Vail Resorts, Inc. has announced plans to invest $66 million at Whistler Blackcomb this season focusing on three new lifts at the heart of the resort.
The investment features the addition of a new gondola on the Blackcomb side of the mountain, as well as several other lift infrastructure upgrades, providing quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. The plan represents the largest single-year capital investment program in the resort’s history.
A new 10-passenger gondola will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and ascend from the base to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, terminating adjacent to the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which transports guests to and from Blackcomb and Whistler. Upon completion, the new gondola will offer guests a more comfortable and weather-protected experience in the first three-gondola connection in the world, enhancing the longest continuous lift system. The new gondola is expected to represent a 47% capacity increase and move 4,000 people per hour, the highest capacity in North America.
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