Highlands Gondola – Northstar, CA

This pulse gondola was built as part of the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe development.
There are many groups of two cabins and the line slows down three times during a ride.
Lower part of the line.
CWA Omega IV cabins.
Tower 1 and the bottom terminal.
Return terminal with moving platform.
Tall towers near the top.
Top unloading station.
Lower terminal at the Village at Northstar.

4 thoughts on “Highlands Gondola – Northstar, CA

  1. Duncan N. January 9, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    What is the “moving platform” you mentioned in this?


  2. Peter Landsman January 9, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    If you look closely at the bottom terminal, the center part of the platform moves in synch with the bullwheel tensioning system. This is required on all fixed-grip gondolas.

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    • snowbasinlocal12894 July 8, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      I thought it was required by the Colorado Tramway Safety Board but ok. I think the cabin holds 6 people each


  3. Truckee Local September 21, 2022 / 6:17 pm

    This gondola can be used to access the mountain, but it also provides access to the Ritz-Carlton, with no lift ticket required for people with no ski or snowboard gear. That makes for interesting cabin-mates. The gondola generally runs into the evening, several hours after the mountain closes.


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