River Run Gondola – Keystone, CO

Keystone is the only North American customer to order the Uni-G Vision terminal skin.
Lower station with small parking rail.
Loading area/turnaround.
Extra long station.
Combo assemblies on tower 1 over the Snake River.
Turnaround up top.
End view of the drive station.
Top station overview.
Mid-station with loading and unloading in both directions.
Depression towers 11-12.
Mid-downhill side.
Breakover towers below the mid.
Lower lift line.
The old River Run Gondola started next to the Summit Express rather than on the village side of the river.
Mid-station loading area.
Above the mid-station.
Monster combination assemblies.
Nearing the summit with tall towers.
Uni-G station with vault drive.
Upper lift line.
Euro-style towers with 6.1 m line gauge.
CWA Omega IV cabins.
Looking up from the mid-station load.
Return terminal from the skier bridge.
Loading/maze area.

37 thoughts on “River Run Gondola – Keystone, CO

  1. V12Tommy October 29, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    At the top there is an underground cabin parking facility that is shared with the Outpost gondola directly across from it. It was left over from the previous River Run gondola.


  2. Peter Landsman May 26, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Does anyone know what the small tubes attached to the big tubes are? They seem to be on a lot of towers for larger Doppelmayr lifts.


    • Cooper May 26, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Hopefully I answer your question correctly. The taller the tower is. The wider the tube is. Support towers have to withstand more force. Not just gravity but also tension force. Depress towers withstand less force. Basically larger tubes are near the foundation. Smaller tubes are higher up to the crossarm.


      • Peter Landsman May 26, 2018 / 3:49 pm

        I’m talking about these…

        Thinking something to do with lining up the splice tower sections during construction?


        • Carson April 20, 2019 / 11:02 pm

          From what I believe is that those little holes are for is the ladder


        • pbropetech December 16, 2019 / 8:34 am

          Yes and no. They’re for temporary platforms used during construction, so that the guys have someplace to stand while torquing the stage bolts.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Myles Svec February 20, 2022 / 12:27 pm

          Could be for holding the padding at the base of the towers as some towers have padding.


        • Brody February 20, 2022 / 12:25 pm

          Don’t know if you solved this mystery or not, but I don’t think it is, look at the photos, the sun shields are being held up by something else. I think the little tubes are for either construction platform or a device to prevent people from climbing the tower. I could be completely wrong.


        • pbropetech February 20, 2022 / 2:21 pm

          Brody (and previous commentors): I answered the question several comments above. The tubes welded to the tower tube are for temporary platforms used during construction. The installation crew uses them to stand on while torquing the midstage bolts.


  3. Duncan October 26, 2018 / 7:50 am

    I wonder why that parking rail is at the bottom, since there is such an extensive facility at the top.


    • Robbie August 19, 2021 / 12:00 pm

      I’m guessing for any broken cabin that wouldn’t be able to make it back to the top. A severely broken grip would be an obvious reason not to send it up. Even if the rollers are bad enough where it wont make it through the terminals.


  4. Porter April 20, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Is this the only lift in the US with this terminal design?


    • themav April 21, 2019 / 8:45 am

      It’s too bad. I really like the way the viper/vision skin looks.


    • themav April 21, 2019 / 8:59 am

      The “mini-combo” has an rope position sensor in it. The Colorado Tramway Safety Board requires RPD sensors in installations with a line speed of 600FPM or greater.


      • ALT2870 April 21, 2019 / 1:34 pm

        Err ya? I mean all towers regardless of type have CPS sensors on the sheave assemblies. So not sure the point? Not hating or anything, just curious of your post.


        • themav April 21, 2019 / 3:08 pm

          Sorry, my previous comment is indeed unclear. I’ll try, and probably fail, to put together the missing pieces of the puzzle.

          Donald mentioned that these were retrofitted circa 2014. These are Doppelmayr’s new RPD sensor design to replace the over-rope design- I tried to explain what they were for. The reason they were retrofitted is because of fewer issues with the Agamatic grips. Indeed all towers have RPD sensors, the mini-combo just visually sticks out a lot more.

          The point about Colorado is irrelevant and should’ve been omitted.


  5. snowbasinlocal12894 September 12, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    Why is there so many communication lines? Usually there is one or 2.


    • Donald Reif September 12, 2019 / 7:20 pm

      Perhaps it has to do with the Gondola carrying utility lines for the Summit House?


  6. powderforever45 December 15, 2019 / 4:22 pm

    Why is this lift in the stats as a Doppelmayr CTEC Gondola? Are there CTEC parts on this lift?


    • Peter Landsman December 15, 2019 / 4:24 pm

      The company was called Doppelmayr CTEC from 2002 to 2010.


  7. Coloski September 29, 2020 / 4:59 pm

    They should replace this and summit with a high speed 6/10 combo.


    • skitheeast September 29, 2020 / 5:33 pm

      Summit and River Run combine to have a theoretical hourly capacity of 5000. No 6/10 combo would even come close to that and just create longer lines.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Somebody September 29, 2020 / 5:34 pm

      I disagree. Summit provides redundancy if the gondola goes down, and if they were to both go down you’d only have two out of base options (with both being from the other base area). It could turn into a nightmare for them.


    • Utah Powder Skier September 29, 2020 / 5:38 pm

      The current River Run Gondola isn’t that old to begin with. I also don’t see the problem with the Gondola as is, especially because Summit is right next to it for lapping purposes. Summit isn’t super old either.


  8. Tyler December 16, 2020 / 10:37 am

    Why did this get painted tan and orange when everything else at Keystone is green?


    • Donald Reif December 16, 2020 / 12:26 pm

      Up until about the mid-2000s, Keystone’s lifts were all painted entirely in dark green, including towers and terminals. Beginning around 2005 and ending in 2007, the lifts all received a repainting, which saw the terminals get repainted beige on almost everything, as well as the towers on all lifts get repainted silver. This was how things were when the gondola was built.

      Then, beginning in 2011 and ending in 2014, Keystone began repainting all of the detachable and fixed grip lift terminals to a bright green.


  9. Alex Kennedy February 14, 2021 / 10:45 pm

    Is the only difference between the UNI-G Vision and the standard UNI-G appearance?


  10. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 11:03 am

    I believe so. The standard UNI-G has windows on the end of each terminal. While on the UNI-G Vision there are metal exteriors with now windows on the ends. Like on the River Run Gondola. Which I believe is the only one out there.


  11. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 11:04 am

    No windows on the ends


  12. Chris Ziegler January 18, 2022 / 6:47 am

    Anyone know why the River Run Gondola was closed for three days of maintenance in the middle of ski season?


  13. Donald Reif May 23, 2022 / 7:06 pm

    Keystone should really consider repainting the terminals forest green to match the Summit Express and Montezuma Express adjacent to it.


    • Henry T May 23, 2022 / 7:11 pm

      I like the bright red at the bottom, although the top and mid station should be painted green


    • pbropetech May 24, 2022 / 10:39 am

      Why? I’m sure they’re more concerned with whether their maintenance gets done. If the paint isn’t peeling there’s no reason to change it just for looks.


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