Whistler Blackcomb to replace popular lift as part of $18-million project

Associated Press

VANCOUVER - Whistler Blackcomb says it will replace one of the ski resort's most popular lifts as part of a major $18-million capital expansion project.

The Harmony high-speed quad on Whistler Mountain will be replaced by a lift that can carry six people on each chair, bumping up capacity by 50 per cent — from 2,400 skiers per hour to 3,600.

As well, a new high-speed quad chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain, in an area currently served by a triple chair, will boost capacity by 65 per cent, the company said in a news release.

Construction of the lifts, each about 1.7 kilometres long, will begin in the spring with an expected opening at the start of the 2013-2014 winter season.

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