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Did you know that there are plans for building a gondola up the Chief
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The Sea to Sky Gondola ascends the west ridge line of Mt. Habrich. The Summit Lodge at the top (880m) has viewing platforms of Howe Sound, a suspension bridge and other short "interpretive walks". The lodge has a restaurant and often holds events. The Gondola ride takes about 10min. If you are hiking up the Sea to Summit Trail, the download cost is $15.
in? Read the following snippet from the CLIMBERS' ACCESS SOCIETY OF
 
B.C. and voice your opinion on this controversial issue!
 
  
==Update==
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The Gondola operates in the winter as well and provides access a large amount of backcountry terrain around Habrich, Sky Pilot and Co-Pilot. Near the lodge, there is snowshoeing and tubing. The Sea to Sky Gondola summer season runs from May through October with the winter season running from December through April.
From http://www.friendsofthechief.ca
 
  
"On October 25, the developers announced that they were abandoning their plans to construct a gondola in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.
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The development of the Gondola was intensely debated prior to approval. To view some of the history, view the old versions of this page.
 
 
Friends of the Chief sincerely thanks all its supporters: in Squamish, and from elsewhere in British Columbia and Canada, and the world. We thank the District of Squamish for its support, and applaud the decision of the Squamish Nation."
 
 
 
 
 
==Stawamus Chief Gondola Proposal==
 
 
 
A proposal has been made to build a tourist gondola and associated
 
facilities on the Stawamus Chief. The gondola would start at the
 
gravel pit between the Chief and Shannon Falls, and end in an enclosed
 
area on the second summit. The gondola is contrary to the 1997 master
 
plan for Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, although the plan can be
 
over-ridden if there is sufficient public or political support.
 
 
 
This issue has been extensively covered in the media. National and
 
international climbers' organizations have become involved. Squamish
 
climbing legends Ed Cooper and Fred Beckey, and many others, have
 
written to oppose it. A lot has happened, and the Access Society and
 
others have been working hard, but it will take much time and effort
 
before this is resolved. Contact squamish(at)access-society.ca for
 
copies of earlier broadcast e-mails about the gondola.
 
 
 
The Access Society's position is that a tourist gondola may be
 
appropriate somewhere in the Squamish area, after proper planning and
 
public debate. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is not an appropriate
 
location for any gondola. Our concerns include visual impacts,
 
conflicts with the many existing users (climbers, hikers, viewers),
 
symbolism, impact on Squamish's image in the international climbing
 
community, and the precedent for development in other parks.
 
 
 
The Access Society encourages all with an interest in the proposed gondola to:
 
*Learn more about it.
 
*Write to the provincial government to express your views, as soon as possible.
 
*Attend the meeting of Squamish Council on September 28th, where the proponents will present their plans.
 
*Participate in other ways in the debate.
 
 
 
==What to do about it==
 
 
 
Please write to:
 
 
 
Bill Barisoff, Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection
 
P.O. Box 9047, St'n. Prov. Gov't.
 
Victoria, B.C.
 
Canada V8W 9E2
 
(250) 387-1187, or [email protected]
 
 
 
Gordon Campbell, Premier
 
P.O. Box 9041, St'n. Prov. Gov't.
 
Victoria, B.C.
 
Canada V8W 9E1
 
Phone (250) 387-1715, or [email protected]
 
 
 
Ian Sutherland, Mayor
 
District of Squamish
 
P.O. Box 310
 
Squamish, B.C.
 
Canada V0N 3G0
 
Phone 1-877-892-5217, or [email protected]
 
 
 
Letters should be to Mr. Barisoff, with copies to the premier, the
 
mayor of Squamish, and the Access Society
 
(squamish(at)access-society.ca). A written letter counts for much more
 
than an e-mail, and an e-mail for much more than a phone call. Be
 
polite, constructive, and clear. You can also write letters to the
 
editor:
 
 
 
*Vancouver Sun [email protected]
 
*Squamish Chief [email protected]
 
*Vancouver Province [email protected]
 
 
 
==Consultation Prcess==
 
The gondola proponents must first consult with "key stakeholders" -
 
the District of Squamish, the Squamish First Nation, the Ministry of
 
Transportation, and the Vancouver Olympics Organizing Committee. (The
 
climbing/hiking community is not considered a key stakeholder, but the
 
Olympic committee is, although the gondola seems to have little to do
 
with the Olympics.) If these consultations indicate that an amendment
 
to the park plan should be considered, broad consultation with the
 
community will follow. Those consultations would have to be "open and
 
transparent". The government says "If those consultations demonstrate
 
broad community support for a continuation of the park's management
 
plan to restrict mechanized access on the Chief, then we would reflect
 
those wishes".
 
 
 
At a meeting of the Squamish Council on September 28th 2004, the proponents put forth their plans and requested support from the District of Squamish. The District of Squamish rejected the proposal to build a gondola on the Chief, but left the door open for gondolas elsewhere, possibly in the Provincial Park. It also transpired during the meeting that the Squamish Nation had "closed the door to a gondola on the Chief". With a rejection of the proposal from the Squamish First Nation and the District of Squamish, it seems unlikely that a gondola could be built on the Chief. However, the proponents also expressed interest in an alternative route between Shannon Falls and the Chief, and since they have already secured 6.5 acres of land at the base of the Chief, this may be serious. Such a proposal would have to come back to the key stakeholders for approval.
 
 
 
==Other resources==
 
 
 
The Friends of the Chief website will soon be operational, at
 
[http://www.friendsofthechief.ca www.friendsofthechief.ca]. It will include information about the
 
proposal and its impacts, FAQs and myths about the proposal, responses
 
to the claims on the proponent's website, and information about how to
 
get involved.
 
 
 
The proponent's website is at [http://www.stawamuschiefgondola.com www.stawamuschiefgondola.com]. Many of
 
the claims on it are debatable. The website includes an on-line
 
feedback form. Its format seems less than neutral, but it may be worth
 
filling it out anyway. Please print the form, complete it, and mail it
 
to:
 
 
 
Stawamus Chief Management Plan Process
 
Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection
 
Lower Mainland Region
 
10470 - 152nd Street
 
Surrey, B.C.
 
Canada  V3R 0Y3
 
 
 
This takes a bit more effort, but may be more secure, and ensures that
 
the form is received by a neutral party. It also allows you to fill in
 
the feedback form as you wish - feel free to add comments, questions
 
and criticisms. Keep a copy of your form, and send one to the Access
 
Society. If you do send the feedback form electronically, we suggest
 
that you save it, and send a copy to the Access Society by mail or to
 
squamish(at)access-society.ca.
 
 
 
There may be other ways to participate in the gondola debate,
 
including open houses and forums, later this autumn. We'll provide
 
updates as and when we can, on the website and by e-mail. The Access
 
Society's letter to the government about the gondola will be on the
 
updated website.
 
 
 
===Feedback Form Privacy Issue===
 
The feedback form includes an inconspicuous but important sub-form, a
 
link from "read our privacy statement". It isn't on the form itself,
 
but says:
 
"All feedback submitted becomes the property of Stawamus Chief Gondola
 
Ltd. and the Government of British Columbia (Ministry of Water, Land &
 
Air Protection). By submitting feedback, you are granting your
 
permission to use your feedback from the website in any manner. By
 
submitting your feedback, you are also granting Stawamus Chief Gondola
 
Ltd. the right to use any information that you supply for demographic
 
purposes. However, your contact information is kept strictly
 
confidential and it won't be sold, rented or used by anyone other than
 
Stawamus Chief Gondola Ltd. & the Government of British Columbia
 
(Ministry of Water, Land & Air Protection). By choosing to be informed
 
about updates you are granting Stawamus Chief Gondola Ltd. permission
 
to email you in this manner and/or to notify you of possible problems
 
with your entry or other contact that Stawamus Chief Gondola Ltd.
 
deems necessary at our discretion."
 
Your personal information can only be used in ways you consent to. If
 
you submit the feedback form electronically, you are taken to have
 
consented to the privacy statement. There's no way to modify it, or
 
the feedback form. If you don't agree with any part of the privacy
 
statement, or don't want to be bound by the design of the form, print
 
them both out, complete the form, and mail them in together. Cross out
 
and initial the parts of the privacy statement you don't consent to.
 

Revision as of 12:16, 20 October 2019

The Sea to Sky Gondola ascends the west ridge line of Mt. Habrich. The Summit Lodge at the top (880m) has viewing platforms of Howe Sound, a suspension bridge and other short "interpretive walks". The lodge has a restaurant and often holds events. The Gondola ride takes about 10min. If you are hiking up the Sea to Summit Trail, the download cost is $15.

The Gondola operates in the winter as well and provides access a large amount of backcountry terrain around Habrich, Sky Pilot and Co-Pilot. Near the lodge, there is snowshoeing and tubing. The Sea to Sky Gondola summer season runs from May through October with the winter season running from December through April.

The development of the Gondola was intensely debated prior to approval. To view some of the history, view the old versions of this page.