The Gondola – Winter Park, CO

In 2018, The Gondola replaced a high speed quad called Zephyr.
As of its opening, The Gondola is tied for the highest capacity gondola in the United States at 3,600 passengers per hour.
View down at tower 17.
Breakover towers and the top station.
A Sigma Diamond 10 skis inside cabin.
Cabins passing above tower 15.
Looking down at T14.
Splice tower near the summit.
Tower 12.
The middle part of the line.
View down at T8.
Lower terminal overview.
Maze and loading area.
Side view of the top terminal.
Unloading zone at Sunspot.
Top terminal plaza.
Rear end of the long LPA terminal.
When it opened, this lift was the third with a direct drive in North America.
All of the brakes act directly on the bullwheel, as do two small electric evacuation drives when in use.
View from the porch.
If the power goes out, two generators start up automatically and can power the DirectDrive at normal speed.
Cabins turning around up top.
The top turnaround.
Tower 18 and the cabin maintenance facility.
There are 75 cabins plus two spares on this lift.
View up from the acceleration area at the bottom.
A cabin departs the return terminal.
Towers 1 and 2.
Another look at the tension return station in The Village.
Small maintenance rail at the bottom.
As many as 6 cabins can load at once.
Tower 3.
Lift overview.
A busy bottom station seen from above.
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8 thoughts on “The Gondola – Winter Park, CO

  1. Brady January 9, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    The Evac’s are not hydro static, they are electric.

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  2. GreatEight January 14, 2019 / 6:51 pm

    Why is does the glass not go all the way to the floor?
    why no ski racks outside?

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  3. alex January 14, 2019 / 9:07 pm

    Does anyone know if this lift was designed to be extended to Lunch Rock?

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    • KK January 16, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      I don’t know. There was a rumor about it back before it was built, but I doubt it’s happening.

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    • Max Hart January 16, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      Judging by the top terminal setup I would think not.

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    • Thunder_Wolfe January 30, 2019 / 8:42 pm

      I saw the CEO of winter park while standing in line at Eskimo. The CEO (Sky Foulkes) said that they will expand it to lunch rock and once they do they will give the lift a real name. Before the make the expansion they have to replace sunny side.

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  4. Thunder_Wolfe February 10, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    I saw the CEO again (Sky foulkes) and he took me into the maintenance building and then he took me up into the terminal so I could see the direct drive!

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