Big Red Express – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

Upper stretch of the lift line in the summer.
Whistler Trip 169
Bottom terminal at the top of the Creekside Gondola.
Whistler Trip 172
Return station.
Whistler Trip 173
Lower lift line.
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Yan wrap-around tower 6.
Whistler Trip 209
Riding up at tower 10.
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Arriving at the drive terminal.
Whistler Trip 216
Side view of the top station.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

24 thoughts on “Big Red Express – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. Charlie May 15, 2018 / 9:51 am

    This lift by the look of the lines should be a detach 6 of not detach 8


    • John U January 3, 2021 / 5:56 pm

      yes. This should be canada’s first 8 pack chairlift

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Blair May 29, 2018 / 3:57 am

    Yes, it always has long lines whenever I’ve been! I’m surprised they haven’t upgraded it yet! I feel that when they get to doing Whistler Westside that they will upgrade this to a 6 or 8. Maybe give it bubbles too? Oh, and while they’re at it, heated seats…


  3. Thomas Jett May 29, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Current plans are to supplement Big Red instead of to upgrade it. They’re going to run a gondola from Creekside to the top of the Chic Pea. Then, Franz’s will be upgraded to a detachable quad, an realigned to run to the top of the T-Bars.


  4. Charlie May 29, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Then a detach 6 would still make sense


    • Thomas Jett May 29, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      Not Really. Big Red (2,800pp/h) will be served by the Creekside Gondola (2,370pp/h), and Franz’s (2,800pp/h) will be served by Orange (2,200pp/h). There’s a lot of lifts that need installation before Big Red gets an upgrade.


  5. Duncan October 6, 2018 / 9:56 am

    What is that wrap around tower for?


    • Collin Parsons October 6, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      The terrain has a very steep cross slope there, so the downhill side needed an extra tower. They didn’t put a regular tower to support both sides of the line because it would’ve had the uphill side very high and susceptible to wind closures. Keep in mind this lift was once a Yan detachable that was upgraded by Doppelmayr. Yan often used wraparounds for one sided towers as was done here.


      • AvocadoAndy October 6, 2018 / 9:28 pm

        There was another reason too. The foundation placed there was from the original Red chair.


  6. Lewis Dot Diagram February 23, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    Is anything else yan here besides the towers?


    • Donald M. Reif March 29, 2019 / 8:54 am

      The terminal masts are from the original Redline.


  7. Carson February 23, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    The terminal masts


  8. AvocadoAndy March 12, 2019 / 11:30 am

    I was up there the other day and noticed something a bit odd in the top terminal. I had a picture of the top terminal from the previous summer and the sticker said it had a 50% download capacity, and it was loaded as such. However, in my recent trip this winter, they had stuck a new sticker on top of the previous sticker reading 0% download capacity. Could that just be for the winter, or does that mean the lift failed some sort of test?


  9. gavin October 31, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    What’s the point of the orange gondola? They should upgrade big red to a six or even eight, replace franz’s and the t bars with a detach quad, and upgrade Creekside to a 8 or 10 passenger version.


    • Donald Reif October 31, 2019 / 10:11 pm

      There is a plan, I think to have a high speed quad replace Franz’s and the old T-Bars. As for the Orange upgrade, I’d honestly say putting a high speed quad or six pack running from the bottom of Big Red to the top of Garbanzo Express would be the smarter strategy. It would allow people to access the Emerald and Garbanzo areas from Creekside while bypassing the Roundhouse.


      • Thomas Jett October 31, 2019 / 11:59 pm

        Isn’t the whole point of the Orange Gondola to increase out-of-base capacity so that more people use Creekside, and redirect people from Big Red to Franz’s and Emerald?


    • alex October 31, 2019 / 10:16 pm

      I agree but with a slight variation. If it were me I would move the current Big Red Chair to install the Franz/T-Bar Chair. Then I would replace both Creekside and Big Red with a 10 PAX Gondola similar to Blackcomb Gondola starting at Creekside, mid-station at Raven’s Nest then an extension to the Roundhouse Lodge. There is enough room for a cabin barn at the mid-station. Means you could get from Creekside to the Rendezvous in two lifts.


      • Donald Reif October 31, 2019 / 11:40 pm

        Big Red is a lapping lift, and I don’t think it would be wise to have it where people have to take off their equipment after each lap. It makes more sense to keep Big Red as a chairlift.


  10. gavin May 18, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    With the current situation, Whistler is definitely reconsidering building more gondolas with no back up lift.


    • Somebody May 18, 2020 / 5:15 pm

      I mean.. it is a once in a century kind of event.. But as somebody who has preferred chairlifts since the start, I’d be happy to see them as an alternative more often.


  11. Jay November 17, 2020 / 1:51 pm

    Does anyone know where to find pictures of the original yan redline express? Also the original yan greenline and quicksilver express?


    • skier72 December 2, 2020 / 5:19 pm

      Pics of original YAN Redline:

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      • Donald Reif December 2, 2020 / 7:26 pm

        I’m surprised Yan didn’t put more red onto Redline’s terminals.


        • Myles Svec December 2, 2020 / 8:05 pm

          Me too. I love the pancake design of the terminals though. It’s looks very clean and modern


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