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Whistler, Skiing & Snowboarding
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December 12, 2008 marks the launch date of one of Whistler Blackcomb’s landmark projects and Canada’s newest tourism icon, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
The grand opening party will feature live DJs, a special Fire and Ice show, and animation in the village and on the mountain.
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will revolutionize the way visitors experience Whistler Blackcomb. During the winter, skiers and riders will enjoy infinite opportunities to experience the side-by-side mountains. In the summer, the PEAK 2 PEAK will bring sightseers and hikers into the high alpine to experience breathtaking scenic views of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Spanning 4.4 kilometres (2.73 miles) in total distance from mountain to mountain, the Doppelmayr 3S tri-cable gondola boasts the world’s longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles) between two towers furthest apart, as well as the world’s highest lift of its kind at 436 metres (1,427 feet) above the Fitzsimmons Creek.
Total ride time is 11 minutes with a total lift capacity of 4,100 passengers per hour. The terminal location on Whistler Mountain is at the Roundhouse Lodge, while it's counterpart on Blackcomb is at the Rendezvous Lodge.