Whistler Blackcomb Ski Lift Expansion Announced in $18 Million Mountain Upgrade
Whistler Blackcomb announced a brand new $18 million major lift expansion that includes major upgrades to Whistler Mountain’s Harmony lift and a brand new high-speed quad chairlift on in Blackcomb Mountain’s Crystal Zone area. The new chairlift will replace the high-speed, quad chairlift that is currently on Whistler Mountain’s Harmony run. The new chairlift will feature a Doppelmayr high-speed, detachable, six-pack chairlift capable of transporting six people in each chair. Meanwhile, Blackcomb Mountain will see a major upgrade to its Crystal Zone area with a new high-speed quad chairlift aimed at increasing accessibility of the Crystal Zone on Blackcomb Mountain.
With significant upgrades recently completed on the Nintendo Terrain Park on Blackcomb Mountain, this new announcement of major upgrades at Whistler Blackcomb “clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuously enhance the skiing and riding experience on both mountains,” says Dave Brownlie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Whistler Blackcomb. “Each zone the new lifts will service is unique and uch-loved by Whistler locals and destination guests alike.”
Blackcomb Mountain’s Crystal Zone To Feature New Views
Blackcomb Mountain’s new high-speed quad chairlift in Crystal Zone will be 1,708 metres (5,604ft) in length, with a vertical rise of 535 metres (1,755ft). This new chairlift will help to increase skier carrying capacity by 65 per cent over the current lift to 2,400 skiers per hour. Although the new quad will service the same location as the current triple chair next to the Crystal Hut, skiers and riders will experience a dramatically new lift line. The new Crystal Zone lift bottom elevation will be 1,292 metres (4,239ft) with a top elevation of 1,827 metres (5,994ft), located 158 metres (518ft) lower than the old Crystal lift.
The new bottom terminal location of the Crystal Zone chairlift is located on Blackcomb Glacier Road ski-out area, eliminating the new to utilize the Excelerator Chair to access many Crystal Zone trails, such as Ridge Runner, Rock’N’Roll, and gladed trails like Outer Limits. In fact, it will be much quicker to return to the Glacier Express chair to access Horstman Glacier, Blackcomb Glacier and Spanky’s. It will also give skiers and riders the opportunity to lap the entire Crystal Zone. A competition will be held through Whistler Blackcomb later this winter to determine the name of the new lift.
As for Whistler Mountain, the new Harmony Six high-speed chairlift will replace one of Whistler Blackcomb’s most popular lifts and will increase the uphill capacity by 50 per cent, going from 2,400 skiers per hour to 3,600. Harmony Six services terrain spanning from the edge of Symphony Amphitheater all the way over to Glacier Bowl, adjacent to the Peak Express. This area is known as the Harmony Zone, which features runs for all skill levels for skiers and riders. Construction on Whistler Blackcomb’s newly announced $18 million lift expansion will begin later this spring and will continue through the summer and fall, with a planned opening date at the beginning of the 2013-2014 winter ski season.