Big Sky, MT

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32 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)


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

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


    • 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.


  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.


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

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


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

    If anyone hasn’t seen the Ramcharger 8 Construction live cam, here it is:

    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?


    • 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?


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

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


  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 also has a pretty good collection of Big Sky’s Gondola I:

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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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    • ah May 14, 2019 / 10:26 am

      That’s a fantastic video for well more than just the lifts!


  10. Kaden K May 12, 2019 / 8:38 am

    Are the new lifts that are being constructed this summer real estate lifts?


    • Collin Parsons May 12, 2019 / 8:48 am

      Yes. Flatiron will start near the bottom of the Cabin lift and goes to the top of Lone Moose. Lakeview will start off the Natwista trail just above Madison base area. You can see the line from the Derringer lift.

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  11. Doppelmayr FTW May 13, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Pretty sure Flatiron is called Highlands, the other lift planned for Flat Iron Mountain would be called Flatiron.

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  12. Jonathan June 21, 2019 / 10:58 pm

    What stations will the new lifts have?


    • reaperskier June 22, 2019 / 5:07 am

      probably doppelmayr alpenstar terminals.


  13. Maxwell July 3, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    Swift Current has 32 towers


  14. Sam Wendles October 12, 2019 / 10:47 pm

    Will Lone Moose be getting a loading carpet this season?


  15. powderforever45 October 14, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    They changed Lakeview to Madison?


  16. rebecca October 20, 2019 / 12:14 am

    Top five lifts (in my opinion) that need to be upgraded or have a loading carpet
    1. Iron horse
    2. lone tree (or have a detachable in the area)
    3. tram to have more capacity per hour
    4. dakota
    5. lone moose


  17. Sam Wendles October 20, 2019 / 4:06 am

    I saw on the big sky 2025 page that the new south face lift was going to go from mule skinner, hippie highway junction to the top of lone peak. It should start from the bottom of screaming left instead.


    • Collin Parsons October 20, 2019 / 9:44 am

      The Liberty Bowl seems to have been removed from current plans in favor of increasing capacity on the tram. I can’t find anything about it on the 2025 plan website while “tram upgrade” is there.


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