Intrawest plans to build a gondola system
that will link ski areas in the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in
The system will
be able to move more than 4,000 people an hour between the two
peaks, said the company.
its Peak to Peak Gondola, to be completed in December 2008, would
be the highest and fastest in North America and would transport
skiers and summer visitors from Whistler's Roundhouse Lodge to
Blackcomb's Rendezvous Lodge.
A 2008 completion
will put the service in place well before the 2010 Winter Olympics,
which will be hosted in large part at the Intrawest ski resorts
system, with 28 sky cars, will travel 2.7 miles in 11 minutes. At
it highest point, the gondolas will be 1,361 feet above the ground,
the company said.
"The Peak to Peak
Gondola will create a dramatically enhanced experience that no
other mountain resort in North America, possibly the world, can
offer," said Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb's chief operating
"This link will
effectively double, or more, the options for accessing the highest
quality and greatest variety of terrain on any one day, from
anywhere on the mountains."
He said the lift
would be "the catalyst for a sustainable economic future benefiting
both Whistler Blackcomb and the entire resort
Each of the sky
cabins will hold up to 28 people, with a total capacity of 4,100
passengers per hour.
The terminal on
Whistler Mountain will be accessible from the valley by the Village
Gondola, and the terminal for Rendezvous Lodge will be accessed
from the valley by the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster Express
scheduled to start in May.
reporter Dan Luzadder, send e-mail to [email protected].