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Surprise, surprise: This week’s most talkedabout story online detailed how, according to Whistler Blackcomb, closing Blackcomb first this year will lead to a ‘unique’ experience. Among the 68 comments posted, some called into question Whistler Blackcomb’s motives in closing ‘the dark side’ first.

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The amount of time it would take to evacuate all of Whistler in a no-notice emergency on a peak summer day.

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16,050

It’s called cutting costs,

wrote one reader.

The maximum capacity of cars per hour on the Sea to Sky Highway.

By having bikes, sightseers and skis/ snowboards on the same side, the operating costs of Blackcomb are zero. Factor in Creekside closing, and those of us on this side of town are forced to commute and pay for parking. This is about money. Not experience.

49,825 The number of people in Whistler on a peak winter day.

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However, even those excited to ski Peak Chair in May lamented the decision to close Creekside Gondola, for both spring skiing and summer sightseeing. “Creekside gondy should be open at least every weekend until closing … and no sightseeing from Creekside this summer means businesses that benefitted from the added attraction last summer are gonna be hooped this summer. Reservations in Creekside are already way down compared to last year for myself and other business owners I talk to,” read one post. Another agreed: “Closing Creekside gondola (with its adjacent free parking & Dusty’s après) along with Whistler’s three highest alpine chairlifts is all part of the new ‘cool package.’ And pay parking or hauling you gear onto a crowded smelly bus sauna to/from the village is definitely ‘best for the guest experience.’”

7.5M

The amount the RMOW will receive in Resort Municipality Initiative funding in 2019, up from the $6.5 million it received in 2018.

Though many were sad to see Blackcomb—and its convenient Base II parking lot—shut for the season, some were excited to ski Whistler in the spring for the first time in a few years. Apparently,

Gaper Day is more fun on Whistler.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

May 5 to 11 this year marks Emergency Preparedness Week. While we all need to take steps to prepare for an emergency, we also need to think about the toll responders face year in and year out as they help others deal with disaster. Pique investigated this topic as the cover feature at this time in 2016. Said Whistler’s then-Fire Rescue Service (WFRS) chief Geoff Playfair in the feature: “When I started in this kind of work, back in ‘81, that’s exactly what we said: Just suck it up. Toughen up. “But those attitudes have changed for all the right reasons and we’re in a different place today for all the better.” n

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FREE the heroes

OF INTEREST

The Whistler area has hosted three lodges in years past. The first lodge was Garibaldi Lodge built by Tom Nye in 1914 on the east side of the Cheakamus River. Alpine Lodge, further along the Cheakamus River, was built by the Cranes in 1922. A store was added in 1926 with a post office coming later. Lake Lucille Lodge was built by Shorty Knight in 1929 and was very popular for fishing. The lodge was burnt down in 1959 after construction of the dam was completed. 23.17

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