Summer 2023 Lift Upgrade Project Update

March 28, 2023 – Update

Construction for our upgrade to Fitzsimmons Express kicks off this week and we wanted to provide you with an update. Tomorrow, deconstruction will begin, including the removal of carriers. Given this, there are some important pieces of info to be aware of if you’re planning to ski or ride at Whistler Blackcomb in the coming weeks.

1.) Please be mindful of the construction zone, look out for signage, and respect any closures along the ski out.

2.) When planning your day, please consider uploading via Blackcomb Gondola or at Creekside to avoid the construction zone.

3.) Fencing will be prominent throughout the area and have an impact on guests’ ability to ski out. Consider downloading from Village Gondola Olympic mid-station as an alternative option if you’re a beginner.

4.) Due to the construction zone, guests will no longer be able to access Skier’s Plaza from the Blackcomb side. Instead, guests will be directed to the bus loop on Blackcomb Way.

5.) On Whistler, fencing will run under Fitz resulting in a more narrow ski out. Please be aware and slow down as congestion is expected because of this.

6.) At some points, we will need to close trails/ski outs entirely, meaning guests will need to download as a result. We will provide notice of this across our channels. Follow Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Ops on Twitter for timely operational updates.

This project is significant and complex – and we’re committed to keeping you informed throughout the process. Our blog ( and social channels will be regularly updated with new information as construction moves along throughout summer. Stay tuned!

March 9, 2023

While we still have plenty of winter left ahead of us, we also want to share a quick update on our lift upgrade projects scheduled for this summer.  

Pending final permitting, our plan is still to upgrade Fitzsimmons Express this summer. Unfortunately, our lift manufacturing and install partner, Doppelmayr, has informed us they cannot complete both Fitz and Jersey Cream Express this summer due to their labour and resource constraints. As a result, we will be pushing construction on Jersey to summer 2024, to be complete for the 2024/25 winter season, subject to regulatory approvals. The existing Jersey lift will continue to spin next winter without interruption.  

We plan to begin disassembling Fitz later this month, with construction scheduled to begin shortly thereafter. We will also begin prep work on Jersey this summer, which will expedite installation/construction in 2024. 

We are committed to working closely with Doppelmayr to ensure that the construction, installation, and testing of Fitz moves ahead safely as planned. You can also expect regular progress updates on our social channels along the way.  

We will have more details to share soon, but in the meantime, you can find an update on summer operations on our website here. For Bike Park info and operating hours, click here.