WHISTLER, British Columbia — It stings a little anytime you see your ex out in the world, enjoying life, meeting new people and doing things without you. Apparently the same can be said for chairlifts in a ski town.
The photo’s recently shared by Whistler Blackcomb of the 8-person Doppelmayr chairlift once destined for Park City Mountain stopped us in our tracks… simply put this lift is stunning.
While the lift spent a significant amount of time in Park City, it never got past the parking lot staging area. The Park City Planning Commission voted 3-1 to grant the appeal of the approved administrative conditional use permit for the Eagle and Silverlode lift upgrades at Park City Mountain stopping the project.
Shortly there after it was announced by Vail Resorts that the lift would be sent off to Whistler Blackcomb for a 2023 capital improvement project.
Whistler Blackcomb is upgrading the Fitsimmons Express lift from a 4-pack to an 8-pack. A July 19 update from Whistler Blackcomb says, “Our teams are on schedule and making good progress with the project while keeping safety of workers and guests a top priority. Excavation work to make space for the larger lift structures is ongoing. As well, construction teams are on target to complete all concrete work within the week!”
Once construction is completed, the hope is that the new lift will significantly reduce wait times and increase uphill capacity in winter and summer.
It’s clear the lift has moved on, leaving Parkites to only wonder what could have been…or to say good riddance. Share your take in the comments below.