Panorama Gondola Upper – Mammoth Mountain, CA

The upper section has an epic span from the top of Face Lift to the summit.
View down the face towards McCoy Station.
Looking down the line.
Tall towers.
Lift line above the mid.
Upper lift line.
View up from the first tower of section II.
Doppelemayr terminal attached to building.
Top bullwheel.
Deceleration up top.
Monster breakover.
Looking down from the summit.
Lift line overview.
Top station building.
View down from the top.
Breakover from below.
CWA Omega III 8 cabins.
Looking up towards the summit.
The big span.
Rails to cabin parking.
Cabins transferring from section I.
Rails and switches at the mid.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

12 thoughts on “Panorama Gondola Upper – Mammoth Mountain, CA

    • Phoenix March 15, 2020 / 4:58 pm

      That’s a tricable reversible tram – it’s not comparable to a monocable detachable ropeway. By MDG standards this is a huge span.


      • skiz March 15, 2020 / 5:12 pm

        park city’s 2 gondolas have fairly large spans


  1. Duncan N. March 22, 2018 / 9:03 am

    What lift was used before the lower section was installed? It says that both portions of the older gondola were already removed.


    • Max Hart March 22, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Probably just Broadway, or tandem use of other lower mountain detachables.


    • snowbasinlocal12894 September 3, 2019 / 3:37 pm

      Zip line to each cabin and lower them down with rope? Must be real fun with a big span like that. Same goes with the big span over thaynes canyon on quicksilver gondola at park city.


  2. Collin Parsons July 28, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    Does this gondola operate at the top speed of 1200 feet per minute? If not how fast is it typically?


    • Maxwell September 2, 2019 / 7:23 pm

      It runs at 1200 if there is good weather and it’s not windy. If there is wind and snow then it goes between 900 and 1000. I go to Mammoth alot and the average speed it runs at is between 1000 and 1100.


    • Collin Parsons September 2, 2019 / 10:29 pm

      I looked for recordings and I can’t find anything anywhere near full speed, but good to hear that it runs fast sometimes.


  3. Raj Thorp March 1, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    This lift is cool, because it has the space jet terminal at the bottom, and a building. The only long gondola system I’ve seen with a spacejet terminal is Cloudsplitter at Whiteface. I really like this lift too, because the cabins are very modern. They are CWA cabins and only hold 8 people, but they look bigger than the other gondola’s cabins, which hold 15 people. Kind of weird


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