Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola is not only a masterpiece of modern engineering, but also a unique experience that offers visitors an unparalleled panoramic view of British Columbia’s mountains and valleys. Since its opening in December 2008, it has transformed the way skiers and tourists explore this vast and majestic terrain.

History and construction of one of the world’s most spectacular gondola lifts

2008 saw the opening of what was then the world’s longest tri-cable gondola lift, linking the summits of Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain ski areas.

The construction of the Peak to Peak gondola was a monumental feat involving several years of planning and a cost of approximately $51 million Canadian dollars. Designed to connect Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the gondola covers a distance of 4.4 kilometers (2.7 miles) in just 11 minutes, setting world records for both the length of the longest unsupported section (3.024 kilometers) and the greatest height above the ground (436 meters) equivalent to a length greater than four soccer fields.


The project was developed by the Swiss company Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, known for its innovations in cable transport. The installation of the cables and terminal stations was a delicate and precise process, and as is often the case in these types of pharaonic installations, helicopters were required to transport and position the heaviest parts. The technology used in the Peak to Peak is state-of-the-art, with a design that ensures not only efficiency and speed, but also safety and comfort for passengers.

Peak 2 Peak: a high-flying experience

Riding the Peak 2 Peak gondola is an experience that goes beyond simple transportation and may not be suitable for those who suffer from vertigo. From the moment you enter one of its 28 cabins, you are surrounded by spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, dense forests and deep valleys. The experience is not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo, especially if the visitor chooses to ride in the glass-floored cabins, offering an even more exciting and vertiginous perspective of the nature that unfolds below.

And it’s a good idea any time of year to climb Peak 2 Peak for sightseeing, wildlife spotting or jumping between peaks, and dine at one of the five restaurants at the summit. If visitors are looking for good plans, we recommend sampling waffles with a view on the patio at the Crystal Hut. The cafeteria-style Roundhouse Lodge is another popular choice for its food courts, serving just about any international cuisine you can think of. For those curious about the construction process behind Peak 2 Peak, there is a gallery explaining the sophisticated engineering behind PEAK 2 PEAK and an exhibit on the past 2010 Winter Games, as well as a cinema showing alpine films. Summer and autumn are optimal for more than 50 kilometers of hiking and walking from the summit.

As you will see, the cable car is not only functional for skiers who want to maximize their time on both mountains, but it is also a tourist attraction in its own right. Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Fitzsimmons Creek Valley, which separates the two mountains, and on clear days, it is possible to see as far as the summit of Mount Garibaldi and the iconic Black Tusk. For many, Peak to Peak becomes a highlight of their visit, providing indelible memories and unique photographic opportunities.

Tourism and environmental impact

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola has had a significant impact on the accessibility and popularity of Whistler Blackcomb. By facilitating quick and convenient transit between the two mountains, it has enhanced the overall visitor experience, allowing skiers and snowboarders to access a wider variety of terrain and snow conditions in a single day while avoiding impact on the wildlife of this magnificent valley.

This natural area has abundant coniferous forests, dominated by Douglas fir, lodgepole pine and western red cedar, which form the backbone of the local ecosystem. In terms of wildlife, the black bears are often seen during the warmer months. These magnificent animals are not only a delight to visitors, but also play an essential role in the local ecosystem. Marmots, famous for the sounds that inspired Whistler’s name, are another iconic species of the region. Mule deer also inhabit the surrounding forests, where they can be seen feeding in the meadows. Their serene and elegant presence is a constant reminder of the natural beauty that defines Whistler Blackcomb. Elevating the majesty of the region, bald eagles soar over the mountains, rivers and the Peak 2 Peak gondola, symbolizing the freedom and grandeur of the Canadian wilderness.

In terms of sustainability, Whistler Blackcomb has implemented several measures to minimize the gondola’s environmental impact. For example, during construction, special attention was paid to the conservation of the natural habitat and the protection of local wildlife. In addition, the operation of the gondola aligns with the resort’s efforts to promote sustainable tourism, using renewable energy and recycling programs.

Curiosities and interesting facts about Peak 2 Peak

The Peak to Peak gondola is more than a means of transportation; it is an engineering achievement filled with fascinating curiosities. For example, each cabin can carry up to 28 passengers, and the system can move up to 4,100 people per hour in each direction. Despite the considerable height above Fitzsimmons Creek Valley, the ride is remarkably stable, thanks to a sophisticated system of counterweights and cables.

Another notable feature is the Peak to Peak’s integration with the local ecosystem. During its construction, engineers and biologists worked together to ensure that the region’s flora and fauna remained intact. Today, passengers on the cable car can observe birds and other animals in their natural habitat, making the trip an educational as well as visually stunning experience.

The fast communication and the large number of cabins means that there is no waiting time for users. However, from 2:30 pm until 4:00 pm, in the high season of winter, is when the most crowds are generated. By avoiding this time slot, you can enjoy the brand new Whistler Blackcomb Peak 2 Peak gondola without any problems.

During the summer, on the other hand, the areas around the Peak 2 Peak resorts are transformed into a hiker’s paradise. There are numerous well-marked trails ranging from easy strolls to challenging alpine hikes. The High Note Trail on Whistler Mountain is particularly popular, offering panoramic views of Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Where to eat near Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola?

Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola not only takes you through breathtaking scenery, but also brings you close to some of the best restaurants in the mountains. Here are three culinary options not to be missed:

Christine’s on Blackcomb

Located at the top station of Blackcomb Mountain, Christine’s on Blackcomb is the ideal place for an upscale dining experience. With spectacular views, this restaurant features contemporary cuisine and a menu that changes with the seasons, using fresh local ingredients. After a day on the slopes, there is no better way to relax and enjoy a luxurious meal against the stunning backdrop of the mountains. We recommend North Arm Farm Salad which is a perfect salad to start your meal on a fresh and healthy note, and includes ingredients such as seasonal vegetables, feta cheese, and a fresh herb dressing. If you like duck, you must try the Muscovy Duck Leg Confit. It includes a duck leg confit served with kale, red onion, cashews, eggplant puree, and a savory jus. And finally, for meat lovers, the Charred Short Rib is a must-try choice. This dish consists of slow-roasted beef short ribs glazed with a special house BBQ sauce. It is served with truffle mashed potatoes, glazed onions and seasonal vegetables.

Rendezvous Lodge

Also on Blackcomb Mountain, near the top cable car station, Rendezvous Lodge offers an excellent choice for those looking for a quick but varied meal. With a selection of international cuisines including sushi, Asian Thai cuisine and Canadian specialties, there is something for everyone. Their outdoor terrace is perfect for enjoying an alfresco meal with panoramic views that will make your break a memorable moment. Although they have a large dining room, in high season it tends to be crowded with skiers at lunchtime.

Steeps Grill & Wine Bar

Located on Whistler Mountain near the top station of the Whistler Village Gondola, Steeps Grill & Wine Bar promises a unique dining experience. With an impressive wine list and a menu that stands out for its focus on local and sustainable ingredients, Steeps offers a memorable meal in a sophisticated setting. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed, high-quality dinner while admiring the views of the surrounding mountains. Highly recommend the rigatoni carbonara, short ribs, Montreal smoked meat sandwich and pavlova for dessert.

Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola not only connects two of the world’s most famous ski mountains, but also symbolizes the union of modern engineering and natural beauty. It is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the region, offering an unparalleled view and an efficient way to explore all that Whistler and Blackcomb have to offer. With its stunning design and commitment to sustainability, the Peak to Peak will remain an icon of alpine tourism for many years to come.