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A Look at Whistler's Peak to Peak Gondola

Whislter's Peak to Peak Gondola opened in December 2008. The largest construction project of its kind in North America, the gondola connects Whistler to Blackcomb so that if you want to take turns in Symphony Bowl and Seventh Heaven in the same hour, you can. The gondola spans 2.7 miles in 11 minutes—three times longer than the Golden Gate Bridge. With the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler just around the corner, here are some shots of the gondola being constructed.

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A few stats on the Peak to Peak Gondola.It will be four and a half times higher than the Statue of LibertyIt will be three times longer than the…

A few stats on the Peak to Peak Gondola.

  • It will be four and a half times higher than the Statue of Liberty
  • It will be three times longer than the Golden Gate Bridge
  • It will span a length of 2.7 miles in 11 minutes
  • It will carry 28 people per cabin, moving 2050 people per hour each way.
  • The highest point off the ground it will be is 1,427 feet over Fitzsimmons Creek.
  • The longest length of unsupported track is 1.88 miles.
 A MAN truck arrives bringing more critical components to the Whistler Blackcomb Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

A MAN truck arrives bringing more critical components to the Whistler Blackcomb Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

 A view of Whistler's huge terminal with track rope extending out into Fitzsimmons Valley.

A view of Whistler’s huge terminal with track rope extending out into Fitzsimmons Valley.

 The new 28-person gondolas all lined up and ready to be strung. Freshly painted, these will be put on closer to December.

The new 28-person gondolas all lined up and ready to be strung. Freshly painted, these will be put on closer to December.

 A worker in Whistler's terminal. To create the concrete footings, lift platforms, masts and columns 4,000 cubic metres of concrete had to be trucked…

A worker in Whistler’s terminal. To create the concrete footings, lift platforms, masts and columns 4,000 cubic metres of concrete had to be trucked up the mountains.
Whistler P2P Terminal:
* 26m/85feet wide and 42m/138feet long
* 12,000 square feet
* 228 tons of steel used

 Two workers assemble and prepare the gondolas for stringing later this year. Each gondola cabin will hold 28 people and transport 2050 people per…

Two workers assemble and prepare the gondolas for stringing later this year. Each gondola cabin will hold 28 people and transport 2050 people per hour.

 A worker in one of Whistler Blackcomb's huge Peak 2 Peak terminals. These giant buildings, located adjacent to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb and…

A worker in one of Whistler Blackcomb’s huge Peak 2 Peak terminals. These giant buildings, located adjacent to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb and the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler, will house the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Once finished, these buildings will be the biggest lift terminal structures in the world.

 A look into Whistler's terminal. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola terminal buildings house the largest lift terminal hardware manufacturer…

A look into Whistler’s terminal. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola terminal buildings house the largest lift terminal hardware manufacturer Doppelmayr/Garaventa has ever built.

 OCAS's (Obstacle Collision Avoidance System) Norwegian team was in Whistler the first week of July to install and test the P2P system. The system is…

OCAS’s (Obstacle Collision Avoidance System) Norwegian team was in Whistler the first week of July to install and test the P2P system. The system is now operational with track ropes strung across the valley.

 A look at the main building next to the Whistler Peak Terminal.

A look at the main building next to the Whistler Peak Terminal.

 A look at the cable

A look at the cable “rope” extending out into the valley. When first installed, the track lines included a technology to detect nearby and possibly in-danger aircraft.
From Whistler Blackcomb:
“Brand-new technology developed in Norway called OCAS (Obstacle Collision Avoidance System) has been installed on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. This state-of-the-art system constantly scans the area surrounding the P2P line with radar. If aircraft is detected, the radar alerts the system and immediately tracks the aircraft, calculates its speed, heading and altitude. If a collision hazard exists, the pilot is warned by flashing high intensity strobe lights and an audible warning transmitted over all aircraft radio frequencies.”
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