(Big Sky, Mont.) – March. 8, 2011 – Moonlight Basin Resort is pleased to announce extended dates of operation for the 2011 winter ski season. The resort will offer two additional weekends of skiing and riding. The last official day of operation at Moonlight Basin was April 10, however now the resort will reopen on April 16, 17, and 23, 24 (weekends only, weather dependent).

Moonlight Basin’s current snowfall is 120% of normal.  The resort receives an average of 400 inches of snowfall annually, and has a current settled base depth of 65 inches.  The resort has recorded new snowfall nearly every day in March. Moonlight Basin’s extended season will include continued access to the “Biggest Skiing in America”, which the resort offers in conjunction with Big Sky Resort.

Ticketing, rentals, retail shops and food and beverage locations will operate in a limited capacity, and all lifts with the exception of the Lone Tree, Pony and Derringer Lift will be in operation. A day ticket will be available for purchase at the ticket windows during the extended season and all 2010/11 season passes will be valid. In addition, guests who purchase a season pass for next season (2011/12) during the pass sale launching on March 19th will be able to ski and ride the remainder of this season, including the extended weekends.

“The current conditions at Moonlight Basin couldn’t be better. Mother Nature has been very generous to the resort throughout the 2010/11 season, and we’re thrilled to offer extended skiing and riding as a thank you to our visitors,” said Moonlight Basin’s General Manager, Greg Pack.

About Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin is an environmentally-sensitive, four season recreational resort and real estate development, surrounded by world-class Rocky Mountain skiing. Ski terrain includes 97 mapped trails, bowls chutes and glades, two terrain parks, as well as 1900 skiable acres and a lift served vertical drop of 2,720 feet and total vertical drop of 4,150 feet.   The resort also boasts 250,000 acres of wilderness and miles of nature trails. Offering  luxury accommodations; Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf; a full-service spa; a variety of dining options; “The Biggest Skiing in America,” in combination with Big Sky Resort; fishing; hunting; rafting; camping; skiing; horseback riding and numerous other activities throughout the year, it’s the perfect balance of luxury and adventure. Located just one hour from Bozeman and 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park, this four-season paradise feels private and secluded, yet is easily accessible year-round.