Just days after a new ski resort was floated near Chilliwack, British Columbia, a nearby sightseeing gondola proposal has formally launched. Former Sea to Sky Gondola and Arc’teryx Equipment executive Jayson Faulkner and partner Pete Tatham would invest CA$70 million to build the project, which would be similar to other sightseeing gondolas in Canada. “The Cascade Skyline Gondola Project is an eco-cultural tourism amenity similar to the very successful Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish,” notes a statement from the Cheam First Nations, which would be an equity partner in the venture. “The gondola would be a celebration of nature and natural spaces with non-motorized activities for a range of abilities and interests.”
Developers say both Doppelmayr and Leitner-Poma have offered favorable terms for the estimated CA$28 million in gondola equipment and installation costs. The lift would rise nearly 4,000 vertical feet from the Bridal Falls Golf Course with a 15 minute ride time. Permitting is already well underway and if approved, the new experience could open in spring 2023.
Hopefully it doesn’t get targeted by cable cutters, which would make me take a pass on it from an investment/insurance perspective.
Hopefully it will be vandal-proof. 🤨
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If they end up approving this and it becomes an actual thing I hope that they make it so that it’s hard to cut the cables or vandalize because that has been a major problem with S2S Gondola.
Indoor parking should be enough. If there aren’t cabins on the line, then what’s the point? Vandals want to do the most damage as possible. A new haul rope probably costs a fraction of the cost to replace gondola cabins.
A new haul rope is still very costly, with a long lead time. If they are daring enough to attack the S2S twice, they sure will have this one on their radar (I hope I’m wrong).