[R1512R, Moonlight Basin] opened last weekend with a blast of mid-winter powder. "People who have lived in the area for 35 years say it's the best they've seen," Greg Pack, General Manager for Moonlight Basin, told OnTheSnow.com. "They're out there skiing off trail and through the trees already. My kids were falling in waist deep snow."

Over half of Moonlight's passholders showed up for a special season pass appreciation ski day prior to the official opening of the resort. A departing cold snap buried some runs such as Snake Bite under dry, knee-deep champagne powder, and five of the resort's seven lifts operated with groomers buffed out for smooth arcing turns.

The resort welcomed the face shots in December, an added boost to the financial agreement reached earlier in the month that provided Moonlight Basin with the funds to operate for the next two ski seasons as the resort restructures under bankruptcy proceedings. The agreement also provided the resort with the time to develop a long term restructuring plan and pursue litigation with Lehman Brothers.

Opening weekend also saw the Headwaters lift crank up its bullwheel, with skiers heading into its expert chutes. The wintry conditions followed by continued snow set up the resort for the holiday season.