Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gondola

Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gondola

Postby TylerM4 » Feb 24th, 2021, 1:14 pm

https://www.castanet.net/news/Letters/3 ... -a-gondola

Let's do some math:
- Cost to build a gondola varies dramatically - but a little googling has landed me at $20M as a "safe guess" if we look at CDN dollars and constantly raising construction costs.
- Cost to run a gondola with staffing, maintenance, etc - Approx $1M a year.
- Population of Kelowna 137,000

Building this Gondola will cost every man, women, and child in Kelowna $146. Or approximately $584 per household.

To offset the cost of running the Gondola, we'd need to charge $10 per ride and hope 100,000 rides are sold in a year. Or have every household pay an additional $30 a year in taxes.

Personally - for $584 I could think of a lot of things my family and I would rather do than to spend $10 each on Gondola rides.

THAT is the reason why you don't see Gondola's everywhere Bill.

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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby Whyme2 » Feb 24th, 2021, 1:34 pm

TylerM4 wrote:https://www.castanet.net/news/Letters/325993/Kelowna-needs-a-gondola

Let's do some math:
- Cost to build a gondola varies dramatically - but a little googling has landed me at $20M as a "safe guess" if we look at CDN dollars and constantly raising construction costs.
- Cost to run a gondola with staffing, maintenance, etc - Approx $1M a year.
- Population of Kelowna 137,000

Building this Gondola will cost every man, women, and child in Kelowna $146. Or approximately $584 per household.

To offset the cost of running the Gondola, we'd need to charge $10 per ride and hope 100,000 rides are sold in a year. Or have every household pay an additional $30 a year in taxes.

Personally - for $584 I could think of a lot of things my family and I would rather do than to spend $10 each on Gondola rides.

THAT is the reason why you don't see Gondola's everywhere Bill.


Don't forget the wonderful idea of Gondola rides through our flooded city with Canals. Oh never mind that was an April fools joke right?

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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby Pappywinkle » Feb 24th, 2021, 1:49 pm

Sounds like someone can’t handle the hike...
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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby TylerM4 » Feb 24th, 2021, 3:24 pm

Pappywinkle wrote:Sounds like someone can’t handle the hike...


Thought the same thing. The hike is good for you and the view more rewarding when you hiked for it.

Are the gates still open in the summer? Can people with mobility problems still drive up if needed?

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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby dg3 » Feb 24th, 2021, 4:52 pm

i would pay $10 everyday,
gondola up
soapbox racer down.

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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby BC Landlord » Feb 24th, 2021, 4:58 pm

From what I see, the linked article was just a reader's opinion. No one is seriously talking about building a gondola (yet).

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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby Even Steven » Feb 24th, 2021, 5:04 pm

First, we build the monorail.

Only then we build the gondola.

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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby BC Landlord » Feb 24th, 2021, 5:10 pm

Even Steven wrote:First, we build the monorail.

Only then we build the gondola.


I would suggest, we first build some portal to reality for our governments to use.

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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby TylerM4 » Feb 24th, 2021, 5:19 pm

Even Steven wrote:First, we build the monorail.

Only then we build the gondola.


I'm on the fence between the monorail (actually the modern equivalent is the hyperloop) and the canal system.

Both are extremely viable methods of transportation. The monorail would probably be faster, but I've been waiting for an excuse to actually show my pleasure craft operator cert.
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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby GordonH » Feb 24th, 2021, 7:25 pm

Guess what it’s great exercise putting 1 foot in front of the other.

Only a lazy jack :cuss: needs gondola.
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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby Urban Cowboy » Feb 24th, 2021, 7:35 pm

BC Landlord wrote:From what I see, the linked article was just a reader's opinion. No one is seriously talking about building a gondola (yet).


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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby lifegives » Feb 24th, 2021, 7:49 pm

Considering how nice the past year has been to visit Knox I'm hoping they keep it closed. I can see how someone might want options for the mobility-challenged but there have to be other lookout options for those that require a car to get there.

A gondola idea is cute, but unless they marry it with a zipline down I ain't gonna fork over $10 as suggested.
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Postby MAPearce » Feb 24th, 2021, 9:11 pm

dg3 wrote:i would pay $10 everyday,
gondola up
soapbox racer down.


Yeah .. That would be cool .

I'd do a few 20 buck trips if they supplied the racer at the top .
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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby Sonny Taylor » Feb 24th, 2021, 11:00 pm

How about a Mountain Coaster coming downhill?

I feel we're missing some fun that we could be taking advantage of given our geography. If there were no cost to taxpayers and this was all a privately funded project it would be OK by me.

Take a gondola up and have a fun coaster ride down. Or even perhaps, skip the Gondola and have somebody drive you up.

I can already hear a few the voices of those who would object. But I think the mountain and park are big enough to support something like this. Lots of room to roam on the mountain if you want to avoid people having fun and noise. I say that as a fan of hiking up the mountain. It would be a hoot watching people going downhill or doing it myself.

This one might be a little intense for me, but I like the idea...


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Re: Where do people come up with these ideas - Knox Mtn Gond

Postby ferri » Feb 25th, 2021, 7:56 am

Here's another thread from a few years ago. :D

https://forums.castanet.net/viewtopic.p ... a#p2378546
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