Village Gondola – Sugar Bowl, CA

CTEC rebuilt the original Heron gondola in 1983 utilizing existing terminal buildings.
Inside the parking lot station.
Leaving the drive terminal.
Descending the first pitch looking back.
The line crosses under three sets of high-tension powerlines.
And crosses over the Union Pacific railroad’s main line over the Sierras.
Ascending to the Village.
Lattice tower.
Cabin parking at the village station.
VonRoll grips.
CWA cabins and tensioning by counterweight.
Village station building.
View back towards the highway.
Another lattice tower.
Lift line.
Crossing over the tracks before a 10,000 foot tunnel under Mt. Judah.
Non-lattice tower.
Acceleration equipment provided by Doppelmayr.
Leaving the drive.
Note the Heron-Poma tower for the retired double chair below.
Looking towards Sugar Bowl.
Riding along the line.
Parking lot terminal building.
Gondola next to the new Doppelmayr platter lift.

7 thoughts on “Village Gondola – Sugar Bowl, CA

  1. AM May 9, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    Why close down the double for a shorter platter lift?


  2. Kevin Wood February 6, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Before the Mt Judah side opened (In the mid 1990s), the double chair was used to get more people across the railroad tracks to the base. Now that folks can drive direct to Judah, there are not as big back ups on the Gondola, the the chance people will be stranded if the Gondola goes down.

    The village tow has two separate purposes 1) is it connects the Royal Gorge XC ski system into the resost
    2) it provides easy transport for homeowners/guests and increase the number of units they can call “ski-in/ski-out”


    • Donald Reif January 5, 2021 / 2:04 pm

      There was a rather abrupt descent so that the Village Chair could cross over the tracks and then go under the power lines.


    • bryan September 22, 2021 / 12:36 am

      I remember as a kid getting off the chair in the building and thinking that was really cool. I also for some reason have this memory of a poster in the gondola building where it was a tree with a pair of skier tracks going on either side of the tree and discussing how thats not possible with my Dad.

      I don’t go to Sugar Bowl regularly, but I haven’t ridden the gondola in a very long time as I always just park on the Judah side.


  3. Utah Lost Ski Area Project April 4, 2022 / 10:36 am

    Odd that this lift is listed as a CTEC on the spreadsheet, the only CTEC manufactured parts on this lift appear to be the counterweight tensioning. Wouldn’t the majority of the parts be VonRoll rather than CTEC?


    • Carson April 4, 2022 / 12:26 pm

      There’s more CTEC than that their is also the sheeves, bullwheel, and the engine room


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