Trip Ideas: Big Sky/Moonlight Basin

Why? Because it is one honking mountain that never gets crowded.
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Trip Ideas: Big Sky/Moonlight Basin, Montana (Photo: Courtesy of Big Sky Resort)

WHY: Because it is one honking test piece of a mountain complex (5,800 skiable acres with the two resorts combined) that never gets crowded. There are enough steeps here to launch your careers in ski-porn, and the mountain has added even more glades where you can seek out Montana’s finest stashes.

WHAT: The Big Couloir is mandatory—steep enough to scare the crap out of you on entry, but wide open and beautifully soft once you make it in. Quell your jitters there, then head to the North Summit Snowfield.

WHERE: There are no crowds here for a reason, but if you want to wrangle with cowgirls and cowboys (and maybe get your asses kicked), head up to Stacey’s in Gallatin Gateway.

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Headwaters Grille at Moonlight Basin will be preparing a special Valentine's Day dinner for you and your sweetheart. Call the Mountain Concierge at (406) 995-7716 for reservations.Photo Courtesy of Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin

By 2010, Moonlight plans to lower its base by a quarter mile, giving the mountain more vertical than Big Sky.

Big Sky 2011

Big Sky

It’s not just the sky that’s big; it’s the mountain. There’s the rapidly expanding, hyper-modern village. There’s 11,166-foot Lone Mountain, soaring more than 4,000 feet above the base. There are 50-degree chutes, exposed faces, and miles of low-tuck, high-speed cruisers.