Gondola ride cable may have been deliberately cut, police warn

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2019

The 1.2-mile, 10-minute gondola ride, which gives visitors a view of Howe Sound as it carries them from the ground to the summit almost 3,000 feet above sea level, is a popular tourist attraction.

"I just can't even believe someone would do this".

There is now no estimated timeframe for repairs or when the Sea to Sky Gondola will reopen.

Mr. Bailey said someone knew to climb a tall steel tower midway along the line to get to the cable at the top of that tower.

Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott said there are more than 200 people who work at the gondola, from the core team of leaders to seasonal workers.

No injuries were reported as dozens of cable cars at a Canadian tourist hotspot crashed into a forested hillside after a vandal attack severed overhead wires, police and operators said.

"The entire Sea to Sky Gondola has been affected", Triance said. "It's too early to determine whether some of the 31 cars are damaged beyond fix or can be salvaged".

'We recognize the potential of what could have been and are thankful that no one was injured.

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Technical Safety BC is assisting RCMP with the investigation into the gondola site, located between Shannon Falls Provincial Park and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, where the Stawamus Chief Mountain is located.

An employee working at the summit heard a loud bang and discovered the fallen cabins, she said, noting that the gondola was not operating at the time of the incident and no one was injured. "The world's prominent lift manufacturer have given us their best".

The website for Seas to Sky Gondola says: The Sea to Sky Gondola is CLOSED for the foreseeable future due to a major lift incident.

Switzerland-based CWA Constructions SA, a unit of Doppelmayr Garaventa, produced the cabin cars.

TheSea to Sky Gondola officially opened in May 2014 and when in operation, it takes around 10 minutes to reach an elevation of 885 metres above Howe Sound.

In a written statement, Lesley Weeks, executive director of Tourism Squamish, wrote: "Sea to Sky Gondola is one of Squamish's key attractions and it's very saddening to lose a main experience during the busy summer months".

Hyatt, who owns Love & Confetti Wedding and Event Planning, is now working to help five couples find alternate venues for weddings booked at Sea to Sky in the next two months.

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