Gondola One #1 – Vail, CO

View up the line from Vail Village.
Exptended loading area shown with just half the cabins on line.
Bottom return station and towers 1-2.
Return terminal in Vail Village.
Lower section of the line
Tower 7.
Upper lift line section.
Sigma Diamond 10-passenger cabins.
Top station with cabin parking and maintenance building on the right.
Top station turnaround.
Lower level of the two-level parking facility.
Rails connecting the arrival side of the top station with the parking bays.
Riding down.
Tower 17.
View back uphill.
Descending towards Vail Village.
Cabins with custom ski & snowboard racks.

9 thoughts on “Gondola One #1 – Vail, CO

  1. V12Tommy October 29, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Nothing says Vail quite like a gondola with heated seats and wi-fi. They have to justify their insane lift ticket prices somehow.

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  2. Max Hart April 2, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Never until now have I noticed that unlike most if not all other L-P lifts in North America, this lift has its sheave assemblies mounted to either the top or bottom of the crossarm (similar to a Doppelmayr) rather than mounted to the inside of it like most Pomas in North America from the mid-1980s to the present day.

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    • Collin April 2, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      I’m pretty sure the support sheaves are a Leitner design. They are larger and have a different look than anything I’ve seen on a Poma or Leitner Poma lift in North America. Look up Leitner Gondola on google images and look at a tower and you should see the similarity.


      • pbropetech April 11, 2020 / 7:48 am

        Those are Poma sheaves; what I can’t tell is if they are the 450 Wides that we have on our sixpacks and telemix, or if they’re the 550s. If the rope is bigger than 52mm they’re probably 550s, which makes the depressions on the combos 450s. We were told our ropes were as big as the 450 sheaves could handle, which is good because they’re heavy enough on their own :)


  3. Peter Danis August 16, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Is this the only currently built gondola with LPA terminals?


    • Peter Landsman August 16, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      Yes. The count will triple here shortly if we count Copper’s Telemix.


      • Cameron Halmrast April 11, 2020 / 10:54 pm

        Glenwood Springs?


      • Greg April 25, 2020 / 5:54 pm

        The Gondola at Winter Park also counts


  4. snowbasinlocal12894 July 8, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    Question on the gondola garage. Is there a elevator or inclined rails between the 2 levels?


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