Montana’s newest ski resort, Moonlight Basin (406/993-6000, www.moonlightbasin.com, $51 adults, $41 college students, seniors, and youth ages 11–17, free for kids 10 and under) is right around the corner from Big Sky, on the northern face of Lone Mountain. To reach the ski area, continue about two miles past Big Sky’s Mountain Village.
The views from Moonlight’s slopes are spectacular, and it helps to know that the resort has made an effort to protect the environment.
Although it’s not as expansive as Big Sky, Moonlight Basin does have trails to suit every level of skier or boarder, and cheaper lift tickets than what you’ll find at most high-mountain resorts. It’s an especially good place for beginners because there’s plenty of gentle terrain. The five lifts include three quads, a triple, and a high-speed detachable six-passenger chairlift.
One lift and some terrain are actually shared with Big Sky Resort.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition