus in the morning going there. Took a nap on the way back after skiing.
Big Sky lodging is really expensive. But it's worth it.
yea, ive stayed in bozeman and have taken the bus for 2 days while awaiting the rest of my friends and then we moved into a sick slopeside house
the west yellowstone stay was kind of last minute. i had an xmas-ish trip to cottonwoods booked and there was no snow. waited as long as I could before pulling the trigger on a big sky audible. coming a long ways from the south, stopping at west yellowstone and staying in very cheap but decent lodging had an appeal.