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.

24 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.


  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.


  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.


    • 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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s