The math is simple: two mountains and the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola all add up to one awesome experience
By JILL VON SPRECKEN
1 The gondola is the first in the world to link the peaks of two mountains, a feat that delivers truly one-of-a-kind views.
3 It’s one for the books: the Peak 2 Peak broke three Guinness World Records, claiming fame as the world’s longest unsupported span, the highest lift of its kind, and the longest continuous lift system.
11 Time may seem to stop, but the journey between the two peaks takes only 11 minutes—that’s 7.5 m (24 ft) per second. Spend every moment snapping photos and soaking up the jaw-dropping sights.
28 Of the gondola’s 28 cabins, two are outfitted with glass bottoms for a bird’s-eye view of Fitzsimmons Creek, 436 m (1,427 ft) below.
80 A mover not a shaker, the gondola is able to withstand winds gusting up to 80 km/h (50 mph), thanks to its sturdy tri-cable design.
3,024 The engineering marvel boasts the world’s longest unsupported span, with 3,024 m (9,921 ft) between ropeway towers—one is located on Whistler Mountain, the other on Blackcomb.
3,307 The gondola connects all 3,307 hectares (8,171 acres) of Whistler and Blackcomb’s skiable terrain, which means more time spent playing in powder and less spent traversing between mountains.
4,100 Cabins depart every 49 seconds, ferrying 4,100 skiers and sightseers between the two summits every hour.