Big Sky Resort Plans Two New Chairlifts For 2016/2017 Season

Many people have been wondering what’s going on with the Challenger Lift at Big Sky Resort this season. Unfortunately, the aging chairlift is down for the rest of the 2015/2016 season – but there’s always a bright side.

chair lift tower | ShutterstockFirst off if any chairlift had to be shut down mid-season, Challenger Lift is a good option. All of the excellent steep runs, chutes, glades, cliffs, and moguls is still easily accessible from the Headwaters Chair. Sure it may be a little more difficult to access, but that just means less traffic, less tracks, and more fun. That’s great news.

But the news continues to get better. In an official announcement from Big Sky Resort’s General Manager Taylor Middleton, the Challenger Lift will be replaced this summer. It was already scheduled to be replaced, but the timeline has been bumped up. This summer a brand new Dopplemayr chairlift will be installed that will access the Challenger Zone. There isn’t much info about the capacity or speed of the new Challenger lift yet. Hopefully soon.

Middleton goes on to say that “the mountain-lift system improvements for 2016-2017 won’t end there. We are happy to announce that a brand-new lift will replace the Triple Chair in the Bowl, but more about that later.” The Triple Chair accesses Big Sky’s Lone Peak Tram and the stunning terrain of the Bowl.

Here are a few quick facts about the current Challenger Lift and Lone Peak Triple Chair:

Challenger Lift

  • Capacity – 2
  • Rise – 1,672′
  • Length – 4,756′
  • Time – 12 minutes

Lone Peak Triple Chairlift

  • Capacity – 3
  • Rise – 833′
  • Length – 2,920′
  • Time – 6 minutes

It will be exciting to compare the new chairlifts to the old chairlifts next year. New lifts mean that you’ll be able to ski more so you can maximize your ski day!

Lone Mountain at Big Sky Resort | Photo by D. Lennon

While it may be disappointing that Challenger is down for a few months, everything is going to work out for the best and Big Sky is going to become even better.

Who’s excited to ski the new Challenger Lift and the new Bowl Lift next winter? We certainly are!

8 Places To Get A Massage In Big Sky

Woman Getting Massage | Pixabay ImageLooking for a massage in Big Sky? We thought so.
Professionally trained and certified massage therapists who are experts in different massage styles and techniques are ready and willing to give you a life changing massage in Big Sky. Every massage is unique. It must be custom catered to the client so that it focuses on the muscles and soft tissues that need to be relaxed, released, refreshed, and relieved.Big Sky’s massage therapists are trained in different massage techniques such as: swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, hot stone, foot, chair, sports, shiatsu, thai, reflexology, or pregnancy. Pick the right massage for you and you’ll feel like a new person.

Browse the following websites to find  massage therapists who specialize in massage in Big Sky:

After a day of skiing, hiking, climbing, or work, there is nothing better than a massage to help you relax and to promote a healthy lifestyle. It will work out the kinks, sprains, and aches that come with a life of enjoying the great outdoors.

Low Dog Lodge Updates for 2016

We’re very excited about the many upgrades and improvements we’ve recently completed on the home for the 2016 Big Sky Montana ski season.   Enhancements include an updated kitchen and three brand new bathrooms.  We’ve also added a new heated entrance & ski storage room on the ground floor, making is a breeze to gear up and hit the slopes or warm up after a quick dip in the hot tub just outside.

Big Sky Trail Makes “World’s Ten Greatest Hikes” List

Big Sky’s Beehive Basin trail was recently voted one of the ten best hikes in the world.  The trailhead is located just minutes from our home and we can personally vouch for this hike…it’s great! 

The work to get up to Beehive Basin is worth the effort. Beginning with views of the Big Sky Valley, this trail snakes its way along a trickling, snow-fed creek, across mountain slopes carpeted with wildflowers.  Upon reaching the basin, a small unnamed mountain lake awaits you surrounded by open vistas, tall mountains, and SNOW! A picnic lunch on the lakeshore followed by some trout fishing or a snowball fight is sure to be on your agenda for the afternoon! (6.4 miles round trip)

Beehive Hike Summer 2013