Village Gondola – Mammoth Mountain, CA

The bottom station anchors the Village at Mammoth.
Unique Uni-G rustic terminal styling.
Tower 1.
Second floor lower station.
Uni-G XL.
European-style towers.
View up the line.
Loading area.
Rare CWA Conus 115 cabins.
Drive station at Canyon Lodge.
Side view of the drive.
Drive station seen from above.
Trees were left along the entire line.
Top terminal plaza.
Drive station and parking building.
Last two towers.
Cabin and towers.
Canyon Lodge station.
Towers 14 and 15.
Terminal and cabin parking facility.
Loading area.
Operator house.
Transfer rail.
Return terminal turnaround.
Tall splice tower.
15-passenger cabins.
Double combination assemblies.
Rare double DT grip.

18 thoughts on “Village Gondola – Mammoth Mountain, CA

  1. Cooper December 31, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Surprised this lift isn’t a Bicable. 15 passenger gondolas I’ve seen have a second track rope on it. That is one big grip for one big lift!


    • Ty November 12, 2022 / 7:14 pm

      Couldnt agree more. The only other non 2S gondola with these cabins ive come across is one of the monocable gondolas at Kitzsteinhorn in the Alps, where wind is far less of a factor in operations. Im sure the spherical nature of these cabins is pretty efficient with redirecting winds. I love bi capable gondolas and wish we had more of them in North America, but with Jay Peak recently getting new owners, id say replacing the tram or the Flyer express (move the flyer to Bonaventure) with a modern Leitner or Dopp 2S system, would make a ton of sense for a resort that is constantly tarnished by wind holds that have really hampered 2 out of the 3 times ive skied there, with both the Tram and Flyer being on wind holds constantly.


  2. mzg December 11, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Peter, correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve never been to Mammoth, but is there any way they actually for 15 in those cabins. They look awfully small to fit that many people


    • Maxwell Uguccioni January 28, 2019 / 6:29 pm

      Not everyone can sit down.


  3. Maxwell May 14, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    The double grips are called the DT-215.


    • noahberg February 27, 2022 / 7:14 am

      both gondolas at killington have double grips, not the same type of double grip but still


  4. Maxwell October 17, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    Every time I go it seems like it is always running at its design speed which is 1200 fpm.


    • Raj Thorp March 1, 2020 / 1:08 pm

      They do run this fast which is good. Most resorts slow down their detachables, which is pretty much pointless, unless it is a beginner lift


  5. Raj Thorp March 1, 2020 / 1:07 pm

    There is NO WAY that those cabins hold 15 people. Maybe some people stand? And also, they never fill them with 15 people. That is as much as the Lone Peak Tram at big sky, but this looks way smaller if you compare the cabins in size


    • Lostintheamazon November 12, 2022 / 11:05 am

      Just rode with 15 😅


  6. ALT5690 October 19, 2021 / 2:51 pm

    Is this the only 15 person gondola in North America or is there another one


    • Utah Lost Ski Area Project October 19, 2021 / 5:55 pm

      Weren’t Stratton’s and Whistler’s old gondola cabins able to hold 15 people? If you consider low capacity trams to be “15 person gondolas” then you can add Big Sky and Snowbasin to the list.


      • Somebody December 2, 2021 / 12:28 am

        Stratton’s old gondolas were rated to hold 12 adults but the most adults ever loaded into them was 9 or 10, which would usually force a person or two to stand.

        With that said, I’ve heard some interesting stories over the years of a lot more than 10 kids (often in ski school) being loaded into those old cabins. So at some point or another, the Stratton cabins have probably held 15..

        The new cabins are usually filled with 7-8 on peak days, with a rare 9th person standing. While capacity is around 3/4 of what it used to be, it’s probably for the better that we leave behind the era of cramming 15 ski school kids into a gondola cabin that has no real seats.


  7. ski man December 3, 2021 / 6:47 pm

    it actually holds 15 they used to allow only 12 people on it even in the 2004 trail map but now they allow 15 to ride in it


  8. Bob January 24, 2023 / 9:30 am

    What other lifts have CWA Conus cabins? I vaguely remember seeing an artists’ representation of Vail’s Eagle Bahn gondola when it was being planned with CWA Conus cabins, but they got changed to X-model cabins. Are there any other gondolas other than this one with Conus cabins?


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