Sea to Sky Gondola closes following a 'major lift incident'

The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.							Supplied

Police believe someone may have intentionally cut a gondola cable at a tourist attraction in Squamish, B.C., sending several unoccupied cabins to the ground early Saturday.

"The Sea to Sky Gondola has been a great addition to Squamish's tourism industry and has been very successful at delivering on quality experiences for their guests since they opened", said Tourism Squamish executive director Lesley Weeks in a statement.

"This is something that happened less than 12 hours ago, so the long-term business planning is certainly not something that is priority for us right now", he said.

There have been two inspections to the cars and the two-kilometer long cable, which can carry up to eight people, so far in 2019 and no significant issues were raised. "While it's very hard to comprehend the idea that this may have been donedeliberately, we're confident in the comprehensive investigative work ofthe Squamish RCMP, and are being kept apprised of the situation". The police were immediately called and the area cordoned off.

"Our investigation is in the preliminary stages and the cause is undetermined", said MacKay. "It's just a catastrophe on many different levels", she said.

Police are asking visitors to stay away from the area, including away from nearby trails.


The RCMP said Saturday they are working with Technical Safety BC and the gondola's manufacturer, Doppelmayr, in addition to walking the gondola line so that it can be properly inspected.

Bailey said it was too early to say whether the company's plans for expansion and the 34-metre high tree walk would be put on hold.

That's the message on the gondola's website following an overnight cable collapse that sent multiple gondola cabins crashing to the ground. He speculated it may have been an act of vandalism.

Squamish RCMP officers are investigating the downed Sea to Sky Gondola as a potentially intentional, criminal act. There was an inspection May 10 following the installation of a new clutch, and another on May 30 after the company added 10 carriers.

Police are asking visitors to stay away from the area, including away from nearby trails.The Sea to Sky Gondola takes passengers to nearly 900 metres above sea level, providing views of Howe Sound and surrounding waterfalls.

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