Thursday, December 18, 2008

Blue Mountain's Sister Resort Opens New Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Whistler Blackcombe one of the Intrawest sister resorts to Blue Mountain recently opened their new Peak 2 Peak condola system in BC. Spanning a recording breaking distance of 4.4KM or 2.7 miles, this span is 3 times greater than that of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. Although this new gondola traverses a substantial horizontal distance, it gains little elevation and as such uses 50% less energy that some of the other lifts at the resorts. The new lift features 28 "Sky Cabins" that will ferry passengers between the top of Whistler and Blackcombe mountains in approximately 11 minutes allowing skiers faster access to more terrain without the need to drive from one mountain to the other. In addition, it will open up more areas of the mountains for non-ski season tourists to explore as well further expanding the resorts attraction as a four season holiday destination. If any of you have the opportunity to experience this amazing new attraction at Whistler Blackcombe this winter, we look forward to hearing from you.

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