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Gondola facts

— The Heavenly Gondola travels 2.4 miles of cable in 11 minutes and 45 seconds, or 1,200 feet per minute. It’s among the fastest in North America.

— The 138, eight-passenger cabins can transport 2,800 passengers per hour.

— The gondola climbs 874 feet in 2.4 miles.



— The gondola lift alone cost $10 million. Including the support buildings and stations, the cost was $23 million.

— One foot of the gondola cable weighs about 9 pounds. The entire cable weighs 230,000 pounds and was delivered in two pieces.




— The gondola cable has a circumference of 56 mm, making it larger than any North American ski lift.

— Each gondola tower weighs about 2,000 pounds.

— The gondola cabins were designed specifically for Heavenly Ski Resort by Doppelmayre, incorporating a taller and narrower design to ease visual and environmental impact. With a narrower car, the narrower cut line allowed fewer trees to be removed.

— The top station is located at the 9,156 foot elevation.

— A 14,000-square-foot observation deck is located at the midstation.

— Construction of additional lifts, a new lodge and new restaurant at the top of the gondola is scheduled in summer 2001.


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