Moonlight Basin Resort Review

66 Mountain Loop Road, Big Sky MT
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Editor’s Review of Moonlight Basin Resort

Diana Lambdin Meyer Editor’s Rating 5/5 Located on the north slope of Lone Mountain, an 11,200-foot peak in Montana's Gallatin National Forest, Moonlight Basin is defined as much by its spectacular location as it is by its family-friendly, intimate setting. Moonlight Basin began to welcome guests in 2003, and while its amenities and services have flourished, the cozy neighborhood feel hasn't changed a bit.

Just a few miles down the mountain (on Highway 64) is Big Sky Resort, a much larger and better-known facility with whom Moonlight Basin shares many trails, lifts and services. However, Moonlight Basin is popular with families who appreciate a smaller and quieter ski resort. On a busy day, Moonlight Basin will see about 2,000 guests on the slopes, and there's
... more really no such thing as waiting for lifts here. Those who have experienced multiple ski resorts will recognize that Moonlight Basin is a true alpine ski experience. This is also a true ski-in/ski-out resort. Younger skiers (okay, maybe adults, too) have fun with a number of tunnels and bridges that connect various trails and property amenities. The fact that Moonlight Basin and Big Sky have such a good relationship and guests are welcomed to ski trails at both resorts just increases the appeal of these properties.

For accommodations, you and your family have a choice of log cabins in the woods, fully tricked-out condos and a penthouse suite above the main lodge. Hot tubs and fireplaces are abundant and enjoyable no matter what the season.

This part of Montana offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. In addition to all the activities at Moonlight Basin, the region is filled with options for exploring and learning about the wilderness. And of course, you're just about an hour's drive from Yellowstone National Park, the crown jewel of any family vacation experience. less

Our Editors Love
  • Four-season ski resort
  • Plenty of ski-in, ski-out accommodations
  • Close proximity to Yellowstone National Park
Family Interests
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Pool
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Spend your vacation in an authentic log home tucked away in the woods, in a luxury penthouse, or any variety of condominiums and apartments. With more than 200 units with nearly 1,000 bedrooms to choose from, you should have no problem finding something that meets your family's needs.

All units come with a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplaces and washers and dryers. You have choices of housekeeping, garages and hot tubs, along with other amenities. There are your options:

Saddle Ridge Townhouses
These are closest to the lodge, its restaurants and the spa. These units have a lot of stairs and the master bedroom is two levels above the other bedrooms. These come with a hot tub and balcony.
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Alpine Meadows
A fun Swiss chalet-style accommodation, duplexes are among the options for multiple families traveling together. Three- and four- bedroom options, as well as lofts, are also available. But be warned, it's a little bit of a walk to the lodge and its amenities.

Cowboy Heaven and Powder Ridge
These are free-standing log cabins that provide a lot of privacy for families, yet they're within walking distance to the lodge. Unfortunately, they don't have hot tubs.

Beaverhead Condo
The closest to the slopes, these units have garages, indoor hot tubs and separate dining rooms. If you're traveling with friends or extended family, you can sleep up to 16 people in some of these condos.

Cedar Creek Condo
Perfect for a family of four with two bedrooms and two baths. It is also the least expensive lodging option, and is located closer to Big Sky than Moonlight Basin. You'll probably want a private vehicle here.

Stillwater Condo
This unit sleeps up to six and is located closer to the slopes of Big Sky than Moonlight Basin. It's an inexpensive option, but you'll want a vehicle to get around.

Mountain Home
Go ahead and book a complete house with attached garages and all the amenities you would expect in a luxury mountain home. These are scattered throughout the property; you'll have lots of privacy and will need a car to get places.

Cribs are available for $10 per night or $50 per week. High chairs are also available at no charge. Housekeeping does not have gates to keep toddlers safe on the stairways that many of the units have.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available only in the lodge. A few board games, books and DVD's are available for check out at no charge from the concierge.


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