December 12, 2008 Features & Images » Feature Story

A feat of engineering 

The Peak 2 Peak sets records, challenges science

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Day passes are also available to use the Peak 2 Peak.

Opening weekend for Peak 2 Peak

The Peak 2 Peak gondola will open Friday, Dec. 12 with an official ceremony getting underway at 10:30 a.m. on both mountains. Crazy Canuck Steven Podborski and event planner Kristen Robinson will emcee the event on Whistler, while freeride legend Mike Douglas and Olympic snowboarder-turned-commentator Tara Teigen will do the honours on Blackcomb.

There will be music, speeches, VIPs, and an extreme appearance by Red Bull before the lift starts turning at 11 a.m.

The ceremonial ringing of a giant ox bell, a tradition for launching new Doppelmayr lifts, will signal the official launch. Twenty-two “Ride of Their Life” contest winners will board the first official gondola from Blackcomb to Whistler, while 22 Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation auction winners will board the first cabin from Whistler to Blackcomb..

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be an interactive display in the Roundhouse Lodge, with an artists’ gallery, a technology zone, a kid’s corner, and a video playing on a giant plasma screen.

The Grand Apres celebrations continue at the base of Whistler Mountain from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, video, and a kid-friendly performance by Norman Foote from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. As well, celebrations will be going on after 3 p.m. at Merlin’s, Dusty’s and Garibaldi Lift Company.

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