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Debuting this season, the new Breckenridge Gondola will make this perfect mountain town a little more perfect as it sets the standard for a resort transit system that both is environmentally progressive and creates a streamlined link for a high capacity of visitors between town and Breckenridge's Peaks 7 and 8. The gondola, slated to open Christmas 2006, coincides with the start of the transformation of these two resort base areas, named The Peaks at Breckenridge. Following last season's opening of the Imperial Express SuperChair, Breckenridge's crowning jewel and the highest chairlift in North America, the gondola and the Peaks at Breckenridge reinforce Breckenridge's position as a leader among world class resort destinations.
Breckenridge's gondola sets the standard as a new way to approach the role of mass transit in growth and development. A landmark partnership between the Town of Breckenridge and the ski resort, the gondola represents a unification of the community to address the need for an environmentally savvy mode of transport that moves a large number of people between the resort and historic Main Street. Environmental vigilance was vital in this project with more than 125 gallons of fuel saved per day from a decrease in resort-run busses. In addition, as part of the agreement with the Town of Breckenridge that included $6.7 million from the town to build the gondola, Breckenridge Ski Resort dedicated 64.7 acres of prime development land to the town for conservation and open space.
The Breckenridge gondola proved to be the answer for moving a high capacity of people as well. The gondola provides 150 percent more capacity than the bus system operating at optimum levels. It will transport 3,000 people per hour between Main Street and the redeveloped base areas, eliminating long lines waiting for a crowed school bus. Also, skiers and visitors will be able to ski or ride all the way into town. As part of the gondola project the town and resort partnered on the new Skyway Skiway that winds into town, creating a complete vacation experience for the most discerning travelers.
In addition to being an environmentally friendly way to move thousands of visitors, the gondola will be one of the most unique modes of transportation among resort destinations. With the rise of cultural and educational travel among Americans, Breckenridge Ski Resort decided to culturally enrich the guests' experience riding the Gondola. The seven-minute ride on one of most modern gondolas built will feature fantastic views of the protected Cucumber Gulch preservation area as well as an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Breckenridge with each car serving as a "capsule museum".
As the resort steps into a new era of resort villages with the development of Peaks 7 and 8, the need for a first-class mass transit system that seamlessly moves all types of visitors becomes essential. Upon the completion of the Peaks at Breckenridge, there will be 450 residential units and an array of skier services and guest activities that will drive people to stay and visit the new base areas. The gondola will significantly decrease traffic volumes and increase the number of visitors to the special Breckenridge downtown, the largest historic district in Colorado as people move back and forth between the two places.