Jayhawk – Big Sky, MT

Real estate projects in 2019 at Big Sky included two new chairlifts on opposite sides of the resort. This one is in the Madison base area.
Doppelmayr Alpen Star drive terminal with Doppelmayr Connect controls.
Side view of the bottom station.
This lift is strictly for foot passengers and connects two different neighborhoods with Madison.
View up the the mid-station.
This station features foot passenger loading in both directions.
This part of the line is very high off the ground.
First unloading area.
View up at tower 8.
The bottom half of the lift line is mostly flat.
The line crosses over three roads and underneath power lines.
Tower 9.
The top terminal with Doppelmayr operator house.
A tower and two chairs.
Side view of the return station in the Lakeview neighborhood.
Unloading area.
Riding out of the top terminal.
Tower 9.
Combo assemblies on tower 8.
Approaching the middle station.
Downhill side of the mid.
Chair spacing is very wide with only 28 chairs total.
View back up the line.
Arriving at Madison via Madison.
Lift overview.
Tower with combo assemblies.
A chair with pads on both the seat bottom and back.

11 thoughts on “Jayhawk – Big Sky, MT

  1. powderforever45 January 9, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    What is the mid station used for?


  2. battbann January 9, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    is there a way to carry skis if you are skiing big sky, which i imagine most of the traffic does?


  3. Max Hart January 9, 2020 / 4:01 pm

    I would imagine that this runs painfully slow due to being only for foot traffic, much less than the design speed of 500 fpm.


    • Teddy's Lift World January 9, 2020 / 5:47 pm

      It ran decently fast when I was there. In my opinion, it should run 0 ft/min (it shouldn’t run at all). I don’t think anybody rode it since the real estate off of it is not complete yet.

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  4. Doppelmayr FTW January 9, 2020 / 8:03 pm

    This Lift currently has 1 completed house that is accessed from it, which is currently occupied. it is run primarily for people looking to buy lots and tour the development. Pretty silly if you ask me, but that’s the real estate business for ya! It will have ski access in the future, with an access run which would connect the top with the bottom of six shooter.


    • Peter Landsman January 9, 2020 / 8:07 pm

      When I rode around 1:00 today, the lifty said I was the first non-employee of the day.


      • Doppelmayr FTW January 9, 2020 / 8:12 pm

        We are definitely talking tiny numbers here, the day I rode it there were maybe 5 rides, and that was a lot for that lift.


      • skier72 January 10, 2020 / 10:54 am

        Will there be any pictures of highlands this trip?


  5. Curtis November 12, 2020 / 2:35 pm

    This lift has been renamed to Jayhawk, according to the new 2020-2021 map.


  6. Phoenix February 18, 2021 / 2:21 am

    Considering this is only for foot traffic and has such low capacity it seems like it would have made more sense to put in a jigback or pulse gondola with just 2 or 4 8-person cabins like the new lift in YC.


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