Originally Posted by marznc
The MCP is usually worth it as long as you get to two destinations. Note that in LCC, you get the MCP is a combo pass. Alta is my favorite, with Big Sky up there. Went to JH for the first time last year, but we didn't have good snow conditions so reserving judgement. Been to GT a couple times and really like it.
If you are willing to pay for a private at Alta, I can give you a recommendation. If you go to Snowbasin, it's a no brainer. Book a lesson with @4ster . Better yet, book two.
Last season I talked a few friends into doing semi-private lessons with me. All guys who are advanced skiers who hadn't ever had a high level lesson with a PSIA Level 3 (or equivalent experience) instructor. Had 2 or 3 students each time. It was really interesting to observe and learn from watching what the instructors did with them. All agreed that it was well worth while.
What areas do you like best at Big Sky/Moonlight?
Private lessons are probably out of reach, I sent a PM just in case though - you never know when you'll hit the Powerball. Snowbasin is definite possibility. It's been on my list for a while but I haven't been able to get there.
As far as Big Sky, I probably spent most of my time skiing the runs off the Lone Peak Triple, mainly in The Bowl (mornings) and Never Sweat (afternoons). I remember some pretty challenging area off of the Challenger lift - Moonlight-Midnight I think. And if I remember right, I got into some serious trouble near Little Tree (steep and very deep with trees throw in just for sport). I also remember some really fun runs on Andesite blues that had some black stretches - Africa, Congo and some others I can't recall.
Regrettably, I only spent a day at Moonlight - I was with my ski club and the package only included one pass. This was a serious mistake as in my opinion, Moonlight is even more pleasant than BS. I remember some nice bumps on runs that could be seen from the lodge area. Also remember some terrific tree skiing, maybe off of Trapline or Double Jack? What I remember most is that Moonlight is like skiing in your own private resort. There are not many folks at BS but there's no one at Moonlight - at least when I was there in late Feb. When I have a chance to get back MT, I plan on rectifying my earlier mistake and will spend most of the time at Moonlight.