Lone Peak Tram
The Lone Peak Tram is proud to transport skiers and riders since the 1995-1996 season. The story of its inception is one of labor and love. Before The Tram, Big Sky Resort was known for its intermediate terrain and light lift lines. But a hankering for the extreme among Big Sky's core riders fueled management's decision to shun industry critics and install a tram to the summit which would expand the resort's overall size by 50%. This furthered Big Sky's skiable terrain by over 1,200 acres and increased the vertical to 4,350 feet, placing it among the top three ski resorts in North America.
Construction didn't happen without its share of logistical concerns, though. The Tram was built with the aid of 3,000 helicopter flights and hundreds of specialized high-altitude workers. Even heavy construction equipment had to be torn apart and reassembled at the summit. Today, The Tram continues to transport technical skiers and riders to some of the most difficult terrain in the country while welcoming the less advanced skiers and sightseers to 360 degree views of three states, two national parks and dozens of peaks.
- The inside of the cabins were originally painted pink to have a calming effect on the passengers.
- A model of The Lone Peak Tram was blown up in Warren Miller's 1996 film Snowriders.
- Construction began on June 4, 1995 and The Tram was opened to the public on December 23, 1995.
- The Tram has played a key role in several marriage proposals and wedding ceremonies.
- The ride alone is worth it for the scenery with 360 degree views of 3 States and surrounding mountain ranges, including the Tetons on a clear day.
- The Tram may be enjoyed by intermediates who can navigate the groomed blue runs from the top of the Lone Peak triple chair on down to Tram boarding area, then ride the Tram round trip.
- The Lone Peak Tram is a Doppelmayr lift built by Matrix construction from Alaska, a firm specializing in high altitude and arctic conditions. It travels 1,450 vertical feet over a distance of 2,828 feet with two cabins alternating directions.
- In 2007, both Tram cars received a make-over including new windows, the installation of a more durable and protecitve lining as well as new artwork on the exterior.