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October 30, 2013 at 6:02 AM

New chairs near completion at Whistler (with video)

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…


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February 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

What’s your favorite B.C. ski resort? (And paradise missed at Whistler)

At B.C.’s Big White ski area, there’s wide-open terrain and (usually) good snow. (Photo by Kristin Jackson / Seattle Times.)


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.


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