Exclusive video from Steamboat ski resort of new gondola construction

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 18, 2009 12:06 pm

A few days ago, we mentioned the new gondolas that are going up in Steamboat this season. In case you missed it, click here, or read the press release below. For an exclusive video of the towers being installed, click here!


The towers have landed. That’s the message from Resort Ventures West, master developers of residential community Wildhorse Meadows, regarding the development’s new pulse gondola linking 184,000-square-foot Trailhead Lodge with the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort. The Wildhorse gondola complements recent on-mountain improvements, and is Steamboat’s first new gondola in nearly 25 years (the resort installed the Steamboat Gondola in 1986). After pouring footings in October, Grand Junction, Colo.s Leitner-Poma of America, Inc., is currently securing the 10 towers in place, paving the way for a grand opening in February 2010. It fulfills the vision that we’ve committed to our homeowners, creates and enhances the value in Wildhorse Meadows, and completes it all two years earlier than expected,” says RVW Chief Financial Officer Brent Pearson.Reinforcing RVW’s commitment to Wildhorse Meadows, the public gondola will cover the 2,000-foot distance to the resort’s base in four minutes and will feature four groups of two, six-passenger cabins for a capacity of 340 people per hour, with the ability to add up to six groups of three cabins for a maximum capacity of 500 people per hour. Tying Wildhorse Meadows to the base of the resort, the gondola terminates at the base of the ski area and just steps away from the recently released Wildhorse Meadows Alpine Club, a private club designed to complete the on-mountain experience for Wildhorse Meadows homeowners. Capping the developments two-year construction timeline, the gondola installation represents a monumental step in delivering on the original vision of Steamboat Springs only master-planned community with gondola access, and is welcome news for homeowners at Wildhorse Meadows. “The gondola was a clincher for us,” says Clay Bush, a business consultant from the Front Range who recently purchased a unit at Trailhead. “We love the lodge’s overall location, and having the gondola link it to the base of the mountain is a great amenity.” Manufacturing and installing ropeway systems for the ski, amusement park and urban transport industries, Leitner-Poma is a North American subsidiary of Frances Pomagalski S.A. and Italys Leitner Technologies. The company has supplied lifts for four Winter Olympics, including this falls installation of a 250-foot wind turbine tower atop Grouse Mountain in Vancouver for NBCs Olympic coverage. The Wildhorse Meadows gondola represents the companys third project in SteamboatWere thrilled about working with Resort Ventures West on this project to provide yet another great lift for Steamboat, says Tom Clink, Leitner-Pomas sales manager for North America.”