Steamboat Resort closes base area to uphill access during spring gondola construction

The Steamboat Resort gondola ferried its final passengers April 14 to the top of Thunderhead Peak. Crews now will begin work to replace the more than 30-year-old lift.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Now that the winter season has come to an end, work on the new gondola has begun. For the next two weeks, crews will be plowing mountain access roads and other areas for staging of construction equipment.

Heavy machinery will be on the mountain in a variety of locations at various times throughout the day, and uphill access from the base area and from the bottom of Thunderhead lift is closed. Uphill access on U.S. Forest Service property is strongly discouraged.

After mountain access and staging areas are prepped, work will begin to remove the haul rope and gondola cabins from the line and relocate the cabins until they are sold for refurbishment and reuse by ski resorts around the world. A select number of gondola cabins may remain in the valley to be given to Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. partners for fundraising purposes.

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