A B.C. gondola that was closed due last year to an act of vandalism will reopen on Valentine’s Day.
The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish announced today (January 14) that it will reopen on February 14.
The gondola is located between Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief, and takes guests to the Summit Lodge on a ridge that leads to Mount Habrich. It was closed on August 10 after it was vandalized.
After a preliminary assessment, Squamish RCMP confirmed on August 23 that the main cable showed no indications of mechanical or nature reasons for failure and was deliberately cut.
Repairs have invovled a Swiss-led team splicing together pieces of cables together to create a continuous loop.
Over the next few weeks, 30 new cabins will be installed on a new 4.4 kilometre-long main haul rope from Switzerland (which arrived in October). A new security system is also being installed.
Technical Safety B.C. will conduct final safety inspections and certification in the first week of February.
Reopening earlier than scheduled and prior to the Family Day (February 17) long weekend, guests will receive 50-percent off the regular $47.95 lift tickets for the weekend.
“The fact that the main haul cable was completely severed was, and still is, shocking, and the investigation with the RCMP is ongoing,” Sea to Sky Gondola General Manager Kirby Brown stated in a news release. "However, we want our guests to know they can travel to the summit on the Sea to Sky Gondola with complete confidence. Our protocols would never allow the line to run if there was any damage to the cable and the security measures installed since the incident will ensure the gondola is secure and protected from any other criminal activity."
The $22-million gondola opened in 2014, and carries passengers through Stawamus Chief Provincial Park 886 metres above sea level on a 10-minute ride.