The 2019-2020 winter season here in Big Sky has gotten off to a wonderful start! Big Sky Resort has unveiled many new exciting developments this season. Most notably, the base area lodge underwent extensive renovations and has now debuted as “The Exchange”, including a new restaurant, bar and six walk-up style food options. Also included in the Big Sky Resort Winter 2020 updates are new skier parking lots, RFID direct-to-lift scannable ski passes, and more employee housing. These exciting new developments are part of the long-term Big Sky 2025 vision for the future of Big Sky Resort.
Formerly referred to as the “Mountain Mall” Big Sky’s main base area has undergone a massive renovation. The beautified base lodge, “The Exchange” features a mountain modern look and more seating for weary skiers. Vista Hall, a modern food hall, is located on the top floor. It features six new eateries including sushi, pizza, ramen bowls, and a cafe and deli. Cozy fireplaces, comfortable seating, a large bar and enlivened outdoor space round out the major improvements to this base area.
More Big Sky winter 2020 updates to the main base area include a brand new restaurant and apres ski area, Westward Social. Opened in January of 2020, this space will enliven the mountain base area with an emphasis on social gathering after a day of skiing. Westward social will feature craft cocktails, and chef-inspired unique dishes. Enjoy live DJ’s on the patio and challenge your neighbors to a game of bar olympics in the home of the Stein Hoisting World Championships.
The 2019-2020 ski season also marked the opening of the Levinski parking area, a brand new 500-spot skier parking lot. Big Sky Resort Gold season pass holders also have a designated area. This season, Big Sky Resort has also introduced the world’s first dual-frequency RFID scanning technology; a new lift and season pass system that allows hands-free scanning and direct-to-lift access from inside a pocket.
Included in the Big Sky Resort winter 2020 updates is an exciting new change in personnel leadership. Troy Nedved has been announced as Big Sky Resort’s new General Manager. Nedved has worked during the winters in some capacity for the resort for 23 years, including roles in Mountain Sports, Guest Services, Base Camp and serving on the resort’s executive team. In his new role as general manager, Nedved will lead all operations teams at the resort, including mountain operations, mountain services, mountain sports, lodging, food and beverage, IT, human resources, and the rental and retail divisions.
Rounding out the Big Sky Resort winter 2020 updates is the fall 2019 opening of Mountain Lodge East, a newly-constructed seasonal workforce housing campus with 75 beds, walkable to the ski slopes.
These major updates have been unveiled for the Big Sky 2019-2020 season, but there have already been some incredible new additions to the resort, and more exciting things planned for the future!
Ramcharger 8 – an eight-seat, high-speed, detachable chairlift – was unveiled during the 2018-2019 ski season. It is the first eight-seat chairlift in North America and the most technologically-advanced chairlift in the world! Ramcharger 8 has the ability to transport 3,600 skiers per hour to the top of Andesite Mountain at Big Sky Resort. Boyne Resorts partnered with the Doppelmayr shop in Wolfurt, Austria to bring its most technologically-advanced lift to Big Sky, Montana.
Although not included in the Big Sky Resort Winter 2020 Updates, Big Sky Resort has announced the installation of a major new chairlift, Swift Current 6, for the 2020-2021 season. This new six-person, high-speed chair and ultrawide heated seats will also become the fastest six-person chairlift in North America.
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