North America's longest and fastest Gondola said to be a 'game changer' for Steamboat and skiing industry overall.
Steamboat Resort will debut the upper leg of the new Wild Blue Gondola on Friday, allowing skiers and riders to reach the top of Sunshine Peak in just 13 minutes.
After the first leg opened last year, the completion of what is North America’s longest and fastest gondola marks one of the final developments of the resort’s Full Steam Ahead efforts, which saw more than $200 million invested in numerous upgrades.
“This is what everyone has been waiting for,” said Dave Hunter, resort lead for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. “The game changer that Wild Blue is for Steamboat and the industry is indisputable. I can’t wait to see the first skiers and riders take advantage of the new ride.”
The resort will host a celebration to open the new gondola starting at 9 a.m. on Friday at Wild Blue’s lower terminal, including a ribbon cutting and countdown. At the top, skiers and riders will be met with cookies and commemorative Wild Blue gifts while supplies last. A lift ticket is required to ride the gondola.
In preparation of Wild Blue’s debut, the resort opened the Sunshine Peak area on Tuesday, adding 600 acres to the total terrain open. Currently, the resort is 30% open with 60 trails, 16 lifts and more than 1,100 acres.
First Tracks will start for the season on Saturday and will run off of Wild Blue. The new gondola will be used for First Tracks from 8 to 8:15 a.m. and will not be open to the public until 9 a.m.