Stagecoach – Big Sky, MT

This Skytrac Monarch double chair is the final version of a lift on which construction began in 2008. Moonlight Basin filed for bankruptcy and Skytrac finished the lift in 2017.
The lift line crosses under high-tension power lines and over a reservoir.
Top drive/tension terminal seen from below.
Skytrac tower 8 and Doppelmayr tower 9.
View down the lift line.
Upper section of the line. The Doppelmayr equipment came from Beaver Creek.
Bottom station. This lift is purely to provide egress from a real estate development.
Skytrac Peak fixed return.
Control pedestal.
Load station overview.
Lift overview.

22 thoughts on “Stagecoach – Big Sky, MT

  1. Matt G. April 12, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Not really needed for this lift, but on SkyTrac Lifts in general, do they have the option/capability to have foot rests? That could be a big limit to their growth at larger resorts with longer lifts if they can not do that.


    • Collin April 12, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      All three eastern Skytracs have foot rests. This includes the Summit Quad at Berkshire East and both Skytracs at The Hermitage Club.


    • Doppelmayr FTW April 12, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      the chairs on this lift are old doppelmayr chairs, the same model as white otter


      • Cooper June 16, 2018 / 1:40 pm

        Powder mountain’s Sundown, Mary’s, and Village are all Skytracs and have footrests. I would imagine yes.


  2. Jonathan June 17, 2018 / 9:39 am

    Where did the chairs come from?

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  3. Jonathan June 17, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    I don’t think that is true because I have one of the old chairs on my porch and I have seen the other chairs around the resort for seating. I heard from the Mr. Phill Patterson, that the rest of the chairs went to the employees.

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      • V12Tommy April 5, 2022 / 9:24 am

        Oh, that makes sense then. I was thinking Drink of Water, as it was removed the same summer. I was thinking the same thing as Jonathan, I remembered my former roommate going to pickup a chair. Haymeadow was in the boneyard for quite some time then. It was replaced before I even moved here.


  4. V3 June 18, 2018 / 8:27 am

    The Lift was Hay Meadow all 160+ chairs where in the boneyard and the original drawing set was from that lift. We only used 61 chairs for the Stagecoach lift, word was Moonlight was going to use 30 or so to replace the current chairs and increase capacity on the Headwaters lift.

    BTW the Doppelmayr bull wheels are on the Bozeman craigslist for $800 each or $1500 for the pair but you have to pick them up, If you need a Kiss 940 they may have one available too as the whole Moonlight boneyard is getting scrapped soon.

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  5. Peter Pitcher June 20, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Where are they listed in craigslist, I can’t find them


  6. Teddy's Lift World January 17, 2019 / 4:57 am

    Is there only a slow button on that control pedestal?


    • snowbasinlocal12894 January 17, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      On this particular lift there is no reset or start button outside. I think the lift must be restarted from the lift shack. I could be wrong though.


    • Sam A. March 21, 2019 / 9:07 am

      Many return pedestal on lifts only have a stop, slow, and beeper. The lift can only be sped up, reset, or started by the drive terminal. It could be different, but that is what I’m used to seeing.


    • pbropetech March 25, 2023 / 3:23 pm

      As Sam mentions, return terminals typically do not have start or fast capabilities. This is an industry standard, more or less. The console pictured is a return terminal.


      • Ben Eminger March 26, 2023 / 9:34 am

        You can only start & speed up this lift from the drive terminal, our Doppelmayrs can speed up the lift from the return but only the drive can start.


  7. Maxwell Uguccioni May 11, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Why didn’t they just use the remaining Doppelmayr parts?


    • V3 January 9, 2020 / 8:02 pm

      Short answer, Liability and missing parts.

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      • The Skier March 25, 2023 / 12:38 pm

        What would the liability be? Used lifts get relocated all the time so I don’t see how this would be a liability issue.

        Also, wouldn’t Moonlight have set aside the parts intending to finish the lift in the future? How did whole terminals get lost??


        • Everett March 25, 2023 / 12:47 pm

          You can see on google earth the entire lift was sitting in a staging area not far from the line, I would imagine sitting exposed in the mud for 10 years with no attention or maintenance did a number on the old parts.


        • vons3 March 25, 2023 / 5:09 pm

          As Everett posted 10 years left exposed, the project was literally abandoned due to a bankruptcy mid install in 08′, nothing was protected or secured in any way in the boneyard. It was also discovered that some of the existing foundations had shifted making it no advantage to reuse the old equipment since we were going to have to design and build new foundations anyway.

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