Just in time to celebrate Vail's 50thAnniversary, a
brand new, shiny, state-of-the-art gondola will adorn 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
The first thing you'll notice is shorter lift lines at the
base. The lift speed will be 1,200 feet-per-minute and
capacity will be able to get 3600 people up per hour, double the
capacity of the Vista Bahn, the lift it replaces. 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 will take about 38 seconds to load and unload the lift at the
base, and ride time will go from about 9 minutes to 7.5 minutes, so
even with heated seats, you won't have much time to get cold… and
how will 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 trail.
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 a 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
While celebrating Vail's past, enjoy the quick and luxurious
ride into Vail's future on the new Gondola 1.
Get all the up-to-date details here.