The Wonder Reels: Waffles & Wagers

A chairlift shared by a foursome of skiers and snowboarders on Blackcomb Mountain‘s new Crystal Ridge Express leads to a friendly wager for waffles at the Crystal Hut. We get treated to a romp through Crystal Zone while the last one to the bottom buys waffles back at the top.

The Crystal Ridge Express has 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.


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And at Whistler Mountain’s Harmony Zone, get set for quicker uploads to its stunning array of pow-filled bowls, steeps and cruisers.

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Below, “Towers Take Flight” outlines the process of piecing together the chairlift towers for the Harmony 6 Express and Crystal Ridge Express using helicopter wizardry. The lifts are now in the final stages of preparation for the winter season.

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.

Whistler Blackcomb official opening day is November 28, 2013.