Moonlight Basin Resort in Montana announced Wednesday that record snowfall has prompted an early partial opening Dec. 3, 2010, through Dec. 9, 2010. The resort received more than seven inches of new snow in the last 48 hours to bring the base depth to 35 inches.
The Dec. 3 opening date will mark the start of operation for the Iron Horse Lift, providing access to 10 Moonlight Basin runs. Lift tickets for the early-opening period will cost $25 for adults and $20 for juniors, college students and seniors.
As originally planned, Dec. 10 will remain the exclusive opening for season-pass holders only in that no day tickets will be sold for that specific day. On Dec. 11, the entire resort will officially open for the season, and regular-season ticket pricing will be in effect. Regular lift tickets are $58 for adults and $49 for juniors, college students and seniors.
Moonlight is adjacent to Big Sky Resort and joint lift tickets and passes are available. Big Sky plans to open for skiing on Thanksgiving.
(Photo courtesy of Moonlight Basin)