Whistler police hunt gondola jumper
A 23-year-old woman (pictured) was arrested after disembarking the Whistler peak-to-peak gondola on Feb. 6. She is facing charges of obstruction of justice and mischief over $5,000. (SCREEN GRAB YOUTUBE)
Whistler RCMP is searching for a man who was videotaped parachuting out of a gondola car at the mountain resort after arresting his female companion.
Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said Thursday a 23-year-old woman was questioned by resort staff immediately after the vehicle — which had its doors damaged from being pried open — arrived at Blackcomb Mountain following the stunt.
The woman, a Whistler resident, faces charges of obstruction of justice and mischief after she allegedly lied to police about the incident when she was arrested Feb. 6.
She has since been released and is expected to appear at B.C. Provincial Court in North Vancouver on April 2.
In the video, a woman is seen holding the gondola doors open with her legs as a man prepares to jump. The man is wearing a camera and at one point in the video presents his face in the shot.
LeClair said police know the identity of the base jumper — a 25-year-old with a B.C. driver’s licence — but have been unable to locate him.
Both were originally from Ontario, he added.
“This is very serious. It’s $10,000 worth of damage and it’s an incident where it’s very disrespectful to somebody else’s property to do something like this for such a selfish, short-term gain.”
LeClair was unaware of any similar cases, however, when the cable car first opened in 2008 there was one sanctioned jump.