Big Sky Tram and headed down Headwaters on the Moonlight Basin side
Ski.com visited Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin this week, and it was quite literally awesome. Big and beautiful with a real sense of place, this stunning corner of Montana is a treat for expert skiers as well as families.
With 5,532 acres of terrain between Big Sky and Moonlight Basin and a tagline that boasts The Biggest Skiing in America© , the obvious size is impressive. However, it’s hard to believe the actual scale of the place until you see the Big Sky Tram disappear into the mist hanging on Lone Peak or a speck transform into a snowboarder descending Moonlight Basin’s Headwaters. These mountains are massive, and the extreme terrain is downright impressive. But don’t worry: skiers have to take some initiative to get involved in the serious double blacks (i.e. ride the tram or hike a short way), so thankfully little Billy isn’t going to get cliffed out on the Dictator Chutes by accident.
Speaking of little ones, this place is heaven for families. The lower-mountain terrain is a mix of wide-open groomers, irresistible tree trails, terrain parks and undulating runs that meander through pine forests. Off the mountain on the Big Sky side, Mountain Village is circled by lodges, the Mountain Mall and about a dozen restaurants. After the lifts close, teenagers circle around outdoor fire pits, giggling kids (and adults) fly across a zip line overhead, the Summit at Big Sky slope-side hot tub bubbles with après-ski activity, and snowcats depart for Montana Dinner Yurt.
There’s much more to say about Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, and if you’d like to learn more, visit our resort page or call one of our Mountain Vacation Specialists at 800-908-500.
Thanks again to our hosts in Big Sky and Moonlight Basin. We’ll be back!
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