We’re starting something new on the Whistorical blog! In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1982. Please note, all names/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Question: What type of activities would you like to see in Whistler this summer? Why?
Mike Culwell – Logger – Alpine Meadows
I’d really like to see them get a baseball field together. We’ve got a team now, but there’s no place to play.
Outdoor concerts on the mountaintop would be a great idea. It might be a bit of a hassle to figure out how to do it, but it definitely would be worth it.
I’d also like to see organized outdoor barbeques.
Heather MacLeod – Deli Clerk – Alta Vista
I would like to see a sailing regatta, 10-speed cycling races, and a few organized ‘fun runs’. Something that would be really popular would be local outdoor dances.
We need the type of activities that gets the whole community involved together and gives everyone something to do besides handing around in bars.
Min Carter – Waitress – Alta Vista
Horseback riding, definitely, because there’s nothing nicer than riding horses through the mountains. I’d like to see organized overnight rides up into the hills complete with tents and packs.
The biggest thing we lack here is getting things organized. We’ve got almost everything else.
Frank Switzer – Bartender – Gondola Area
We need more support from the whole town for existing athletes in the form of providing both enthusiasm and facilities. People know that sports exist here – why don’t they push a little harder to develop them?
I think the Town Centre should support the fastball league a little better. Who knows? Someday this town could compete on a national or international level in a variety of sports.
Harry Carman – Unemployed – Adventures West
It’s an outdoor area, so I want to see fishing and baseball. One thing we definitely need is horseback riding, which I hear they’re going to be starting soon.
They also need to build more hiking trails because it’s such a beautiful area, people should be able to explore and enjoy it more.
Also, we need more access to the lakes around here.
Paul Roche – Unemployed – Alpine Meadows
We need some community organization. I’d like to see organized hikes and outings into the back country, and tournaments for baseball or soccer – any activities which generate a community feeling and allow people to get to know each other in ways other than working together.
We need more in the way of public facilities like tennis and racquet ball courts.
One good project would be the restoration of the rec centre.