Whistler Peak2Peak gondola

Whistler Peak2Peak Public viewing
Three giant bull wheels drive the massive haul rope that runs the Whistler Peak2Peak.
I had a chance on Friday to go for a sneak media tour of the new public viewing area that Whistler/Blackcomb has installed in the massive Peak2Peak gondola for the Whistler Question. It’s a really amazing view into the mechanical working, and is kind of like being inside a giant Swiss watch.

Whistler Peak2Peak Public viewing

Whistler Peak2Peak Public viewing
Gondola cars are mounted on the cable.

Whistler Peak2Peak Public viewing
Whistler/Blackcomb VP of Business Development Rob McSkimming and PR & Communications Manager Michelle Leroux on the public viewing platform.

Whistler Peak2Peak Public viewing
Whistler/Blackcomb Lift Maintenance Manager Wayne Wiltse under the bull wheels.

Tech Stuff
I brought a light stand mounted with a small soft box, as I figured it would be pretty dark in the spaces. It actually had a lot of natural light, but it still needed a lot of flash to get the photos. For the shot of the public viewing platform from the mechanical space, I had the softbox off to camera right, just out of frame, while I had another flash unit at my feel to light the cable wheels at the bottom the frame.

Lift Maintenance Manager Wayne Wiltse took me on a tour of the actual mechanical area of the Peak2Peak. Don’t expect to get into this area, as we had to go up a steep twenty foot ladder to get in there. I wanted to use a slow shutter speed to show the movement of the bull wheels. At first I was kicking myself for not bringing a tripod, but when I tried one shot with the camera resting on the safety rail, it became apparent that the vibrations from the equipment were causing more blurring than I was getting just hand holding the camera.

Camera: Nikon D3
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 and SB-800 flashes, SU-800 controller, and a small softbox on a light stand.

Whistler Peak2Peak Gondola Public Viewing – David Buzzard Photography