We encourage you to cheer on the Rut Mountain Runs! Your runners will appreciate it. Below is a little info to help you out.
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.
1/2 Price Lift Tickets: For those who have to buy your lift tickets to access the Aid Stations, we want to help you out. This year, The Rut will pay for half of your lift ticket to make your trip to visit your runner more affordable. We have struck a deal with Big Sky Resort to do this for up to 150 people this year. If interested. Please visit our Volunteer Check in table in the Packet Pick Up tent to grab a half price scenic lift ticket voucher which you can redeem at Big Sky Resort Base Camp!
More Cowbell! The first 150 Spectators to get to the Swiftcurrent Lift on on both Saturday and Sunday will get a Rut Cowbell. Also the first 200 people to get to Andesite on Sunday will get a cowbell.
Still want to get to the aid stations without the help of a lift? You are wlecome to hike!
Lift Access Hours for spectators:
Normal Lift hours are 9am-4:45pm however, we will be opening them earlier for spectators over race weekend.
- Swift current will open at 8AM
- Swift current will open at 6:45 AM
- Ram charger will open at 8:00 AM
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?