New Steamboat Resort gondola to offer faster ride, more capacity

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - After years of pondering and planning, Steamboat Resort on Friday announced it will be replacing the gondola.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President and COO Rob Perlman made the surprise announcement during an event in Gondola Square, where he gave praise to a great early season and the work that staff has done to prepare the mountain.

"We'll work all summer to replace the gondola," Perlman said.

The ski area did major upgrades in 2017 to the 30-year-old gondola, which had 80,000 hours of running time. The project included replacing the haul rope, grips, hangers and terminal equipment. A new control system also was installed.

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