Though neighboring resorts Big Sky and Bridger Bowl get most of the skiing accolades in the Bozeman area, Moonlight Basin is not to be disregarded. If the area’s 400 inches of annual snow, wide selection of intermediate and advanced trails, and Montana’s only high-speed six-person chair don’t do it for you, the relative lack of crowds will. Moonlight has the small, intimate vibe of many other Montana ski areas, but unlike the others, it has the money and facilities of a big-name resort. The combination usually translates into an enjoyable day on the slopes.
Its proximity to Big Sky opens up a world of possibilities: a pass for both mountains provides access to a total of 230 trails. Moonlight alone offers 102 runs to get your heart rate up. Most of the area’s most extreme terrain is on the north face of Moonlight’s Lone Mountain.
Three terrain parks add to Moonlight’s draw, attracting freeskiers and park rats by the carload. The area plays host to several freeskiing competitions each year. The star of that line-up is the highly competitive Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, the longest-running big-mountain skiing tour in the country, bringing names like Chris Davenport, Seth Morrison, Dean Cummings and Wendy Fisher to Moonlight. If the pros can appreciate the terrain, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something for mere mortals to love about Moonlight.