Lifts

The Biggest Skiing in America demands America's best lifts.


From installing the world's longest fixed-grip triple lift in 1973 to the world's most technologically advanced lift and America's first 8-seat lift in 2018, Big Sky Resort has consistently been a leader in advancing chairlift technology. Learn more about our top-of-the-line chairlifts, both on-mountain and upcoming.


COMING FALL 2021

SWIFT CURRENT 6

Swift Current 6 | Big Sky Resort Swift Current 6 Announcement Video


Coming summer 2020, Swift Current 6 is the next step in Big Sky Resort's 2025 Vision. Traveling at a staggering 1,200 feet per minute (6 meters/second), the heated 6-seat chairlift equipped with a weatherproof Big Sky Blue Bubble will be the fastest six-person chairlift in North America.

The upgrade will be replacing the current four-person high-speed chairlift with state-of-the-art Doppelmayr D-Line Technology. This translates to a fast, warm, whisper-quiet, and comfortable ride for guests. The advanced Doppelmayr Direct Drive technology improves reliability and energy efficiency to keep lifts running smoothly.

Progressive safety features include an adjustable loading carpet, automatic locking and unlocking safety bars, and speaker systems at each lift tower for emergency communication. The lifts wind-resistant design further improve efficiency and reliability, and a redesign of the top terminal will enhance the flow of traffic from the Shedhorn area and reduce the number of stops occurring at the offloading ramp.




INSTALLED 2018

RAMCHARGER 8

Ramcharger 8 - The Story Video telling the story of the construction of the new Ramcharger 8 lift.


As the first 8-seat chair in North America, Ramcharger 8 launched lift technology into a new era. Big Sky Resort worked closely with Doppelmayr to utilize their most advanced capabilities to greatly enhance guest comfort, reliability, and safety.

Achievements include the first direct-drive motor in North America, creating significantly increased reliability. the highest possible energy efficiency, and whisper-quiet rides. Equipped with a weatherproof Big Sky Blue Bubble and ultra-wide ergonomic heated seats, guest comfort is optimized while the improved technology eases maintenance. The 30' x 10' high resolution LED screen at the bottom terminal displays weather status, resort information, and promotional material to guests both loading the lift and in the Mountain Village area.

Other features include height-adjustable conveyor loading for safety and efficiency, fully automated chair parking to keep the chairs in optimal condition, and European-style tapered towers which improve structural efficiency. 




INSTALLED 2016

POWDER SEEKER 6 & CHALLENGER 3


It's best to be in good shape before skiing these lifts, because they don't give your legs much of a break. In summer 2016, Powder Seeker replaced the Lone Peak Triple lift and Challenger transformed from a double to a triple. Both chair upgrades were designed to add access to Big Sky's advanced terrain with comfort and reliability top of mind.

Whisking skiers up to the top of the bowl in only 3 minutes, Powder Seeker 6 takes comfort to a higher level with heated seats, headrests, and a Big Sky Blue Bubble. The upgrade from a 3-place to a 6-place chair also doubled uphill capacity, encouraging skiers to explore across Big Sky's expansive terrain.

Challenger 3 might not be as flashy, but the installation of a conveyor loading system allows the chair to run 30% faster than before. Its burly components allow it to run in harsher conditions, allowing consistent access to some of the resort's most coveted advanced terrain.



Lift Stats

Lift Features Capacity Vertical Length Ride Time
Lone Peak Tram High Speed 15 1450 ft 2828 ft 4 min
Ramcharger

High Speed
D-Line Technology
Heated seats
Big Sky Blue Bubble

8 1160 ft 4578 ft 4.5 min
Powder Seeker High Speed
Heated seats
Big Sky Blue Bubble
6 833 ft 2643 ft 2.5 min
Six Shooter High Speed 6 1828 ft 8457 ft 8.5 min
Swift Current High Speed 4 1647 ft 8555 ft 8.5 min
Thunder Wolf High Speed 4 1728 ft 5966 ft 6 min
Shedhorn High Speed 4 1484 ft 4623 ft 4.5 min
Southern Comfort High Speed 4 1250 ft 6055 ft 6 min
Lewis and Clark High Speed
Weatherproof Bubble
4 715 ft 4182 ft 4 min
Iron Horse Fixed Grip 4 874 ft 3370 ft 7.5 min
Lone Tree Fixed Grip 4 650 ft 1540 ft 3.5 min
Derringer Fixed Grip 4 429 ft 2481 ft 5.5 min
Challenger

Fixed Grip

3 1645 ft 4111 ft 9 min
Lone Moose Fixed Grip 3 1292 ft 4131 ft 8.5 min
Dakota Fixed Grip 3 1210 ft 3100ft 6 min
Pony Express Fixed Grip 3 560 ft 3100 ft 6 min
Cascade* Fixed Grip 3 448 ft 3295 ft 6.5 min
Sacajawea Fixed Grip 3 544 ft 2562 ft 5 min
Cabin* Fixed Grip 3 136 ft 1614 ft 3 min
Highlands* Fixed Grip 3 951 ft 3845 ft 8 min
Madison Lift* Fixed Grip 3 207 ft 2552 ft 5 min
Headwaters Fixed Grip 2 686 ft 1500 ft 3 min
Explorer Fixed Grip 2 622 ft 3700 ft 7.5 min
White Otter* Fixed Grip 2 210 ft 2200 ft 4.5 min
Little Thunder* Fixed Grip 2 71 ft 922 ft 2 min
Stagecoach* Fixed Grip 2 191 ft 2170 ft 4.5 min


*Primarily real estate access only.

Big Sky Resort also has 12 surface lifts.