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New gondola for Vernon's Silver Star Mountain

A new gondola will be built at Silver Star Mountain in Vernon. Construction is expected to begin this month, June 2017.
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June 13, 2017 - 1:37 PM

VERNON - A new gondola is coming to Silver Star Mountain in Vernon in 2018 to mark the 60th anniversary of the resort.

In a news release, Silver Star Mountain Resort says the new Doppelmayr gondola will go from the Silver Star Village to the summit. The project will replace the existing summit fixed grip double chair which has been in operation since 1970.

The new detachable gondola cabins can hold eight passengers, and the provision of ski and snowboard racks are outside on door-mounted racks.

Brad Baker, director of operations and maintenance for Silver Star, says the new gondola means a quicker trip for guests.

"These new cabins will whisk guests from the bottom to the top of the summit in a third of the time of the existing double chair," Baker says in the release. "The ride will now take four and a half minutes from village to summit traveling at five meters per second."

There will be floor to ceiling glass in the gondola. The lift will have 21 cabins with an uphill capacity of 1,200 people per hour. In the future, the design is expected to increase to 43 cabins.

Work is expected to begin this month with the engineering and design for an installation of the tower, top and bottom terminal foundations, and the targeted installation of the top station. The second and final stage of construction will resume before a grand opening in July 2018.

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