What ski runs to hit based on your skiing level

With 5,500 acres, Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin have a broad range of terrain for all levels of skiers and riders. From mellow cruisers and perfectly groomed blue trails, to powdery trees, steep chutes and wide open alpine slopes, we have it all.

Here are a few highlights:

Big Sky

Mr. K (green) – The perfect beginner run, Mr. K is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. You can’t beat it!

El Dorado (green) – A rolling, wide-open green run that follows the Southern Comfort lift line, this is a perfect place to practice your form.

Elk Park Ridge (intermediate) – One of the best blue runs in the country, Elk Park Ridge has a perfect pitch to open it up and arc big turns.

Upper Morningstar/The Bowl (intermediate/advanced) – The views of the tram Cirque are unparalleled. And the skiing is darn good.

Liberty Bowl (advanced) – The easiest run off the tram, and also the longest, Liberty gives you that feeling that you could jump right off the mountain and fly.

The Big Couloir (expert) – Another line at Big Sky Resort worth superlatives, the Big is one of North America’s classic ski lines. Grab a partner, check in with patrol, and screw up your courage – this line is proud.


Moonlight Basin

Horseshoe (beginner) – Horseshoe rambles for two miles down Moonlight’s western flanks. Take your time, and stop to take in unbelievable views of the North Summit Snowfield.

Lookout Ridge/Icehouse (intermediate) – Lookout is the signature blue run at Moonlight, and Icehouse is a lovely diversion. Stop at the long flat spot to snap some photos of Fan Mountain, to the west, then rip the headwall.

Lone Tree Face (advanced) – Spend an hour or two spinning laps on Lone Tree Face and you’ll work yourself silly – and never ski the same run twice. This is the perfect spot to hone your skills before venturing into the Headwaters.

Second Fork to the Elbow Room (expert) – This is the prime line in the Headwaters – a cirque of prime lines. Starting at the apex of the ridge, and descend fall line past the confluence of first, second and third fork. Veer left into the Elbow Room, an obvious dogleg chute that dumps you into the apron.

North Summit Snowfield (expert) – A locals’ favorite, the Snowfield descends more than 2,000 feet from the summit of Lone Mountain to the wild, undeveloped moraine below. You’ll need a partner – or three, and to check out with Moonlight patrol in the top shack.