yeah, they were madly working on it all summer last year to have it ready and waiting for the Olympics. It's pretty amazing and luckily there was NO wind when I went on it yesterday...would've been pretty scary!
In response to a few posts in theis team about big mountains and fear of heights, you need to read this...
My husband and I were skiing (well, he skis, I board) at Whistler yesterday for the first time in a few years. For any who might not know of it, Whistler/Blackcomb is by far the biggest mountain resort in North America (2 spearate side by side peaks/mountains, 28 chairlifts, over 600 runs, plus glacier skiing all year...literally is a skiiers heaven...and the site of the 2010 Olympic Winter games).
Last summer they added this "Peak 2 Peak" gondola, which connects the 2 mountains, from the top of each peak (4.4 km total distance). The ride takes approximately 11 minutes and each gondola holds 28 people comfortably. For the first 100 meters or so, there are towers holding the gondola cables, then after that it is a free suspending ride across the ravine between the mountains. At the center of the trip, you are suspended 1427 feet above the ground with nothing holding you except a cable! The gondolas are made mostly of glass too, so the views are extraordinary, and 2 of the 30 or so gondola cars even have a glass floor!
It was an amazing experience. My husband couldn't look outside at all, and looked absolutely terrified, but wow...for pictures and video of the ride, check this out: http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/p2pg/
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