Little Thunder – Big Sky, MT

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Bottom drive-tension station.
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Looking back at the base.
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Lift line.
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Approaching the top.
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Top bullwheel.

11 thoughts on “Little Thunder – Big Sky, MT

      • Ryan Gardner December 16, 2018 / 10:49 am

        Peter, can you please note that on the main page for Big Sky?


      • Myles Svec February 27, 2021 / 8:42 pm

        It was built in 1955 at Brighton so technically this lift is one of the oldest in the US.


  1. Carson February 28, 2021 / 9:50 pm

    I’m just kind of curious why people think that this was majestic from Brighton the terminals and towers aren’t the same. There were 4 towers that were similar to these the bottom terminal was only drive meanwhile the top was only counterweight now granted these things can change but still I feel like this was not from Brighton but if you can prove me wrong go for it I’m kind of interested to see if people have evidence that this was the true majestic that was at Brighton
    Some links to see the lift in its former spot at Brighton


    • Utah Powder Skier March 1, 2021 / 12:38 pm

      I would guess that some of the other towers on this lift came from Evergreen at Brighton. The drive terminal looks to be only modified to a combined drive/tension on the original motor room.


      • Carson March 1, 2021 / 7:07 pm

        Evergreen was removed in 2007 though


        • Utah Powder Skier March 1, 2021 / 7:33 pm

          You’re right, my mistake. I would guess that Big Sky recycled some towers from Challenger when it was rebuilt by Superior Tramway.


    • Utah Lost Ski Area Project January 18, 2023 / 10:58 am

      After doing more research, I wonder if this lift came from the former Cottage Springs ski area in California. The area had a short 1981 Riblet and closed in 2006, which would make sense with this lift being installed the same year. Considering that White Otter came from Conquistador, it would make sense that Big Sky would acquire a relatively newer Riblet rather than to reuse parts dating back from 1955.


  2. π–™π–π–Š 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 π–π–”π–—π–“π–Šπ–™ March 3, 2021 / 1:34 pm

    They took the name from snoqualmie lol


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