Topic: B.C. ski resorts
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October 30, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Two new chairlifts are nearing completion at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia, and an email in my inbox with video of the helicopter-assisted construction this week is a reminder of a couple of things:
- Snow-sports season is just weeks away — or sooner, if we get a repeat snowstorm like we saw at the start of this month.
- Our Seattle Times snow-sports section is coming as a special issue of NWTraveler on Nov. 17. An update on Whistler attractions will be our cover story.
Here’s the video, showing the piecing together of the new Crystal Ridge Express, a high-speed quad in Blackcomb Mountain’s Crystal Zone, and the Harmony 6 Express, a high-speed six-seater on Whistler Mountain.
Whistler plans to open Nov. 28, or sooner if enough snow flies.
February 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Long, long ago my dad had the chance to be one of the early investors in what is now Whistler, the mega ski resort in British Columbia. Back then, in the early 1960s, there was nothing there except dankly forested mountains and bears rooting in a garbage dump (near where dozens of luxurious hotels in Whistler Village now stand). To get there from Vancouver, in the two-tone family station wagon, had taken hours since the last couple of dozen miles of road was a bumpy, unpaved grind through the woods.
This will never amount to anything, my dad proclaimed, looking around at what’s now the village and the world-class Whistler and Blackcomb ski mountains. Oops. (more…)
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