Silver Star Announces New Gondola for 2018

Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, British Columbia will build a Summit Gondola next year, ending a three-year drought for new lifts in the region.  The 8-passenger Doppelmayr will replace the Summit double, a 4,000′ Mueller built in 1970.  The lift will open in July 2018 and serve summer guests before opening to skiers and snowboarders for 2018-19. After the upgrade, Silver Star will operate one of the most modern lift fleets in Western Canada with seven Leitner-Poma and Doppelmayr lifts built since 2002.

A new gondola at Silver Star will complement the Comet Express six-pack with a 4.5 minute ride for both summer and winter visitors in the approximate location of the existing Summit double.

An initial fleet of 21 Omega IV LWI cabins in the five colors of the Silver Star logo will provide an uphill capacity of 1,200 passengers per hour, with the ability to add 22 more to meet future needs.  “These new cabins will whisk guests from the bottom to the top of the summit in a third of the time of the existing double chair,” says Silver Star Director of Operations and Maintenance Brad Baker. “The ride will now take four and a half minutes from village to summit traveling at five meters per second.”  Slope length will be 3,487′ and vertical rise 961′.  In a unique move, all foundations and the top terminal will be completed this fall with the remainder of the lift going in next spring in time to celebrate the resort’s 60th anniversary.  The addition of a gondola is a huge milestone for any resort and Silver Star will be no exception.


15 thoughts on “Silver Star Announces New Gondola for 2018

  1. Cameron Halmrast June 13, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Doppelmayr must be bidding pretty aggressive to win projects like this one and Arizona Snowbowl.

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    • Peter Landsman June 17, 2017 / 8:55 am

      I reached out to Arizona Snowbowl in March and at that point they said they did not plan to replace Hart Prarie this summer. The project also wasn’t listed in the joint five mountain improvements press release in late April. Seems likely Doppelmayr offered Mr. Coleman a last minute deal that was too good to pass up.

      Silver Star also may have scored a deal by signing now but waiting until 2018 for completion. Both of these projects show few resorts are “safe” customers for either manufacturer anymore but will take the best price they can get for for a very similar product.


  2. Nathan June 14, 2017 / 11:52 am

    That’s one expensive and short lift. Taking your skis off for less than 1k foot vertical is horrible. Silver Star is a cool ski area but this lift will just raise the lift ticket price. Maybe they plan to use it a ton in the summer.


    • Peter Landsman June 17, 2017 / 9:07 am

      I rode the relatively short Sweetwater Gondola something like 600 times last winter and came to like it, especially with the stormy season we had. A few minutes to check your phone and dry your goggles is a worthy trade for removing your skis. Our numbers showed others agreed even with a longer gondola next door.


    • Bill September 19, 2017 / 12:37 am

      The village is in the middle, so you could ski 2500 feet down to the lowest lift. There are X-country trails up there that open before alpine, they would enjoy it. MTB and walkers will use it in the summer. Perhaps they can mix chairs and cabins? Anyone know?


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