The Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana will likely build not one, but three new lifts this summer as it adds Eglise Mountain to its expansive roster of ski terrain. The second section of a future two-stage gondola, along with a detachable bubble quad chair and new beginner triple chair are all slated to debut in time for the Club’s 17th winter season next year.
Doppelmayr USA will build the new lifts and already poured many of the tower and terminal footings last summer. The upper section of the 8-passenger Eglise Gondola will debut first, with the lower stage to be added when the 550,000 square-foot Village Core is substantially completed. That project, located adjacent to the Warren Miller Lodge, is also underway and currently the biggest construction project in Montana. A dedicated building in the village will eventually house the new gondola’s base terminal, not far from the Lodge lift.
The entire expansion is focused on the Club’s beginner and intermediate lesson programs. At the top of the gondola, a learning center will be constructed with magic carpets and a relocated Little Dipper triple chair. Y.C.’s seventh high-speed, bubble quad chair will stretch from the top of the gondola to near the summit of 9,573-foot Eglise Rock. Unlike some other lifts here, Upper Eglise will have bubbles on every chair and maybe even heated seats.
Those who were hoping Yellowstone Club would debut the Doppelmayr D-Line option in North America will be disappointed, as the foundations appear to be for standard Uni-G stations. Even so, you can bet no other expense will be spared on these stations, cabins and chairs.
The new lifts will be the first batch built at the Club since 2007, when a decade of construction ended in bankruptcy (Y.C. bought 15 Doppelmayr lifts in ten years during the boom, neighboring Spanish Peaks added five before also going bankrupt.) The Eglise expansion is designed to accommodate membership growth while maintaining Yellowstone Club members’ signature access to Private Powder™.
Limited to 864 families, the Yellowstone Club added its most new members each of the last three years, buoyed by record numbers of real estate transactions. A gondola and dedicated low-intermediate mountain will surely elevate the ski experience and only add to the Club’s ongoing success.