Whistler Blackcomb is currently in the process of building two new chairlifts that the snow world is highly anticipating: A new Crystal Chair & a new Harmony Chair.
How do they get these chairlifts built? A lot of helicopter help, a lot of helicopters. And it’s fun to watch. Have a gander at this video and check out what these guys do. I don’t think I’d wanna be one of these guys on the ground guiding these huge pieces into place. Props to these technicians.
NEW WHISTLER CHAIR DETAILS:
New Harmony Chair:
Whistler Blackcomb’s Harmony high-speed, quad chairlift will be replaced with an all new Doppelmayr high-speed, detachable, six-pack. The new chair will have the same alignment as the current Harmony quad; spanning 1,729 meters (5,672 feet) in length, with a vertical rise of 525 meters (1,722 feet). The upgrade will dramatically improve the uphill capacity by 50 percent, going from 2,400 skiers per hour to 3,600. The Harmony Six will service terrain spanning from the edge of the Symphony Amphitheatre all the way over to Glacier Bowl.
New Crystal Chair:
Whistiler Blackcomb’s Crystal Zone will see an all new high-speed quad that will deliver skiers and riders to the same location as the current triple chair. The alinement of this new quad will eliminate the need to utilize the Excelerator Chair to access many Crystal Zone trails including Ridge Runner, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and gladed trails like Outer Limits. The new chair will also make it even quicker to return to the Glacier Express chair to access Horstman Glacier, Blackcomb Glacier and Spanky’s. The name of this new chairlift will be determined through a competition to be announced by Whistler Blackcomb later this winter.
2 new chairs at Whistler Blackcomb. Crystal on the left, Harmony on the right