Peak 2 Peak excites first passengers 

Record-breaking lift between Whistler and Blackcomb draws thousands

click to enlarge Photo by Ian Robertson,
  • Photo by Ian Robertson,

Over half of the riders and skiers on Whistler Blackcomb last weekend rode on the just opened Peak 2 Peak gondola.

“Things went extremely well,” said Dave Brownlie, president and COO of Whistler Blackcomb.

“The first weekend was great. People rode it, loved it, and we had lots of great feedback.”

Not even the gusting winds of up to 60 km/h on Saturday could keep the sky cabins in their barn.

“…There was no problem… it was smooth,” said Brownlie.

The opening event on Friday, Dec.12 was web cast and over 13,000 user sessions were logged for the event.

“…And there were big groups watching too, like the groups at Myrtle Philip School,” said Brownlie.

“All the feedback on the web cast was really positive.

“It was a great day for everybody that came out and it was really a celebration of Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb.

“People have said: ‘Oh, it is a tough time for you guys to be doing this.’ But actually it is a great time. We are coming out with a great new lift and attraction, something to talk about, and it will definitely bring more people here.”

Stories about the Peak 2 Peak appeared in dozens of overseas print media and on international television as it captured the excitement and awe of mountain lovers.

It was no different right here at home.

“You know it really was amazing,” said 90-year-old George Huxtable, one of the 22 contest winners who got to ride in the very first gondola from Blackcomb to Whistler.

“I thought I died about eight times,” he said.

“I enjoyed it. I enjoy everything. That is why I am still skiing at 90.”

Said son Gordon: “It was very fun. It was smooth, it has a great view and it was very high up but it didn’t fall off. It was spectacular. I think it is a great part of our diversification.

“It certainly makes it so easy and painless to get back and forth. You could have lunch over there and coffee over here. I was amazed at just how easy it was to get back and forth.”

Asked if he would ski both hills he replied: “In a heartbeat.”

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