December 7, 2017 8:57 am
Updated: December 7, 2017 9:39 am

Huge capital upgrade announced for Whistler-Blackcomb

Tourism Whistler

Vail Resorts, the owner of Whistler-Blackcomb, has announced a huge capital upgrade for the ski resort.

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$66-million Canadian is being spent to build a state-of-the-art gondola, along with two new high-speed chairlifts.

The new gondola will run from the base to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, replacing the Wizard and Solar four-person chairs, and will increase capacity by 47 per cent.

The company is also upgrading the four-person Emerald express chairlift on Whistler Mountain, to a high-speed six-person chairlift.

And the three-person fixed grip Catskinner chairlift at the top of Blackcomb will be upgraded to a four-person high-speed lift.

Altogether, the upgrades will increase lift capacity by 43 per cent.

Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz calls it a “transformational investment.”

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