Big Red Express – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

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Upper stretch of the lift line in the summer.
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Bottom terminal at the top of the Creekside Gondola.
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Return station.
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Lower lift line.
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Yan wrap-around tower 6.
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Riding up at tower 10.
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Arriving at the drive terminal.
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Side view of the top station.
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Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.
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8 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

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  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…

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  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.

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

    Then a detach 6 would still make sense

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    • 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.

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

    What is that wrap around tower for?

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    • 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.

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      • AvocadoAndy October 6, 2018 / 9:28 pm

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

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