Whistler Blackcomb is making an $18 million capital investment for the construction of two new chairlifts, one at each mountain, in time for the start of next season.
Whistler Mountain’s Harmony Zone will see a new Doppelmayr high-speed, detachable, six-pack chairlift to replace its current quad. Uphill capacity will increase by 50 percent going from 2,400 skiers per hour to 3,600. Beginners to experts will have their choice of terrain options.
Blackcomb Mountain’s new high-speed quad will access a new area in the Crystal Zone, currently being served by a fixed-grip triple chair. The new lift will increase skier capacity by 65 percent to 2,400 skiers per hour. It will start 518 feet lower than the current lift with a top elevation of 5,994 feet. Skiers and riders can now lap the entire Crystal Zone from cruisers to gladed zones to natural terrain.
“Each zone the new lifts will service is unique and much-loved by Whistler locals and destination guests alike,” says Whistler Blackcomb’s President and CEO Dave Brownlie.
The name of the new quad chair will be determined by a competition later this winter. Construction is expected to begin this spring and continue through fall.
Photos: Whistler Blackcomb (top right: Harmony Zone; bottom left: Crystal Zone)