We encourage you to cheer on the Rut Mountain Runs! Your runners will appreciate it. Below is a little info to help you out.
***Important 2018 Update! The Ramcharger Lift which takes spectators to the top of Andesite Mountain to cheer on the 28K, 11K, and 50K is being replaced this year and will not be in service for the Rut. We apologize for the inconvenience, but still encourage you to hike up and cheer if you are willing and able!***
If you have a hotel room at Big Sky Resort you automatically get a scenic Lift ticket to use over the race weekend which will help you get around the mountain to cheer on your runner.
If you need to purchase a scenic lift ticket, you can do so at the Basecamp Building in the Big Sky Base area plaza.
Still want to get to the aid stations without the help of a lift? We encourage you to hike up to the aid stations to cheer!
Lift Access Hours for spectators:
Normal Lift hours are 9am-4:45 pm, however, we will be opening them earlier for spectators over the race weekend.
- Swift current will open at 8:00 AM
- Swift current will open at 7:30 AM
- Ram charger is closed for the season!
Big Sky Resort offers Scenic Lift rides on the Swiftcurrent Chair, which accesses the VK, 28k, and 50K course and the Ramcharger Chair, which accesses the 28K and 50K course. You can learn more about pricing and lift operation hours at the link below:
- Lift Access spectating zones
- Lone Peak Expedition (A guided tour which takes you up to the summit of Lone Peak)
Map of suggested spectator zones:
Food Options for spectators:
There are a plethora of dining options for you and your family in the Big Sky Mountain Village located within a minute walk of the Rut Mtn Runs start line. Check out all of your options at the link below.
5 Tips for spectating at the Rut
1) More Cowbell
2) No cowbell? Bring an Elk Bugle.
3) Runners love seeing you in spandex
4) No spandex? A hunters orange vest and nothing else will do just fine.
5) Bring your friends!
6) Did we mention cowbell?