Steamboat Scenic Gondola – Guide (2023)

The Steamboat Resort in Colorado is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding, but there’s much more to this mountain destination than just hitting the slopes.

One of the most spectacular ways to experience the stunning views of the surrounding landscape is by taking a ride on the Steamboat Scenic Gondola.

This iconic 8-person gondola takes visitors on a leisurely ride up the mountain, offering panoramic vistas of the Yampa Valley and the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

If you’re interested in finding out more information you’ve come to the right place.

We provide everything you need to know about the Steamboat Gondola so keep reading to find out more.

Stemboat Gondola, Stemboat Resort Colorado


Steamboat Scenic Gondola Ride

The Steamboat Gondola operates in both the summer and winter seasons.

In winter, skiers and snowboarders are transported from the base of the ski resort up the mountain.

From here, visitors can enjoy the incredible skiing terrain on offer at the Steamboat Resort.

But a ride on the gondola is not limited to skiers and snowboarders.

A scenic gondola ticket is an alternative option for all visitors in both summer and winter.

A popular attraction at the resort that provides visitors with incredible views of Mt. Werner and the Yampa Valley.

Once at the top you can get out and hike or just enjoy the views from the balcony of the restaurant up top.

This is a definite must-see while in Steamboat over the summer.

We rode the gondola during our summer trip this year with the family. Even thought it was a little pricey for each person… it had amazing views of the mountain and the valley.

When you get to the top you are able to sit and eat in the restaurant to take in the views and you can hike around too.

What Time Does the Gondola Open at Steamboat?

The Steamboat Gondola is open for scenic gondola rides in the summer season from May to September on weekends only.

From June 16 to September 4 the Steamboat Gondola is open daily.

From September 8 – October 1, the scenic gondola ride is open Friday – Sunday.

Operating hours are from 10:00 – 4:00 pm (last download at 4.30 pm)

How Much Does the Steamboat Gondola Cost?

At the time of writing, the cost to ride the Steamboat Gondola was as follows:

Scenic Gondola (ages 13+)$45
Scenic Gondola (ages 5 – 12)*$35
Scenic Gondola (ages 4 and under)$0

*Kids 12 and under ride for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Guests with a Scenic Gondola Ride ticket can ride the Steamboat Gondola unlimited times for the date on their ticket.

It’s also worth noting that if you have purchased a 23/24 Ikon Pass, 23/24 Ikon Base Pass, or 23/24 Ikon Base Plus Pass receive unlimited Scenic Gondola Rides.

All you have to do is go to the ticket office, located inside the Steamboat Sports Sheraton location, to receive your Scenic Gondola Ride ticket.

Tickets for the Steamboat Scenic Gondola can be purchased online by visiting the Steamboat Resort website here. Tickets purchased for the Steamboat Scenic Gondola are also valid to ride on the Christie Peak Express.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Gondolas Does Steamboat Have?

Steamboat currently has three gondolas.

The Steamboat Gondola, Wild Horse Gondola and the recently opened Wild Blue Gondola.

How Long is the Gondola Ride in Steamboat?

The Steamboat Gondola ride is 8,849 feet long, rises approximately 2,176 feet from its starting point in Gondola Square and takes about 9 minutes for a one-way trip.

Is the gondola in Steamboat free?

A ride on the Steamboat Gondola (scenic gondola ride) is not free. Prices range from $35 – $45 for unlimited rides on the day of your ticket.

However, the following people are able to ride the scenic gondola for free:

  • Children under the age of 4
  • Children 12 and under ride for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
  • 23/24 Ikon Pass, 23/24 Ikon Base Pass, or 23/24 Ikon Base Plus Pass receive unlimited rides on the scenic gondola (you do not have to pay extra)

Before You Go..

One of the most popular winter activities at the Steamboat Resort is night skiing.

Make sure you check out our comprehensive guide to Steamboat Night Skiing for more information.

If you’re looking to add to your list of must-do summer activities then we highly recommend you check out the Steamboat Howler Alpine Slide. Located in Colorado Springs, this family-friendly alpine slide is a welcome addition to the area after the closure of the Outlaw Mountain Coaster.

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