Regional amateur skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers are preparing to head to Moonlight Basin for its annual Headwaters Spring Runoff-the resort's biggest spring event. 

The Headwaters Spring Runoff April 1-2 has changed format this year. Organizers eliminated the hike portion, putting all of the competition into the freeride descents through the maze of chutes and cliffs in The Headwaters.

Competitors can check out various lines in The Headwaters on Friday to pick the best, most dazzling routes. Juniors will choose their lines through Coldspring or Firehole while adult competitors can opt for routes through Hellroaring, Jack Creek, or Rock Creek.

The event no longer allows registration on the day of the event, and entry is limited to 80 competitors. All competitors need to sign up and pay entry fees by April 1. Entry costs $40 for juniors and $60 for adults, which includes the kickoff party Friday night. Competitor lift tickets are available for $43 on Friday and Saturday.

The competition takes place Saturday, drawing spectators to the Stillwater Bowl to watch the extreme skiing and riding.

Moonlight Basin is offering the Spring Spectacular Package, available to competitors, spectators, and spring visitors. The package includes three nights of lodging and two days of lift tickets, starting at $93 per person per night based on quad occupancy. Children 10 years old and younger can stay and ski for free. The package is available March 26 through April 10.

More information: Headwaters Spring Runoff; lodging, 888-766-4989.

Moonlight Headwaters (Lonnie Ball)

David Roy drops through The Headwaters at Moonlight Basin. Photo: Lonnie Ball