2018: A big year for new passenger ropeways and conveyors in BC!


Technical Safety BC is very busy this summer and fall with the installation of seven new passenger ropeways and two new passenger conveyors. This is in addition to the 50-plus alterations to existing passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors in British Columbia. Technical Safety BC is responsible for issuing installation permits for the new ropeways and conveyors and alteration permits for any changes to existing ropeways or conveyors. As part of this we will be reviewing the extensive documentation and conducting acceptance inspections before the ropeways or conveyors can open to the public. Whistler Blackcomb, SilverStar, Sun Peaks, and Big White have been working hard this year to improve their on-mountain experience in preparation for the upcoming ski season.


Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: New gondola, high-speed quad, and new six passenger lift

Whistler Blackcomb is set to open two new faster lifts and a new Blackcomb gondola in November 2018, cutting wait times at the core of each mountain.

On Whistler, a new six-person Emerald Express chair will make life in the Family Ski Zone easier, while a high-speed, detachable, four-person Catskinner chair adds laps to your day on Blackcomb. Access to this mountain will also be faster, warm and dry, with a new 10-person gondola, from the Upper Village to the PEAK 2 PEAK connection, which will open the first fully-sheltered route up Blackcomb year-round. This will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and, upon completion, will be the first three-gondola connection in the world.

Whistler Blackcomb new passenger ropeways


SilverStar Mountain Resort: New Doppelmayr Gondola 2018

The new Doppelmayr gondola from the SilverStar Village to the Summit opened in July 2018. The new lift is an eight-passenger detachable gondola that has replaced the previous summit fixed grip double chair, which has been loading guests since 1970. The ride takes four and a half minutes from Village to Summit traveling at five meters per second over a distance of 1,063 metres with a vertical rise of 293 metres.

The gondola features floor to ceiling glass to provide the most spectacular views SilverStar has to offer. Initially, the lift will have 21 cabins with an uphill capacity of 1,200 people per hour with the capacity increasing to 43 cabins as per design in the future. The gondola services more than 16% of the existing terrain, plus provides the fastest access to the Comet and Alpine Meadows terrain pods from the Village.


Sun Peaks Resort: New four person fixed-grip chairlift

A new chairlift providing improved mountain, village, and ski-in/ ski-out access set to enhance guest experience at Sun Peaks Resort this forthcoming winter. The new four passenger, fixed-grip lift will be built in the East Village area of the resort allowing for significantly improved access to the main village core along with existing ski terrain. This project has an anticipated completion date of December 2018.

Sun Peaks new chairlift


Big White Ski Resort: New four person fixed-grip chairlift

Big White Ski Resort is installing a new four-passenger fixed grip Leitner Poma lift, which will be ready to ride by the 2018-2019 ski season. The chairlift will replace Canada’s oldest and most popular triple chair, which was built in 1979 and has logged more than 15 million rides. The new lift will increase upload capacity to 2,400 passengers per hour, allowing more skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the amazing terrain on the Powder Chair.

Our passenger ropeway safety officers oversee the safe installation and operation of passenger ropeway systems and equipment, which includes ski lifts, gondolas, tramways, rope tows, and passenger conveyors, in British Columbia. In addition to Technical Safety BC issuing permits, licences and certificates, we work with the passenger ropeways industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

Refresh yourself on how to stay safe on the chairlift with our ski safety tips or learn about becoming a Passenger Ropeway Trainer.

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