Jordanelle Express Gondola – Deer Valley, UT

Top terminal building.
View into cabin storage.
Leaving the bottom.
View up the line.
Upper lift line.
View down the long lift line.
Breakover towers and top terminal building.
Middle part of the lift line with no skiing underneath.
Tower 1.
Lower station.
Turnaround at the bottom terminal.
CTEC operator house at the return.
Flat lower lift line.
View riding up.
Looking back down.
Inside the top drive terminal.

24 thoughts on “Jordanelle Express Gondola – Deer Valley, UT

  1. slowpoke May 20, 2018 / 9:29 am

    I’m pretty sure that the gondola only fits 4 people


    • Teddy Hubbell May 21, 2018 / 4:37 am

      No, they’re Gangloff 6 passenger cabins. If you look at the picture you can see the 3 sections on the seat.


      • Max Hart May 21, 2018 / 5:23 am

        However, I think Dear Valley only allows four people per cabin.


      • slowpoke May 24, 2018 / 2:29 pm

        You could be right that it fits 6 but because in functions as a four-person gondola it should be marked as that. Also, do you know why they only allow 4 people besides the fact there are only 4 ski slots?


        • AM December 1, 2018 / 7:31 pm

          It is part of their effort to limit overcrowding on the trails and at the resort.


        • snowbasinlocal12894 December 1, 2018 / 8:31 pm

          It could be that the gondola only serves a small pod. Im sure they got gangloff six person cabins and only 4 people are allowed in one cabin. Deer valley must of bought the cabins with the intent of only letting 4 people in 6 person cabins for more space for guests. Probably why the skis racks together can only haul 4 skis on one cabin.


    • Wiggles January 23, 2022 / 11:17 pm

      It has a max weight of 680lbs per cabin listed on the placards in the cabins and the wall of the terminals… if it was 6 people they would have to be really tiny people around 110lbs each . Even 4 bigger people would blow past 680.


  2. Tyler February 18, 2020 / 8:10 am

    This is a real estate and small parking lot access lift that hardly sees any traffic. Mostly employees commuting from Heber in the morning. The cabins are the 6-place model but the seat cushions inside indicate 4 seats.

    Since these pictures were taken, you now enter the building from where the “keep out” sign is in picture 2 above, through the open end of the terminal building.


  3. Bob Schneider October 17, 2021 / 10:49 am

    I was thinking of renting a place for a month in Heber City and using this lift as my starting point for skiing .
    Is there parking available? Is this a good plan or not so good?
    I just want to ski and be close by without paying a fortune.


    • Carson October 17, 2021 / 11:23 am

      It can be a good spot depending on when you get there, the parking lot is fairly little, the only issue is you haft to go get your pass at a different base area


    • Ryan King October 24, 2021 / 9:37 pm

      Bob! I ski deer valley quite frequently and come from the town of Provo which means I come right through Heber. I think renting a place in heber and starting your day here is a great idea. Parking shouldn’t be an issue on weekdays, but I’d get there around 8:30am or earlier on weekends. I’ve been starting my day at the gondola since I was like 7 though and it’s kind of a good little secret. You can avoid the traffic in and out of park city.


  4. Brett Slater January 29, 2022 / 9:32 pm

    Not such a secret anymore… There are so many people parking in official sites, they have 3 wardens to direct traffic and a shuttle. But we did not know this until we got there (about 10am, weekends ok). Thank goodness it worked out. Just go NW along Deer Hollow Rd, so easy

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  5. Jay Champine February 2, 2022 / 9:33 pm

    Going to try this out for the first time. Can anyone confirm a couple of things for me?
    1. Is it a 30 minute drive from SDance to this lot?
    2. Is the parking and access to gondola easier than the zoo at the base?
    3. Once on the gondola – how long of a ride is it before you get off and start skiing?
    4. Where does it drop off? We have a group of skiers and non skiers. Would it take them to the base so they can enjoy other parts of DV? Or would they need to ski from the drop off site??

    Thanks in advance for the replies.

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  6. Ryan King February 2, 2022 / 11:11 pm

    Jay! 30 mins from Sundance seems about right. Parking at the base of the gondola is much better than at the main base. Especially on a weekday. And much quicker if you’re coming from Sundance. I’d say it’s about a 9-10 ride on the gondola. And yes, you’ve got to ski from the top of the gondola to the main base of deer valley

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  7. artbaylawcom December 2, 2022 / 7:19 am

    Can I scan my IKON pass to access the Gondola at Jordanelle? I assume if I’m there by 8:00, even on a Friday, there’s probably parking.


  8. artbaylawcom December 2, 2022 / 7:54 am

    And while I’m at it, is there anywhere indoor to put boots on, or is that done at my truck in the lot?


    • Ryan King December 2, 2022 / 8:54 am

      You can scan your pass at the gondola. And should have plenty of parking weekdays. People used to get into their ski stuff in the gondola building but they’ve kind of stopped that ever since Covid.

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  9. artbaylawcom December 2, 2022 / 9:28 am

    thanks Ryan!


  10. artbaylawcom December 2, 2022 / 11:37 am

    One last question, if you know, Is the Jordanelle Gondola running today (Fri) and Saturday, or do you know when it will open.
    Thanks Again


  11. Luisa December 19, 2022 / 8:54 pm

    Thanks for this info. Quick question – I’m assuming I can ride the gondola back down. Or do you need to do the blue run down?


    • Ryan King December 19, 2022 / 9:11 pm

      You can ride the gondola back down if you don’t want to take the blue run down!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Charlotte January 12, 2023 / 6:44 am

    Quick question – looking for a way to get from Herber city to the lodges at Deer Valley for Sundance events – will this Gondola work for non-skiers to get to the Lodges at Deer Valley or is it a ski-only drop site? Thank you so much for any insight!


    • Ryan King January 12, 2023 / 8:34 am

      This is a ski only drop site. No way to get to the lodges without skiing.


  13. skitheeast February 6, 2023 / 8:23 am

    Deer Valley should really consider building a proper garage/transit hub at Jordanelle when it develops Snow Park. Kimball Junction and Park City have too many vehicles, and being right off of 189 makes Jordanelle more convenient for people coming from not just Heber City/Provo but also I-80 and SLC. The new Burns lift makes Jordanelle more accessible than before for skiers of all levels, and the only issue I could really see is Deer Crest not wanting more traffic.


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