Big Sky Resort Beginner

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Big Sky Beginner Skiing

Where better to learn or progress, but on uncrowded, wide trails? The Big Sky beginner skiing is all this and more. Novice skiers who opt for the Biggest Skiing in the World ticket have tons of beginner terrain to explore between Big Sky and Moonlight Basin’s 5,532 acres. In fact a large chunk of Moonlight Basin’s terrain features only beginner skiing.  Big Sky offers more experienced beginners the opportunity to ski higher up on the mountain, plus an incredible up-front view of Lone Mountain.

Big Sky Beginner Terrain

When skiing at Big Sky  beginners want to start out at the Mountain Village base area, there they can smooth at the basics on the magic carpets and poma lift. When they’re ready, the Explorer Lift is a great lift to start out on. This short ride brings beginner skiers to several meandering green circle trails, including Lower Mr. K and Chet’s Knob. The Southern Comfort Lift offers novice skiers their own little private playground. Once beginners feel ready the Swift Current High-Speed Quad offers great alpine views and longer sustained green runs, like Upper Mr. K and Natural Half Pipe.

Moonlight Basin’s entire bottom, left half of the mountain is green trails only—specifically between Pony Express Lift and Derringer Lift. Moonlight’s lack of crowds and beginner area is perfect for beginners looking to pick up the sport in the most comfortable environment possible. Beginners who’ve skied a couple times beforehand, and feel they’re ready to mix it up on the slopes with skiers of other levels can take Six Shooter Lift to the top and enjoy skiing down winding Lazy Jack.

To learn more about Big Sky beginner terrain call, or chat with, one of’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Plan your trip

Travel Dates:

Nearest Airports

  • Bozeman BZN (48 miles)
  • Billings BIL (190 miles)

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Mountain Stats

  • 400" of annual snowfall
  • 7704 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 11164 feet, base 6801 feet
  • 20% beginner, 21% intermediate, 31% advanced, 19% expert
  • Projected opening: 12/8/2013
  • Projected closing: 4/14/2014