Blackcomb Gondola Stage 2 – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

The upper section of the Blackcomb Gondola runs from near the top of Excalibur to the Rendezvous.
Lift line just above the bottom terminal.
View up the line.
Cabins can run the whole line with the first section or be turned around at the middle station.
Angle station seen from above.
Another look at the intermediate station.
There are two rails for transferring cabins between the lifts and parking facility.
Parking rail for section 2.
Cabin parking entrance.
Cabins turning around on the upper segment.
Towers 1 and 2.
Loading area for stage II.
Unloading area at the top.
Rendezvous station.
Multiple cabins load at once on the straightaway.
Operator house and drive terminal.
Side view of the very long station.
Two generators provide backup power.
A cabin departs the top with Whistler Mountain in the background.
View down from the summit.
Top terminal seen from below.
The last three towers before the summit.
Dual generators.
Another view of the breakover.
Terminal underskin.
Looking up a the top terminal.
A four section splice tower.
View down the lift line.
A CWA Omega IV 10 LWI
Upper part of the lift line.
Middle lift line.
Lower part of the line near the old Solar Coaster station.
Mid-station seen from above.
Side view of the mid.
Cabin parking building.
The bottom return station for section two.
A cabin arrives at the mid-station.
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5 thoughts on “Blackcomb Gondola Stage 2 – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. Teddy's Lift World March 24, 2019 / 8:13 am

    Why are they running it as two different sections? I really think that at the end of the day on Excalibur when they make you get out at the mid, that they should only run the first section and not both. It seems like a waste of energy and a valuable feature.

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    • Collin Parsons March 26, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      They are probably having issues with the connector rails. Sometimes Killington will run the Skyeship Gondola as two separate stages for this reason. Problem is on the Blackcomb Gondola the terminals at the mid are too short to only load on the straights and the turnarounds are geared faster than the straights. This means they have to run it super slow so that people can load on the turnarounds.

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    • AvocadoAndy March 27, 2019 / 9:42 am

      Wind can also be a big factor. Given they weren’t allowing people to use the ski racks outside of the gondola that day I would assume it was pretty windy that day. That’s probably why they’d run it like that.

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      • snowbasinlocal12894 March 29, 2019 / 9:11 am

        Both gondolas at snowbasin have ropes on the doors so they can secure skis and boards on windy days. WB should get them too.

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