BIG SKY – Big Sky Ski Resort has announced that it will be making some infrastructure changes to become the Alps of North America.

In the immediate future, there will be improvements made on Andesite and Shedhorn mountains. The first is bringing in state-of-the-art chair lifts for Ramcharger, the lift to Andesite.

“Not only is it the most superior lift built in North America, but it’s going to move a lot of people,” said Big Sky Resort General Manager Taylor Middleton.

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On Shedhorn, visitors will see a high-speed quad, meaning that four people will be able to be on the lift at the same time.

“Shedhorn is really exciting to all of our local community because it’s adding a high-speed lift in the place of Shedhorn which has been a two-person lift for the last 25 years,” said Middleton.

A little later in the resort’s plan is to redo the mountain mall, creating a food space and an event venue. This remodel is to improve the area’s ski experience.

“We have to improve our rooms and our villages and our lifts because as destination guests they have high expectations and we have to be competitive with the national and international market.”

Some other infrastructure improvements the resort will add down the road are night skiing, more snow coverage and updating of Moonlight Basin’s chairlift system.

The resort is installing a Doppelmayr D-line lift, which includes ergonomically designed, extra-wide heated seats and “Big Sky blue” bubbles on Andesite Mountain, Stephen Kircher, president of parent company Boyne Resorts, told a community gathering recently.

Additionally, the resort plans to replace the Shedhorn double chair with a high-speed quad, which will shorten the uphill ride by nearly two-thirds and improve wind resistance, according to a Wednesday release from the resort.

Resort officials boasted the new eight-seat chair will be the “most technologically advanced lift ever built.” A high-resolution LED screen at the lower terminal will provide guest information and engagement. The lower terminal of the lift will be 50 feet uphill from the current lower terminals, adding space in the base area.

Reporting by Morgan Davies for MTN News