Silver Bullet Gondola – Steamboat, CO

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Bottom terminal in the Steamboat base area.
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View up from the bottom.
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Middle section of the line.
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Lower lift line.
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Tower head and carrier.
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Cabins stored for the summer.
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Chain-drive terminal.
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Return bullwheel and cabins.
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Lower lift line.
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Doppelmayr tower head.
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Upper lift line.
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Arriving up top.
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Inside the drive station.
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View down from the summit.
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Double DS grips and CWA cabins.
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Top breakover.
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One of three parking areas at the top station.
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Middle portion of the line.
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Lower lift line looking up.
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Middle part of the line in the winter.
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Monster depress tower.
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The last pitch before Thunderhead.
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Upper half of the lift line.
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Lower lift line.
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Lattice towers on Christie Peak.
In 2017, Doppelmayr completed major upgrades to this lift including new terminal equipment, grips, hangers and depression towers.
New sheave trains.
More new assemblies.
New gearbox, old bullwheel.
New drive station equipment.
The cabins are still original as of 2018 but probably not for much longer.
Some of the parking system is also new with new chain conveyors.
Deasonbuilt bike tray.
Even some of the top terminal underskin was replaced.
New cabins and old hangers.
Door opening rail.
New controls.
Turnaround at the bottom return terminal.
Lower station overview.
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7 thoughts on “Silver Bullet Gondola – Steamboat, CO

  1. Duncan N. March 24, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    What were those mangled-looking hangars in the second image?

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    • Cooper April 12, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Deasonbuilt bike carriers I think. They haul mountain bikes up in the summer.

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  2. Peter Landsman August 14, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    I’ve added photos of the major gondola upgrades, namely new terminal equipment, parking rails, grips, hangers, controls and depression assemblies. It all looks great!

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  3. alex August 14, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Did they give any hints on when the cabins may get replaced? Seems like it has to be soon.

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    • Peter Landsman August 15, 2018 / 6:04 am

      The station floors look temporary (plywood) which makes me think soon too. They have quite a bit of height to work with so might even be able to go level walk-in.

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    • V12Tommy December 1, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      They just announced recently (maybe even earlier today) that they will be replacing the entire gondola with a new one starting in April.

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  4. alex August 14, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Actually could be they are waiting to install the Bashor Gondola to get a volume discount on a huge cabin buy.

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