Moonlight Basin Expansion

Moonlight Basin Expansion

St. Thomas, Mike
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The newest kid on the ski resort block is creating quite a stir on the north face of Lone Mountain: “What we’ve done in our third season is pretty exciting,” beams Andy Goggins, marketing manager of Moonlight Basin. The most electric improvement of the resort’s 2005-2006 expansion is the Lone Peak Pass, a single ticket offering skiers unlimited access to both Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin. The pass creates an über-mountain of twenty-three lifts, over 220 runs, and a total of 5,300 skiable acres—the most in the U.S. This pass alone has created a “big buzz in the industry,” according to Goggins.

Other expansions include the Headwaters Chair, which carries skiers to expert runs on the mountain spine previously only accessible by a 30-minute hike. Mountain crews added six new runs adjacent to the Lone Trail Lift in addition to widening other gladed tree runs. This year is the first for the Headwaters Club, the resort’s loyalty program whose perks include lift tickets and a free day of skiing with every five days purchased, as well as rebates at Moonlight shops.

The new Moonlight Alpine Program offers personalized ski instruction for all ages. Parents have the option of enrolling their children (12 and under) in child care or ski school (or both). The school has a three-to-one student/teacher ratio, which is unique in the business, according to marketing and sales VP Rich Hohne. Also, children ages eight to 14 can enjoy the diverse instruction of the All-Mountain Kids Program, which runs for eight weeks (January 7th – March 4th, choice of Saturday or Sunday classes) and introduces a different skill each week, including powder, moguls, and gladed skiing. For more information contact the mountain at 406-993-MOON or visit their website at www.moonlightbasin.com.
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