Six Shooter – Big Sky, MT

big sky 2-22-07 012
Lift line.
big sky 2-22-07 010
Garaventa six-passenger chair.
big sky 2-22-07 019
Tower 22 looking up.
big sky 2-22-07 045
Bottom terminal and towers.
big sky 2-22-07 076
Garaventa CTEC Stealth top terminal.
big sky 2-22-07 091
Arriving up top.
Bottom station and lift line.
Top terminal, lift shack and maintenance rail.
Another view of the bottom return station.
Top terminal from below.
Looking down the very long lift line.
In this photo taken from The Headwaters, the turn is obvious.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

47 thoughts on “Six Shooter – Big Sky, MT

  1. Matt February 7, 2018 / 1:41 am

    I believe this lift is a bottom drive.


    • Eric Drissell February 7, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      It is. All the lifts at Moonlight are bottom drive except for Pony.


  2. Thomas Jett May 31, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Why did Doppelmayr use Stealth terminals on this?


    • Collin June 1, 2018 / 5:36 am

      Because it’s not a Doppelmayr. It was built during the short period when the two companies were under the same name but operating separately. Doppelmayr and CTEC built their own products at their own facility but both were sold as Doppelmayr-CTEC.


  3. Noah January 4, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    I heard that patrol had to perform a rope evac off of Six Shooter yesterday, over a mechanical issue. Has anyone else heard anything about this?


    • Max Hart January 4, 2019 / 5:24 pm

      Didn’t they rope evac Six Shooter last March too?


      • Noah January 4, 2019 / 5:35 pm

        I believe so


    • Jason Craig January 9, 2019 / 7:39 am

      No. There was no rope evac. They were able to get everyone off of it. I was there.


      • Noah January 11, 2019 / 8:17 pm

        Thank you for clearing that up, and I apologize for the misinformation. Their must have been a communication error between myself and a friend who was there at the time of it.


  4. powderforever45 October 14, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    Are they going to put bubble chairs on this?


    • Donald Reif October 18, 2019 / 1:13 pm

      Not without some major infrastructure overhaul and maybe complete replacement of the terminals and sheaves.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Paul W July 20, 2021 / 8:20 pm

        I Beleive That That Lift is Slated To Be Replaced With D-Line Technology 6 Pack.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Donald Reif July 20, 2021 / 8:47 pm

          Come on Paul, you’re not fooling anyone.


  5. skiz January 9, 2020 / 2:48 pm

    opt 1
    build second lift where moonlight wanted to build before bankruptcy

    opt 2
    replace 6 shooter, bubbles and heated seats, and mid at top of current then extend to the top of lone tree


    • Teddy's Lift World January 9, 2020 / 3:59 pm

      I really like the idea of the second lift. It would really leave Lone Tree to only be a lift to lap the steeps off of. It will be REALLY nice to have a second lift out of that base area. Six Shooter just isn’t enough. I wonder what they’d do about the current 6er though.


    • Donald Reif January 9, 2020 / 3:59 pm

      The midstation route seems impractical. It would be more practical to just build a new lift and keep the others as is.


      • Doppelmayr FTW January 9, 2020 / 8:21 pm

        But if you do that you only get the benefits of a new lift on that side, you still have to ride the freezing and long six shooter to get back to big sky. If you do the mid station you pay more for the one lift but you effectively removed the need for a second lift and all the terrain has bubble coverage. Six shooter right now only does 1800 pph and it never runs full speed so a 3000-3200 six pack bubble would cover that side just fine, plus you could re-align Lone tree and keep it there so you could still lap Obsidian and Dont tell mama.


        • Donald Reif January 9, 2020 / 9:53 pm

          A two lift option would increase flexibility in the event Six Shooter goes down or whatever.


        • Doppelmayr FTW January 10, 2020 / 1:18 pm

          That is true, however it would still leave skiers stranded on that side of the mountain.


    • Benjamin Edwards January 12, 2020 / 3:17 pm

      If they could find a way to get it to the base of the tram, like going over the ridge or multiple midstations.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Benjamin Edwards January 12, 2020 / 3:20 pm

        Maybe another lift going to the base of the Horseshoe Bowl.


      • Phoenix January 23, 2021 / 6:07 pm

        Detachable midstations are incredibly expensive; it’s rare to see non-gondola lifts with one of them, let alone multiple. A midstation is essentially the line equipment of an entire terminal (minus bullwheels) per side direction of lift – if both the uphill and downhill side goes through there (as is usually necessary for a significant direction change) the station needs two sets of acceleration/deceleration equipment. By the time you’re having multiple midstations it almost always makes more sense to just build multiple lifts, even if those lifts are all detachable.


  6. Phoenix February 21, 2021 / 8:19 pm

    They desperately need to increase capacity on this lift, whether that’s adding more chairs or replacing it. There was a 45 minute line for this lift this morning and they weren’t even running this lift at full speed. There was 14 second chair spacing making the capacity 1540 pph which, as the only lift out of Moonlight Basin and for the amount of terrain it serves, is just way too low.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Utah Powder Skier February 21, 2021 / 9:07 pm

      So much for Big Sky advertising no lines for lifts. They were replacing Swift Current because the line exceeded 5 minutes!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Phoenix February 21, 2021 / 10:47 pm

        The 5 minute line has been a myth this weekend. Today I waited a long time for Six Shooter and yesterday I waited 10 for Ramcharger and I’ve waited 15-20 several times for Swift Current (although since as you said that’s being replaced it doesn’t really count). Covid wasn’t reducing capacity either; they were fully loading every chair.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Skiier February 22, 2021 / 9:26 am

    I was at big sky yesterday and they were definitely not loading every chair to capacity. Ramcharger was loading 3-5 per chair and swifty had loads of 2s and 3s. Didn’t get over to six shooter but that lift often doesn’t run full speed so I wouldn’t be surprised if it had a huge line, especially with how they are loading chairs these days.


    • Phoenix February 22, 2021 / 11:15 am

      Really? Every time I’ve been over there they’ve been loading 4 on every single Swift Current chair, and they were fully loading ramcharger when the lines were bad on Saturday.


  8. vons3 March 6, 2021 / 9:48 pm

    I know from various sources within the resort that BS will replace this lift with a D-line six moving 3200pph at some point in the future as this lift is the definition of a mainline lift and is critical to the product on the north side and future expansions on Moonlight. I expect they will reuse the existing lift in a shorter peripheral location such as on Flatiron mountain or in the Ice house area of moonlight as these Stealth 3 detachables are solid machines, but there is some debate as this lift could also be sent east to a boyne resort that has similar Garaventa Ctec equipment…. I just hope the replacement is moving to up in priority as the last two seasons the lines have been getting ridiculous even when they stack 5-6 a chair and keep the wheel turning.


  9. BarkeeStone November 6, 2021 / 6:27 pm

    I have never been to Big Sky Resort before, but I think this lift area could use something like this:
    The red line from the bottom of Six Shooter is the infill lift(A) that will likely be an HSQ or HSS chair that will lead people off to the other side of the mountain. The goal I’m thinking is that people will have more chances to explore that area of the mountainside and have more lapping opportunities from Six Shooter. The second lift will act like another infill lift(B) but it leads to the farther part of the mountain. The yellow line is just an alternative line for the second infill lift to meet at the same top of the infill lift(A). Any thoughts?


    • Myles Svec November 6, 2021 / 8:02 pm

      I think your lift A would be a good idea but it should go all the way to the top of Lone Tree. Moonlight wanted to build a lift on your lift A alignment but going all the way up to the top of lone tree before it became bankrupt and was bought by big sky. I think big sky would probably replace six shooter with a bubble six pack and then use the relocated lift for your lift A.
      The infill B is not really needed since you would be able to lap all of its terrain from lift A and Big Sky does not have too many skiers utilizing that terrain.

      Liked by 1 person

      • skitheeast November 7, 2021 / 9:55 am

        The proposed lift from the base of Moonlight to the top of Lone Tree also has a line already cut. It would serve the same terrain as all three of your proposed lifts and then some. It really should be built, as the terrain currently only serviced by Lone Tree (and the Tram) is completely underutilized.


  10. The Skier January 21, 2022 / 12:27 pm

    I would like to see Big Sky replace Six Shooter with a new D line and then reuse the old Six Shooter on an alignment going from the base of Six Shooter to the top of Lone Tree


    • vons3 January 23, 2022 / 12:36 pm

      Six shooter will be a D line soon they are still considering what to do with the current Stealth 3. Last I heard it will become a peripheral lift in a non critical alignment. I would think that the lift needed on Flatiron Mountain which runs along the ridge between Highlands and Lone Moose would be a good spot. The alignment on Flatiron is around 6500 ft. long so a detach is needed but I don’t think BS wants to spring for new lift over there as it would only serve two long green trails and some high end real estate.

      They definitely need to do something on Moonlight with lifts, snowmaking and lodges all becoming sub par for a world class resort experience, and the level of real estate development going on.


      • The Skier January 23, 2022 / 6:44 pm

        As long as you brought up the Madison base area- I am shocked that improvements to the Madison base area aren’t part of 2025. The main lodge building is just a yurt, there is no shopping to speak of, and there aren’t any hotels or condo buildings either. It is like the base area you would find at a small ski area, not a resort that is trying to brand itself as a world class destination. It will be fun to see what happens to this base, but I don’t see anything happening to Madison anytime soon.


        • John January 23, 2022 / 8:31 pm

          Lone mountain Land owns the Base Facilities of Madison, and they apparently have extensive redevelopment plans for that base area. No idea on timeline but probably won’t start till the One and Only hotel is done not far from there


  11. The Skier January 23, 2022 / 10:20 am

    Actually, if they are going to invest the money in a new d line on this part of the mountain I would just as soon like to see the new alignment from the bottom of sixer to the top of lone tree have the fancy lift. There is way more terrain that could be lapped off this lift than six shooter meaning this new alignment would be used by skiers more than sixer. It doesn’t really make much sense to spend the money relocating an older lift to the more used alignment. And big Sky could always decide to replace six shooter with a d line at some point in the future even if they leave it as is initially.


    • vons3 January 23, 2022 / 12:44 pm

      Agreed the base to lone tree alignment serves way more lapping terrain and I think your Idea would save them some time before having to drop the cash on the new D-line lift for six shooter.


  12. The Skier January 28, 2023 / 3:37 pm

    Does anyone know why Six Shooter is down?


    • ShangRei Garrett January 28, 2023 / 7:23 pm

      Six Shooter is always down for some reason or another. Not sure why this time, but it’s no big surprise


  13. Werner January 30, 2023 / 9:55 pm

    Was recently skiing at Big Sky (when this chair went down in fact), I see that a lift line was cut for another out of base lift (Pine Maarten?). There is also a single lift tower on what I think is that alignment near the traphouse/icehouse junction. Any idea what the tower is from and why it wasn’t removed?


    • The Skier January 30, 2023 / 10:39 pm

      The lift line you are referring to is from back when Moonlight Basin was a separate resort. They wanted to build a second six pack going to the top of Lone Tree, but the project didn’t come to reality before Moonlight went bankrupt. That lift would help so much by allowing the lone tree terrain to be lapped with one lift, and provide extra capacity out of Madison base which is badly needed, especially when Sixer goes down.

      It sounds like this lift will finally be built as a D-line 6 pack after Big Sky finishes the tram and Explorer gondola.

      As for the tower, I have seen it before. It isn’t a matter of not removing it since there has never been a lift on that alignment. I believe it was installed there as a training area for ski patrol to practice rope evacuations, but someone else can chime in if they know for sure.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Werner January 30, 2023 / 10:48 pm

        Ah I see. Usually two towers and some short cable lengths are the giveaway for rope evac training but as you said, there has never been a lift there. I was quite confused when we popped out of the woods and there’s just a random tower sitting in the run. Thanks!

        Certainly another lift is needed on that side. There is so much great terrain to lookers right of Moonlight yet it is very difficult to access. Seems like a great way to spread some traffic out and greatly improve out of base capacity which is certainly needed out of there.

        The lines were about as bad as any resort I’ve ever skied this past weekend–not knocking Big Sky as the snow was great and control work takes time, but they are far from being an uncrowded resort.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Ben Eminger January 31, 2023 / 8:29 am

          The lines this last weekend were insane due to limited terrain available due to 6er being down & the summit/south face area needing significant avalanche work done to get it open. Now that said area is open and 6er is fixed, the lines aren’t as bad. But you are indeed correct, Madison base needs more capacity big time.

          Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s