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“Clear Views, Spotting Scopes, Great Gondola Ride Up”

Eleven53 Interpretive Center
Reviewed April 26, 2013

With touch-screen interpretative computers, videos rolling, sometimes volunteer or staff docents, maps and about a dozen little viewing tubes spotting specific mountain peaks, visiting the Top Center is always a great time. You can even jump on a spot on the floor and see the mini-earthquake you've created on the graph. This IS a very earthquake-prone area so it is interesting to learn about them.
Midweek or at very low attendance ties the place is not staffed and the cafe is closed. But on weekends or during peak weeks, we've gotten great info from docents, including hiking and backpacking tips for the summer.

You can take your skis/board up with you or just leave it at McCoy Station at mid-mountain, riding back down to get your gear when you are ready.

If it is snowing hard or is very windy, there's not much to see. No need to go outside, unless it is beautiful with calm winds, as the Gondola let's you off inside the building. But when it is nice out (or you are ready to ski/board back down to the bottom, going outside for a real view is fantastic. This really is high country!

It is a nice rest from boarding/skiing too, and included with your life ticket.

1  Thank ExplorerMundi
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The views weren't great as the weather wasn't so good up there, though it had looked clear from the ground. A few displays, but not much else.

1  Thank kitanddan
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

You pay $25 a pop to see a view. This is also through a window. The museum isn't much. There were no staff there when we went up. The cafe was not open either. None of this was really told to us until we went up there.

The value on this isn't there. To me it is really expensive to get up to the top just to look and snap pictures. Not much views like this though which is why I wanted to go really.

There is so much that could be done with this that is boggles my mind on why there is so little. I would love to see an open deck where you can look in a 360 degree view and a good spot to eat along with a better museum and history of the area. Add in somebody to give a history of the area which is rather interesting and unique due to water rights and mining. Everybody who buys a lift ticket has access to this also so it just isn't relegated to scenic gondola riders only but also mountain bikers, skiers and snowboarders.

1  Thank Edward M
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

This is a must do. The views from the top are breath taking. The museum at the top is just ok, but the Gondola ride up and the views are well worth the money. It was a lot of fun for our kids they had a great time on the ride up and looking down the mountain. Going up was a little scary for me (afraid of heights) but going down I was much more relaxed. A great experience for all ages!

1  Thank Tonya R
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Take a look at the other peaks and get a great panorama of the whole area! Buy a hot chocolate and enjoy the view!

Thank LHABtrombone
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