Sea to Sky Gondola Construction On Schedule

Construction of Sea to Sky country's next big adventure is well underway. The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish between Shannon Falls and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is scheduled to begin operations next summer and possibly as soon as spring 2014.

Construction of Sea to Sky country's next big adventure is well underway. The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish between Shannon Falls and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is scheduled to begin operations next summer and possibly as soon as spring 2014.

Construction of the base operations and the buildings at the summit started earlier this summer. Jayson Faulkner, general manager of the project, said the buildings are expected to reach the lockup phase by November. He also said tower installation on the lift line is expected to begin in August with cable installation to follow.

According to Faulkner, much of the lift system installation work will require the use of helicopters.

Trail construction associated with the project is also taking place and Faulkner said the trail crew is discovering that the terrain is better than expected for hiking.

Construction is on schedule and even ahead of schedule in some areas, he said.

The project proponents visited the Austrian head office of Doppelmayr in April to finalize the details of the gondola purchase. The project proponents opted for the newest state-of-the-art gondola cabins, Omega IV eight-passenger cars...

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Story by John French