not much that George Huxtable hasn't experienced in his 90 years when it comes
But even this avid mountain user
was awestruck by the new Peak 2 Peak gondola, which officially opened between
the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Friday Dec.12.
"You know it really was amazing,"
he said after arriving from Blackcomb Mountain on the first cabin to make the
He and 22 others, including his son
and grandson, were among those voted to take the first gondola ride by the
"I thought I died about eight
times," he said.
enjoyed it. I enjoy everything. That is why I am still skiing at 90."
Said son Gordy: "It was very fun.
It was smooth, it has a great view and it was very high up but it didn't fall
off. It was spectacular. I think it is a great part of our diversification.
"It certainly makes it so easy and
painless to get back and forth. You could have lunch over there and coffee over
here. I was amazed at just how easy it was to get back and forth."
Asked if he would ski both hills he
replied: "In a heartbeat."
For Whistler dentist James McKenzie
and wife Janis, the 11-minute ride from Blackcomb to Whistler on the
glass-bottom gondola gave them just enough time to renew their wedding vows.
"We wanted to renew our vows, and
it was wonderful," said McKenzie.
Said wife Janis: "It was
unbelievable. We got married up on Whistler 11 years ago and this just all fell
into place, and we did it in 11 minutes."
and coach of the BC Disabled Ski Team, Phil Chew, was also in the first
"It was smooth," he said.
"You didn't even feel going over
the towers, and even though it wasn't the clearest day you could see 1,400 feet
down to the bottom of the valley to Fitz Creek."