Peak to Peak Gondola (Whistler/Blackcomb)

Ian Harding April 18th, 2007

For years, the two mountains (Whistler and Blackcomb) have glared at each other from a distance, separate by a single valley. Over the next two years, that will slowly change as resort owner Intrawest Destination Resorts will construct a gondola that will forever connect the peak of Whistler Mountain to the peak of Blackcomb.

Whistler / Blackcomb Ski Resort

Peak to Peak Gondola website.

Spanning 4.4 kilometres (2.73 miles) in total distance from mountain to mountain, the Doppelmayr 3S tri-cable gondola will boast the world’s longest unsupported (free) span of 3.0 kilometres (1.88 miles) between the two towers furthest apart, as well as the world’s highest distance above a valley floor at 415 metres (1,361 feet) over the Fitzsimmons Creek. Total ride time will be 11 minutes with a total lift capacity of 4,000 passengers per hour.

“With the opening of the Peak to Peak Gondola at the start of the 2008/09 winter season, Whistler Blackcomb’s experience will continue to exceed guest expectations,” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Whistler Blackcomb. “This challenging project is consistent with Intrawest’s ongoing commitment to implement innovative strategies that produce positive economic benefits for the entire Sea to Sky Corridor. It also aligns with the provincial government’s objective to double tourism revenue by 2015.”

I am ashamed to say that I am still yet to ski Whistler/Blackcomb, even though I have been skiing my whole life (straight from the womb) and love skiing more than most things in life. I vow now that I will never let another ski season pass without me running the slopes of these beautiful mountains, because as Warren Miller always says, “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”

  • MaxPower

    Try that in a national park – the hill operators have a hard enough time getting permission to upgrade one chair to a quad in Banff or Jasper.