Ramcharger 8 – Big Sky, MT

Ramcharger 8 is the third lift to travel in the important alignment from Big Sky’s Mountain Village to the summit of Andesite Mountain.
The rear end of the bottom terminal has a large digital display.
View up the lift line at tower 6.
Tower 6.
Towers 1 and 2 at the bottom terminal.
Another look down the line.
Another view of tower 7.
Tower 9.
Inside the return station.
Bottom bullwheel with hydraulic tensioning.
The other side of the bottom bullwheel.
View down the first pitch of the lift.
Unloading area up top with the parking tunnel.
Chair parking rails.
The drive bullwheel and evac drive.
D-Line grip and chair charging rails.
Doppelmayr Direct Drive.
Outside operator controls.
Breakover towers near the summit.
Eight place chair with bubble.
Another view of the bottom terminal.
Looking down at tower 7.
Top terminal end.
Tower 10
Chairs with a view of Lone Peak.
Drive station overview.
Another look at tower 7.
Side view of the top station.
Downhill end of the top terminal.
Tower 13.
Overview of the lift line.
The bottom terminal with chairs parked inside.
An empty line.
Parked chairs in the turnaround.
Side view of the D-Line station.
Upper part of the line.
Lower station overview.
Tower 13 and the upper terminal.
Inside of a chair.
Riding up the line.
Breakover towers.
Giant 501 sheaves.

11 thoughts on “Ramcharger 8 – Big Sky, MT

  1. ropeway geek December 30, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    one question: are all sheaves (support and hold down) the same size?

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  2. GreatEight December 31, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    thanks for adding more pictures Peter!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Max Hart January 1, 2019 / 3:48 pm

      Peter, do you know what the different Doppelmayr sheave sizes are? I’ve only ever taken note of the usual size found on most lifts built in North America in the last 30+ years, and the slightly larger sheaves on Powder Seeker’s larger towers.

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      • Peter Landsman January 10, 2019 / 3:09 pm

        Sweetwater has three different sizes just on the towers. Not sure about the specific diameters.

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  3. Collin Parsons March 1, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    From frequent checks of the webcam, I’m noticing that it’s difficult to find a time when this lift isn’t running. Between normal day operations, first tracks, Everett’s 8800, headlamp night skiing, summer operations, and there’s probably something I’m missing, this lift has to be getting almost as many hours as the Whistler Village Gondola. Once full night skiing is implemented, it will be running even more hours. Speaking of that I’m wondering when night skiing is scheduled to be implemented (with trail lights rather than headlamp tours).


  4. Ramcharger_8 March 26, 2019 / 9:59 am

    Did you ask to go inside the terminal’s?


  5. Paul Wanders April 16, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    Does Anyone Know On Ramcharger 8 How Much Hi Wind It Can Operate In. There Seems To Be Alot Of People On The East Coast Who Don’t Think Ramcharger 8 Would Be Able To Operate In. But If You Look Ar A Reg Open 6 Pack VS Ramcharger Bubble Lift It Seems To Be A No Brainer.


    • Kaden K May 7, 2019 / 11:32 am

      The bubbles probably cause the chairs to swing more, but the chairs are probably heavier. I doubt it can operate in too high wind, but decent.


    • AvocadoAndy August 30, 2019 / 11:55 pm

      All things considered if there were people leaving the bubbles open during high winds the amount of drag produced would be pretty insane. Though I suppose most people would put the bubbles down in the wind anyway just from a comfort standpoint, and the operators could follow special procedures to require the bubbles be put down in particular wind conditions. I’d say a bubble chair is probably less capable in the wind than a regular seat even with the bubble down, especially if they’re equipped with the slatted seats for additional wind resistance. Heavier chairs can help but aerodynamics are pretty key for that too. At the end of they day, I’d probably go with a slatted seat lift as opposed to a bubble if I’m going for wind resistance, even if it comes at the compromise of some comfort for riders.


  6. Charlie May 7, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    I believe they can resist winds up to 60 to 70 mph


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