Visitors to Montana's Moonlight Basin will find new amenities this winter: an entry gate, a bridge, a sledding hill, a snowshoe trail, a new run, and a cell phone trail map.
Drive up to Moonlight Basin, and you'll enter through the new entry gate. The new welcome entryway features hand-forged chandeliers and Kalispell Ledger rock. You can get information from the mountain concierge here.
Ski back to your lodge, and you'll glide over a new ski bridge. The bridge - built from 250 tons of weathering steel -- is the longest ski bridge in the U.S. It spans 795 feet and rises 15 to 50 feet above the ground. "The bridge's height will give riders and skiers the sensation that they are soaring through the treetops of mature lodge pole pines," said John Knapton, Director of Mountain Operations in a press release.
The resort is also introducing their new Blazing Saddles Sledding Hill, located near the Madison Village Base Area. Sleds will be available for rent. "It's a great way to end the ski day or keep kids too young to ski entertained," said Janette May, Director of Sales and Marketing. "Honestly, though, I think the parents and grandparents have just as much fun as the kids."
Those looking for an alternative to the slopes can mosey down the resort's new snowshoeing trail. The three-mile-long route begins near the Moonlight Lodge. The resort's lakeside snowshoe trail begins at the Madison base area and loops around Ulreys Lake. Snowshoes are available for rent.
Advanced skiers and riders will find a new run. Timberwolf trail now plunges off Horseshoe Run.
Moonlight skiers and riders can navigate the slopes with an interactive Satski trail map on their cell phones. You can plan routes, track family and friends on the mountain, and find out what services are available at any location. Finish your day by looking at a 3-D Google Earth replay of your vertical achievements.
- Snow Reports