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Just Off The Sea to Sky New Improvements!

Just Off The Sea to Sky New Improvements! 

 

With less than two weeks to go until its May 16 opening, dozens of construction workers are digging, drilling and hammering final touches into place.

Tourist Alps Gondola Sea to Sky Highway View Lift Approved Whistler Squamish Provintial Park Nature Granite Dome BC Chief Consrtuction March April May Hike Ocean Water Outdoors Ashley Nielsen Realtor Real Estate Home House

 

Just off the Sea to Sky Highway in Squamish, B.C. – the self-proclaimed Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada – the 2,135-metre-long lift climbs the Sky Pilot massif in spectacular fashion. There will be wining and dining in its Summit Lodge; a tidy network of alpine walking trails and a 90-metre-long suspension footbridge are already in place at the top.

 


Tourist Alps Gondola Sea to Sky Highway View Lift Approved Whistler Squamish Provintial Park Nature Granite Dome BC Chief Consrtuction March April May Hike Ocean Water Outdoors Ashley Nielsen Realtor Real Estate Home House

From the enormous sunset-facing patio, one of three panoramic viewing platforms, I gaze up at Sky Pilot Mountain’s horn-shaped peak as it tears clouds to shreds, while Howe Sound glitters in the forested fjord nearly a kilometre below. It’s enough to make even Tyroleans envious.

Tourist Alps Gondola Sea to Sky Highway View Lift Approved Whistler Squamish Provintial Park Nature Granite Dome BC Chief Consrtuction March April May Hike Ocean Water Outdoors Ashley Nielsen Realtor Real Estate Home House

 

The $22-million facility was inspired by the gondola stations common in the Alps, says general manager and founding partner Jayson Faulkner. These were built “not for skiing, but for access,” he says. “That’s very rare in Canada, which is kind of crazy. We have all this amazing wilderness, and we have first-world infrastructure – highways, roads and the rest of it – yet access is fairly limited.”

 

Tourist Alps Gondola Sea to Sky Highway View Lift Approved Whistler Squamish Provintial Park Nature Granite Dome BC Chief Consrtuction March April May Hike Ocean Water Outdoors Ashley Nielsen Realtor Real Estate Home House

First proposed in 2011, the gondola required approval from four different sources, as it occupies municipal, Crown and First Nations land, and runs through Shannon Falls Provincial Park. After much local consulting over the nature and purpose of the project – and considerable controversy over mistaken perceptions that it would run up the Stawamus Chief, the iconic granite dome that looms over Squamish – construction began last March.

Tourist Alps Gondola Sea to Sky Highway View Lift Approved Whistler Squamish Provintial Park Nature Granite Dome BC Chief Consrtuction March April May Hike Ocean Water Outdoors Ashley Nielsen Realtor Real Estate Home House 

Cited: "It's Going to Get a Lot Easier to Reach B.C.'s Backcountry." - The Globe and Mail. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2014.
 

 

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