Big Sky, MT

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18 thoughts on “Big Sky, MT

  1. Eric Drissell March 17, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I think your description of Sheddy (YAN lift with doppelmayr grips and some doppelmayr towers) belongs on Lone Moose… Shedhorn deftinitely isn’t a YAN lift retrofitted by Doppelmayr :)

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    • Doppelmayr FTW! April 29, 2016 / 8:37 am

      Actually it has doppelmayr tower tubes that were installed there with the intention of building a detachable in the near future. (that didn’t happen of course)

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  2. tjskiloaf17 December 20, 2016 / 9:26 am

    why does the new challenger lift have small extensions on the breakover????

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    • Peter Landsman December 20, 2016 / 9:34 am

      There must have been an engineering change after the towers were fabricated. Possibly related: the haul rope was apparently cut a few feet too short and a new rope had to be brought in after the first splice.

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      • Doppelmayr FTW! January 23, 2017 / 8:27 am

        I can confirm, they did cut too short and had to replace it. However the tower extension was in place before that so those are not related.

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  3. Cvs December 1, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Bridger Bowl got the first Skytrac fixed top drive terminal and the second tension return built by Skytrac.

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  4. Ryan December 8, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I really like how Big Sky has recycled some lifts from other areas.

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  5. Max Hart October 1, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    If anyone hasn’t seen the Ramcharger 8 Construction live cam, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF-_Ptv7I_0

    Look at the size of the fourth and fifth towers! Last spring someone speculated that they were going to try to cross Ambush without any towers in the middle of the trail. Looks like they’ve got that covered.

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    • Doppelmayr FTW October 1, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      The traffic flow is gonna be much better now, was kinda a pinch point on crowded days.

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  6. GreatEight December 17, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Why do all Big Sky’s high speed lifts have low capacity (SIX SHOOTER, POWDER SEEKER, SOUTHERN COMFORT, SHEDHORN)?
    Can additional chairs be added to increase capacity?

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    • Peter Landsman December 17, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Because the skier density at Big Sky is generally crazy low, making for excellent skiing.

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  7. GreatEight December 17, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    can you add design capacity of the high speed lifts to the spreadsheet?

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  8. GreatEight December 17, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Did you take any pictures of the inside of the 8 person chairs on Ramcharger Peter?

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  9. Max Hart December 27, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    I found some neat shots of some of Big Sky’s long (and not so long) since removed lifts:

    Gondola I – 4:05, 6:05
    Lone Peak Triple (now Powder Seeker) – 4:00
    Andesite Double (now Ramcharger) – 4:03

    Gondolas (1 & 2) – 0:15, 2:29, 3:00, 5:29, 6:57
    Lone Peak Triple – 5:32
    Andesite Double (now Ramcharger) – 5:27
    Explorer Double (I know it’s still running) – 7:05
    Mad Wolf Double (now Thunderwolf) – 7:12

    Chairlift.org also has a pretty good collection of Big Sky’s Gondola I:
    http://www.chairlift.org/bigsky.html

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    • Doppelmayr FTW December 31, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      it is frustratingly difficult to find any photos or videos of Gondola 2, the combination of its short life at big sky, the time period, and the fact it only operated on busy days makes photos of it rare. it would be so cool to see two gondolas operating side by side at big sky.

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