Lone Peak Tram

Big Sky, MT

At a peak elevation of 11,166 feet, the Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky Resort shuttles skiers to some of the most extreme skiable terrain in Montana. Construction of the tram was every bit as extreme, requiring 3,000 helicopter flights and scores of specialized high-altitude workers to complete. The concrete and steel top station was hewn out of volcanic rock where concrete foundations were tied to bedrock to resist cable tension forces. The bottom station is a concrete and steel frame equipment structure over a concrete mat foundation resting on an active rock-ice glacier that moves 1 to 2 inches per year. 

Quick Facts

  • Size: 2828 feet in length
  • Architect: Jewett Engineering
  • Power Magazine dubbed it “the Big News” of the 1996 ski season
  • Construction Cost: $1,000,000
  • Contractor: Matrix Construction
  • The tram is supported by single stations at the bottom and top with no intermediate supports and a single circular continuous woven spliced cable which is replaced every 5 to 7 years

Photo credit: Buehler Engineering, Inc.