riding a ski gondola is, for many, half the fun of being on the mountain. From your vantage point suspended in the air, you’ll have high-alpine views while simultaneously escaping the potentially frigid weather outside.
As is the case in many marvels of modern engineering, ski gondola engineering has evolved enough that modern lifts can access even more remote — and breathtaking — terrain than ever before, including some beautiful mountain summits. Here are six of the world’s coolest ski gondolas that stand out as unique in their reach, design, epic views — oh, and the part where you ski or snowboard down is pretty cool, too.
As a side note, we love aerial trams as well — so much so that highlighting the ski trams is another article in itself. So this article focuses only on gondolas (which are fixed on a rotating cable), as opposed to trams (which move up and down on a fixed cable) or funiculars, which are dual-cable gondolas. The latter is only available at one place in the US: Palisades Tahoe, in northern California.