Thunder Wolf – Big Sky Resort, MT

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Bottom drive terminal.
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Top station.
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Leaving the base terminal.
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Looking up the line from tower 2.
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Back down the line.
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Breakover towers.
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Arriving up top.
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Base drive terminal.
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Bottom terminal and lift line.
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View down the line in the summer.
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Upper lift line.
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Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.
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New paint 2016.
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Hold down sheaves on tower 1.
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4 thoughts on “Thunder Wolf – Big Sky Resort, MT

  1. Donald M. Reif March 20, 2019 / 10:55 am

    There’s two different styles of UNI terminal on this lift. The bottom drive has the second generation design (with a stack and no ‘tunnel’), while the return station is a first generation design where only the tire banks are covered.

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    • John March 20, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      For what it’s worth, they’re the same generation. The drive terminal has to have a roof over the drive machinery, which is why it looks different. The return, having no machinery to keep out of the elements, can be open like this one.

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      • Collin Parsons March 20, 2019 / 1:30 pm

        The enclosures used from 1989 to 1992 and 1993 to 1994 look noticeably different.

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        • Donald M. Reif March 20, 2019 / 3:00 pm

          Shedhorn 4’s terminals are both of the first generation design, at least, when the lift was Ramcharger 4 and before the UNI G skins were built over them. The second generation design is on Thunder Wolf’s bottom drive, but the first generation design is used on the return terminal.

          While the drive station has to have the raised stack on all UNIs, there are a fair number of UNIs where there is also a matching stack on the return station (Jersey Cream Express being a first gen example, while the Timberline Express, Storm Peak Express and Sundown Express are examples of the second generation design). Another area where these UNI terminals could differ from resort to resort, I think, was an option for the bullwheel to be exposed or covered (Timberline Express enclosing both bullwheels, Shedhorn 4, Jersey Cream, the Outback Express and Peru Express only enclosing the drive bullwheel, and the Storm Peak Express, Sundown Express, Crest Express, and Thunder Wolf 4 having both bullwheels visible on the outside).

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