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If you have an emergency or need to leave an emergency message on the mountain, please call Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Six Shooter Lift or call (406) 993-6651 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (winter months). After hours and other times, call 911.
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First Aid facilities are located at the Madison Village Base Area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the event of an accident, place your skis uphill of the injured person in the form of an X. Send several people to a lift terminal or other staff location with a description of the injured person, the injury, and the location relevant to permanent landmarks (e.g. lift towers or trail junctions). Those reporting accidents should not leave until released by a staff member in the event that Ski Patrol dispatchers may need further information.
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Moonlight Basin Ski Patrol is the lead operation for lost persons within Moonlight Basin ski boundaries. Contact our Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Six Shooter Lift or call (406) 993-6651 during the hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (winter months). After hours and other times, call 911.
Moonlight Basin offers two convenient parking locations. Parking at the Madison Base Area and the Moonlight Lodge is FREE to guests.
The Mountain Concierge at the Moonlight Lodge can arrange for pick-up and delivery of UPS and FedEx packages. Standard U.S. Postal Service and stamps are also available at the Mountain Concierge. A post office is located in the Meadow Village Center at Big Sky.
Handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the Moonlight Lodge and the Madison Base Area.
Mountain Concierge is only open from 7:30AM-6:30PM (406)995-7716.
Moonlight Basin is situated in a high-alpine environment, much of which is above tree line.
During the fall and winter seasons, it is common for Moonlight Basin to receive 2-8 inches of snow in a 24-hour period. However, occasional large storms will dump several inches in just a few hours. Moonlight Basin’s northerly exposure keeps the sun from affecting the snow conditions until late in the season. Overall, Moonlight Basin has some of the best snow in the Rockies.
During the summer, temperatures often climb into the upper 80’s, while the nights remain cool. There is very little humidity, and that, combined with plenty of sunshine, is what
makes our Rocky Mountain climate unbeatable. During the summer, afternoon thunderstorms aren’t uncommon, but expect mostly crystal-clear, breezy days.
At anytime of year, it’s important to be prepared for our high-altitude climate. Wear plenty of layers and lots of sunscreen.
Big Sky is located in the Gallatin National Forest just 48 miles north of the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The Park Boundary is actually only 18 miles from Big Sky, but the gate at the West entrance to the Park is another 30 miles south, in the town of West Yellowstone.
The year-round population of Big Sky is about 1250 people. During the summer and winter months, the population rises by about 300-400 people, accounting for those people with second homes and vacation homes in Big Sky.
The elevation in the meadow area of Big Sky is 6200 feet, and the elevation at the base of Lone Peak is 7500 feet. The elevation at the summit of Lone Peak is 11,166 feet.
Although Big Sky is known primarily as a ski resort, there are actually many different summer activities that draw visitors as well. Because Big Sky is located within a National Forest and in such close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, you’ll find a wealth of hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, rafting, kayaking, climbing, golfing, and other outdoor activities. Most activities in Big Sky are available with professional guide service, or can be enjoyed alone. View our Summer Activities page to learn more.
Although together, Moonlight Basin and Big Sky resort are known mainly for its 5512 acres of skiable terrain and the country’s longest vertical at 4350 feet, there are plenty of other winter activities to enjoy. It’s home to uncounted miles of superb cross-country skiing trails, as well as trails for snowshoeing. In addition, you can enjoy ice skating, dog sledding, sleigh-ride dinners, or backcountry snowcat dinner rides. View our Winter Activities page to learn more.
Big Sky has over 25 restaurants, bars, and other eateries, and more than 40 shops selling everything from groceries to toys, clothing, jewelry, books, fine art, antiques, and more. Big Sky is home to full-service spas to help you relax and rejuvenate in the finest of surroundings. Our hotels and lodges cater to special needs, offering the finest accommodations, and unparalleled cuisine.
The closest airport that services the Big Sky area is the Bozeman, Montana airport, located just 38 miles north of Big Sky. The Bozeman airport is serviced by Delta, Northwest, United, Alaska and Horizon airlines.
Moonlight Basin has a full slate of kids’ activities in the winter season, and other outdoor and recreation activities are available throughout the Big Sky area. Be sure to inquire in advance of any planned activity about any age limits, for example, for rafting or horseback riding. Within a less than two-hour’s drive of Big Sky to the north or south, you’ll find a wider variety of activities for smaller children, such as museums, parks, and West Yellowstone’s Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center – a care facility for wild animals that can’t survive on their own.
Glacier National Park is located just north of Kalispell, Montana, and is about an eight hour drive from Big Sky.
What other airports or major cities would be possible to fly into when visiting Big Sky?
Billings and Butte, Montana, are each about a three hour drive from Big Sky. Salt Lake City, Utah is a six hour drive, and Denver is a bit farther, at about a ten hour drive.