Intrawest Plans Dramatic Interconnect for Whistler/Blackcomb
SAM Magazine-Whistler, B.C., Oct. 26, 2005-In an effort to further cement its position as one of North America's top resorts, Intrawest plans to construct a high-capacity gondola nearly three miles long, linking the peaks of Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, according to a report in Canada's The Globe and Mail.
The C$50 million project will link the Rendezvous and Roundhouse complexes on Blackcomb and Whistler, respectively, at the 6,100-foot level, ferrying 4,000 people an hour (2,000 in each direction). To be built by the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, the lift will be one of the most spectacular in the world. Its 26 cabins will each carry 30 passengers, at one point, riders will be 1,370 feet above the valley floor. The free span between the two peaks will stretch nearly two miles-longer than the length of most lifts.
There is just one catch. Intrawest is seeking a partner to share the cost. Assuming one can be found, the company hopes to have the lift in place for the 2007-08 season.