Take a Ride in the Sky This Summer

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 23, 2012 8:02 pm

When talking about the mountains, it’s often said, “The winter brings you.  The summer keeps you.”  There are countless sports and activities to explore when the snow is replaced by sunshine.  See the mountains from a different vantage point this summer when you catch a ride at your local resort!  Here are five of our favorite places to enjoy the view from the sky:

1.  Stratton Mountain, Stratton, VT
If breathtaking mountain views in the above photo are what you’re craving this summer, don’t miss a ride on the Stratton Gondola.  Transporting visitors to the top of southern Vermont’s highest peak, this leisurely gondola ride showcases glorious views of the surrounding landscape.  If you are lucky enough to be flexible with your visit, try to make it as the season is changing — the mountain’s transition from spring to summer should not be missed!

Aspen Gondola

Photo credit: Jeremy Swanson

 2.  Aspen, Colorado

Board the Silver Queen gondola in downtown Aspen for a spectacular three-mile ride up to an elevation of 11,212 feet and the top of Aspen Mountain.  Showcasing the town of Aspen and the Elk Mountain Range, the 18-minute ride will be over before you know it.  At the top, choose your favorite summer activity.  From hiking to mountain biking, to grabbing a meal-with-a-view at The Sundeck, you’ll never be bored here.  Other activities include a climbing wall, eurobungy trampoline, yoga hikes, free disc golf, free music concerts and more!  For additional information, visit http://www.resortquestaspen.com/gondola-lift-rides.htm.

Whistler Gondola

Photo credit: www.seattletravelgram.com

3.  Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, BC, Canada

There are few places in the world that possess the natural beauty of Whistler Blackcomb and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is your gateway to experience it up close and personal this summer.  The new world record-breaking Gondola takes visitors on a breathtaking journey just over 2.5 miles between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.  The highest lift of its kind and boasting the world’s longest unsupported span, this engineering marvel redefines gondola riding and the entire Whistler summer experience.   For more information, visit http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/p2padventure/index.htm?aheading=0.


Jackson Hole Gondola

Photo credit: www.mountaingetaway.com

4.  Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, Jackson Hole, WY

If you are searching for a party in the sky with an incredible view, don’t miss out on Jackson Hole’s 45-passenger capacity Cable to the Sky.  Affectionately termed Big Red by the locals, this one-of-a-kind tram rises 4,139 vertical feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain in just about 15 minutes.  The 360-degree views of Jackson Hole, the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the staggering summit of the Grand are truly unmatched!  At the top, be ready to engage in a host of activities including, hiking tours, backpacking trips, paragliding, and rock climbing.  For more information, visit http://www.jacksonhole.net/activities/tramride.htm.  

Heavenly Gondola

Photo credit: www.legendarylodging.com

5.  Heavenly Mountain Gondola, Lake Tahoe, CA

Take in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe from the sky this summer with a ride on the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola.  The breathtaking 2.4-mile journey takes about 12 minutes and puts the mountain and all of its beauty and activities at your disposal.  On your way up, be sure to stop at the Observation Deck – a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform – for a clear view of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and shore-to-shore views of the Lake and to grab a latte at Cafe Blue.  If that isn’t high enough, head to the Tamarack Express chair lift for an even better view of Lake Tahoe!  After you ride to the top, lace up your shoes for a host of activities, including hiking, summer tubing and outdoor climbing.  For more information, visit http://www.skiheavenly.com/the-mountain/adventurepeaksummer.aspx.

Gondola and trams are everywhere.  Check one out near you for a relaxing ride through summer paradise!