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Best resort with blue/black runs serviced by a Gondola

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi All

 

Eastern skier thinking of taking a trip to either Utah or Colorado with someone who, although a good skier, has height related issues with open lifts and can only to enclosed Gondolas or Trams. Did Jackson Hole last year, had a great time, but would like to try somewhere else this year. Wondering if any of you have advice as to which ski areas would have the most runs serviced by this type lift.

 

My thanks in advance

post #2 of 20

Snowbasin, just about the entire mountain can be accessed by the two gondolas.  There is quite a bit of skiing to be had.

post #3 of 20

Snowbird (Tram)

Aspen (Only Aspen Mt)

post #4 of 20

I would be really happy riding the Snowbird Tram all day.

 

If you are willing to check out the Great White North, most of Kicking Horse is served by a gondola.

post #5 of 20

I love Snowbird. 

 

The only problem I see are lift lines.  When the tram gets crowded, there are other great options.  The Peruvian Quad for example.  If you limit yourself to only the tram, you might have to deal with some lift lines in the morning.  Overall, I  think snowbird is a great choice, but you will definitely have to deal with some lift lines in the AM.

 

If you stay in Salt Lake, you will be able to Ski both Snowbasin & Snowbird.

post #6 of 20

+1 on Utah with Snowbasin/Snowbird.  Doesn't the Canyons also have a new heated bubble lift too?

post #7 of 20

Yes. Their gondola doesn't serve terrain...it just gets people up the mountain.  The bubble chair doesn't serve that much terrain.  Go with the above suggestions.


Edited by quant2325 - 1/3/11 at 7:11am
post #8 of 20

Aspen has the best gondola in the US and it's walk on most of the time.  

post #9 of 20

+1 for Aspen in CO.  Lots of awesome terrain available.

 

For Utah, Snowbasin would be my #1 recommendation.  You can access probably 65% - 75% of the mountain from the 2 gondola's (almost 2500 vertical each).  The only areas that you will not be able to get to is some of the upper areas of Porcupine and everything off John Paul/Mt Allen Tram (which is unfortunate because John Paul and the tram offers access to some of the best terrain at Snowbasin - IMHO).

 

At Snowbird, you can access almost 100% of the mountain from the Tram (everything but the Gad II area).  However, even though you can get to Mineral Basin from the Tram, you need to take a chair to get back out, so that doesn't count.

post #10 of 20

Keystone.  Lots of blues but not a lot of blacks from the River Run gondola. 

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 

Much thanks to all. Have a great season!

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Aspen has the best gondola in the US and it's walk on most of the time.  



 2nd that...along w/ Snowmass's gondola that services tons of terrain.

post #13 of 20

1.  Follow the snow.  If you can wait to book your tickets till the last minute, try that.

2.  Then, if the area has a gondola, you're all set.  

3.  Otherwise, just get a new friend.

 

post #14 of 20

Snowbasin has a cable car and two bottom to top gondolas.  Pretty great lift system.

 

Jackson Hole.

 

Snowbird.

 

Squaw Valley.

 

 

 

post #15 of 20

Deer Valley, Beaver Creek, and Northstar at Tahoe all have gondolas, but none serve enough terrain to be worth going there to ski the gondola exclusively.  Scratch these off your list.

 

I'll put in another vote for Snowbasin.  Squaw Valley would work too (ride the gondola, not the tram).

post #16 of 20

Interesting restriction.rolleyes.gif

 

Just visited Snowbasin for the first time, cold day, used the two gondolas for much of the day to beat the cold.  Then had to take one long chair to get to the tram and rode that for last part of day.  The two gondis at Snowbasin could provide fun for several days.  then you could venture down to Snowbird and ride the tram for a day or two, but as others said there could be waits on that tram. 

 

Keystone gondolas (there are two, but second would require chairlift return) serve primarily beginner and intermediate terrain which a Jackson Hole skier might find underwhelming.

 

Aspen gondola is ~3200 vertical, so there are some great long runs, but not sure if that mtn alone would suffice for multiday visit unless you're really into steep bumps/glades.

 

If all else fails, go back to Jacksonsmile.gif  Then get that person into some psychoanalysis.

post #17 of 20

+1 on Kicking Horse. Can access almost all the terrain by the one gondola. 

 

Great conditions now and no crowds. If you like Jackson, you'll like KH.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by vejguy View Post

Hi All

 

...with someone who, although a good skier, has height related issues with open lifts and can only to enclosed Gondolas or Trams. 


I'd walk him over to the bunny slope, point out all the 3 year olds having fun riding up the lift. Then, point out all the children going up the normal lifts as well. Then, ridicule your buddy for being more scared than those little children.
Ok, maybe that's not solid advice, but heights freak lots of people out, but that's why we face our fears to do the things we love. Many of us get a thrill out of our fears. Heights can scare me too. How did I deal with it? I went sky diving. Then I did it again...and again. It's such a rush for me to face those fears. Some lifts are pretty high off the ground, but it should be exhilarating to those afraid of heights, not incapacitating. Tell him to man up.

 

By restricting yourself solely to Gondola served terrain, you are missing out on a LOT of amazing places.

post #19 of 20

Just for perspective...

Squaw Valley has two Gondolas.

 

You can get on either Gondola to High Camp/Gold Coast and go down Mountain Run ( nice Blue) for 3.2 miles and ride back to the Gondola.

 

This is what I do when night skiing in squaw.

 

 

Of course you can also use the same Gondola to ride some steep Black Diamonds but then you would need to take a lift to get back up.

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by jph3 View Post

Just for perspective...

Squaw Valley has two Gondolas.

 

Squaw has a gondola and a Tram that go up from the base area.  I don't think I'd recommend the Tram for someone with a fear of heights, but YMMV.

 

By the way, there is a second gondola at Squaw, a pulse lift that runs between High Camp and Gold Coast, but I'm not sure how often it runs, and it doesn't seem to serve any interesting terrain, it's just a transfer lift.

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