After an act of vandalism forced it to close just over six months ago, the Sea-to-Sky Gondola is set to re-open to the public on Friday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“We are opening earlier than anticipated and the task has been huge. Our industry partners were there every step of the way, from assisting in the clean-up and assessing needs to delivering major components with absolutely no notice,” said Sea-to-Sky General Manager Kirby Brown. “Our amazing team rose to the challenge and have done everything required to get us back up and running as quickly as possible so we can get back to connecting people with nature and the beauty of Squamish.”
The re-opening comes just in time for Family Day Long Weekend as well, with the gondola welcoming guests back with 50% off lift tickets all weekend long.
The official re-opening event includes a full itinerary of appearances and presentations:
- 9 am: Arrive at Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish and pick up tickets at guest relations desk if you plan to travel to the summit after the presentation at the base area of the gondola.
- 9:15 am: Brief presentation and welcome from Sea to Sky Gondola and regional dignitaries begins
- 9:15 am: Welcome from Kirby Brown General Manager and partners of Sea to Sky Gondola
- 9:25 am: First Nations official welcome
- 9:30 am: Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
- 9:35 am: Squamish Mayor, Karen Elliott
- 9:40 am: Presentation at the base area closes and guests are welcome to travel up the gondola
- 10:15 am: Summit celebrations with general public begin and last all day
Work that took place on the journey to rebuild the Sea to Sky Gondola includes the installation of a new 4.4-km-long main haul cable, assembly and installation of thirty new cabins, and the installation of a new state of the art security system.
“The fact that the main haul cable was completely severed was, and still is, shocking, and the investigation with the RCMP is ongoing,” said Brown. “However, we want our guests to know they can travel to the summit on the Sea to Sky Gondola with complete confidence.”
Brown furthered that protocols “would never allow the line to run if there was any damage to the cable and the security measures installed since the incident will ensure the gondola is secure and protected from any other criminal activity.”
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And with a snowy winter wonderland waiting at the summit and 50% off lift tickets for the entire Family Day Long Weekend, Young said the Sea to Sky Gondola looks forward to showing the love to the community that showed them such extraordinary support during the closure.
The 50% off Family Day tickets are discounted off $47.95 and purchased at the ticket window for use that day. For those who are coming from Vancouver and don’t want to drive, the Squamish Connector (24 seats) offers roundtrip shuttle service from three downtown Vancouver locations to the Sea to Sky Gondola.
Guests can enjoy three hours at the Sea to Sky Gondola before returning to downtown Vancouver by 4 pm.