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    Whistler's PEAK 2 PEAK gondola opened this week amid enormous fanfare, having laid claim to the title of "the most daring ski lift ever built".


    This isn't a ride for the faint of heart – the lift links the two resorts of Whistler and Blackcomb, travelling as high as 1,500 feet above the ground.


    PEAK 2 PEAK traverses 2.7 miles of cloud-shrouded fir trees in just 11 minutes.


    The windows are made from glass rather than perspex to make photography easier. The gondola will run during the summer, offering access to some 40 miles of hiking trails


    As a feat of mountain engineering, construction of the PEAK 2 PEAK has rewritten the record book. It’s the highest, longest, heaviest of its kind in the world and can operate safely in winds of up to 50mph.


    Each of the two terminal stations supports the equivalent force of two Boeing 747s in flight. Each spool of cable – 28 miles in total – weighs 90 tons.


    But PEAK 2 PEAK isn't all about technological posturing – it will also improve the experience for thousands of skiers and snowboarders


    Instead of choosing between the contrasting terrain of either Whistler or Blackcomb as your playground for the day, you can now swap at will without a tedious journey.


    The two mountains are joined at the base, but until now skiers and riders have had to descend all the way to the valley to switch from one to the other


    The price of the project comes in at a cool £29 million.


    Though it will be the showcase for the next Winter Olympics in 2010.


    After ten years of continuous construction, Whistler and Blackcomb have evolved from two villages into what amounts to a ski city that sprawls down the valley.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/pi....html?image=11

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    go Canada!
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    Those things scare me to death. I'm convinced that the cables will break, or that the thing will break down and I'll be stranded up there.

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    I went on one when I was very young. Never again, it terrified me.

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    oh hell no!

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    I hate heights and I can only tolerate ski lifts if I sit facing UP the mountain, not backwards looking DOWN. Shudder. This one might be tricky but I'd give it a go. I think. However, these things always stop when I'm halfway up and the car/chair just starts to bounce slightly, especially when the morons in the next car/chair start to jump up and down.
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    too scary for me

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    not enough money in the world to get me near that thing.
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    Whistler/Blackcomb is amazing.

    I cannot wait to ride this gondola.
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    HOLY FUCKING SHIT! i fucking hate ski-lifts anyways, always did but thats horrendous

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    I fucking hate gondolas.

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    Nope, not for me.

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    and 2 miles is a long fucking way to be just sitting there riding through the air on a damn cord!

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    Do you guys remember the accident about 8-10 years ago where some U.S. military jets clipped a skiing gondola in Europe?

    " The accident, which killed 20 people, led to a high-profile trial of pilot Richard Ashby and ignited a debate on Capitol Hill about information technology failures in the jet's cockpit that many experts believe played a key role in the mishap [FCW Web Extra, March 8].

    Ashby, who was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges, argued that the jet he was flying was not equipped with a heads-up display that might have given him more information about his surroundings, and that the hard-copy map he was using did not depict the gondola cable. Heads-up displays, or HUDs, provide pilots with an eye-level view of critical flight data, such as horizon location, altitude, heading and airspeed."

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    ^ Um yeah i remember, it added much fuel to the "america-hate" fire. the guy was an asshole clearly.

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