White Otter – Big Sky, MT

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Bottom station.
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Another view of the base.
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Riding up.
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Towers 2A and B.
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Looking down the line.
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Top bullwheel.

12 thoughts on “White Otter – Big Sky, MT

  1. Brett Knox November 2, 2016 / 8:10 am

    What hours do you run daily, On a pow day, how early do you have to be on this lift to get up fast.


  2. reaperskier October 24, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    Where was this lift relocated from?


  3. Montana Powder Skier June 14, 2022 / 11:58 am

    This lift should be replaced purely for age reasons.


    • Carson June 14, 2022 / 12:26 pm

      It’s not that old. But I do find it kind of funny that you think this lift is old! It looks well taken care of.


    • pbropetech June 14, 2022 / 8:10 pm

      Unless wear of major components is an issue, age is usually not a factor for replacement. There are hundreds of lifts older than this still operating; Doppelmayr also fully supports these lifts so parts are readily available.


      • Ben Eminger June 15, 2022 / 5:29 pm

        Only real problem this lift has is the major icing of the bottom tension carriage thanks to snowmelt off the roof, it’s an extremely solid & reliable machine, plus it’s only busy from 8:45 to 9:15 as it opens 15 mins before Ram, Swifty, & Explorer to get guests staying in that area to the main base lifts. I’d be surprised if more than 30 people a day ride it from that point onward, these parts as noted above are still supported and readily available, not to mention Doppelmayr lifts of this vintage are quite easy to find & source used/rebuildable parts for.


        • pbropetech December 7, 2022 / 8:30 pm

          After looking at the photo again I can see why. The roof profile practically dumps water on the carriage rails.


  4. Montana Powder Skier June 14, 2022 / 12:48 pm

    Never mind. It just looks kind of rusty. When was this lift originally built?


    • Carson June 14, 2022 / 12:56 pm

      it was made in 1982 at conquistador ski area. most lifts have some form of rust on them it can be a pain to remove sometimes (with exception of more recent lifts). but even at deer valley some of their high speed lifts have some rust nut its mainly surface


  5. Tracy Wilson December 7, 2022 / 6:39 pm

    What is the opening date of White Otter 2 lift for 2022? We will need to take it to reach the base area from our house we are renting. Dec 13 will be our first ski day.


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