Whistler Peak-2-Peak to open 12th Dec
Thu 18 September 08
Everything is one time and on target for the ambitious project to link the 2 mountains with the huge gondola
Whistler Blackcomb’s PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will officially open to the public December 12, 2008. This engineering marvel is set to become a new Canadian tourism icon, and will forever revolutionize the way visitors experience this four-season resort.
“This spring we had to move massive amounts of snow so it was a slow start but we have been able to stay on track with each construction phase,” says Rick Temple, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Construction Manager. “To be at this point in construction at this time is unheard of. Typically for a lift installation you are fighting the weather in November to get things done. However due to the incredible work by everyone involved we are ahead of schedule. We are very excited to have our official opening day announced and are looking forward to the day when our guests can experience this gondola.”
The arrival of 28 Sky Cabins, including two with glass floors, and the completion of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola ropework has set the stage for what will be the biggest construction milestone of the lift installation – the first Sky Cabin to cross the record-breaking 3 kilometre/1.88 mile, unsupported span between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Through October and November load testing will take place as well as evacuation training and simulations, and operator training. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will also be examined by the British Columbia Safety Authority through their Passenger Ropeways Safety Program which regulates the safety of lifts.
“There is always a ton of anticipation for the winter season and being able to announce the official opening for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola gives our guests something else to look forward to this winter, a definitive date to mark on their calendars,” says Dave Brownlie President and Chief Operating Officer of Whistler Blackcomb. “We know that on December 12, the way our guests use Whistler Blackcomb will be changed forever and we are extremely excited for that day to come.”
Construction progress of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is captured daily via webcams, and weekly via photography and construction blogs on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola microsite at www.whistlerblackcomb.com
Tue 23 September 08
The LG Air Bag Tour kicked of in style last week with massive airs being shown by participants at Norwich and Sheffield. So if you need to work on your Big Air Style or want to huck a backflip of glory, then get yourself along to a stop on the LG freeze Air Bag Tour 2008
Tue 23 September 08, XSCAPE Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Its Milton Keynes next on Saturday 27th September to host the hugely anticipated Quiksilver Big Air Championships. Stopping off at two local schools along the way the on the 25th & 26th September, the Tour continues its quest to inspire more newcomers, give away 100 FREE lessons, offer FREE demo testing and display some the best Snowboarding and Freeskiing in the UK
Wed 24 September 08, Snozone Castleford, United Kingdom
The 2008 British Snow Tour headed indoors to Castleford SNO!zone this weekend, Saturday 20th September, for the hugely anticipated Animal Slopestyle Championships
Mon 29 September 08
46,000 visitors over the 3 days witnessed some fantastic snowboarding, freeskiing, Skateboarding and Freestyle motorcross. Full details and an exclusive photo gallery awaits ...
Mon 29 September 08, Les Arcs, France
New artificial lake to improve snowmaking facilities. Improvements to the Apocalypse Park for beginners & intermediate freestylers