WHISTLER BLACKCOMB PLANS $18 MILLION LIFT UPGRADE
SAM Magazine—Whistler, B.C., Jan. 21, 2013—Whistler Blackcomb has unveiled capital plans for an $18 million lift expansion. Whistler Mountain’s Harmony detachable quad chairlift will be replaced with a new Doppelmayr detachable six-pack. Blackcomb will replace a fixed-grip triple in the Crystal Zone with a high-speed quad.
“This lift expansion clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuously enhance the skiing and riding experience on both mountains,” said Dave Brownlie, president and CEO, Whistler Blackcomb.
The new high-speed quad chairlift in the Crystal Zone will be 5,604 feet long, with a vertical rise of 1,755 feet. Skier carrying capacity will increase by 65 per cent, to 2,400 skiers per hour. The new quad will deliver skiers and riders to the same location next to the Crystal Hut, but will originate 500 feet lower than the old lift, to make it easier to access many Crystal Zone trails.
The Harmony Six high-speed chairlift will replace one of Whistler Blackcomb’s most popular lifts and will improve the uphill capacity by 50 per cent, to 3,600 per hour. It will use the same alignment as the current Harmony quad, spanning 5,672 feet with a vertical rise of 1,722 feet.
Construction will begin this spring, with expected openings at the beginning of the 2013-14 winter season.