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Page 2 of 3
The glass bottom gondola ride and a bear
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Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

sign: glass bottom cabins

sniffle station - out of kleenex

The glass bottom gondola arrived as the regular gondola left the station. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 3.024 kilometers (1.88 miles) and the highest lift of its kind at 415 metres / 1,361 feet.

glass bottom gondola and regular gondal

The glass bottom gondola

Below: As the glass bottom gondola arrived, Karen managed to get a quick photo of the inside before the other people got in it.

the glass bottom gondola arrived

the inside of the glass bottom gondola

Below: The two RV Gypsies each stuck a foot under the railing and on top of the glass for a quick photo. So did somebody else.

Karen Duquettes foot on the glass bottom

the two RV Gypsies feet on the glass

The two RV Gypsies were surprised
to see a person below.

And the views through
the glass bottom begins.

a person below

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

a dam

Views of the mountain from the side window of the gondola.

the mountain the mountain

There are four intermediate towers, two on Whistler Mountain and two on Blackcomb Mountain that support the cables, which range in height from 30 to 65 metres (100 to 210 feet). Combined, they contain 400 metric tons of steel.

one of the towers

tower and Canadian flag

The cables were manufactured by Fatzer AG, a Swiss company that develops, manufactures and markets wire ropes worldwide. The peak to peak cables include four stationary track ropes, two in each direction, which act like railroad tracks for the cabins. Each track rope weighs approximately 90 metric tons. There is a single haul rope which moves in a continuous loop and pulls the cabins. This cable weighs more than 80 metric tons. There are a total of 26.5 kilometers (87,000 feet) of cable on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

gondolas passing

Since Lee was on a different corner of the viewing area, his photos through the glass bottom have a different perspective.

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

scenery through the glass bottom gondola

the dam

Karen managed to take two photos (through the moving glass bottom of the gondola) and captured the bear as it walked through the mountain terrain.

bear bear

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