Moonlight Basin

P.O. Box 160040, Big Sky , MT (Driving Directions to Moonlight Basin)
Last Updated: 11/27/2015 2:02 AM

Moonlight Basin Lift Ticket and Ski Pass Deals

Moonlight Basin Single Day Lift Tickets
At this time, Moonlight Basin tickets are not available on Liftopia.

Moonlight Basin Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

At Moonlight Basin, skiing and snowboarding are more than activities—they're an experience.

It starts with our terrain. Nestled in an ideal section of the Rocky Mountains, Moonlight Basin's elevation and northern exposure allow the 400 inches of dry, light snow that fall each year to stay around longer. Out of this abundance come conditions like nowhere else.

Our unique terrain also creates ... a rich variety of runs. From gentle trails and impeccably groomed cruisers to hair-raising chutes, there’s something for everyone... and the room to enjoy it. With the Six-Shooter—Montana’s only high-speed, six-passenger chairlift—and over 5,500 acres of terrain through the Lone Peak Pass with neighboring Big Sky Resort, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a crowd.

With world-class conditions; terrain that ranges from kid-friendly to "you’ve got to be kidding!"; and amenities designed to enhance your every moment, Moonlight Basin is taking snow sports to new heights.

Join us today and discover what skiing and riding should be.

Children 5 and under always ski and ride free at Moonlight Basin.
Read more

Moonlight Basin Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Moonlight Basin Operations



Lifts Open/Total

7 of 7

Weekday Hours

Mon-Fri: 9a-4p

Trails Open/Total

101 of 85

Weekend Hours

Sat/Sun: 9a-4p

Moonlight Basin Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

7,000 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

4,150 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

11,150 ft

Moonlight Basin Ski Pictures and Photos

Moonlight Basin Logo
Moonlight Basin Trail Map

Moonlight Basin Reviews & Tips (27)

Our family skied 3 days at Big Sky and 1 day at Moonlight Basin the last week of March, 2013. I would have loved to ski another day at Moonlight as we didn't have time to hit all the runs. I loved Moonlight, especially in the morning when most runs were just groomed. Not crowded. Nice long blue and green runs. I would definitely recommend it to people of all abilities. Even though Big Sky has more runs and more lifts, $49 on Liftopia vs. $89 at Big Sky. That's a big difference.
Moonlight Basin review written Apr 01 2013 - 03:02 PM
Ladwig Clan Intermediate Skier
We stayed a week at Moonlight Basin and ski both Moonlight Basin and Big Sky. Through Liftopia we purchased 2 day ski tickets for our family of 4 (2 adults, 1 college, 1 junior) ahead of and the total was about the same price as 1 day at Big Sky. No crowds, great snow, wonderful staff. We will be back!
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 30 2013 - 05:21 PM
Mich Advanced Skier
Found an awesome deal for day ticket on Liftopia. Couple of inches of fresh the day I rode @ Moonlight. The whole experience was fantastic. It would take a couple of days at the absolute minimum to get to know Moonlight. Unfortunately I was only there for one. Had a blast. The mountain has everything you could ask for. Sweet tree runs, nice selection of steeps, tons of stuff for all abilities. Try the garlic fries at the Moonlight Lodge, make sure it's at the end of your day though because you can't stop eating them!!
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 10 2013 - 09:14 PM
SD Mtn Twin Advanced Snowboarder
Our family skied at Moonlight Basin on 2/25/13. We got an excellent deal on, and I would recommend skiing one or two days at Moonlight if you are skiing at Big Sky. Nicely groomed blue trails, great snow, and some good short steep pitches for experts. Also, there are nice easier black runs that are semi-cleared or gladed. Moonlight Lodge has the best on-mountain restaurant at Big Sky/Moonlight. It can be accessed from either ski area by the Iron Horse quad. Offering both sit-down dining and a deli, there's something for everyone.
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 06 2013 - 04:02 PM
Matthew Advanced Skier
We were staying at Big Sky all week and decided to ski Moonlight one day since it was so close. We loved it! Definitely smaller than Big Sky, but there were no lines (we were there on a Thursday) and the chutes, glades, and bowls were all in great shape! More sheltered from wind the day we were there. We parked at Moonlight Lodge, but would probably choose to park at Madison Valley Base Area the next time because it has easier access to the Six Shooter Lift, which in turn accesses the advanced terrain and upper mountain lifts more easily than over at the Iron Horse lift (next to Moonlight Lodge). There was enough advanced terrain that we could have definitely done another day at Moonlight and skied more new trails. And the price via Liftopia was great (plus military members get 1/2 price tickets, which was cheap for my husband)!
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 19 2013 - 09:20 AM
Kris Advanced Skier
Great place. It is a hidden gem. No lines, great conditions, great staff. Thanks to Liftopia only paid $49.00, a real deal
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 17 2013 - 06:01 PM
Augie Advanced Skier
Great place for the whole family! Great snow. No lift lines. You have to redeem lift tickets @ madison lodge.
Moonlight Basin review written Jan 22 2013 - 09:17 AM
someone Advanced Snowboarder
Loved, loved, loved this place. Skied Christmas Day, and was the best day I've had skiing in recent years. I fell in love with the place and would go back in a heartbeat. Perfect for us 'blue-groomer-bordering-on-black' runners. Beautiful, interesting terrain. The staff was friendly and positive. It matters.
Moonlight Basin review written Dec 29 2012 - 05:16 PM
OldLady Intermediate Skier
Moonlight is certainly much smaller than its bigger brother Big Sky, but you get more value for your money. The lift lines are non existent and I really liked the diversity of the terrain. The snow was all powder heaven. Go ski or board the Headwaters if you are an expert! I would ski or board at Moonlight again any day.
Moonlight Basin review written Dec 26 2012 - 02:51 PM
Patrick Kruegel Advanced Snowboarder
Snow: Good Midwest snow. Lifts: No lines at all! Almost nobody on the runs. Runs: Perfectly groomed. Lots of beginner and advanced trails. Few intermediate ones. Staff: friendly people. Going from Big Sky to Moonlight Basin can be annoying since there's a shuttle only every hour. The way back is even worse since the last ones are either at 3:45 or 6 something. I might consider renting a car. Hitch hiking was fairly easy, though. I will definitely go again when I improve my snowboarding to take advantage of the black diamonds.
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 21 2012 - 03:39 PM
andersonvom Intermediate Snowboarder
This was the greatsest place ever!!!! There wernt many people when i went and it was easy skiing. The runs were terrific and the lifts were not crowded at all. I can only dream about going again and i hope i will soon.
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 03 2012 - 11:04 AM
John Price Advanced Skier
Tons of variety of run choices! Cool back country runs with tons of powdered! Crowds are small and The people are amazing! Jennifer the bar manger is the coolest lady since sliced bread
Moonlight Basin review written Jan 16 2012 - 02:20 PM
Kelly Anderson Intermediate Snowboarder
The best skiing I've had all year. Light powder - and skiing in the trees. Couldn't have been better. Mike, a mtn host showed us the hidden gems on that mountain. 20 years ago I lived in Big Sky for one winter. Really cold! I live in Sun Valley - when you want sun it's here.
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 24 2011 - 09:14 AM
skigalfun Advanced Skier
Build a yurt/sundeck mid mountain in the terrain park. That way we can watch the mayhem & spend money on hot coco or Micro brew, or use the restroom. Heavenly & even Snowshoe does this, Intrawest must know something? You all had the same type set up in the parking lot of pony express, but not this year. Build a small sun deck and put yurt on it with deck chairs - tables inside - small heater for the bartender. Huge ROI - do it please. Thanks again for great trip - worth the trek from L.A. Lower Alabama
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 16 2011 - 11:37 AM
Maggie Advanced Snowboarder
Overall a nice but small place to ski. If skiing in the area for 5-7 days, I think 1 day at Moonlight is enough. There were high winds the day I was there, so Headwaters and Lone Tree lifts were closed. Had they been open I probably would have really enjoyed the experience. I would have taken the day off as this essentially excluded a significant (and the best) portion of skiing, but remember that tickets cannot be exchanged for a different day or refunded.
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 16 2011 - 08:14 AM
Richard Advanced Skier
The best glade skiing I've done in 10 years. Get a local to show you the terrain or ask one of the mountain hosts to escort you.
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 12 2011 - 04:20 PM
Bellevuebroad Advanced Skier
Big Sky has more terrain and diversity. But Moonlight Basin is a great place to ski, shielded from the wind, great grooming, dry snow, and NO lift lines. There is a nice bowl for intermediates and a great terrain park that I spent about five runs on to get all of it. Liftopia saved us about $60 on three lift tix, definitely worth it.
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 10 2011 - 03:42 PM
Tom Byrne Advanced Skier
Awesome time at Moonlight. Ski the glades, especially whiskey.
Moonlight Basin review written Mar 07 2011 - 06:34 AM
CA Advanced Skier
Our trip to Moonlight was great. The lines were short and the staff treats us like they are very glad we came. The runs are varied enough to please our family which ranges from green to double diamond black. Buying our lift tickets through liftopia saved us enough money to extend our ski days to 5. We will be back next year.
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 22 2011 - 02:32 PM
Kris Dolva Intermediate Skier
Moonlight Basin was a treat. We felt like we discovered a secret....beautiful terrain with no lift lines and great snow. Facilities were clean, staff was super friendly and the food prices were reasonable. We had two children in the ski school and they both had great instructors. We can't say enough about the beauty of the trails and we were fortunate to have great conditions. Liftopia saved us 40% on a two day pass.
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 12 2011 - 03:10 PM
Family of skiers Advanced Skier
Moonlight provides great variety of terrain with absolutely no crowds. We found stashes of powder in the trees and flew down the groomers. Our only complaint is that they need some bathrooms out on the mountain, not just at Madison Lodge!
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 09 2011 - 07:05 PM
Older than we were and Younger than we will be Advanced Skier
When I went up, there was no fresh snow for a week. Too bad for me. I'll say the glades were better at Big Sky. The accommodations were better at Moonlight. I couldn't ride the chutes because they were so wind swept so I can't comment. I'd just say be careful when ducking in the trees here unless it is a glades trail. They are tight packed.
Moonlight Basin review written Feb 04 2011 - 09:18 PM
Drock Advanced Snowboarder
Not advanced enough for headwaters, but enjoyed doable tree skiing in Whiskey. Take the 10:30 mountain tour.
Moonlight Basin review written Jan 31 2011 - 07:19 AM
EJS Advanced Skier
Spent 5 days skiing in Big Sky and 4 of them @ Moonlight. Don't believe the hype...Moonlight is the place to Ski and Ride in Big Sky. Want to feel like they are glad you are there...drop in on the top of MB...
Moonlight Basin review written Jan 13 2011 - 08:57 PM
SkiWild Advanced Snowboarder
although it had not snowed in a while, headwaters was still skiing good. on a powder day this would be the run. lots of snow and no one to get in the way.
Moonlight Basin review written Dec 26 2010 - 06:12 PM
skiracer Advanced Skier
Great place to ski! Better dress really warm though and make sure to hit the slopes between 11am - 2pm when the sun hits the slopes! My husband and I had a great time and looks like a great place for families to ski. Liftopia saved us around $85 by purchasing a 2 day ski package ahead of time!
Moonlight Basin review written Dec 22 2010 - 04:17 PM
Shannon Allison Intermediate Skier
Sick chutes up in thar!
Moonlight Basin review written Oct 20 2010 - 03:08 PM
Webmaster Advanced Snowboarder

Share your Moonlight Basin Reviews & Tips

Points to consider while writing:
  • - Definitely talk about the snow, the lifts, the quality of the run, the staff/instructors
  • - Would you go again?
  • - What would you say to others with your skill level who are interested in going?

Other great deals nearby

Alta, WY Trail Map
1 Deal Available
Laramie, WY Trail Map
1 Deal Available
Red Lodge, MT Trail Map
5 Deals Available
Sandpoint, ID Trail Map
3 Deals Available
Conner, MT Trail Map
3 Deals Available
McCall, ID Trail Map
6 Deals Available
Kellogg, ID Trail Map
7 Deals Available
Jackson Hole, WY Trail Map
4 Deals Available
Wallace, ID Trail Map
1 Deal Available
Big Sky, MT Trail Map
3 Deals Available