Sulpher Mountain Gondola – Banff Gondola, AB

The Banff Gondola is owned by Brewster Travel Canada and operates for sightseeing only year-round.
View of the new top terminal building under construction in Spring 2016.
Bottom station with counterweight. Some tires were added to the rails but operators still manually push the cabins most of the way around the terminals.
Cabins and track saddles inside the bottom station. The drive is up top.
Parked cabins and carriages.
The bottom station building.
Two previous generation cabins were used.
Bottom terminal building seen from above.
Riding up the first span.
Looking back at tower 1.
Tower 2 is the tallest.
View back down.
Tower 2 seen from above.
Approaching T3.
Tower 3.
A CWA X cabin approaches T3.
Nearing the summit.
Tower 4.
Haul rope sheaves.
New summit terminal building in 2018.
The big breakover.
Arrival at the top.
Cabin and hanger.
Another view of the breakover.
Front view of a third generation cabin.
Tower 4 seen from below.
View down from the summit.
Inside the top station.
Leaving the summit.
Tower 4.
These sheaves catch the haul rope as it sags significantly between cabins.
Middle part of the lift line.
Lower line.
Tower 2.
Another view of the line.
Tower 1.
Inside the bottom station. Cabins are pushed through manually.

8 thoughts on “Sulpher Mountain Gondola – Banff Gondola, AB

  1. wolf February 2, 2022 / 7:56 pm

    Is this the only 2S in the Americas?

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  2. Bluebottlenose January 19, 2023 / 7:11 am

    anybody noticed the old wooden tower in pic nine? It kinda looks like the towers of the old grouse mountain chairlift, maybe it is a similar design.


    • Michael January 19, 2023 / 10:20 am

      I don’t think those are old wooden towers. You can also see 2 of them in photo 10. I believe those are slack rope supports for when there are no / a limited number of cabins on line. See photo #31 for how the haul rope is supported at the towers.

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  3. bluebottlenose March 20, 2023 / 8:01 am

    All of the mainstream ski areas are replacing detachable lifts built in the 80’s with new ones, while Sulphur mountain over here is keeping a detachable gondola built in the 1950’s operational with no replacement in sight. Doppelmayr and Poma are playing us all for fools, we dont need to replace detachable lifts, they just want more money!


    • bluebottlenose March 20, 2023 / 9:16 am

      This comment is sarcasm, i know that detachable chairlifts are much more complicated that detachable gondolas you have to push by hand.

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      • skier72 March 20, 2023 / 10:39 am

        It’s also worth pointing out that this gondola was extensively retrofitted by Garaventa in the early 90’s.

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