Skiing at Whistler this winter

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Whistler Blackcomb Coca Cola Tube Park ©Tourism Whistler

To more and more skiers, the attractions of skiing in Canada clearly outweigh the length of the flight to get to the resorts. Less time is spent waiting to getting on the pistes and prices tend to be cheaper once you get there.

But like all ski resorts, a continuous programme of upgrades and improvements is needed in order to encourage people to return or go there for the first time in preference to going somewhere else.

Whistler is two hours north of Vancouver on the western side of Canada and, such is its appeal, that many office workers clear up early on Friday and are ready for skiing by early evening

Some $CAD66million has been committed to Whistler Blackcomb including three new lifts at the heart of the resort. There is a new gondola on the Blackcomb side of the mountain, as well as several other lift infrastructure upgrades providing quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. A new 10 passenger gondola will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and ascend from the base to the top of Blackcomb mountain, terminating adjacent to Peak 2 Peak Gondola which transports guests to and from Blackcomb and Whistler.  The new gondola is expected to provide a 47% capacity increase and move 4,000 people per hour, the highest capacity in North America.

In addition to the new gondola, the investment also includes lift upgrades in the Whistler Blackcombs family zone , an upper mountain area renowned for Intermediate trails tailored to families.  The Family ski zone’s Emerald Express four passenger lift will be replaced with a new 6 passenger high speed lift increasing guest up-hill capacity by 29% and maximising time on the snow for families on the intermediate learning terrain.

Finally, the existing Catskinner triple passenger lift will be replaced with a four passenger high speed lift increasing uphill capacity by 56% and allowing Whistler Blackcombs guests to enjoy faster, more convenient access to Blackcomb Mountains beginner and intermediate terrain.

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