unless something changed, SC6 just became a two year project rather than one because of COVID uncertainties. With some of the work already done it should be a smaller effort to complete this summer. Not sure how feasible it is to leave Swifty running while SC6 is built. Isn’t it almost the same alignment? (I suppose they could put in a number of the towers first but I suspect the most efficient is to put in new ones all at once while removing the old ones shortly thereafter (if not even on the copter’s return trip).The original plan was to start removing old Swifty starting the day after the resort closed in 2020 to make room for Swifty 6. Don’t recall what they proposed for the summer mountain bikers on Lone Peak.
When Swifty 6 was announced management said in a Q&A session that Old Swifty would NOT be repurposed in Big Sky. Times certainly changed so plans for old Swifty may have too.
It might require a complete overhaul.
Sure would look nice as a replacement for Pony Express and Iron Horse running all the way to The top of Lazy Jack.
Yep--bit of a bummer, as mentioned, as long as the temp stays low after a storm, you can find some great stuff.
Too bad. I'm going to BS in a couple of weeks for the first time and looks like from the trail map that some decent trees and gladed terrain will be out of the picture. After reading the earlier posts re: Dakota I checked the BS website yesterday and said it's expected to be down for a "few days". On the bright side they'll still have more open terrain than almost any other ski area in the US.
Spring in the Northern Rockies can be cruel with baking sun and/or snow storms. Terrain off of Dakota doesn't get tracked out as quickly as Powder Seeker or Challenger. Sure BS has other fine terrain and different facing aspects and elevations can provide options depending on the weather.but doesn't Dakota get a bit baked out in the Spring, absent a dump?
Thank you. I've covered 8 resorts/hills/mountains this year and have grown accustomed to flipping the buff up in line automatically.Big Sky has added singles lines to some of the main lifts: Ram Charger, Swifty and Sixshooter. Line waits are tougher to predict besides the tram which has been over an hour on any clear day. Swifty and Sixshooter have had long lines at various times, but the singles lines have moved along. Expect a reprimand if you aren't wearing a mask in lift line that covers your nose.
You should be fine with snow/ice tires, good driving skills and two wheel drive. The houses around Moonlight tend to get more snow in a given storm and April snow storms can be productive. With the current weather you would be fine in an old pickup truck with bald tires towing a heavy boat.would it be idiotic to not have 4wd to get there at the very end of March/beginning of April?
Saw this on website snow report:
March 16, 2021 – After evaluation by the Big Sky Resort Lift Maintenance team, Dakota Lift will remain closed for the remainder of the 20-21 season due to mechanical challenges. Our teams have determined that the remote location of the lift, and the level of repair required, are better suited for summer work. We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to reopening Dakota for the 21-22 ski season.”