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Kicking Horse gondola question

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Going to the mountains on saturday, curious if the gondola is still causing problems... I spoke to someone who was there on the opening weekend or a saturday shortly after the opening and he told me that they had to wait 2-3 hours just to get on the gondola due to the calgary crowds and the fact that the gondola is the only way to get to the 'good stuff'. Of course, I'm not sure if they got there late, or what. Could also have been due to opening day, everyone wanting to get up there that day. I'd rather just go to sunshine ,LL or fernie if Im just gonna be standing around waiting for an hour and save KH for a weekday. This all depends on the highway being open etc of course LOL. Advice?
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IMHO the lift system at the Horse sucks. The terrain is great the lift system bites. The gondola is the only way to get to the top. The only mid mountain lift is the Stairway to Heaven. The brag they got over 4000 vertical but like most any hill the top 2000 is where you want to be. So much of the good terrain commits you to going right down the gondola where everything bottlenecks. They need a better lift system.
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Originally Posted by canadamatt View Post
Could also have been due to opening day, everyone wanting to get up there that day.
Sorry, don't have any advice, Matt - but wasn't Kicking Horse's opening day back in early December?
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Originally Posted by Beric in Whistler View Post
Sorry, don't have any advice, Matt - but wasn't Kicking Horse's opening day back in early December?
yes, thats why I was asking... sort of hoping things have calmed down a little I suppose. Agree with Ferniefreeheel about the lifts at KH though.
post #5 of 5
A big part of the problem is that Ballast Needham had never built a gondola before. They originally only had an uphill capacity of 600/hr. Then they added more cars and upped it to 1200, but that's still less than half the capacity of most modern gondolas.

It's a prime example of the six P's.
Proper
Planning
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