The Great Pineapple Migration
Lara's Gondola was built in 2000 by Leitner Lifts. This is the only Leitner gondola in North America. Lara's Gondola operates from 7:45 am to 10 or 11pm. Lifts can be measured using years and months, but more commonly hours. Since 2000, Lara's Gondola has racked up more than 25,000 hours!
This summer the gondola cabins are getting an update with some body work and a fresh coat of paint. First the cabins have to de-constructed. All of the rubber and metal parts need to be removed and carefully labelled, checked, fixed or replaced and stored. Then all the fibreglass parts are thoroughly cleaned. Once cleaned the cabins and doors will be loaded up two at a time and taken to Kelowna to a local business for body work and a fresh coat of paint. Keep an eye out on Highway 33 for the cabins!
In addition to the cabin project, Lara's Gondola will still under go the normal routine maintenance and non-destruct testing. It takes over 400 man hours to complete the summer maintenance on this lift. You can watch the progress of the cabin project on the Happy Valley Webcam.
An interesting Lara's Gondola tidbit, one member of the original Leitner build team still works up here. Brian liked Big White so much he applied for a millwright apprenticeship and has never left. He is now a valuable part of the team. He isn't in these photos, as he got out of this project by being on vacation! If you are wondering why this is the only Leitner gondola here in North America, it's because this lift was built before Leitner and Poma merged.