Eagle Bahn Gondola #19 – Vail, CO

CWA X-model cabins in the bottom station.
Cabin parking rails in the bottom station at Lionshead.
Tower 1 was upgraded by Doppelmayr CTEC more recently.
Leaving Lionshead and crossing over Gore Creek.
The upper part of the line with Pride Express on the right.
Arriving at Adventure Ridge.
Contour turnaround.
View down from the top at tower 21.
The top station has a larger parking and maintenance bay to complement the one at the base.
Riding down in the summer.
Towers 15 and 16 with the top of Born Free Express on the right.
Arrival side at the Lionshead station.
Bottom terminal building and lift line.
View of the line from Lionshead.
Tensioning system at the return.
Lower part of the line in winter.
Cargo carrier on the line.
There are some really tall towers on this lift.
The lift line seen from Lionshead Village.
Breakover towers.
Upper lift line.
Three section splice tower.
Middle part of the lift line.
Lower line.
View up near the base.

25 thoughts on “Eagle Bahn Gondola #19 – Vail, CO

  1. Billy B. May 16, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Do you know the name of the grips used on the Eagle Bahn? I know that they are double grips, but I can’t remember what the grips themselves are called.


  2. Matthew Huerta January 12, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    How come Tower 1’s lifting frame was replaced?


    • Max Hart January 13, 2019 / 6:43 pm

      I don’t think it was just the lifting frame. It looks to me like it was the entire crossarm. They probably found something about it (e.g. structural issue) that they didn’t like and opted to replace it. It doesn’t look like a CTEC design.


      • Donald M. Reif March 20, 2019 / 1:44 am

        That’s a Doppelmayr frame.

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      • Donald Reif October 29, 2019 / 9:18 am

        Must’ve been replaced around 2009 or so.


      • Donald Reif December 6, 2019 / 8:40 pm

        Here’s what tower 1 originally looked like:

        Liked by 1 person

  3. snowbasinlocal12894 January 13, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Why do they even have lifting frames on depression towers? is there a winch point at the bottom of the tower? It really serves no purpose other than something for Lift maintenance to cling on to so they dont accidentally fall off the catwalks.


    • Michael January 13, 2019 / 11:38 am

      There are usually concrete anchors with metal eyes in them for rigging to pull the haul rope down. And if you then need to lower the assembly to the ground you use the “lifting”frame.😉

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    • pbropetech May 22, 2022 / 9:47 pm

      If we had a tendency to fall off catwalks there would be a whole ‘nother aspect to the job. Cheap shot there, dude. I realise this is a three-plus year late reply but I hope you read Michael’s comment.


  4. Utah Powder December 6, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    Are you sure this gondola holds 12 people? It looks like a 6 person gondola to me.


    • Kaden K January 11, 2020 / 4:43 pm

      They usually load 8 to 10. With people standing it could definitely fit 12.


  5. Kaden K January 11, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    The Eagle Bahn Gondola has lots of sag, meaning either there’s less tension or the gondolas are just really heavy. Also, the deceleration on the lift is really weird and cool.


    • Donald Reif January 12, 2020 / 6:39 am

      I’d attribute this partially to the lift’s profile being much higher off the ground than the parallel Born Free Express, which hugs the terrain more closely.


    • Kevin January 25, 2020 / 6:18 pm

      They’re weighted with ballast tanks, if you’re quiet, you can hear the water splashing around.


      • Lift Tech July 25, 2020 / 4:40 pm

        Not water and not Ballast… Kerosene . Its fuel for the Cabin heater under the floor.


        • Kevin July 29, 2020 / 4:17 pm

          Interesting, I was under the impression that there wasn’t heat in the cabins since we’re always given warm blankets for the ride up for dinner @ Game Creek.


  6. Raj THORP February 26, 2020 / 10:00 pm

    Those don’t look like the normal AK grips. They look a bit stronger and more complex


    • Donald Reif February 26, 2020 / 11:06 pm

      They’re the gondola variant of the AK grip.


  7. Joe Traynor January 22, 2021 / 11:23 am

    I wonder when they rose the floor in the terminals. I remember having to step up into the cab.


  8. coledelaney April 18, 2021 / 9:47 am

    I got a tour of this gondola a few years ago. They have tunnels for garbage/recycling/ and supplies under most of the resort. If you look to the left or to the right when entering the bottom station you can see that they have an elevator to bring it up and down.


  9. Skristiansen August 8, 2021 / 7:57 am


  10. Brody May 21, 2022 / 12:48 pm

    If the cabin spacing isn’t so big, they would have a higher capacity Gondola. The gondola not hugging the ground makes for a faster ride time, but evacuating the lift, some people would be terrified. For this lift, being a lift mechanic is not for the people who are scared of heights, thats for sure.


    • Michael May 21, 2022 / 1:52 pm

      Brody-” If the cabin spacing isn’t so big, they would have a higher capacity Gondola”- Yes…BUT…the lift would need to be re-engineered and they would probably have to: Increase the required horsepower, which may include a larger gearbox and auxiliary power unit; Change the haul rope to a larger diameter to accommodate the increased weight, as well as increase the number of sheaves on each tower.”The gondola not hugging the ground” has nothing to do with a faster ride time. It is designed to give ski under clearance for as much of the line as possible and also give a smooth ride over each tower while duplicating the terrain below. Evacuations, while safe, are always a scary situation for some of the participants. Lift mechanics are fearless:-)
      Lift Dynamics 101…Hope this helps.


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