Mount Snow gondola history
In 1964, Mount Snow’s owner Walt Schoenknecht took a leap into the future and installed the ski industry’s first skis-on gondola. The system featured brightly covered cabins allowing skiers to keep their skis on while being protected from the elements on the ride up. Schoenknecht was an innovator in the ski industry but he could have chosen a number of different designed gondolas.
Struggling with back problems, Schoenknecht loathed taking his skis off. As such, he devised the skis-on gondola for Mount Snow. His $900,000 G1 ‘Telecabine’ two person gondola (also known as a bubble chairlift) debuted in March 1965. You can still see a few of the old gondolas around town. TC’s restaurant has a red one out front.
The gondola’s bottom terminal building became the now known Clock-tower Building, a core component of Mount Snow’s base complex still in use today.
Here is a brief video that contains clips of Mount Snow’s two very unique gondolas. Gondola 1 was built in 1964 and put in service 1965. It which traveled all the way to the summit and Gondola 2 was installed in 1969 (three-quarters of the way to the summit) by the company Carlevaro & Savio. G1 was removed in 1986 outlasting G2.
Mount Snow gondola
Carlevaro-Savio was the manufacturer of the futuristic bubble chair gondola at Mount Snow. Originally based in Turin, Italy, well known for their early gondola lifts, their design was known for its lattice towers as well as its futuristic gondola cabins. When they went bankrupt, they were bought by Agudio. The first mountains where Carlevaro built gondolas was at Sugarbush, Mount Snow, Killington, Wildcat, Crested Butte, Beech Mountain, Cherokee and Silver Springs Amusement Park. The early gondola cabins were made of metal, and the later models were fiberglass. These Gondolas were also sometimes branded as the Telecar. The two-seater Carlevaro-Savio gondola car was nicknamed the “Noon Balloon.”
Mount Snow Gondola for sale
Up for sale is one, Vintage Mount Snow of West Dover, VT Gondola Car.She was in service from the mid 60’s til the mid to late 80’s.It fits two people, sitting side-by-side with their skis on.The bottom is open so you don’t take your skis off for the ride, it is known as the bubble-chair.A quick google search will give you lots of history on it.Condition: good, original condition. It has never been altered or restored.