Our Team of Local Experts
Kirsten King | Owner, Grunt Laborer
When midlife crisis struck and Kirsten realized her dream of becoming a Broadway star was probably not going to happen, she and her husband Mike moved out to Big Sky, MT in dreams of creating a different life for their family. With over 15 years of property management experience, she has seen it all! Pitching in wherever she is needed, Kirsten is the go-to, do-all, grunt-labor employee every company dreams of having. On the side of all of this, she manages to acquire new properties, set the company direction, and work through business strategies. Also, working on claiming that work/life balance back, Kirsten can be found enjoying her friends and family around their firepit and taking in all of the beauty the mountains have to offer.
Travel Tip: Enjoy the beauty Big Sky offers and try something new! There are many options year-round including rafting, zipline, fly fishing, hiking, skiing, soak it all in. Check out our favorite winter and summer activities!
Favorite Big Sky Activity: If you traveling into town for PBR weekend, watching as they fly the American Flag and sing the national anthem with all the riders in the ring...this is something not to miss.
Mike King | Owner, CFO
Alongside Kirsten's Broadway star midlife crisis, Mike also realized after 20 years as a Golf Professional, he was ready for a change. Moving to Big Sky, a place that not only offers beautiful golf courses, Mike can usually be found on one of the many rivers with a fly rod in hand. The word around town is he even has a few "secret" spots no one else seems to know of. If you find one of the fly fishing spots while you are out, fill us all in! Our go-to man for all accounting and technology related questions, Mike wears many hats throughout the company.
Travel Tip: Under schedule your vacation activities and leave your watch at home. Enjoy your time in this amazing place!
Favorite Big Sky Activity: Are you traveling to Big Sky in the month of March? Let us know, there is a pie auction every year to help raise funds for the schools, best pies around!
Brett Babick | Chief Operating Officer
Brett joins our team after 30 years in the hospitality industry with 20 of those at the executive level managing operations, training, and franchising. He relocated to Big Sky from Southern California. Having owned a microbrewery, being a franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings, and raising four children, we are very excited to draw on all of Brett’s experiences and passion for growing businesses and leading us to the next stage of Big Sky Vacation Rentals. When Brett is not with the BSVR team he is exploring the greater Big Sky area with his wife Kim of 26 years and two of his four children that have come to Big Sky as well. He very much looks forward to meeting you all soon and serving you for years to come.
Travel Tip: Always travel with a neck pillow when you fly!
Favorite Big Sky Activity: A day spent fly fishing the Gallatin river, followed by a late lunch at The Corral Restaurant or Gallatin Riverhouse Grill.
Meghan Maus | Property Manager & Concierge Services Manager
Meghan has called Montana her home her entire life. You will find her natural homegrown hospitality genuinely warm and exceptionally accommodating. As the mother of 3 busy boys it doesn't seem to affect her energy and desire to make each guest feel important and pampered. Her enthusiasm to please will amaze you. She has enjoyed working in the guest service industry for over 15 years, starting in her hometown area of the Bitterroot Valley and now Big Sky since 2007. She loves the family feel of our team spirited company that gives her ample time to find a balance between her family and work. Meghan's former experience in guest services at Lone Mountain Ranch here in Big Sky, gave her the opportunity to become well acquainted with all the amazing local adventures available to our guests. Her attention to detail assures each visitor a dream vacation to make lasting memories you will cherish for years.
Meghan also enjoys spending time with her boys and husband Patrick. Whether they are bike riding, skiing down a slope or playing at the lake they take advantage of the scenic open spaces and recreational opportunities in the Big Sky country.
Elaine Pierce | Reservations
Need help? Elaine is your gal! With her 30 years of experience in the vacation industry, she knows exactly how to fit a guest into the perfect property. Her area knowledge, love of the outdoors, and an IQ high enough to be recognized in Mensa as the top 2% of the population in the world; we bet you can't stump her with any questions! With a genuine kindness in her nature, she will make any guest feel right at home.
Travel Tip: Read up on area activities before you travel, this way you will know the activities that can't be missed!
Favorite Big Sky Activity: The Ousel Falls hike is my favorite. Check out our local area guide, you won't be disappointed!
Shelley Henslee | Revenue Manager
The master baker of spectacular cakes, Shelley is also the money baker, or should we say maker, money maker. With years of experience in vacation rental sales and marketing around the Big Sky area, she carries a wealth of knowledge. Shelley’s top notch sales skills, along with her plethora of area knowledge really helps set Big Sky Vacation Rentals apart from other vacation rental managers. Now, if we could just talk her into this cake baking business for office treats, we would be set!
Travel Tip: You are on vacation, be flexible with your schedule and enjoy your time!
Favorite Big Sky Activity: If you are in town looking for a nice meal with a great atmosphere, the Montana Yurt Dinner is the place!
Melissa Chipman | Executive Housekeeper
From Hawaii to Big Sky- Melissa has seen all 50 states and many different countries, world traveler! After starting her own vacation rental cleaning business in Alaska then Hawaii, she decided to meet in the middle with Montana. Melissa and her team keep Big Sky Vacation Rentals properties cleaned and held to the highest of standards, ready at any time to always welcome a guest. When Melissa is not working, or traveling you can find her cross country skiing with her two dogs in tow behind her!
Travel Tip: RELAX and enjoy this beautiful place, enjoy the scenes!
Favorite Big Sky Activity: My husband, Matthew Hallendy is a private chef so I love a good home cooked feast! Also, if you are in town for it the Bluegrass Festival is something not to miss!
Annalise Locker | GET Manager
Annalise has lived in Big Sky for 6 years now and has loved every minute of it. She has been coming up here since she was a child to visit her family, and has seen the explosion of growth of this town. She was born and raised in Colorado and went to college in Durango. She absolutely loves hiking, ice fishing, hunting, cross country and downhill skiing, and doing anything out doors with her Australian Shepherd. Her favorite thing about Big Sky are the summer hikes with the beautiful array of wild flowers. She has worked at Big Sky Vacation Rentals for 3 years and it is her pleasure and passion to spread my knowledge of what Big Sky has to offer.
Travel Tip: Make sure you are prepared for every season, every day. Never put away the puffy coat!
Favorite Big Sky Activity: Free Summer concerts on Thursdays in the meadow! Woop woop!
Nicolle Altringer | Concierge Agent
While not a Montana native, Nicolle has been in Southwest Montana for 10 years and loves to share her knowledge of the area! After moving to Bozeman in 2008 to attend Montana State University, she then worked at the prestigious Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, where she found her calling helping guests plan the best vacation possible. Her attention to detail and local knowledge are a winning combination when it comes to your vacation needs! When not planning your best vacation yet or greeting you at your rental, Nicolle can be found on the back of her horse, Pinto, hiking with her dog, Rosie, or skiing at one of the many mountains Montana has to offer!
Travel Tip: Leave the tough planning to us! Don’t waste your time calling vendor after vendor booking your reservations, that’s what we are here for!
Courtney Smith | Concierge Agent
As a Georgia native, Courtney understands the desire to explore Montana with a zeal for making the most of every day and activity. With a background in Forbes Five Star and Relais & Chateaux guest services, she brings a poised professionalism to her guest interactions while also getting into the details behind the stay to help facilitate a truly exceptional guest experience. Whether you want to know where the good food is or what hiking trails offer the most expansive views and everything in between, you can count on an honest answer and any tips or tricks to make it a special event personalized to you. When not in the office, Courtney is out trail running on the extensive trails in the area and usually at the Riverhouse in the evenings for great BBQ, live music, and dancing on the weekends.
Travel Tip: Forget your cell phone, try to see at least one Montana sunrise, and drink lots of water to acclimate quicker.
Favorite Big Sky Activity: The Community Fall Festival with wagon rides, live music, a pumpkin patch, a brisk morning 10K run, and more really highlights the small town charm all set amongst the towering mountains when the aspen trees turn from luscious green to vibrant gold.
Kirk Dresden | Facilities Manager
Kirk recently moved to Bozeman from Boone, NC where he studied Construction Management and earned his degree in Building Sciences from Appalachian State University. During his time at Appalachian State, Kirk took time off to follow his passion of backpacking and exploring the mountains. One of his most coveted accomplishments is successfully thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. While studying at Appalachian State, Kirk worked for Designs & Details, where he was responsible for cultivating personal relationships with home owners and maintaining both residential and vacation rental properties. When Kirk is not in the Big Sky Vacation Rental office he can be found tempting local trout with his loyal companion Jack or trying to disappear in the backcountry with his partner, Whitney.
Eric Anderson | Marketing Director
Eric moved to Montana at the age of 22 after studying Marketing at the University of Denver. Over the past twelve years Eric has been busy promoting recreational businesses in Montana through search engine marketing. He has started and sold several fly shops, lodges, and restaurants but now, with child in tow, the lure of entrepreneurship and a nomadic lifestyle is gone. When not working on BSVR's online presence Eric can be found fishing or shuttling his son to and from hockey.
Travel Tip: Yellowstone is only 45 minutes away but the ample public land surrounding Big Sky is equally special. You don't have to drive far to enjoy some spectacular nature here.
Favorite Big Sky Activity: October! More animals, less people, great weather (most of the time) and the best fishing of the year.