New Lifts for Whistler Blackcomb in 2018
In 2018 Whistler Blackcomb is building new lifts on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. To accommodate construction, there will be some changes to summer sightseeing, hiking trails, on-mountain activities and events. Please take a moment to read more about the project as you plan your summer adventures.
Learn More about Lift Construction and Impacts
What is the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola?
The record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola links Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. A feat of engineering, the gondola boasts the longest unsupported lift span in the world (3.024 kilometres or 1.88 miles). It is also the highest lift of its kind with an elevation of 436 metres (1,427 ft).
What is the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience?
Sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a
while in Whistler. A PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience ticket allows you to visit Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in one day, on the way receiving a birds eye view of the forest and spectacular mountains, valleys and glaciers. A special silver glass-bottom gondola provides another unique perspective of the forest.
The 360 Experience is more than just spectacular views. Once on the mountain top there are other things to do: enjoy the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery and the Samsung Alpine Theatre, casual and full service on-mountain dining and in summer, mountain-top dining and alpine hiking trails.
Where do I park for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola?
You have two options. The best place to park to access the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is in the Whistler Village Day Lots 1 - 5, located 5-10 minutes walk from the base of Whistler Mountain. In 2018 you can also park at Whistler Creekside and upload via the Whistler Creekside Gondola and Big Red Express open air chairlift.
Learn more about parking in Whistler.
Why am I unable to book PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola tickets online for today? Have tickets sold out?
No, tickets have not sold out. Due to processing times, tickets are not able to be purchased online within 48 hours of sightseeing. Tickets can still be purchased over the phone by calling 1.800.944.7853 or in person at Whistler Blackcomb guest relations.
Do I need to reserve a boarding time for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola?
No. There are no reservations required for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola as it runs continuously during operating hours. There is also no limit to the number of PEAK 2 PEAK 360 tickets sold on a particular day.
How do I access the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola?
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola runs between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains with terminals approximately two-thirds up the mountains. In 2018 access to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is via the Whistler Village Gondola or the Whistler Creekside Chairlift/Big Red Express Chairlift. Both options on Whistler Mountain, there is NO upload or download on Blackcomb Mountain as a result of new lift construction.
Note that the access points change with the seasons - in winter access for sightseers is by the enclosed Whistler Village Gondola only. Big Red Express Chairlift is an open air chair - please dress appropriately if uploading on a cool or damp day.
Your PEAK 2 PEAK 360 ticket includes access to the Whistler Village Gondola or Creekside gondola for upload, any operating open-air chairlifts and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. You do not need to purchase separate passes for each.
How long does it take to ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola?
It is recommended that you give yourself at least 2 hours to ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and return to the Village. It takes approximately 25 minutes to ride the Whistler Gondola/open-air chairlifts up to the PEAK 2 PEAK, 11 minutes to ride the PEAK 2 PEAK each way (22 minutes round trip) and 25 minutes to return to the Village. If you are interested in dining, taking lots of photographs, going on a hike or viewing the gallery while on the mountains, be sure to give yourself more time - you can easily spend an entire day up among the peaks! Several days are needed to explore all the hiking trails in summer.
AS a result of lift construction in 2018, there will be no download on Blackcomb Mountain. Please leave enough time to return to Whistler via the PEAK to PEAK Gondola and download from there.
Is there anywhere to eat on the mountains?
Yes - each mountain has several restaurants for casual and full service dining. View
dining options. Friday, Saturday and Sundays during summer the Mountain Top Summer Feast is a unique dining experience which can be added to the lift tickets.
What is the best time of year to ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola?
No matter what season you visit Whistler, the alpine is an incredible place to visit. Depending on the season you may see fresh and falling snow, alpine wildflowers and wildlife including bears, chipmunks, deer and marmots. You can also watch skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers ride the mountains from the comfort of the cabin. Be sure to check the operating times and hours when planning your visit as these vary from season to season, and note the times when the gondola does close briefly for scheduled maintenance. In summer, hiking trails open in stages as the snow melts - opening dates may vary according to the snow pack and weather conditions.
What is the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery?
Years were spent of planning and constructing the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola with its signature red gondolas. Learn more about the ground-breaking engineering behind the lift in the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery inside the terminal on Whistler Mountain. A raised glassed-in walkway enables visitors to view the machinery working and tablets show videos exploring the construction of the lift and Whistlers ski history. The Viewing Gallery allows visitors to appreciate the true scale of the project, adding a whole new dimension to the Alpine Experience.
Will I need to wait in line?
Wait times for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola vary and lines are usually longer on weekends and during holiday periods. Please allow yourself extra time to board the gondola.
Can I take my dog on the mountain?
Dogs are not permitted on Gondolas or any Whistler Blackcomb property, unless they are certified aid dogs or CARDA (Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dogs). There are however plenty of dog-friendly accommodations and activities in Whistler. See our pet-friendly Whistler guide for further information.
I have my tickets! What should I take with me?
As you are going from Whistler Village in the valley to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in the alpine, weather conditions and temperatures can change. As a rule of thumb it is usually 5 - 10 degrees (celcius) cooler on the mountain than in the village. Dress comfortably for the mountains - layers are recommended so you can adjust accordingly. If you plan to hike other gear is recommended such as comfortable sturdy shoes and water. Please note that in winter time to access the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola you will need to walk through the snow - dress warmly and wear waterproof boots for comfort. There are restaurants, shops and washroom facilities on both mountains.