In the wake of this season's historical avalanche cycle, I was curious about the resilience of the proposed Little Cottonwood gondola to such an assault.
I haven't located gory details, but a basic summary is found on page 2-48 of the Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement, Vol. 1. I had assumed that they would locate towers outside of avalanche paths, but that apparently was not possible. Instead, the report says that gondola alignment and towers avoided avalanche paths to the extent feasible. Otherwise, the towers would be designed to be stronger and taller, the latter for cabins to avoid the powder blast.