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Peak 2 Peak leaves an impression on first passengers

Record-breaking lift between Whistler and Blackcomb opened today

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BC Premier Gordon Campbell was supposed to be on-hand to help open the Doppelmayr 3S gondola, but a snowstorm kept him in Vancouver.

Said Gary Lunn, Federal Minister of State for Sport, who was in the resort for the event: "Last night we talked to the weather gods, and we said do we want snow or do we want the Premier today and we got snow. You can never have too much snow. We love the Premier but we love snow.

"There is no question that this ski resort is the best in the world, and the new Peak 2 Peak is such an impressive marvel of technology."'o:p>

BC's minister of transportation Kevin Falcon was also on hand for the event, telling an audience of hundreds that the gondola will help put BC on the map around the world.

"The Peak 2 Peak is going to be an iconic symbol of a world class resort," he said.

The Peak 2 Peak runs everyday and is included in most lift tickets. To find out more go to www.whistlerblackcomb.com