Two iconic mountains and one steep, forested ravine in between. The challenge was how to connect the ski areas of Whistler and Blackcomb in British Columbia without causing environmental damage or creating a long series of lifts going down one side of the valley and back up the other.
The answer, opened in 2008, was the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak gondola, a 4.4 kilometers aerial tram that allows skiers and boarders to access both mountains in a single day. The lift was a record-breaker: the longest unsupported span at 3.024 kilometers, and the highest lift above the valley floor at 436 meters.
The gondola, with several glass-bottomed cabins, is an 11-minute ride from Whistler's Roundhouse Lodge (1850 meters) to Blackcomb's Rendezvous Lodge above mid level in each ski area.
Did you know? Whistler, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016, has been voted North America's no. 1 ski resort for three straight years and four of the last five in Ski Magazine's annual awards. www.whistler.com