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Peak to Peak

The new Peak-to-Peak Gondola at Whistler Ski Resort is an awesome sight to behold, an engineering marvel. It lays claim to three world records being the highest gondola in the world at 436m above ground, having the longest unsupported span at over 3km, and being part of the longest continuous lift system in the world!

So at $51 million does it improve the skiing or is it just a very expensive tourist attraction? The quick answer is yes, it definitely improves the skiing.

Prior to the Peak-to-Peak opening at Whistler Blackcomb, you had to pick a mountain for the day and stick to it, or at least one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Now there are no such limitations and you can hop back and forth at leisure, seeking out the best powder and weather conditions of the day. For those situated at Creekside, it completely opens things up, and allows fast access to both mountains without the need to get on a bus.

The ride itself is super smooth, if a little scary once you clear the last tower of either mountain. It’s also very fast, taking only 11 minutes, and with all the fantastic views to take in it feels even quicker. Those with vertigo should steer clear of the glass bottomed cabins that are colour coded and provide a very novel view!

The Peak to Peak lift is a tourist attraction in itself, yet it is included in the price of the standard lift pass.

In the Powderhounds view, anything that makes seeking the powder that little bit easier is well worth it, and it makes perhaps the best resort in the world that little bit better!