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First eight-seater chairlift for North America

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The Big Sky Resort in Montana, US, has announced that it will bring the first eight-seat, high-speed chairlift to North America, delivering on its commitment to create the most technologically advanced chairlift network in North America.

At a community gathering, Boyne Resorts President, Stephen Kircher, announced plans to introduce the D-line Doppelmayr eight-seat chairlift – featuring ergonomically designed, extra-wide, heated seats and ‘Big Sky blue’ bubbles on Andesite Mountain – for the next ski season.

Kircher also presented plans to replace the Shedhorn double chair with a high-speed quad. The new high-speed lift will shorten the uphill ride by nearly two-thirds. Additionally, the chairs will be more wind-resistant, creating a more pleasurable experience for guests.

"My family is proud of its 42-year commitment to southwest Montana and will continue the momentum that is underway at Big Sky Resort," said Kircher. "We are excited to bring the biggest chair in the world to Big Sky, and to work with the resort team and community to recognise the Resort's full potential - rivaling the best of the Alps and our North American brethren."

Known as 'the Biggest Skiing in America', for almost 6000 acres of incredible terrain, Big Sky's investment in major infrastructure upgrades will enable the resort to serve new skiers and riders in the 2018-19 winter ski season and beyond – as a new member of the Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective.

The new eight-seat, high-speed D-Line chairlift, Ramcharger 8, will be the first of its kind in the world, and is the most technologically advanced lift ever built. A fully integrated high-resolution LED screen at the lower terminal will provide up-to-date guest information and engagement.

"The Biggest Skiing in America is getting bigger and better, again," said Big Sky Resort General Manager and President, Taylor Middleton.

The lower terminal of the new eight-seat Doppelymayr chairlift will be positioned 50 ft uphill from where the current lower terminal sits, creating additional space in the base area.

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