On Saturday, December 7 the official opening of the Crystal Ridge Express will take place on Blackcomb Mountain. Join us at the base of the Crystal Ridge Express at 10am to enjoy the celebration with Maple’s Sugar Shack, the McQuaid Brothers playing live music, and free goodies including the soon to be legendary #WBSnowRuler and Kit Kat chocolate bars. The Harmony 6 Express will open on Saturday, December 14.
You’re going to love the new Crystal Ridge Express with its terminal location along the Blackcomb Glacier Road ski-out. Not only does it give you the freedom to lap the entire Crystal Zone by allowing you to bypass the Excelerator Express Chair, it also gives you faster access to the Horstman Glacier, Blackcomb Glacier and Spanky’s Ladder.
And at Whistler Mountain’s Harmony Zone, get set for quicker uploads to its stunning array of powder-filled bowls, steeps and cruisers.
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“This lift expansion clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuously enhance the skiing and riding experience on both mountains,” says Dave Brownlie, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Each zone the new lifts will service are unique and much-loved by Whistler locals and destination guests alike. The capital we are investing to enhance our already amazing experiences will make Whistler Blackcomb even better.”
Construction on the lifts will begin this spring and will continue through the summer and fall with an expected opening at the beginning of the 2013.2014 winter season. View Press Release »
56% The combined lift capacity increase once the two new lifts are running compared to the lift capacity of the two old lifts.
3,600 The number of skiers per hour the new Harmony 6 chair will be able to transport, that’s 1,200 more skiers per hour than the old Harmony Chair.
18,000,000 The dollar figure that Whistler Blackcomb invested to build the two new chairlifts.
3,466 The length in meters of the new Crystal Ridge Express chairlift cable.
39 The combined number of towers that were installed for the two new lifts; 19 towers for Harmony 6 and 20 towers for Crystal Ridge Express.
237 The combined number of chairs installed on Harmony 6 and the Crystal Ridge Express.
2,400 The number of skiers per hour the new Crystal Ridge Express chair will be able to transport, that’s 1,000 more skiers per hour than the old Crystal Chair
5.08 The fastest speed that both the Harmony 6 and Crystal Ridge Express chairs run at, measured in meters per second.
50 The acreage that Whistler Blackcomb reseeded with grass and fescue plants near the Crystal and Harmony chairs.
6 The minutes it will take to get from the bottom of either the Harmony 6 or Crystal Ridge Express chairs to the top.
|Crystal ridge Chair facts||New Lift||Existing Lift|
|Capacity||2,400 skiers/hour||1,450 skiers/hour|
|Length||1,708m / 5,604ft||1,062m / 3,484ft|
|Vertical Rise||535m / 1,755ft||377m /1,236ft|
|Harmony 6 chair facts||New Lift||Existing Lift|
|Capacity||3,600 skiers/hour||2,400 skiers/hour|
|Length||1,729m / 5,672ft||1,729m / 5,672ft|
|Vertical Rise||525m / 1,722ft||525m /1,722ft|