Vail's Gondola 1, only 1 year old is a brand new, shiny,
state-of-the-art gondola adorning the face of North America's
largest resort. And this isn't just any ordinary gondola;
there's nothing else like it in the United States or
The first thing you'll notice is shorter lift lines at the
base. With a lift speed of 1,200 feet-per-minute and
capacity of 3600 people up per hour, double the capacity of the
Vista Bahn, the lift it replaced. And you will be riding in
style…the pride of this project is the gondola cars. There's
111 10-passenger vessels that feature Wi-Fi and leather seats
that are HEATED.
The gondola cars were made in France, but 70% of the lift was
made just down the road in Grand Junction, CO at the Leitner Poma
of America factory. Since 1981, the Leitner Poma factory in
North America has been "turning steel into ski lifts" and has
built, assembled, and delivered 440 lifts not only throughout our
continent, but also to Australia and New Zealand.
It takes just 38 seconds to load and unload the lift at the
base, and ride time went from about 9 minutes to 7.5
minutes, but with the heated seats, you won't have much
time to get cold… and how does the uphill capacity affect the flow
of skiers and riders on the rest of the mountain? Vail's
officials state that from Mid Vail, there are so many more options
with chairs 3 and 4 so close, or skiers and riders can head down to
chair 2, or hop over to chair 10 via the Post Montane
The whole project took about a year, and after approximately 38
semi truck loads of materials were delivered to Vails' doorstep,
this lift is making high-tech history in at historical spot.
When Vail began 50 years ago, they had a small, four-passenger
Gondola in the very same spot, so it seems fitting on their
anniversary that they come full circle and turn it back to Gondola
Don't miss out, enjoy the quick and luxurious ride into Vail's
future on the new Gondola 1.