The Sea to Sky Gondola will re-open on Feb. 14, just in time for the Family Day Long Weekend.
The popular attraction was shutdown after a criminal act of vandalism on Aug. 10, 2019 forced its closure.
The rebuilding process has taken six months and four days and the popular attraction will be celebrating its return on Feb. 14, by welcoming guests back with 50% off lift tickets all weekend long.
In the coming weeks, 30 new cabins will be installed on the new main haul rope that arrived from Switzerland at the end of October.
Kirby Brown, general manager of Sea to Sky Gondola, said, “We are opening earlier than anticipated and the task has been huge. Our industry partners were there every step of the way, from assisting in the clean-up and assessing needs to delivering major components with absolutely no notice. Our amazing team rose to the challenge and have done everything required to get us back up and running as quickly as possible so we can get back to connecting people with nature and the beauty of Squamish.”
Brown continued, “We are so excited that on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, we get to carry our passholders and guests back up the mountain on a brand-new cable, in brand-new cabins. Our community stood by the gondola and showed us overwhelming support, confidence, and love through the last six months, and for that, we are so grateful.”
The final pieces of the rebuild are coming together and the final safety inspections and certification by Technical Safety BC is slated for the first week of February. Work that took place on the journey to rebuild the Sea to Sky Gondola includes the installation of a new 4.4 km long main haul cable, assembly and installation of thirty new cabins, and the installation of a new state of the art security system.
Brown observed that, “The fact that the main haul cable was completely severed was, and still is, shocking, and the investigation with the RCMP is ongoing. However, we want our guests to know they can travel to the summit on the Sea to Sky Gondola with complete confidence.”
And the GM added, “Our protocols would never allow the line to run if there was any damage to the cable and the security measures installed since the incident will ensure the gondola is secure and protected from any other criminal activity.”
Hours of operation from now until May 15 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Go to https://www.seatoskygondola.com/visit/shuttle for more.