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Moonlight Lodge going private, Moonlight Basin public access to remain

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BIG SKY - This winter will see some changes at Moonlight Basin.

“The Moonlight Lodge is going to be dedicated to our members and their families and guests for this winter season and moving forward,” said Kevin Germain, vice president of Moonlight Basin.

“The Lodge was never designed as a ski facility. It opened in the year 2000 before there was even a ski area here at Moonlight and we’ve just outgrown it. And we want to protect our Moonlight community. However, Moonlight is not going private,” Germain said.

Moonlight Basin wants to keep its history alive with allowing the public to use the ski, hiking and biking terrain.

“We have a lot of public access. We’ve got a long, storied history with the public here at Moonlight and we want to honor that,” said Germain. “The ski area, our hiking and biking trails within the ski terrain. Those are dedicated to the public and will stay open to the public.”

With opening day approaching for the ski season, Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort are working on improving accessibility from one side of the mountain to another.

Specifically, Germain said they have been working to improve the connections from the Moonlight Terrain to Big Sky Mountain Village, so skiers can more easily get back and forth.

He also detailed some new features for skiers, adding, “We have expanded snow making down at the Madison Base area, a new magic carpet; we’re just really hoping to improve skier experience on the Moonlight Terrain.”

“And I don’t want to forget, lodging guests at Moonlight Basin will have access to all the Moonlight facilities. We have a foot of snow on the ground, the base has started already. It’s going to be a great ski season,” Germain said.

Even though the Moonlight Lodge will only be available for members and guests of Moonlight starting this winter, Moonlight is still open to skiers.

Those who purchased Big Sky Resort passes for the upcoming season will be able to ski the entire mountain, all 5500 acres both North and South, including Moonlight.

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