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Lone Peak Tram

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
There's a rumor around here that the tram at Big Sky has broken down and will not be reopened. I've also heard that the gondola broken late this season. Is it true that the tram is dead, or are we just confusing our rumors?

john
post #2 of 12
John,
the tram was running on the last day of the season. And I didn't hear anything about not running next season.
The gondola broke in January and more likely will not be replaced coming season, but the following year.
Looks to me that the "rumor mill" mixed up the gondola with the tram.

Ursula
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks!
post #4 of 12
John, the news I have heard is that Big Sky will be replacing the haul rope on the tram this summer.

With the price of steel etc. this is a high dollar item for a machine that is "broke".

Rumors abound in ski towns, some of the best ones I have heard concern lifts and their demise.
post #5 of 12
It is interesting how the broken gondola at Big Sky had absolutely no effect on our skiing there. Frankly, we never even thought about it except when skiing in the woods under the towers.
post #6 of 12
That Gondi was crazy old, they bought it from Mammoth. Lucky nobody was hurt the day the cable slipped. It will not be missed that much, I would look for them to put something in its place at some point. The tram is Big Sky, it is going to die anytime soon, it is still pretty new in tram years. Still wish they would not put a lift up above Marx, Lenin, etc.... that will get crazy skied out now. The fact that people have to take the tram and so many are scared of coming off the summit keeps those areas nice most of the time. Get ready for Gaperiffic skiing when you don't have to tram it anymore. :
post #7 of 12
I totally agree they should not put a chairlift up on Lone Peak. It'll just make Liberty Bowl a big bumpfield and also give the ski patrol too many headaches.
It's nice as it is.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by MTskier View Post
That Gondi was crazy old, they bought it from Mammoth. Lucky nobody was hurt the day the cable slipped. It will not be missed that much, I would look for them to put something in its place at some point. The tram is Big Sky, it is going to die anytime soon, it is still pretty new in tram years. Still wish they would not put a lift up above Marx, Lenin, etc.... that will get crazy skied out now. The fact that people have to take the tram and so many are scared of coming off the summit keeps those areas nice most of the time. Get ready for Gaperiffic skiing when you don't have to tram it anymore. :
I disagree. A nice slow chair up Liberty Bowl will be a great addition for the high intermediate/low expert skier at Big Sky. Yes, Liberty bowl will get skied off sooner but having two access points to Lone Peak and a shorter line at the Tram for those who want to go all the way to the top will more than make up for a little less powder. My guess is 90% of the folks who ride the new chair will NEVER hit Marx, Lenin etc. so you steep and deep folks will almost be able to have your cake and eat it too!
As to the original point, there's not much lost with the loss of the Gondola at BS except for the times when the Quad chair is out of service. It would have been nice to have it on cold and windy days but it seemed that those were the days you could be certain it would never operate.
post #9 of 12
I disagree also. That tram line was 35 minutes on nice spring days in March 2001. I hate to think how long it would be on powder days.

I can't say how much the Liberty Bowl chair might degrade an admittedly fragile snowpack, but I do think that tram should have been designed to carry more than 15 people.
post #10 of 12
My 2 cents.

1. A surface lift or fixed grip double or triple to service Liberty Bowl and tie the Dakota lift into the rest of Big Sky is needed.


2. When the Lone Peak tram was designed, in order to get it done on budget and in the timeline required (built over 1 summer season) the 15 passenger solution was the answer.

A different (larger) cabin configuration was not available at that time.

The machinery to operate a larger cabin couldn't be installed and completed in the time span allotted. We barely got the tram done in one summer as it was. (96" on snow in Oct of 1995 didn't help much either but made for a great opening season)

In all it was a very interesting summer construction project.
post #11 of 12
I've heard two rumors:

1 - They were going to remove the tram but the ESA threatened to stop scheduling events there so they changed their mind.

2 - They were going to remove the tram but Little Bear threatened to quit so they changed their mind.

Does anyone know if either is true?
post #12 of 12
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In all it was a very interesting summer construction project.
bunion, what is your take on the rock glacier issue?
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