Moonlight Basin

Rodgers and DeChambeau celebrate after winning “The Match” on Tuesday. PHOTO COURTESY STACEY REVERE

Big swings raise big money

Tuesday was a big day for Big Sky. Our community received attention from a national audience tuning into “The Match”. The fourth version of Capital One’s “The Match” took place Tuesday, July 6 at The Reserve golf course at Moonlight Basin.

You’ll need a pass code to access the private portion of Jack Creek Road, and 11-ish mile passage owned by Moonlight Basin that connects Big Sky and the Madison Valley.

A mutual benefit

Two hundred thousand dollars. That’s approximately how much it costs Moonlight Basin to maintain its 11-mile stretch of private roadway which connects Moonlight, and the rest of Big Sky, to Ennis and beyond.

Lenay didn’t start snowboarding until 2007, but has taken the snowboard bull by the horns since then. “Follow your passion. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do it. If they do, just use that as motivation to make it happen,” he said.

Bound for B.C.

Big Sky local Chance Lenay was busy recently, packing up his gear and snowboard and heading to Revelstoke, British Columbia to compete in the Freeride World Qualifiers held on January 10.

Moonlight Territories I, II and III stand at center of Lone Mountain Land Company’s ongoing effort to win approval for Moonlight’s 10-year Overall Development Plan.

Wildlife in Moonlight

The Wildlife Conservation Society praised Lone Mountain Land Company as “a unique conservation developer.” The Greater Yellowstone Coalition also gave a nod to LMLC’s efforts and sensitivity toward wildlife.

This landslide along Jack Creek Road is one of two, this one being much more pronounced. The slide was repaired around seven years ago, but soon began its creep downhill again. Moonlight Basin is currently investigating better ways to deal with the slide, the most recent possible fix costing upwards of $750,000.

Our other way out

Imagine your driveway happened to be an emergency access for a few of your neighbors, and it was your responsibility to maintain a safe escape route. Now multiply that by 1,000, and you’re looking at the situation Moonlight Basin faces with its ownership of Jack Creek Road.

Special Olympian Skye Breitenfeldt rounds the corner during the afternoon snowshoe races. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

More cowbell

Heavy, windblown snow came down sideways at times, but that didn’t discourage 11-year-old Special Olympian Payton Fulton. He flew down the Cupajo run, whipping through the gates with ease as his volunteer helper pulled up the rear and Lone Peak High cheerleaders celebrated from the sidelines.

Want a front row seat to what’s happening with Moonlight? Head over to Virginia City, Monday, Feb. 26 to watch the 11-member Madison County Planning Board review Moonlight’s overall development plan, or ODP. Starts at 6 p.m. at 103 W. Wallace in VC.

Three hotels proposed in Moonlight

As you wind down toward the Madison base area at Moonlight Basin, off to the right is a wild swath of land proposed to become the Overlook. It’s imagined to be a lower-density neighborhood between the “amenity centers” of Madison Village and Ulery’s Lake, offering both the solitude of the forest and convenience of a planned community.

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