7th Heaven Express – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

Riding up at tower 12.
7th Heaven is one of three high speed quads that provide access from Whistler Village to the Blackcomb Glacier in the summertime.
View back down the line.
Upper lift line and ‘ambulance car.’
View of the line.
Breakover towers 21-24
Top drive terminal.
Riding back down.
Lower lift line.
Bottom return station with parking rail.
Whistler Trip 115
Side view of the base terminal.
Whistler Trip 116
Lift line from the base.
Whistler Trip 119
Chain-driven return terminal.

20 thoughts on “7th Heaven Express – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. Maxwell Uguccioni February 24, 2019 / 8:03 pm

    What kind of chairs are those with the headrests?


    • AvocadoAndy February 25, 2019 / 8:47 am

      Pretty sure they’re just EJs. If you look at some old Doppelmayr quad videos, you’ll notice that the purpose of the racks on the back is to put your skis, and you ride up without them on. Pretty sure the headrests were just there for additional comfort. Wizard and Solar coaster both had them, and as I remember correctly, they worked well if you were wearing a helmet.


      • Teddy's Lift World March 24, 2019 / 8:25 am

        One of the main problems with the headrests is the vibrations. That can make them pretty uncomfortable, but not as uncomfortable as my friend described them to be.


  2. Maxwell June 2, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    When was the last picture taken? It says 75% download capacity and I know for sure it was 50% in 2009 on remotees mecaniques.


    • themav June 2, 2019 / 7:52 pm

      If the EXIF data is to be believed, then it was taken in 2006. It would make sense that the downhill capacity rating was downgraded, rather than upgraded.


    • Teddy's Lift World June 3, 2019 / 9:47 am

      I believe this is one of the oldest photos on Liftblog along with Worth Mountain at Middlebury. One of the other ways that you can tell that this is old is the fact that they had the ambulance cabin on the line. Now it is on a parking rail next to the return terminal.


      • Maxwell July 2, 2019 / 11:05 am

        If you have an iPhone you can save the image and it will tell you the date. It was taken on November 24, 2006.


      • pbropetech December 3, 2020 / 12:04 pm

        I wouldn’t call that an indicator. The ambulance cabin can be removed or installed whenever they need it.


  3. Rob Withey July 2, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    Can’t remember the dates exactly, but 7th was originally 100% download, I think we may have lowered it in 2001 when the new drive and motor went in and we removed towers 16 and 17. Subsequent to that, in the 2000’s we lowered to 50% because we were still having trouble achieving downhill stop times/distances.


    • Mark October 10, 2019 / 6:00 am

      That’s interesting. Why were the towers removed? And were they replaced? And why was the drive changed?


    • Donald Reif October 10, 2019 / 1:51 pm

      Wasn’t there like an old half-midstation there (like on Screamin’ Eagle at Grouse)?


  4. John April 19, 2020 / 12:18 am

    What terminals are these? CLD 260?


  5. skier72 December 10, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    Old 7th Heaven T-Bar:

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  6. Matthew Toy February 6, 2021 / 8:54 pm

    Does Vail have any plans to replace this lift soon? It’s pretty old and year-round so I assume it’s starting to show its age.


    • skitheeast February 6, 2021 / 9:12 pm

      I agree it could use an upgrade. In addition to its age, it often gets long lines, so a six (or maybe eight?) pack would be warranted. Whistler’s last master plan was updated in 2013 and it did not have 7th Heaven being upgraded. However, the plan was pre-Vail, and Vail has not followed the plan with some decisions (Blackcomb Gondola) and followed the plan for others (Catskinner and Emerald upgrades), so perhaps they will deviate once again for this.


    • Utah Powder Skier July 11, 2021 / 1:55 pm

      It looks like any other CLD-260.


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