Gondola – Silver Mountain, ID

Inside the bottom terminal.
Arrival side of the top station.
VonRoll hanger and grip.
Leaving the town of Kellogg.
Headed over the town of Wardner.
Depression towers in someone’s driveway.
Looking back.
About halfway.
The final rise to Silver Mountain.
Midway looking back.
Upper lift line.
Tower 34.
Top station.
Tower 42.
Bottom terminal from the outside.
Looking up from the parking lot.

34 thoughts on “Gondola – Silver Mountain, ID

  1. Northeast Chairlifts July 31, 2017 / 7:26 am

    “Depression towers in someone’s driveway.”

    Thanks for the 5 seconds of cracking up, man.

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    • Duncan N. March 23, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      How did they even get permission for that?


      • Northeast Chairlifts July 1, 2018 / 8:16 pm

        Property purchase or a reoccuring fee established by the owner of that property.


      • Marc March 7, 2021 / 9:48 am

        Easement. Property rights are like a bundle of sticks. You can keep them all, sell them all, or just sell some of them.


  2. Andrew October 24, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Are these cabins Von-Roll? They look kinda like the ones on Excalibur and Steamboat.


    • Peter Landsman October 24, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      They are early CWA Omegas. Doppelmayr didn’t buy CWA until 2002.


  3. Tim Kress August 7, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Had a fun time first time on a gondola


  4. Kai Glidden September 19, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Was everything on the tower except the tube upgraded?


  5. stmeyer2015 November 19, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    Is this the longest single stage mono-cable gondola/chairlift in the world?


  6. pnwrider August 26, 2020 / 8:26 am

    I have never been to Silver Mountain before until earlier this summer! I rode the Gondola and Chair 3 since they were both open for sightseeing and for mountain bikers to use.

    Was really surprised to see a MASSIVE counterweight, as well as (I think) three bullwheels in the bottom terminal of the gondola. Does anyone know what the purpose of the multiple bullwheels are for this monocable gondola?

    I was also surprised to see counterweights on the gondola and every other Von Roll lift at Silver Mountain, considering they’re all from 1990. I figured, with rare exceptions, counterweight tensioning had already been replaced by hydraulic tensioning at that point, since I can think of many lifts older than the Silver Mountain Von Rolls, detachable and fixed grip, that have hydraulic tensioning. I guess Von Roll was a little behind in some ways.


    • chasehausman August 26, 2020 / 11:12 pm

      There are three bull wheels (might technically only be two, with one having two grooves for the haul rope) to help with tensioning.The counterweight pulls on the downhill bull wheel, while the uphill one stays in place. I believe it’s to shorten the amount of travel needed to tension that long of a lift. Otherwise you’d need a much longer station, and a much larger hole for that counterweight.

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    • Chris August 27, 2020 / 2:00 am

      Various manufacturers have built lifts (usually gondola actually) with counterweights well into the 2000s when they were especially long and/or had lots of breakovers. That might be the case here.

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      • julestheshiba March 27, 2021 / 7:54 pm

        I don’t know about all Dopplemayer 3S gondolas but I am pretty sure some of them have counterweights, I think it depends on the profile. The 3S at Whistler is hydraulically tensioned I believe but I think in Europe there are many others with counterweights. Not only this but the Funitel at Squaw Valley is counterweight tensioned based off of the construction notes.


  7. iloveribletdoubles March 27, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    Did Riblet ever make a gondola?


  8. theincsupport April 1, 2021 / 9:45 pm

    What types of grips are these?


    • pbropetech February 11, 2022 / 6:37 pm

      Double VR-104s, I believe. This may be the only lift in the US with them; Von Roll never made much headway over here before they were bought by Doppelmayr. They’re an interesting grip with a lot of moving parts and I’ve never quite understood how they operate. Very different from any of the Pomas and Doppelmayrs I’ve worked on.


  9. theincsupport April 20, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    Also, silver likes to advertise this gondola as a super fun experience. But honestly, I don’t love it. Especially this year, I had season passes, and the lines on this thing earlier in the morning at like 7-8 just got ridiculous. Also, this thing is showing it’s age. They always rattle like crazy, it doesn’t go very fast a lot of the time, and it’s just annoying. They have a road going up to the mid station at chair 4, and I have thought that they should open it up for season pass holders to drive up because the line is crazy. Another thing to note, this is like the only place on the mountain that has lines. Sometimes chair 3 can, but that’s only during busy days. The main accesses chairlift, chair 2, rarely has lines, and because it goes fast and he relatively close spacing, it goes fast. Anyways, this gondola is cool but annoying.


    • skitheeast April 20, 2021 / 12:57 pm

      That is what happens when access to the entire mountain is dependent on a 30-year-old, 1600 person per hour gondola. It really is due for a replacement, but it will absolutely be expensive. A capacity around ~2400 would be good, and the line speed should be boosted to 1200 given the length. For a project that will cost north of $10 million, it will take a few years of savings for the owners, as they are flush with cash.


    • Anthony April 20, 2021 / 2:38 pm

      It’s unlikely we see a full replacement anytime soon, but there was a proposal in the early 2000s to do a second portal to the east with either another gondola or a HSQ up to the bottom of Chair 2.


    • pbropetech February 11, 2022 / 6:31 pm

      The road you refer to was how you would access the former Jackass (you read that right) ski area. What is now chair 4 was the sole lift at Jackass. The original day lodge was a secondary snack shop when I skied here in the 90s. I don’t know if it’s still there.


      • Random Skier May 11, 2022 / 10:34 pm

        Uhhh… Source on the name? According to the skimap.org page for Silver mountain it was originally called “Silverhorn” before the gondola and the expansion around 1990…


        • Ryan Murphy May 11, 2022 / 10:53 pm

          Check the Wikipedia page. It has a bunch of citations at the bottom of the page.


        • ShangRei Garrett May 12, 2022 / 8:18 am

          Chase, the name originates from a donkey. Back at the time, it wasn’t an insult or curse word or anything, so there’s not really anything to be apologetic about


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