Improvements this year at Moonlight Basin will benefit skiers and riders on and off the slope. A forest management project has turned into a boon with new trails, and the resort upgraded the Headwaters Grille.

Thick forests flanking the lower elevations of Moonlight Basin have required management over the past couple of years. Forest thinning projects, partially to battle trees killed by bugs, have resulted in new ski trails in the Iron Horse area for this winter. The tree removal has opened up glades for advanced skiers and riders.

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Thick forests in the lower elevations of Moonlight have required thinning in recent years for forest health. Photo Courtesy of Moonlight Basin.

The new black diamond glade runs—named Woodward, Hollywood, Upper Bearcat Gully, and Sticks and Stones—can be accessed from Snake Bite. Left ungroomed to collect natural snow, the tree runs will attract skiers and riders for fresh powder on big snow days.

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Find the new runs off of Snake Bite and Powder River. Image Courtesy of Moonlight Basin.

Kids get a new park from the thinning project, too. The new Freestyle Forest is filled with roller coaster whoop-de-doos and other features tucked into trees. Access to the Freestyle Forest can be found on skier's right of Powder River Run.

The resort also upgraded the Headwaters Grille in the Madison Village Base Area. The renovation added more seating, more space and lockers indoors as well as a new bonfire pit outdoors. Kids and families will be able to roast marshmallows at the bonfire during family nights.

The grille serves up snacks, lunch and drinks during the day. After the lifts close, it opens for après ski and special family nights.