BreckConnect Gondola – Breckenridge, CO

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Stage 3 lift line.
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Peak 7 – Peak 8.
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Peak 8 drive station.
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Peak 8 station.
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A busy Saturday at the gondola.
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Peak 7 angle station.
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Peak 7.
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Loading area uphill at Peak 7.
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Shock Hill angle station.
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Downhill side of Shock Hill Station.
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Stage II lift line.
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Poma Omega station with CWA Omega carriers!
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Shock Hill uphill side.
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Return station.
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Stage I.
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Breckenridge Station.
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Loading area in the parking lots.

14 thoughts on “BreckConnect Gondola – Breckenridge, CO

  1. Duncan N. March 9, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Are those CWA cabins? Why didn’t Leitner-Poma use Sigma?

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    • Rowan Bullock May 27, 2021 / 7:11 pm

      I think that Leitner-Poma didn’t use Sigma this time because I don’t believe that they had bought Sigma yet when the gondola was built. I do wish they would upgrade them to cabins that would be more non-tilty? Because I always find that the worst aspect of the lift.

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  2. Jonathan March 25, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    This lift was built before Doppelmayr bought CWA, and when Poma Still used CWA

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    • Peter Landsman March 25, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Doppelmayr acquired CWA in 2001. The last Leitner-Poma gondola with CWA cabins was built in 2008.

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      • Morris May 12, 2021 / 1:33 am

        Was this Revelstoke’s lower gondola?

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  3. Donald Reif January 13, 2021 / 9:48 am

    During the end of the day rush, I would say that the alternate routes to the gondola are faster at getting you down, and they’re definitely faster than waiting for a bus if the gondola is closed for whatever reason. If you’re transiting from Peak 8 over to the Peak 7 base resorts, it’s faster to take the Rocky Mountain SuperChair and ski down Claimjumper to Fort Mary B. And if you’re parked in the south Gondola Lot, it’s easier to take the Colorado SuperChair or Lift 5 and then ski down Four O’Clock to the Gondola Ski-Back.

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    • Joe Traynor February 11, 2021 / 3:38 pm

      Even faster too just to take a little gondola ride back over to 8 and then out. My families method all the time because of the tourists who get jammed up at 8 after getting the kids from ski school among other things. Now shush. don’t want people to know the secret.

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      • Donald Reif February 11, 2021 / 6:17 pm

        It’s more scenic to just take the Independence SuperChair and ski down to Peak 8 base.

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    • Donald Reif February 11, 2021 / 3:48 pm

      I would say that part of the reason why the Colorado and Rocky Mountain SuperChairs have closing times of 4:15 pm during peak periods is to encourage people to use them instead of taking the gondola.

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  4. Joe Traynor February 11, 2021 / 3:44 pm

    Honestly surprised that Breck hasn’t invested more into building other gondolas as well. In the future once the quicksilver chair has aged, they’d benefit from installing a 10 person LPA with a mid-station at ten mile and then take the lift all the way up to either beaver run top station or mercury’s and then either remove beaver run or build a newer lift since its been around about the same as the old American eagle at copper which was removed a couple years ago.

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    • Donald Reif February 11, 2021 / 4:00 pm

      That’s not gonna happen at all. I will say that Quicksilver is the sort of lift that would be ideal for a chondola, as it’s a double loading lift and there are chondolas in Europe that use separate loading areas for chairs and gondola cabins. Some work would be necessary to convert the second loading area into a gondola cabin loading area, while leaving the first loading area for chairs. But the top terminal would have to be replaced entirely.

      As for running such a hypothetical gondola further up Peak 9, well…to have a second stage up to the top of the Beaver Run SuperChair would require such a gondola to cross over both Lift A and the Mercury SuperChair. Crossing Lift A wouldn’t be a problem, but it would have to have very tall towers to cross the Mercury SuperChair, leaving the upper part very much exposed to wind.

      And the Beaver Run SuperChair isn’t going to be removed yet. For starters, it serves a vital function in providing top to bottom lift service on Peak 9. And while it’s probably due for replacement, that won’t be for at least another five or so years, especially seeing as Breck takes good care of it. It received new chairs in 2014, and the upper terminal was repainted in 2017 (although I’ll admit I think the top terminal looked better when painted in Beaver Run orange).

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    • skitheeast February 11, 2021 / 6:39 pm

      I like that idea. However, I would leave Quicksilver in place just to serve beginners and just add the gondola as a second option out of Peak 9 base. Then, I would have its angle station at Beaver Run Base and have the second stage replace Beaver Run, allowing Beaver Run Base to retain its existing lift access. Skiers would still be able to easily lap the upper half of Peak 9 even with Beaver Run as a gondola because Mercury and C Chair are better lifts to lap anyway (should C go detachable and be used full-time, which it is supposed to do).

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      • Donald Reif February 11, 2021 / 6:54 pm

        The Beaver Run SuperChair works better as a chairlift in some form or another. Making it a gondola would make lines longer at the Mercury SuperChair because lapping skiers on the trails south of Sundown would mostly go to it rather than take their equipment off after each run. Upgrading Lift C to a high speed quad wouldn’t do much to mitigate this since it only laps American and the three trails north of it, while the Mercury SuperChair laps all eleven trails on upper Peak 9.

        At most, I can see it maybe going the way of a chondola. Though more likely, a six pack.

        Also, a two-stage gondola with a midstation at Beaver Run might run into some difficulties because some of the buildings at Beaver Run Resort would be in the way.

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      • Donald Reif February 13, 2021 / 6:32 am

        And since Peak 9 is no longer the center of attention that it was prior to 2008, I think it’s one area where Breck is unlikely to add any gondolas. I think the whole fact that the Beaver Run SuperChair and Mercury SuperChair complement one another necessitates the Beaver Run SuperChair stays a chairlift. The former provides direct base area access to upper Peak 9, and also is used for lapping the Highway Nine Terrain Park on lower Bonanza (since that’s below where Bonanza skiers have to peel off if going to the Mercury SuperChair); the latter is for lapping the upper Peak 9 trails. I would even say a Beaver Run SuperChair replacement is no less than a decade off, simply because as is, the Peak 9 high speed quads have a combined capacity of 5,600 pph, which would become 7,000 pph if Lift C becomes a high speed quad.

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