Whistler Blackcomb is pulling back the curtain to give the public a closer look at the engineering behind the famed Peak 2 Peak Gondola, with the installation of a new viewing gallery that will be unveiled on Saturday (May 25).
Following continued requests from the public to learn more about the lift, a raised walkway was constructed in the Whistler Mountain Peak 2 Peak terminal that gives guests a bird's-eye view of the gondola's inner workings. Tablets were also installed on the platform so riders can watch several different videos detailing the construction of the gondola towers, its evacuation system, the cable installation and the history of Whistler Blackcomb.
"The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is an impressive feat of engineering, and our guests constantly want to learn more about its complex cable system and detachable technology," said Whistler Blackcomb's vice president of planning, government relations and special projects Doug Forseth in a release . "The Peak 2 Peak Viewing Gallery will provide comprehensive interpretation of the inner workings of the gondola and how it was constructed."
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which is the highest lift of its kind at 436 metres above the valley floor, was built in 2008 and has the longest unsupported span of just over three kilometres.