Vail resorts last December announced a historic $66million (CAD) investment at Whistler Blackcomb focussing on 3 new lifts at the heart of the resort. This transformative investment features the addition of a new gondola on the Blackcomb side of the mountain, as well as several other lift infrastructure upgrades providing quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. A new 10 passenger gondola will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and ascend from the base to the top of Blackcomb mountain, terminating adjacent to Peak 2 Peak Gondola which transports guests to and from Blackcomb and Whistler. The new gondola is expected to represent a 47% capacity increase and move 4000 people per hour, the highest capacity in North America.
In addition to the new gondola, the capital plan also includes lift upgrades in the Whistler Blackcombs family zone , an upper mountain area renowned for Intermediate trails tailored to families. The Family ski zone’s Emerald Express four passenger lift will be replaced with a new 6 passenger high speed lift increasing guest up hill capacity by 29% and maximising time on the snow for families on the intermediate learning terrain.
Finally, the existing Catskinner triple passenger lift will be replaced with a four passenger high speed lift increasing uphill capacity by 56% and allowing Whistler Blackcombs guests to enjoy faster, more convenient access to Blackcomb Mountains beginner and intermediate terrain
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