LO­CAL VIBE

This ‘n’ That … Whistler Style

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - CONTENT -

North Amer­ica’s top four-sea­son re­sort just keeps get­ting bet­ter. Two new at­trac­tions will open this sum­mer atop the Peak Chair on Whistler Moun­tain: The Peak Sus­pen­sion Bridge and a new, can­tilevered view­ing plat­form at Whistler Peak’s West Ridge. The Peak Sus­pen­sion Bridge, part of Whistler Black­comb’s “Re­nais­sance Plan” for on-moun­tain im­prove­ments, will be 130 me­tres (425 feet) long, stretch­ing from the Peak Chair off­load area to the new West Ridge view­ing plat­form, and will af­ford guests a 360-de­gree view of Black Tusk, Garibaldi Lake and the breath­tak­ing Coast Moun­tains. Be­ing on the sus­pen­sion bridge “will be a bit of a land­ing pad,” said Jen­nifer Smith, WB se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist. “We’ll string the dif­fer­ent ca­bles us­ing a bas­ket, sort of like a shop­ping cart. Once com­pleted, it will hang and will have that feel­ing of be­ing sus­pended.” The sec­ond part of a two-phase ex­pan­sion of the renowned Whistler Moun­tain Bike Park, with a to­tal of 21 kilo­me­tres of new trails and the open­ing of the new Creek­side base area, is set to open this sum­mer as well. Other on-moun­tain up­grades have been oc­cur­ring on both Whistler and Black­comb. An­other ma­jor project is a $66 mil­lion suite lift up­grade, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a new 10-pas­sen­ger Black­comb Gon­dola and re­place­ment of the three-pas­sen­ger Catskin­ner chair with a high-speed quad on Black­comb. The project will also in­clude the re­place­ment of the Emer­ald Ex­press quad on Whistler Moun­tain with a six-pas­sen­ger, high-speed lift. The three new lifts are ex­pected to be in ser­vice for the start of the 2018-’19 ski sea­son, Smith said. The Black­comb Gon­dola project is likely to cause only mi­nor changes to fa­cil­i­ties and events in the Up­per Vil­lage/Black­comb base area. Once open, the Black­comb Gon­dola (which will re­place the Wiz­ard and So­lar Coaster lifts) will form the world’s first con­tin­u­ous, three-gon­dola lift sys­tem in the world — the oth­ers be­ing the Peak 2 Peak and Whistler Moun­tain gon­do­las. For de­tails, visit whistlerblack­comb.com.

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