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Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin Ski Resort Guide

Moonlight Basin, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,048m10,000ft
Lowest Lift2,134m7,001ft
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Moonlight Basin

First major new US destination resort for 20 years when it opened in 2003. Located approximately one hour from Bozeman, Montana, is located on the north face of Lone Mountain in the Madison Range. Lone Mountain also serves as home to the famed Big Sky Resort and the two are lift-linked together, a rare thing in North American skiing. Moonlight Basin's northern exposure given deep snow with drier, more consistent snow. The resort is the brainchild of two Montana natives - Joe Vujovich and Lee Poole, and their Fort Lauderdale-based partner, Keith Brown. who purchased the area in the early 1990s.

At build out, ski development will include approximately 2,500 acres of terrain, with a small portion of the partners' original purchase developed for ski terrain and home ownership. The remainder will be preserved as forest and wildlife habitat.


The American ski resort of Moonlight Basin is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 2,134m7,001ft.

Moonlight Basin has direct access to 49 marked pistes, served by a total of 6 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 3,048m10,000ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Moonlight Basin is highly rated by Snowboarders.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Moonlight Basin?

The next notable snow forecast is 14cm6in, expected on 20 September.

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Ski Area Stats

Moonlight Basin Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Moonlight Basin Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,048m10,000ft
Lowest Piste2,134m7,001ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Moonlight Basin
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Moonlight Basin Overview

At Moonlight Basin, guests enjoy long, groomed runs, open bowls and challenging chutes in a truly spectacular setting with a full compliment of dining options and slopeside accommodations. Skiers and riders can purchase the Lone Peak lift ticket offering seamless skiing between Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort, totaling a combined 5,512 acres adding up to the largest interconnected network of skiable terrain in America.

Three on-hill restaurants offer the perfect place to relax and take a break from the slopes. The Pony Express Lodge at the base of the Pony Express Lift offers a variety of pastries, breakfast items and lunch menu. The Madison lodge offers homemade soups, salads and barbeque-style food for lunch in addition to fine dining nightly and ongoing live entertainment at the Jackass Creek Saloon. Exerience the area's best dining and spa experience at the slopeside Moonlight Lodge. in the Moonlight Lodge, the Timers Deli offers light breakfasts and a variety of both hot and cold sandwiches for lunch. For dinner, the Timbers Restaurant showcases some of the finest dining in Montana.

Moonlight Basin offers a variety of the area's finest slope side lodging where guests will enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful amenities including private hot baths and full kitchens. Ski-in, ski-out to both Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort from the Cowboy Heaven cabins, Moonlight Mountain Homes and Penthouse Suites.


Welcome to Moonlight Basin, Montana's New Frontier.

- Nearly 2,000 Acres of Skiable Terrain and 4,150 total vertical drop.

- 7 lifts, including ..... ...... ......

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Three Forks'.

Location and Map

Where is Moonlight Basin?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Madison, Montana.


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How to get there


Ski Lift Capacity

The six ski lifts are able to uplift 9,100 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Moonlight Basin open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Moonlight Basin, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Moonlight Basin Tourist Office for the latest.

Moonlight Basin