I'm an anti-smoking type of guy, but I always thought this ad was interesting.
I remember riding these particular VonRol (spelling?) gondola cabins, but I don't remember being able to load right at the edge of the terminal like they show here (must have made for a better photo).
Vail used to have 2 gondola lifts -- one out of Vail Village to MidVail, and one out of Lionshead to Eagle's Nest. They eventually got rid of the one out of Vail Village - although if I am remembering correctly it was the one out of Lionshead where they had the big accident where some of the cars came off and fell (in the 70s).
Sorry Rossi Smash - I don't have a date on this - when I was a kid I used to cut out ski articles/ads out of my parent's magazines (this was either in TIME or SPORTS ILLUSTRATED -mid 70s I am guessing)