Northern Rockies/Alberta Big Sky 2019-2020

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by skidrew, May 13, 2019.

  1. skidrew

    skidrew Putting on skis Skier

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    Well, if you insist!
     
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    skidrew

    skidrew Putting on skis Skier

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    Looks like the "reimagined" Mountain Mall is on tap for this summer's construction work.

    http://bigsky2025.com/mountain-mall.html

    Looking to the locals to scope out progress and whether the gondola (chondola?) to replace and extend Explorer gets a start.
     
  3. BS Slarver

    BS Slarver Formally known as Catskill Carver Skier

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    Last year will be hard to beat with the gathering and a great snow year but we’re going to try in 19-20, thanks for kicking it off @skidrew

    Mountain mall is in full on demo mode. The entire perimeter along with the parking lot has been fenced off. Sandblasting teams are going at the interior, just about every window in the place is gone and kitchen is out in the courtyard.

    Appears from last weeks early walk around that some additional square footage is being added to the existing footprint and new facade and interior work will soon follow.
    A shit ton of snow has been pushed away from the base area and lower lifts including the explorer area but no sign of a new explorer lift as of yet.
    The projects General Contractor is actively pursuing high level workers for some vacant positions on the project but may have to look farther outside the area as Big Sky and Bozeman are on fire right now with skilled workers commanding their highest rates in years.
    Now that our house is complete I’ll be taking on a summer millwork position on a 25,000 ft private home, really looking forward to seeing the indoor Olympic pool and full size B-Ball court in the basement.
     
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  4. Lift Blog

    Lift Blog Booting up Skier

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    There will be three new chairlifts built in the Big Sky area for next winter (at YC, Moonlight and Spanish Peaks) but none at Big Sky Resort proper. Hopefully gondola construction begins next summer.
     
  5. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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  6. SShore

    SShore Resident Curmudgeon Skier

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    Where will the Spanish Peaks and Moonlight lifts be located? Opening up new terrain or just residential lifts?
     
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    skidrew Putting on skis Skier

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    Don't tease!

    Although you can find some info buried on liftblog: https://liftblog.com/big-sky-resort-mt/ (scroll down), which I believe is as follows (piecing together things)

    Highlands in Spanish Peaks - real estate access to top of Lone Moose:

    https://skiliftblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/img_6133.jpg

    Lakeview - real estate access from near Ulery's Lake to just above the Six Shooter base (I'm guessing from others' descriptions it's the "future lift" that runs from Ulery's lake to Madison Village:

    https://skiliftblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/img_6132.jpg
     
  8. milkman

    milkman Putting on skis Skier

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    My understanding is Explorer will still operate next season. "Preliminary" work will be done on the Gondola project. My guess is that means engineering, clearing, grading, maybe concrete pads for towers, maybe clearing and grading for the learning center. Generally stuff that will allow the actual construction to move forward with a high degree of confidence and on schedule next season.

    The Highlands lift may be a little more than a real estate access lift. It helps tie in the Hotel area to Big Sky. Might even add a nice tree run or two. No doubt "Access" is the priority on these but Some of these "real estate access lifts" also help move folks around the mountain which is a good thing.

    Big sky resort announced they are on a two year cycle for "on mountain" lift improvements. 2016-17 and 2018-19 had some great improvements. 2020-2021 will be the year of the Gondola - and maybe more!
     
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  9. milkman

    milkman Putting on skis Skier

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    $13-Million Upgrade to Mountain Village at Big Sky Resort, MT Underway
    SnowBrains | May 16, 2019 | [​IMG]Industry News


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    Artist’s rendering. Credit: Big Sky

    This summer, Big Sky Resort, MT is investing $13 million in re-envisioning its dining, après ski, restrooms, and lockers in the Mountain Village base area. Renovations are currently underway to introduce a modern food hall for the 2019-2020 ski season.

    All-new cuisine options will greet skiers next winter, including sushi flown in fresh from both coasts, a ramen station, a taqueria, stone-fired pizza, specialty coffee and crepe stations, plus a deli and grill serving soups, sandwiches, and other items.

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    Artist’s rendering. Credit: Big Sky
    The new food hall offers plentiful indoor seating for guests taking a ski break, warming up, or grabbing a bite to eat. Seating capacity will nearly double with an increase of more than 350 seats for use from breakfast to après. Après ski will be enlivened with new outdoor decks boasting prime views of Lone Mountain and a cozy outdoor fireplace. The enhanced deck will seat more than 250 people, perfect for soaking up the sun and drinking in the quintessential Big Sky views.

    The guest experience will become more seamless, convenient and fresh from arrival to departure. Guests first will be greeted by improvements to the facility’s lower level, including complimentary day-use cubbies, day and seasonal-use lockers, a new changing area and expanded bathrooms to start the day in comfort.

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    Artist’s rendering. Credit: Big Sky
    A new public elevator installed in the central core of the building will be available to all, including skiers arriving to the 15-minute drop-off zone in Mountain Village, who may want to hit the slopes as quickly as possible.The elevator will enable guests to access retail and restaurants effortlessly, including those at the brand new food hall on the third floor. The elevator will be most impactful for the large contingent of special ability recreationalists who visit Big Sky.

    The renovated common area will also serve as a flexible event venue with a capacity of over 750 people.

    Total restroom capacity in the renovated space will increase by more than 50 percent. Staff locker facilities on the lower level will also being expanded and modernized.
     
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  10. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    The lift line for the "Highlands" was cut in early fall of 2018. I need to hike the lift line to see what "possibilities" exist for new lines next season.
    new Lift Line Flat Iron Oct 2018.JPG
     

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