A few new details have emerged about how the newly merged Moonlight Basin and Big Sky ski areas will operate since the merger was announced last week. Passholders who have already bought their passes to either of the two resorts will have access just to that ski area, but management thinks it's "most likely" that they will introduce an upgrade option that will give those passholders access to both mountains at a discounted rate.
As well, Big Sky will take over management of the Club at Spanish Peaks, which CrossHarbor Capital Partners and Boyne Resorts bought jointly earlier this summer for $26 million. The three chairlifts and 207 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain that consisted the private Spanish Peaks ski area before it closed in 2011 will become part of Big Sky's acreage and will be open to all passholders. That terrain sits in the foreground of the trail map at the top, with the lifts leading to the summit of Andesite Mountain.