Let's be clear about this. If you do not have a ski pass, the gondola is not worth your money!
At $70 (for two) a brief trip up a mountainside and down again is (excuse the pun) too STEEP!
THE GONDOLA OFFERS ONLY ONE GOOD VIEW. That is all you get, half way up at the viewing point. There you can take the same picture over and over again, to your hearts content.
I saw some amazing views (for free) driving into South Lake Tahoe. The astonishing rate they are charging for use of the gondola and nothing else is ridiculous. And don't try taking pictures out of the gondola itself because the glass is so scratched up from skiis and boards that the end result will just look like you found some photos that have been kicking around (literally) since the 70s.
If you choose to take a look around the top, it is worth noting how much fun everyone is having skiing/snowboarding/tubing and that THAT would have been worth $70 a day, but to ride up and look at them? Not worth it.
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