The new triple chair will improve access to Bavarian Forest and the recently opened 212 acres of Dakota Territories. The resort now boasts an uphill capacity of 25,000 riders per hour, but averages only 2,000 per day. "This is a skier's mountain first and foremost," said Big Sky Resort General Manager, Taylor Middleton.
The 3,100-foot-long Dakota lift is located on the south face of Lone Mountain below Liberty Bowl. The fixed-grip lift loads below the Hippy Highway while the top station is located near Gate 2 of Bavarian Forest. It rises 1,210 vertical feet in eight minutes.
The lift is the first half of a two-lift system providing a second access point to terrain on Lone Peak, currently being serviced by the Lone Peak Tram. The second lift, planned for construction next year, will take skiers up to the Yeti Traverse accessing Big Sky's famous wide-open, steep, above tree-line runs like Marx, Lenin, and the Dictator Chutes.
"Skiers have flocked from across the world for the massive terrain off the Lone Peak Tram," said Middleton. "Our new Dakota Lift just makes America's biggest skiing even bigger."