Big Sky's Six Shooter bottom terminal being demolished.

BIG SKY, MONTANA – Big Sky‘s Six Shooter lift was laid to rest this spring to make room for the mountain’s new Madison 8. The new chairlift will double uphill capacity out of the Madison Base while reducing ride time by 30%, and it will set a record for the longest eight-place lift installed in the world. But before the new lift can be built, the old lift must come down.

The decommissioning of the Six Shooter lift began in mid-April. All 85 chairs were removed, the haul rope was cut, and the top and bottom terminals were demolished. Capping things off, the chairlift’s 29 chairs were removed via helicopter.

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Earthworks and foundations are set to be the focus of the next few months. Excavation work at the top and bottom terminals is currently underway. Meanwhile, tower foundation rebar cages and forms will begin to be installed over the month, and above-ground components are set to arrive throughout July.

The Madison 8 lift is set to open in December 2024.

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