The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish reopened today, six months after a the main cable was cut by a vandal. The two-kilometre cable and 30 gondola bins crashed to the ground on Aug. 10, 2019, causing $10 million in property damage.
An investigator located a cut section of the the six-strand 55 millimetre-wide cable and the RCMP declared it vandalism. Over 70 seasonal staff had to be let go. Kirby Brown, the general manager of the Sea to Sky Gondola, said, “”t’s been a lot of learning, a lot of growing, a lot of painful heartache days. But here we are on the doorstep of reopening and that feels pretty darn good.”
Brown said that not having someone arrested might be a deterrent for tourists who want to take the gondola to the summit. “I think they will find somebody and until that time, I feel very confident that we’ll be here and we’ll be able to operate safely and securely into the future.”