lift replacement project
Construction for a new gondola now underway
Construction is underway on a transformational lift replacement project at Grouse Mountain Resort.
The state-of-the-art gondola will replace the aging Blue Skyride and mark the start of a new chapter for the Resort leading up to our 100th anniversary in 2026. The new lift system, which includes a total of 13 towers and 27 eight-person gondola cabins, will allow Grouse Mountain to return to just above its original capacity when both the Blue and Red Skyrides were fully operational.
This first stage of work will take place in the easement area west of the Grouse Grind Trail. The trail is expected to remain open with minor delays when users will be asked to wait before continuing up the trail. Grouse Mountain Regional Park (and all trails within the park) will be closed when helicopter operations take place during the Grouse Mountain Resort’s closure for scheduled annual maintenance. During that time, the park will be closed Monday to Friday, but open Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.
Since the world’s first double chairlift was built at the Resort in 1949, Grouse Mountain has had a rich history of investing in modern recreational technology. The installation of a new gondola will support continued investment in the world-class experience Grouse Mountain offers and ensure Vancouver’s number one natural attraction is accessible for generations to come.
• Clearing of Gondola Easement Area: September/October 2022
• Building of Foundations/Base and Plateau Stations: January/August 2023
• Assembly of Towers and Line Work: September/November 2023
• System Testing: Winter 2023/2024
• New Gondola Opens: mid-late 2024
Forest Management Plan
As part of our commitment to sustainable environmental management, Grouse Mountain Resort is developing a forest management plan for the privately held areas of the Mountain. This long-term visionary plan will identify unique features of the forested areas of the Mountain and any regions that have been or are vulnerable to both abiotic (e.g. climate change) and biotic (insects and disease) disturbances. Opportunities for restoration and/or improvement to biodiversity will be identified with the creation of a stable, resilient long-lived forest community. Benefits of the supported forest community include resistance to pests and diseases, low fire risk, as well as the protection of the integrity of the steep slopes and water courses that feed into the District of North Vancouver.