A frequency drive motor was replaced following a shutdown of 19 minutes on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola Sunday, March 30.
There was no danger to guests, according to Whistler Blackcomb, and a second backup system was used to bring people back to the gondola stations. Whistler Blackcomb used the onboard intercoms to communicate with people in the cabins during the shutdown.
Maintenance crews decided to shut the lift down for the remainder of the day to swap out a motor that pulls cabins through one of the gondola stations. The Peak 2 Peak was reopened on Monday morning.
According to Whistler Blackcomb, the lift was designed with numerous redundancies so the failure of any component would have a minimal effect. The component was able to be bypassed and a secondary system was engaged to retrieve guests.