Steamboat Gondola – Steamboat, CO

The old Silver Bullet Gondola was almost completely replaced over two phases in 2017 and 2019.
View up the lower half of the line.
Leaving the bottom terminal building.
Riding out of Steamboat Village.
View down.
Upper half of the lift.
Inside the top terminal building.
Parking rails.
Turnaround in the top station.
There is one white cabin for wedding guests.
Some of the top terminal structure was reused from the prior gondola.
View down from the summit.
Breakover towers.
A new tower.
Flat section at the middle of the line.
Large combination assemblies.
The lift passes nearly over the Christie Peak Express.
A CWA Omega IV LWI cabin.
View up near Christie Peak.
Lower part of the lift line.
Tall tower in the village area.
Cabins leaving the base area.
Tower 2.
All of the towers were replaced in the second phase of the rebuild.
Looking up at T2.
Another view up the line.
Cabins only load and unload in straight sections.
View into a cabin with leather seats.
Departing the top terminal.
Departure side up top.
The top breakover.
Riding down.
View of Thunderhead.
The lower big breakover.
View down towards the village.
Village section.
Looking up at tower 4.
Cabins in the bottom terminal.
Return station.
Towers 25 and 26.
A cabin going over big support assemblies.
View down from Thunderhead.
View above Christie Peak.
The number of cabins was increased to 137 with the rebuild.
Lift line overview.
The gondola was shortened slightly in 2021 with a new bottom terminal location further uphill.
Turnaround area.
There is a large maze area.
Extremely long Uni-G return terminal.
New tower 1.
New towers 2 and 3.
Lower station overview.
New base location.
Cabin unloading area.
View from the village.

37 thoughts on “Steamboat Gondola – Steamboat, CO

  1. powderforever45 December 19, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    What is going to be steamboat’s next big project? I’m guessing either replacement of thunderhead or bashor bowl gondola or both.

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    • skitheeast December 19, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      I have no idea, but an idea I think could be nice would be replacing Thunderhead with a six-pack and then moving the existing equipment over to the Sunshine area and creating a Sunshine II lift southeast of Sunshine Express like they have in their master plan. Their lengths are roughly the same, although Thunderhead has a greater vertical. Alternatively, I would not be surprised by a South Peak quad replacement. I do not think it is long enough to warrant a detachable, but the master plan calls for it and it is pretty similar to Elkhead (which went detachable).


      • Donald Reif December 20, 2019 / 12:13 am

        I think that plan may have been scrapped, seeing as the Elkhead Express was built as a high speed quad, not a six pack.


  2. Brady December 19, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    I’m so glad the Gondola has level walk-in! The Silver Bullet was cool, but the “Blue Bullet” is even better because of this. (I love the new blue cabin color!)

    The wedding cabin is really slick looking too; I wondered what they’d do since they had the one on the old gondola.

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    • Cameron Halmrast December 21, 2019 / 11:58 am

      Was that the new CWA cabin that was purple? I wondered why there was one new CWA cabin on the line and figured it was for ADA reasons. It would be curious if the wedding cabin is a VIP cabin which only seats four.


      • Phoenix March 9, 2020 / 3:52 pm

        The wedding cabin on the old gondola was the same model as the others except it was white and it had “Just married!” decals on it. The windows weren’t tinted like the new wedding cabin is.


  3. Will December 20, 2019 / 1:14 am

    What was wrong with the previous towers?


    • Donald Reif December 21, 2019 / 2:05 pm

      My guess is that the lattice towers wouldn’t be able to handle the rigors of the higher capacity gondola cabins.


  4. Owen December 21, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    does this use Uni G technology or D-line.


  5. Christopher A. January 17, 2020 / 3:37 pm

    Does it still have a cargo cabin?


    • Christopher A. February 1, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      Solved my own question, it has what looks like 2 cargo cabins


      • Scott February 24, 2020 / 2:06 am

        All the cabins are cargo cabins now. The old cargo cabins haven’t been used since the upgrade.


  6. Lift Expert December 10, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    what is the Sliver things on towers 25-26 for? it seems to me that they are reflective and could melt the snow around them if the sun is shining at the right spot.


    • pbropetech December 10, 2020 / 4:19 pm

      They are reflective. They’re to keep the towers from bending in the sun and causing misalignment. No, you can’t see the bend, but trust me it’s there.


  7. Henry T February 3, 2021 / 10:33 am

    When they move the bottom terminal this summer, will it have a UNI-G cover on the terminal equipment? And will the terminal equipment be reused?


  8. Ryan February 4, 2021 / 11:06 pm

    Last year and in yeas previous, they would often remove the cabins off of the line at night at the top terminal parking, but this year they have not removed them yet when I’ve checked the web cam before going to bed. Strange. One would think they would want to protect the new cabins as much as they could.


      • Myles Svec April 19, 2021 / 8:22 am

        They will definitely have to cut the rope but I’m not sure if they will completely remove it.


      • pbropetech April 19, 2021 / 9:02 am

        I’ve participated in several terminal relocations, and every time we’ve tied off the rope at a tower above the new terminal location and simply shortened the rope when it was respliced. It’s much easier than removing the rope since there’s really no reason to.


  9. Cole R September 27, 2021 / 11:09 am

    Does anyone have any pictures of controls in the operator house including the back cabinets


  10. Donald Reif October 31, 2021 / 8:44 pm

    Something tells me this is going to be renamed once Wild Blue is built. I think that they might consider reviving the Silver Bullet name for this one.


    • Myles Svec November 1, 2021 / 2:06 pm

      Yeah, they also have the name Silver Bullet Gondola copyrighted if I remember correctly.


    • Myles Svec December 29, 2021 / 10:38 am

      It’s just called Steamboat Gondola so there will be Steamboat Gondola and Wild Blue gondola.


      • Somebody February 13, 2022 / 4:33 pm

        “Thunderhead Gondola” would make sense. It probably wouldn’t be called “Steamboat Gondola” anymore since there will be two of them.


    • Bob February 1, 2023 / 9:38 am

      Steamboat is trying to get away from the Silver Bullet name, due to its association with beer/alcohol. Somebody decided that was not a good look for a family-friendly resort.


  11. Donald Reif December 23, 2021 / 5:47 pm

    I believe they essentially now have two spare cabins since the shorter lift line can’t carry all 137 cabins.


  12. Ryan January 19, 2022 / 11:56 pm

    Interestingly Steamboat doesn’t seem to be taking the cabins off of the line at night this season like they did in the past, especially when heavy snow was expected at night. I wonder why? The top parking terminal is massive and nice.


    • Tyler February 14, 2022 / 8:46 am

      They haven’t had many opportunities to worry about heavy snowfall this year


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