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Pass prices up, but Peak 2 Peak included

Gondola an extra for most passes, but mandatory for Spirit Passes

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Edge Card sales will also get underway next week, offering discounts of $10 to $35 a day for adults. The price of Edge Cards bundled with lift passes will be announced this week.

Day ticket prices are still being set, but Whistler-Blackcomb will be offering discounts up to 20 per cent for people who purchase multi-day lift tickets online.

Pass price comparison (adult)

Jackson Hole Mountain Pass — $1,625 until Sept. 1, then goes up to $1,970

Aspen Skiing Company Premier Pass — $1,769 until Sept. 12, then $1,959 until Nov. 14

Aspen Skiing Company Chamber Pass (roughly equivalent to Spirit Pass) — $1,299 until Sept. 12, then $1,599 until Nov. 14.

Vail Resorts Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly Mountain) — $579

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Peak 2 Peak gondola cabins arrive

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is nearing completion. All four track wires are in place, and the work of splicing the main haul rope got underway this week. The first six of 28 Peak 2 Peak cabins arrived on Tuesday, after being shipped by CWA in Switzerland at the beginning of August. The cabins arrived in Quebec by ship, crossing the Atlantic and travelling up the St. Lawrence River.

Some of the cabins will be used to test the acceleration and deceleration of the cabins in the gondola stations on Whistler and Blackcomb, after which point the load testing and certification of the lift take place through October and November. Evacuation training will also take place before the lift opens to the public in December. More details on the grand opening will be available next week.

The Peak 2 Peak connects the alpine of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, with stations outside the Roundhouse Lodge and the Rendezvous Lodge. The lift sets several records including the highest vertical point — 415 metres — and the longest free span of 3.024 kilometres between towers. The ride from one station to the other is expected to take 11 minutes, and one cabin will depart every 49 seconds. Each cabin can hold 28 people, 24 sitting and four standing. Two of the cabins will also have observation windows where people can look down while crossing the span.