A week after a saboteur cut the cable at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, area ski hills are stepping up security efforts to prevent a similar incident.
"At this time, we believe the cables were cut and there's a deliberate act of vandalism," Insp. Kara Triance said at a press conference Saturday.
Management at SilverStar Mountain Resort decided to add 24-hour patrols and additional surveillance.
"The safety of our guests and staff at SilverStar Mountain Resort is our top priority," said Chantelle Deacon, communications and sponsorship manager for SilverStar.
"We have added extra security to our lifts with 24-hour patrol on duty. We have also increased security cameras at all lifts and we are diligently doing daily 100 per cent enhanced line checks before opening."
While exact timelines are unknown, Sea to Sky Gondola management say they're hoping to reopen next spring.
“This is longer than any of us had hoped, but we have to live with the reality of the situation and move forward responsibly,” reads an email update to passholders.
The gondola said orders have been placed for a replacement cable and new cabins.
— With files from Glacier Media