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Have you heard of Big Sky 2025?

Jun 5, 2019

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Big Sky has often been at the forefront of chairlift technology and innovation throughout it's long history, from introducing the world's first triple and quad chairlifts, to the USA's first high-speed six-seat chair. The resort has committed to investing of over $150 million in initiatives (called Big Sky 2025) to ensure that Big Sky remains the most technologically-advanced high speed lift network in North America, and with a world-class mountain experience to match. Starting in 2015, the resort has undergone dramatic changes, including the complete overhauls of on-mountain dining, and replacing old fixed-grip chairlifts with state-of-the-art detachable Dopplemayr and bubble chairs (Powder Seeker and Challenger Chair). 

Among some of the other improvements already in place was the debut of the world's most technologically advanced chairlift for the 2018/19 season. It is the first eight-seat chairlift in North America, called the Ramcharger 8, and is a giant leap forward when it comes to guest experience; offering a whisper-quiet ride, extra-wide heated seats, locking restraint bar, and a weather-proof Big Sky Blue Bubble. Even more impressive is the ability to transport up to 3,200 skiers per hour up Andesite Mountain at Big Sky. A new high-speed quad on the south face of Andesite Mountain also installed in 2018 doubled uphill capacity and shortened the ride time in half. Say hello to no lift lines!

Big Sky's focus towards a more seamless guest experience is at the core of these new upgrades. For the upcoming 2019/20 winter season, Big Sky is also adding three gondola cabins, two of which would offer guests a premier dining experience in the smallest restaurant in North America. During Summer 2019, Big Sky will begin their $13 million investment towards completely re-imagining the Mountain Mall at the base of the resort. New dining, après ski, restrooms, and lockers are the main focus of this development, with the resort aiming to introduce a modern food hall for the 2019/20 ski season. On offer to skiers will be increased indoor seating, and new outdoor desks (with fireplaces) boasting prime views of Lone Mountain, as well as new cuisine options including fresh sushi (flown in daily), a ramen station, stone-fired pizza, specialty coffee and crepe stations and a deli. 

Looking forward towards 2025, the following planned initiatives include:
- Renovations of the Summit Hotel and Huntley Lodge
- Introduction of night skiing on Andesite Mountain
- Expanded snowmaking coverage
- Replacing the Explorer Lift and extend a new gondola to the Bowl (plus further lift upgrades)
- A North End Village expansion
- Development of the Montana Club to offer luxury ski-in ski-out lodging in Big Sky

Everything is bigger and better at Big Sky! With ongoing upgrades taking place at the resort, now is the time to book your ski vacation to Big Sky! Contact us at Scout!

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