A concept of the new eight-seat, high-speed Doppelmayr lift. (Big Sky)
Boyne announced they will install North America’s first eight-seat, high-speed lift at Big Sky Resort over the summer and it will be ready for next winter, and additional improvements will focus on the Mountain Village.
As part of Boyne Resorts commitment to create the most technologically advanced chairlift network in North America at Big Sky, the state-of-the-art Doppelmayr eight-seat chairlift being placed on Andesite Mountain will include extra-wide, heated seats and "Big Sky blue" bubbles. The new chairlift will arguably provide comfort and the most technological advances ever experienced by passengers. Boyne also announced plans to replace the Shedhorn double chair with a high-speed quad, shortening the uphill ride by nearly two thirds.
The resort plans to transform the upper level of the Mountain Mall, creating a modern ski lodge food hall and event venue large enough to hold more than 700 guests. Indoor fireplaces and an elevator will be added. New curated coffee, wine and beer bars are planned and more mountain views will be opened with the expansion of the outside deck. There will be new food items: stone-fired pizza, sushi, ramen and crepe stations among others.
Boyne also announced that Big Sky is on a record pace for visitors this season expecting to go over 500,000 skier visits for the first time, but the new lift overshadowed other news.
"This is a very exciting moment in our company's history, being able to capture another industry first, with whom I consider the best lift manufacturer in the world, is truly remarkable, and as well an important time for Big Sky Resort in its journey toward becoming an internationally acclaimed mountain destination," said Boyne Resorts president Stephen Kircher. "Big Sky Resort is considered America's Alp due to its Matterhorn-like peak and we will now have lift technology that rivals the best of what Europe offers and is truly beyond anything that exists in North America today.”
Boyne has a long history of creating radical leaps in chairlift technology including laying claim to the world's first triple and quad chairlifts and America's first high-speed six-pack, which were all introduced at Michigan’s Boyne Mountain.