Whistler, BC – Phase Two of construction on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola has begun despite winter’s heavy coat of snow on the mountain. Clearing of over 10 feet of snow has begun around the lift terminals to prepare for construction and across the Atlantic Ocean a very important shipment has begun its journey to Whistler.
Five spools of cable, weighing over 100 metric tonnes each, as well as four “smaller” reels, were loaded onto the Rhine Barge “Percora” at the Basel Rhine Port on April 10.
The barge will connect with the ocean-going vessel “Star Indiana” in Vlissingen, Belgium on April 19 and begin a trans-Atlantic journey to Vancouver, Washinton. Estimated arrival date for the cables is May 31. Once the cable reaches Whistler via rail it will take 12 to 14 weeks to string the cable across the valley.
Consistently ranked as North America’s top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb continues to raise the level of mountain excitement for its guests, and has introduced the Symphony Express, a new high speed quad accessing further into Whistler Mountain’s spectacular high alpine this season. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular ‘Sea to Sky’ Highway, this resort is home to the continent’s two greatest vertical-rise ski mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb. With over 17 alpine bowls, four glaciers, 200 trails, 8,171 acres of skiable terrain and a one mile vertical rise, the choices of where and what to ski/ride at Whistler Blackcomb from beginner to advanced terrain are staggering. Joined at the base by a vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants, patios, cafes, shops, galleries and spas, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this four season resort is spectacular.
Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The company has interests in eleven resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest – a private resort club with nine locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.