The Breckenridge Gondola is a favorite attraction among visitors and locals alike. Operating since 2006, the Breckenridge Gondola transports passengers to the base of Peak 8 in the Rocky Mountains. The gondola is quite a transportation device, with 121 fully enclosed baskets (cabins) rotating up the incline.
Each of these cabins can seat a max of 8 guests, making the Breckenridge Gondola an ideal attraction for large families, skiers with a load of equipment, or cyclists with their mountain bikes in tow. Furry family members are welcome aboard too! Unlike a ski lift, riders are fully enclosed, making this a great option for families with small, high-energy children. Once inside the gondola, riders can look out the large windows and take in the surrounding views upon ascent up the mountain. Look for moose and bald eagles below and enjoy the ride of a lifetime!
Breckenridge Gondola Hours of Operation:
The Breckenridge Gondola is open for the 2021 Summer Season and operates daily from 7:45am to 5:30pm. The gondola does not run at all in May or October.
The Breckenridge Gondola is located conveniently close to downtown, a short 1-2 minute walk from Main Street. Almost all of downtown Breckenridge is located within 7 blocks, within easy walking distance. The main parking lot for the gondola is the North Gondola Lot on Park Avenue Road (just drive down Park Avenue- you can’t miss the gondola and the parking lot!).
In the event of inclement weather (high winds or lightening), the gondola may cease operation during normal business hours. For more information on the Breckenridge Gondola, please call 970-453-5000
The Gondola is FREE for all riders. Dogs can ride free too.
The North Gondola and the South Gondola lots are paid parking year round. The parking garage is currently under construction on the South Lot. There is free parking on Airport Road and at the Ice Rink on Boreas Pass Road with free shuttle service from both locations to the gondola.
The best part about the Breckenridge Gondola it that the ride is completely free of charge to all guests! This makes it the only fully free lift service in the surrounding area.
The Gondola Ride
The Breckenridge gondola stretches 7,592 feet long with over 391 feet vertical rise. Once you’re on the Breckenridge Gondola, it will take 13 minutes to travel from the bottom at Park Avenue to the base of Peak 8. There are three stations to unboard along the way (the first for Shock Hill residents/guests only, the second for Peak 7, and the third for the base of Peak 8 restaurants, ski lifts, and Epic Discovery (summer season only). You do not have to unboard; you can just enjoy the ride up and back down. The round trip will take you approximately 26 minutes and the breathtaking views are definitely worth the time! The views include a panoramic landscape of the Ten Mile Range (home of Breckenridge Ski Resort). The ride passes directly over the Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve. These protected grounds host animals such as bald eagles, moose, and fox, which you might be able to spot from the Breckenridge Gondola!
For guests who do not depart Peak 8 until after the gondola stops running for the day, transportation back to downtown is available via the Breck Free Ride Black Route. The shuttle stop is just below the gondola on Ski Hill Road.
Breckenridge Gondola Restaurant Options
Sevens Restaurant is located close by at the base of Peak 7, the second of 3 stations the gondola passes on its way up to Peak 8. Appetizer specials are an option and the views are amazing!
The last stop on the Breckenridge Gondola is at Peak 8, which offers a variety of activities, as well as a variety of mountain restaurants. The Ski Hill Grill is located at the base of Peak 8 and has classic American fare. Fuel up with some homemade BBQ, hamburgers, and hot dogs, and warm up with a hot toddy at the adjacent bar. Enjoy many house-made menu items, including everything from cookies to from-scratch soups. The Salad Station features local Olive Fusion infused oils and the new Taqueria Station features many favorites from the T-Bar. Be sure to try the Epic Mountain Burger!
For more information on the Breckenridge Gondola, please call 970-453-5000 or go to www.Breckenridge.com.
Lodging in Breckenridge
After a day on the slopes and a fun adventure on the Breckenridge Gondola, head back to your Colorado Luxe Living vacation home. There are 1-5 bedroom options and locations from mountaintop to downtown. We can’t wait to see you in Breckenridge!
About the Author: Kristi Stanford lives and works in the high-altitude town she loves most, Breckenridge, Colorado. She manages the Luxe Living Rentals Breckenridge office and creates content for several locally-owned Summit County small businesses.