The gondola loads at the Gondola Village in the city of Kellogg an elevation of 2300 feet (701 m), a quarter mile (400 m) from exit 49 on Interstate 90. The lift crosses over the village of Wardner, and climbs 3400 vertical feet (1036 m) to an elevation of 5700 feet (1737 m) at the Mountain Haus terminal, above mid-mountain on Kellogg Peak.
There are 112 gondola cabins (8 passengers) and 45 towers along the 3.1 mile (5.0 km) trip, the longest single stage people carrier in the world. (Others are longer, but have angle stations with two drive terminals or they do not carry people.) Its current capacity is 1600 passengers per hour (200 cabins) at 1,000 feet (300 m) per minute (11.3 mph, 18.3 km/h), and a one-way trip takes about 18 minutes.