Whistler Village Gondola Stage I – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

Upper portion of stage I.  The WVG is really two separate lifts with shared cabins.  The original cabins were replaced with Sigma Diamond cabins after these photos were taken.
Arriving at the mid-station where cabins switch between haul ropes.
Bottom terminal departure side.
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Base station in Whistler Village.
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Poma plaque showing the lift’s original name.
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Inside the bottom terminal loading area.
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Elevators to underground cabin parking at Olympic Station.
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Chain-driven rails in the mid-station. Each section of the lift can be run independently if necessary.
The Whistler Village gondola received new Sigma Diamond cabins in 2014.
Towers at the Fitzsimmons Express crossover.
View up the line.


12 thoughts on “Whistler Village Gondola Stage I – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. Andrew June 21, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    The Whistler Village gondola got new cabins in 2014, and is now an 8 MDG Lift. I will be up there this summer if you would like pictures of the gondola with new cabins. Fitzsimmons also no longer has bubble chairs, they are now just regular 4 CLD Chairs.


    • Cameron Halmrast June 21, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      Just curious, but do the bubbles make an appearance on the Fitzsimmons Express in the summer time? I seem to be seeing quite a bit of media showcasing the bubbles on like every third carrier during summer ops.


      • Andrew July 29, 2017 / 10:11 pm

        They did at one point, but they don’t anymore. They don’t put them on even in the winter anymore. I think they all got moved over to Wizard and Solar Coaster.


      • Cooper July 30, 2017 / 12:50 pm

        Yeah, Wizard and Solar coaster have tons of extra bubbles. They arent normal and bubble for the whole lift line.


  2. John April 12, 2020 / 9:48 pm

    I was just here a month ago and I found that the whistler village gondola has the Doppelmayr logo on the mast closest to you when you enter at the base station. Why do they have the Doppelmayr logo on a Poma lift?


    • pbropetech April 13, 2020 / 1:22 pm

      Someone had a sticker and thought they were being funny?


  3. David June 11, 2020 / 8:02 pm

    hi I want to know why the Mountie signboard that used to be at the Whistler Village Gondola mid station got taken down


  4. Dan April 2, 2022 / 10:43 am

    Those original cabins were some of the most uncomfortable I’ve ever ridden. The new sigma diamond cabins are much nicer.


    • pbropetech April 2, 2022 / 6:14 pm

      Especially if you rode them all the way up. Tiny ‘bench’ seats that still only held eight people, so that the remaining two had to stand. We usually parked in Whistler Village proper and not Creekside, so we’d ride this once to get up high and then stay there all day.


  5. Myles January 3, 2023 / 8:06 pm

    I’m confused on how the capacity of this lift is worded on the spreadsheet. Is it 2640 for each stage or for the whole gondola?


    • pbropetech January 3, 2023 / 9:21 pm

      Being as it’s usually operated as one lift, I’d say the capacity is for the entire two-stage affair. Rob would know for sure.


    • Aussierob January 3, 2023 / 10:28 pm

      Each stage is 2640, but as it usually runs connected, its 2640 for the whole lift. I think that’s the same for any two stage gondola that runs connected, unless there is a special operating condition.


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