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Whistler Blackcomb Gondola Upgrades

12 Million Dollar Investment Set for Winter 2014 - 2015

Whistler Gondola

Okay, we'll bite: "Are you stoked, Whistler Blackcomb, about the 12 million upgrades to your gondolas?" We're pretty sure we know the answer. And emphatic "Yes!" With the Peak-2-Peak, Harmony and Crystal Ridge chairlift upgrades, this is the next step...

The 2013 - 2014 season saw $18 million invested in the mountain, including the upgrades to both the Harmony chairlift, which increased capacity of 50% and Crystal Ridge, which increased skier carrying capacity from 1,800 skiers per hour to 2,400. 

In time for the 2010 Olympics, Whistler Blackcomb set world's records with the Peak 2 Peak gondola, including:

  • Longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometres
  • Highest lift of its kind at 436 metres above the valley floor
  • Completes the longest continuous lift system on the globe

 New Gondola Upgrade Details:

The new upgrades include new eight passenger gondola cabins for the Whistler Village Gondola. 

“The original cabins have been loading our guests onto Whistler Mountain since 1988,” says Dave Brownlie, President and Chief Operating Officer at Whistler Blackcomb. “These sleek new cabins are set to dramatically improve the experience for skiers, snowboarders and sightseers. Eight passengers will be able to sit comfortably with their gear in outside racks, and the new configuration is set to improve capacity for the Whistler Village Gondola by 12 per cent through four additional cabins and greater loading efficiency.”

The new cabins are being made right now in France, which somehow seems romantic. The original gondola cabins were made by this same company, Sigma. The cost is going to be around $6 million. quite the investment. But quite the improvement, too. The new cabins will be much more spacious and comfortable, with a much improved ride, reduced vibration and less noise, too.

All this great improvement will happen in the fall of 2014, in September and October, to be ready for next season. You'll also see improvements to the terminals at both the base of the Whistler Village Gondola and the Mid Olympic Station. The Roundhouse Lodge will also see improvements and you'll definitely notice an improvement in appearance.

Nearly $6 Million More in Techy Improvements

So $6 million will be spent improving the gondolas themselves, while another $6 million will be spent on techy improvements which will help reduce lift ticket fraud and improve communication.

Photo Credit: Mike Crane/Whistler Blackcomb

Posted by on Wednesday, February 19, 2014