No funding partner for gondola yet 

WB says plans remain for construction this summer

By Alison Taylor

Even though they missed their internal deadline to find a financial partner for the Peak to Peak gondola, Whistler-Blackcomb staff say the project is still in the works.

"We’re still working on the final details," said Stuart Rempel, senior vice president of marketing and sales with Whistler-Blackcomb. "Nothing has been finalized but we’re still moving ahead.

Staff had set an internal deadline for the end of 2005 to find a joint venture partner to join them in the $45 million gondola project.

The proposed gondola would stretch from Blackcomb Mountain’s Rendezvous Lodge to Whistler Mountain’s Roundhouse, breaking three world records along the way.

Whistler-Blackcomb said there is still time to order the gondola parts from Doppelmayr this year and begin construction in the summer.

Rempel said: "Our plan is still to have the lift completed for Christmas 2008 with a two year build – that was what we had proposed originally."

It is not clear what the absolute latest date is to find a partner before having to push back the proposed construction schedule.

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