The Madison 8 Chairlift in progress at Big Sky.
The Madison 8 Chairlift in progress at Big Sky. Credit: Big Sky Resort via Instagram

BIG SKY, Montana – Big Sky’s Six-Shooter lift came down this spring, marking the end of the six-place chairlift’s life. But in its place comes something bigger, better, and world-record breaking. Madison 8 will be the resort’s second eight-place lift and its third state-of-the-art D-line chairlift, but once it’s unveiled and open to the public, it will be the longest 8-place chairlift in the world.

The new lift will effectively double the uphill capacity to Big Sky Resort’s north side terrain from the Madison Base, decreasing ride time by 30% and creating a swifter and more comfortable ride. The chairs will also feature Big Sky Blue Bubbles to protect riders from the outside weather, and heated seats for a boost in luxury. Plus, with the new Fatzer Performa-DT Haul Rope, the ride will be smoother and quieter than ever.

While updates have been sparse over the past month, earthworks and foundations were expected to be the focus for a few months back in early June. Excavation work at the top and bottom terminal was underway at that time as well. Above ground components are expected to arrive throughout this month.

As of today, July 9, the Madison 8 is expected to open to skiers and snowboarders for the first time in December of this year.

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