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Letter: Doppelmayr wasn’t first in detachable gondolas

'I have to guess Leslie missed the opportunity to ride the original Swiss-built, Mueller-brand gondola installed in 1965 from Creekside to the mid-station.'
Whistler Blackomb gondola
The Blackcomb gondola on a snowy day.

I enjoyed reading Leslie Anthony’s article on [the history of the] Doppelmayr lift company (“Range Rover: Reaching for the moon,” Pique, April 11).

I also enjoy the comfort and safety of the Doppelmayr lifts found here at Whistler Blackcomb.

Interesting to note Doppelmayr claims to have invented the detachable ski lift in 1972. I have to guess Leslie missed the opportunity to ride the original Swiss-built, Mueller-brand gondola installed in 1965 from Creekside to the mid-station. It was, indeed, a detachable gondola. Not high-speed, not automated (you had to manually push the gondola around, but certainly detachable).

Perhaps Herr Doppelmayr never had the opportunity to ski here. If he had, maybe he would update his museum!

Ken Snowball // Whistler