Enjoy the Skiing and Spa at Moonlight Basin by Abbie Digel
On a random Thursday in February, it was snowing and the great outdoors was calling to me. I left the office early and drove up the winding road to Moonlight Basin where I found a great parking spot in the Madison Village base area. After a quick cup of coffee, I met up with two of the Moonlight Basin Ambassadors for their regular 1:30 p.m. guided ski service.
For anyone interested, the Ambassador program is great, especially if you’re looking to meet people who know the mountain really well, and want to ski what’s good, at any skill level.
I had reserved a 3 ‘o clock appointment at Moonlight Basin’s world class Montana spa, so we only had an hour and a half to ski, but we made the most of it. That afternoon, I just wanted to lay into my edges and rip some high speed turns on the groomers.
My Ambassadors, Margo and Bill McGinnis from Bozeman, work at Moonlight every Thursday greeting guests, answering questions, and guiding riders throughout Moonlight’s vast terrain. That day, they took me down the long, sweeping runs under the Six Shooter chair, the cold wind blasting in our faces, our laughter ringing in the air from the chairlift. It was an incredible afternoon and I would recommend to anyone that they look for Moonlight Ambassadors, the friendly people in the orange jackets, every day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. outside of the Moonlight Lodge and Madison Village base area.
I made plans to meet up with Margo and Bill the following Thursday, then sped on my way to the Moonlight Lodge, where the warm, bright room and smiling faces behind the counter in the spa awaited. The spa, located in the lower level of the lodge, includes fitness equipment; indoor/outdoor heated pool; a locker room with showers, beauty products, a steam room, a gift shop; and a relaxation room.
There were so many options, but after some consideration I signed up for the signature facial. I figured with the cold, dry air and weekends spent skiing in windy and sunny conditions, these forces must have damaged the skin on my face.
After taking a warm shower and wrapping up in the soft robe and slippers provided, I cozied up in the relaxation room with a magazine and a cup of tea.
Debbie, my treatment specialist, greeted me and showed me a warm private room, with dim lights, and a sweet lavender smell where we began my facial. She inspected my face with a magnifying mirror while a stream of warm steam blew on my face, opening up my pores, releasing toxins. She removed all externalities and then consulted me on my skin, asking what issues I may have.
Throughout the 75-minute treatment, Debbie massaged a variety of peels and mask onto my skin. While the treatments settled, she massaged my scalp. My shoulders immediately relaxed, then my back, and the rest of my body. The tension held in my muscles and bones from long days of work slipped away.
I received two specialized masks: one for acne and one for dry skin. I could feel a slight tingle/burn sensation, but Debbie assured me that it was the mask ridding my face of dead skin. For the remainder of the treatment, she massaged my shoulders, neck, arms and hands as the tension continued to melt from my body.
Throughout the weekend my skin glowed, it felt soft, and looked cleaner than it ever had before. Debbie also gave me advice on what brands and types of cleansers to use, what to watch out for, and how it’s helpful to exfoliate often and use a toner to remove dead skin.
After the treatment, I immediately felt better and knew I had made the right choice. I relaxed once more in the steam room, changed back into my ski clothes, and drove down the mountain, in a perfect state of bliss.
About the Author: Since graduating from Colorado College with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a minor in Business Economics in 2009, Abbie Digel has had various positions in marketing, editorial and outdoor education. Originally from Northwestern Pennsylvania, Abbie fell in love with the wild west when she spent a semester in the Rockies in the fall of 2005 with the National Outdoor Leadership School. After acquiring her Certificate in Publishing from the University of Denver in 2010, she interned for NOLS Professional Training. As the assistant editor of Outlaw Partners’ print and web publications, Abbie hopes to blend her passions for writing, editing, telemark skiing, and exploring Southwest Montana.