“Something you’d never think would happen, once in a lifetime, has happened twice,” says General Manager Kirby Brown. Just over a year after the Sea to Sky gondola cable was cut, sending 30 gondola cars crashing to the ground, it happened again.
- August 2019: Vandals Cut the Cable Of Sea-To-Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC Sending 30 Gondolas Crashing Down
The cable was cut in the early hours of September 14. Preliminary investigation indicates that this was again deliberate sabotage. Brown says no one appears to be hurt.
The gondola cable is 5.5cms (2.16″) in diameter and made up of 6 strands, according to Brown. Cutting through 2 inches of metal cable is no easy task. The perpetrator was definitely prepared with equipment such as an angle grinder.
The two-kilometer long gondola is located off of Canada Highway 99 near Stawamus Chief mountain. It is a major tourist attraction in both summer and winter, carrying 400,000 visitors annually up the steep mountainside above Howe Sound.
The cutting of the cable in August 2019 resulted in millions of dollars in damage. The company was forced to bring in about 30 new gondola cabins and a new cable from Europe. The suspect was never found.
Brown says that on top of the extra security that they introduced after last years’ incident, physical security will be implemented in the future to prevent another catastrophe. A new cable was ordered from Europe at 8 am this morning.