New Lifts for Whistler Blackcomb
Vail Resorts, Inc. has invested $66 million in three new lifts for Whistler Blackcomb for the 2018/19 season. Most upgrades will be complete for official opening day on November 22 and include:
- A new 10-passenger Blackcomb gondola to replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts on Blackcomb Mountain (scheduled to open December 14)
- A new six-passenger high-speed lift to replace the current Emerald Chair in the Family Ski Zone on Whistler Mountain
- Replacement of the triple-passenger Catskinner chair with a four-passenger, high-speed lift on Blackcomb Mountain
The changes will create the first three-gondola connection in the world, allowing guests to upload, connect between the mountains via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and download in a gondola for a weather protected experience. The new Blackcomb Gondola will also be adjacent to the Rendezvous Lodge, allowing skiers and non-skiers to enjoy a fully-enclosed ride up or down the mountain year-round, with direct access to Christine's Restaurant.
New Blackcomb Gondola: Opening December 14, 2018
Running from the Upper Village to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, the new Blackcomb Gondola will rise 3.86 kilometres from bottom to top when it opens for the 2018/19 ski season. This 10-person Doppelmayr lift carries 184 cabins and transports 4,000 people per hour. Primarily manufactured in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, its mid-station will load 200 metres below the mid-point of the Wizard and Solar Chairs it replaces. When combined with a ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK and Village gondolas, it completes a continuous lift system of a 13.5-kilometre loop from the bottom of Whistler Mountain, across the valley between both mountains, and down Blackcomb Mountain – a true feat of engineering.
Please see Whistler & Blackcomb Mountain Hours of Operation for opening/closing dates and lift operations updates.
Whistler Blackcomb and the Epic Pass
The acquisition of Whistler Blackcomb by Vail Resorts Inc. is good news for skiers and snowboarders around the world.
Epic Pass holders receive unlimited, unrestricted access to the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb, as well as these additional resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe Mountain Resort, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mount Brighton and Perisher (Australia, 2019 ski season).
New for the 2018/19 season, Epic Pass holders receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at Telluride, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne, Stoneham, and five total consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts in Japan. The Epic Pass also grants limited access to Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; 4 Vallées in Switzerland; Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy.
New for 2018/19, Epic SchoolKids Whistler Blackcomb Pack provides five days of free skiing for Canadian and Washington kindergartners through to grade five students.
Also available: Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited Season Pass, 10-day, 5-day and 2-day Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Cards.
Call Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services at 1.800.766.0449 for more information.
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