Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck
Kicking Horse 12 minutes up, 4133 down. Almost all black or above. Even 7or 8 laps is a decent day. That 12 minute gondola rest is great.
I like Kicking Horse a lot too but the Gondola is only 3500 vertical feet. To get the 4133 vertical you have to take another lift and hike a bit.
Revy does have a fast and steep gondola as Dano T mentioned. Whistler's gondola also deserves a mention, it is 3800 vertical feet with a 15 minute ride time. Aspen's gondola is 3300 vertical feet with a 13 minute ride time.
As other have said, you get to the top faster if you don't have to take off/on your skis. Top vertical lifts in US (per skilifts.org)
1 - Sun Valley Resort - Idaho - 10 Challenger - High Speed Quad - Doppelmayr - 3,142
2 - Sun Valley Resort - Idaho - 5 Lookout Express - High Speed Quad - Doppelmayr - 2,673
3 - Stevens Pass - Washington - Double Diamond/Southern Cross - Triple - CTEC - 2,466
4 - Snowbasin - Utah - John Paul Express - High Speed Quad - Doppelmayr - 2,435
5 - Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort - Utah - Peruvian Express - High Speed Quad - Doppelmayr CTEC - 2,421
6 - Mount Bachelor - Oregon - Northwest Express - High Speed Quad - Doppelmayr - 2,336
7 - Keystone Ski Resort - Colorado - Summit Express - High Speed Quad - Doppelmayr - 2,303
8 - Copper Mountain Ski Resort - Colorado - Super Bee - High Speed Six - Poma - 2,293
9 - Snowmass - Colorado - Sheer Bliss - High Speed Quad - Leitner-Poma - 2,212
10 - Snowmass - Colorado - Village Express - High Speed Six - Leitner-Poma - 2,174
Some of the steepest lifts are FG lifts:
Solitude - Utah - Honeycomb Return
Moonlight Basin - Montana - Headwaters
Alpine Meadows - California - Scott
Stevens Pass - Washington - Tye Mill
Mount Baker - Washington - Chair 5
Aspen Highlands - Colorado - Deep Termerity
I don't have a list of the steepest high speed lifts. In practice, longer lifts get you more skiing due to time to load/unload.