The Sea-to Sky Gondola will re-open to the public on February 14, six months after a “shocking” act of vandalism forced the closure.
“We are opening earlier than anticipated and the task has been huge,”said Kirby Brown, Sea to Sky Gondola’s general manager. “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.”
Officials said that between now and opening day, 30 new cabins will be installed on the new main haul rope that arrived from Switzerland at the end of October. The re-opening comes just in time for Family Day Long Weekend, with the gondola welcoming guests back with 50% off lift tickets all weekend in celebration of the love and support they received from their community during the closure.
“We are so excited that on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, we get to carry our pass-holders and guests back up the mountain on a brand-new cable, in brand-new cabins,” said Brown. “Our community stood by the gondola and showed us overwhelming support, confidence, and love through the last six months, and for that, we are so grateful.”
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The last pieces of the rebuild are coming together and the final safety inspections and certification by Technical Safety BC are slated for the first week of February. 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.”
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.