Headwaters – Big Sky, MT

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Top bullwheel.
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Looking down the line.
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Bottom drive-tension station.
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Riding up.
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Lift line from the base.
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Bottom terminal.
Top station and lift shack.

22 thoughts on “Headwaters – Big Sky, MT

    • Collin Parsons October 2, 2019 / 1:17 pm

      It could have been 10, 11, 19, or 27. I don’t think it was 11 or 27 because this lift is longer, so that narrows it down to 10 or 19.


      • Donald Reif October 2, 2019 / 3:14 pm

        11 was 1,744 feet long, and Headwaters is 1,421 feet long.


      • SubieSki February 9, 2021 / 12:27 am

        Why could it not have been 15 or 16?


        • G1 April 11, 2021 / 8:44 pm

          IF I remember correctly, this lift was chair 5 from Kirkwood, I could be wrong, but it seems that is where I remember it coming from when it was put up.


  1. GreatEight December 17, 2018 / 8:21 am

    IS it possible to be replaced with a high speed quad?


    • Peter Landsman December 17, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Possible but this lift is only 1,421 feet long. At one point it was slated to be replaced with a longer version starting near Lone Tree. The top terminal area is very tight so I doubt it will ever go detachable.

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      • Ethan January 31, 2019 / 8:35 am

        Is that why challenger didn’t go detachable?


        • GreatEight January 31, 2019 / 9:37 am

          Challenger didn’t go HSQ because of room up at the top terminal and because it was an unscheduled replacement.


        • snowbasinlocal12894 February 21, 2019 / 9:31 am

          After seeing what doppelmayr did with little cloud at snowbird. They should have no problem with a detachable terminal up top

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    • The Skier January 24, 2022 / 7:53 am

      Headwaters is planned to get replaced as part of 2025. When they do, I hope it goes from the base of lone tree to an area higher up the ridge. Hopefully the lift will be a triple with a loading carpet like challenger.


  2. GreatEight February 21, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    It was also to prevent beginners from using the lift even though a bunch still do.


    • Ryan Murphy February 21, 2019 / 9:51 pm

      As a passholder, I’ve never seen someone up here who shouldn’t be. Usually the “Experts Only” sign and actual hike into HW prevent that.

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      • Teddy's Lift World February 22, 2019 / 4:45 am

        How hard is the terrain off of Headwaters? I know that it’s all double black terrain, but still. I find it kind of cool that Big Sky is a big resort that still doesn’t have safety bars on all of its lifts.


        • π–™π–π–Š 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 π–π–”π–—π–“π–Šπ–™ March 2, 2021 / 9:17 am

          Ramcharger has safety bars. Explorer has them. Derringer has them. Challenger has them. I think Cabin has them. And I’m sure there are more.


  3. Porter December 4, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    Recently, the entire lift (except the rope or cable), was painted white.


  4. Someone April 14, 2021 / 9:45 pm

    This lift is actually from Kirkwood, it’s the former Cornice Chair/Chair 6. Replaced in 2000 by Cornice Express, it eventually ended up here, ironically serving similar terrain.

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  5. Montana Powder Skier June 12, 2022 / 4:24 pm

    When they replace this they should do something like this:


  6. Montana Powder Skier June 12, 2022 / 4:36 pm

    1: replace headwaters with a triple similar to challenger and make it start at the bottom of lone tree and end at the top of the knob above challenger.
    2: relocate alignment of lone tree to end at the snowfield left of deep water bowl.
    3: make a bubble quad from the bottom of six shooter to the top of the current lone tree.
    4: build two lodges. One at the bottom of Lone Tree and Headwaters and the other at the top of Six Shooter. This should give expert skiers an easy, alternate way to the tram.


  7. Montana Powder Skier December 16, 2022 / 12:56 pm

    I really like The Skier’s idea. Replace Headwaters with a triple that loads at the bottom of Lone Tree and extends to the top of Cold Spring. A HSQ is just overkill.


  8. The Skier January 19, 2023 / 1:18 pm

    Why hasn’t the Headwaters lift opened yet this year


    • Ben Eminger January 19, 2023 / 1:35 pm

      The motor was sent off for a rebuild this summer and we just recently got it back due to the supply chain delay. It’ll soon be open although I am not sure entirely when.


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