SPECTATORS

Everyone deserves a good cheer squad, therefore, we want to set our Rut spectators up for success in cheering on Rut Runners over race weekend!  Read below for all spectating details. Also, a friendly reminder that while we encourage spectating and cheering, there is no crewing or pacing allowed at any Rut event.

Lift Access for Spectators:

There are 2 lifts available in 2021 to help spectators get to Lift Access Aid Stations – Ramcharger Lift which accesses Andesite Summit from the base area to spectate the 50K & 28K, and Explorer Lift which helps spectators get halfway to the 28K & 50K Swiftcurrent Aid Station from the base area. Due to construction the Swiftcurrent Lift is out of operation in 2021.

You can purchase a discounted scenic lift ticket online or do so at the Basecamp Building in the Big Sky Base area plaza (Discounted tickets can only be purchased online). If you have a hotel room at the resort you receive a complimentary scenic lift ticket as part of your stay.

Saturday Lift Hours: Ramcharger 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Explorer Lift 8:30-5:00 PM | Swiftcurrent closed for construction

Sunday Lift Hours: Ramcharger 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Explorer Lift 8:30-5:00 PM | Swiftcurrent closed for construction

Spectate the 50K: 

  • Spot #1 & #2: Moonlight 1 & 2 Aid Stations (same locations) | 10 Min drive from start (Directions)
  • Spot #3: Swiftcurrent Aid Station | Ride the Explorer lift from the base area and then hike 1 Mile to the aid station
  • Spot #4: Andesite Aid Station | Lift accessible: Top of Ramcharger Lift. Only 5 Min lift ride from Start/Finish Area with Scenic Lift Pass

Spectate the 28K: 

  • Spot #1: Moonlight Lodge | 10 Min drive from start (Directions)
  • Spot #2: Swiftcurrent Aid Station | Ride the Explorer lift from the base area and then hike 1 Mile to the aid station
  • Spot #3: Top of Andesite | Lift accessible: Top of Ramcharger Lift. Only 5 Min lift ride from Start/Finish Area with Scenic Lift Pass

Spectate the 11K: 

  • Spot #1:  Andesite Summit.  Due to staffing limitations, the Ramcharger lift will not be open until 8:30 AM on Sunday.  This will make it hard for spectating the 11K runners at the summit. You can always hike to the summit to catch your runners, but you better hurry back down to catch them at the finish!

Spectate the VK: 

  • You can hike up the VK route and cheer people on until you reach Bonecrusher Ridge.  No spectating is allowed beyond that point.
Lone Peak Summit Scenic Tram – No Spectators on the summit in 2021.

28K Moonlight Lodge Spectating Zone

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50K Moonlight Lodge Spectator Zone

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Swiftcurrent 50K/28K Spectator Zones

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28K / 50K Andesite Spectator Zone

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Pace Charts to Estimate Runners Arrival

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?