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Madison 8: Big Sky Resort building world's longest eight-place chairlift

Madison 8 will replace Big Sky Resort's Six Shooter chairlift.
Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 08, 2024

BIG SKY — Big Sky Resort is undergoing construction to replace the resort's Six Shooter chairlift with what is to be the longest eight-place chairlift in the world.

Stacie Harris, Big Sky Resort's public relations manager, says the lift will be completed in December 2024, and the change is long overdue.

"This chairlift has been one of the upgrades most requested by all our guests. This chairlift is on the mountain's north side, so it is a bit shaded from the sun. In the earlier months of the winter, in December and January, it feels a little cold," Stacie says.

The Madison 8 lift will be able to keep you and seven of your friends toasty all year long.

"The new chairlift will have weatherproof bubbles and heated seats to keep you nice and warm on the ride," Stacie says. "Our guests expect these amazing high-tech chairlifts that are super smooth, quiet, comfortable rides. And that's exactly what this lift will deliver."

Stacie says construction is well underway on the eight-month project. But all this work can't be done with human power alone.

"Pretty soon, in just a couple of weeks, we will have a helicopter come back and pour all of the concrete foundations up the line and up at the top terminal. And yeah, we will see the lift come to life in the next couple of weeks."

Unfortunately, Big Sky cannot disclose the price of this construction endeavor.

FAST FACTS:

  • Nearly double the uphill capacity, transporting up to 2,745 skiers per hour
  • Traveling up to 6 meters per second or 13 miles per hour
  • Longest 8-place lift in the world
  • 8-minute ride time, reducing current ride time by 30%
  • 12-second load interval, for a comfortable, unrushed loading experience
  • 80 chairs
  • 29 towers