Skiwees: Get em’ Started Early By Brian Hurlbut

I took my son, Arlo, skiing the other day at Moonlight Basin, the first time we had a chance to ride together for a few weeks. A three-year “veteran” of Moonlight Basin’s Skiwees program—he started skiing before he turned two—I wanted to see how he was getting along on the slopes. First off, he wanted to spin a few laps on Derringer to hit the jump in the small terrain park. While I watched, he landed two perfect jumps and then informed me he wanted to ride up Lone Tree. So, up Six Shooter we went, skied down to Lone Tree and got off at the top. Arlo

said he wanted to ski Horseshoe, so I happily obliged, not knowing how he would do. As I watched him ski, I couldn’t help but be impressed and proud. He was carving open stance parallel turns—often times right on my heels—with speed. More importantly, he was smiling the whole time. It hit me at that point: my son is now officially a little skier dude, and loving it.

We made it to the bottom, but he wasn’t done. Back up Six Shooter we went, this time cruising down Meriweather, possibly one of the best blue runs in the county. Then back up Derringer for one last run through the terrain park. While riding up the lift, I couldn’t help but think of how lucky our family is—Arlo has a two-year-old sister, Sabine, who is tearing up the magic carpet—to live here and be able to come to Moonlight. Not only is the instruction in the Ski Wee program top-notch, but everyone is friendly and accommodating. Employees know Arlo by name, they cheer him on and encourage him. I know—or least recognize—most people on the hill at any given time. There are no crowds. We can park close to the lodge and get to the lifts quickly, and I can easily ditch work for a few hours to take my kids skiing. We can share a hot chocolate and a cookie (Arlo recommends the snickerdoodle) at Madison Village Base Area, or venture over to the Moonlight Lodge to warm up by the fire and feel wrapped in luxury.

Arlo started snowboarding this year too, and I can’t think of a better place to learn. Moonlight is a big reason why my wife and I live in Big Sky, Montana, and choose to raise our children in a mountain town environment. Kids like Arlo aren’t just building ski and snowboarding skills at Moonlight Basin, but life skills as well. And I can’t think of a better place to learn those, either.


Skiwees is now available as a 6-week or 4-week program with classes running 7 days a week. For your peewee to become a skiwee check out this following information regarding the program.

6 week program begins week of Monday, January 2.
4 week program begins week of Monday, February 27.
Program offered daily, parent selects which day child attends.
Saturday Skiwees is now full. There is plenty of space available Sunday- Friday!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meeting Place:
Madison Village Base Area

Registration Fee:
$220- 6 week program/ $147- 4 week program (Prices include instruction and snacks)

1 coach to 3 children, maximum. Lift tickets are required for all participants.
Children 10 years and under ski for free at Moonlight Basin and can obtain a season pass through the Season Pass Office.

Click here to download and print the 2011-2012 Skiwees registration packet.

We are now requiring separate forms for each child being registered. if you have questions or need assistance, please call (406) 993-6062.


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