We encourage you to cheer on the Rut Mountain Runs! Your runners will appreciate it.  Below is a little info to help you out.

Lift Access for Spectators

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!

Scenic Lift Hours

Normal Lift hours are 9am – 4:45pm, 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 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:


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 Mountain Runs start line.  Check out all of the dining options here »

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?