Moonlight Basin

Ski Resort Profile

Moonlight Basin
United States
Phone: 406 993-6000

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About the Ski Resort

The opening of the Moonlight Basin Ski Resort on the north face of Lone Peak in Big Sky, Montana, marked the first opening of a destination ski area in over 20 years. Now in its third season, Moonlight Basin has grown into a first-class, year-round destination resort. Skiing at Moonlight Basin offer 80 mapped trails, chutes and glades, making more than 1,900 skiable acres with a vertical drop of 4,150'. The terrain is served by 6 lifts, including Montana's only high-speed, six-passenger chair. At Moonlight Basin you'll have lots of elbow room--short or no lift lines and no crowds. Plus, the terrain's northerly exposure ensures the more than 400 inches of powder that falls each year stays light and dry.

New this year, the Headwaters Chair will bring skiers and riders in The Headwaters Terrain, some of the steepest inbounds terrain in the Rockies previously only accessible by hiking. Future expansion plans include 3,500 acres and 12 lifts, positioning Moonlight as an attractive addition to Montana's ski areas.

And this year, for the first time, Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort have teamed up to offer joint lift tickets. Now, skiers and riders can access nearly 5,300 acres of interconnected trails and lifts--all with one ticket.

But Moonlight Basin is more than just great skiing and riding. It's a feeling - friendly, unpretentious, laid-back--a feeling that makes you feel as welcome as you do in your own home. Together with breath-taking scenery and exciting terrain, visitors are welcomed by unmatched friendliness and award-winning customer service. In addition to optional valet parking and other amenities, Mountain Guides are available for mountain tours and answer any questions you may have about Moonlight Basin and the surrounding area. A complimentary tour of the mountain is available to all first-time visitors at Moonlight Basin.

Skiing is the latest phase of development stemming from a purchase of 25,000 acres from a subsidiary of Burlington Northern Railroad by two Montana natives, Lee Poole and Joe Vujovich and their Fort Lauderdale-based partner, Keith Brown, 13 years ago. Development of the area has been done with conservation in mind, using wildlife experts and other environmental consultants in the planning process. Currently, over half of the parcel has been placed into conservation easements and under other protected status.

Skiing is not the only activity that makes Moonlight Basin unique. Visitors can also enjoy spa treatments, a health club, dogsledding, snowshoe tours, ice-skating, and swimming in a heated outdoor pool. A concierge service is available to arrange a variety of local activities, including tours of Yellowstone National Park, fly fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain bike tours, guided hiking tours and rock climbing. And in 2007, Moonlight Basin will unveil its own Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: Yes
Snow tubing: No

 Easiest:  23 %

 More Difficult:  41 %

 Most Difficult:  36 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  7,000 ft
Summit elevation:  11,150 ft
Vertical drop:  4,150 ft
Skiable area:  1,900 acres
Annual snowfall:  400 in
Snowmaking:  0 %
Number of trails:  80
Number of lifts:  6
Types of lifts:  1 Double Chair,
 1 Triple Chair,
 3 Quad Chairs,
 1 Hi-Speed Six

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  Yes
Adaptive skier:  Yes
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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