By April every year, Moonlight’s Headwaters are in prime shape. Chokes of the chutes are filled in. The aprons are fat. The wetter spring snow sticks to the rocks and makes hero conditions. The sun is finally shining on the north-facing cirque, but the mountain is about to shut down.

Not this year. In keeping with the theme of Montana’s ski areas for spring 2011, Moonlight Basin is extended operations for the winter ski season by two weekends. The last official day of operation at Moonlight Basin was April 10, however now the resort will reopen on April 16, 17, 23 and 24 (weekends only, weather dependent). Big Sky will be open those days, and Bridger Bowl also extended its season further into April.

Moonlight’s ticketing, rentals, retail shops and dining will operate in a limited capacity, and all lifts with the exception of the Lone Tree, Pony and Derringer will run. Guests who purchase a 2011/12 season pass (pass sale starts March 19) can also ski and ride the remainder of this season.

“Mother Nature has been very generous … throughout the 2010/11 season, and we’re thrilled to offer extended skiing and riding as a thank you to our visitors,” said Moonlight’s General Manager, Greg Pack.