Horstman – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

The bottom terminal is located some distance away from the loading area under the Glacier Express.
View up the lift line during the summer ski season.
Sheaves can be moved depending on glacier/tower movement.
Riding up at tower 4.
Return terminal and lift shack.
Top drive bullwheel.
Whistler Trip 065
View up the line from the Glacier Express.
Whistler Trip 072
Towers 1-2.
Whistler Trip 073
Another view of the tension unit sited on rocks rather than glacier.

22 thoughts on “Horstman – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. Jonathan March 8, 2019 / 11:29 am

    Does this lift only run in the summer ski season?


  2. Charlie March 8, 2019 / 11:41 am

    In 2013 I rode it in late March, it was my first T bar ride.


  3. Dhowe March 8, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    It runs all winter. In fact summer use will be coming to an end in the future as the glacier is receding


    • Jonathan March 8, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      When I was there in the first week of January 2019, it did not run at all. Showcase T-Bar was the only one running. Maybe there was a little bit of maintenance that needed to be done


  4. Robert Withey March 9, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    Due to glacier recession we need a lot more snow on the T-bar line to make it operable. It may not open this winter. Will need more snow to get it open for summer.


    • Teddy's Lift World March 18, 2019 / 6:20 pm

      It currently hasn’t operated at all this year which is quite annoying. I was hoping to ride it and ski the glacier.


      • AvocadoAndy March 19, 2019 / 11:23 am

        Not to mention it makes getting to 7th Heaven substantially harder. Brutal being able to see the top from Glacier Express and not being able to get to it.

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  5. mzg March 19, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    I thought this lift only operated in the summer.


  6. Donald Reif December 20, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    A fixed grip quad would be more ideal on this lift line.


    • Myles Svec July 12, 2020 / 10:35 am

      That is true but would likely not happen because of the constantly moving glacier shifting the towers all the time. Also the top terminal would have to be anchored into the rock and unloading ramp would be in a kind of weird spot.


  7. Teddy's Lift World February 25, 2020 / 6:49 pm

    Has this lift been operating this season? I know it didn’t last year.


    • milanyvr February 26, 2020 / 11:56 am

      yes on peak days (No pun intended).


  8. ChrisC July 10, 2020 / 11:10 am

    So it’s gone now? Any replacement planned – it’s kind of a key link.


    • Rob Withey July 10, 2020 / 2:28 pm

      No plan yet.


      • reaperskier July 10, 2020 / 4:40 pm

        I think a fixed grip quad would be a worthy replacement.

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        • Sam Altavilla July 12, 2020 / 7:12 am

          I highly doubt a quad will go in here. Even though it seems logical to have one, the constant movement of the glacier would make it nearly impossible to keep the towers and sheave trains in a straight alignment throughout the season. If it was too much for a tbar to handle, a chairlift simply wouldnt be able to exist. Another thing is that the terminals have to be anchored to rock, so the top terminal unloading ramp would have to be in a weird spot.


      • Morris October 25, 2021 / 6:06 pm

        Any news Rob? The loss of this lift is very sad :(


  9. Donald Reif January 27, 2022 / 7:37 am

    At this point, it’s completely gone.


    • Enumclaw kid January 27, 2022 / 10:48 am

      Yep, completely gone. I did some Saudan Couloir laps over MLK weekend and it’s Jersey -> traverse -> 7th instead of Glacier -> Horstman.


  10. Rob Withey January 27, 2022 / 11:12 am

    We are working on a larger plan for the 7th Heaven/Horstman glaicer area. Timing unknown at this point. Showcase T-bar will need to be revisited as well. We moved it in 2015 with a view to doing something more permanent in 5 years. It’s now 2022.


    • pbropetech January 27, 2022 / 9:34 pm

      Sounds like typical ski industry timing. 5=7 (or more….) I understand completely.


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