In May, Big Sky announced plans for the eight-person chairlift, called Ramcharger 8, which will replace the four-person lift on Andesite Mountain, which replaced the old Shedhorn lift. Featuring ergonomically-shaped, extra-wide, heated seats, and a weatherproof bubble, the Ramcharger 8 can carry 3,200 skiers an hour up the mountain. It also includes an adjustable loading carpet and an automatically-locking safety bar.
“The guest experience that Ramcharger 8 brings to Big Sky is unprecedented. There simply isn’t another chair like it in North America,” said Mike Unruh, vice president of mountain operations at Big Sky, in a news release.
Bigger chairs mean more heavy lifting: It took a Blackhawk helicopter 70 round-trips to install 13 lift towers one day in October, the Billings Gazette reported.
The new lift will allow more people to ski at Big Sky, Montana’s biggest resort, with more than 5,800 acres of terrain and a 4,350-foot vertical drop from the top of 11,166-foot Lone Mountain.