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/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: The first Fall Festival in Whistler was organized by the Whistler Resort Association in September 1981. It featured various performances, contests and events and raised money for local causes such as the Alta Lake Sports Club and the Whistler Health Care Society. Find out more about the Fall Festival here.
Question: What was missing from the Fall Festival last year that you would like to see this year?
Brian Alsop – Whistler Mtn. Ski Corp. Employee – Alta Vista
I think Whistler is skiing-oriented – and because of that, Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain should put more into their displays than last year. There really wasn’t much to them.
With all the crowds up here, let’s sell skiing – let’s sell the only commodity we have to sell.
We could have a season’s pass booth with hostesses out there greeting everyone – or maybe a ski ramp display that ski instructors could use for demonstrations.
Anne Lanskail – Waitress – Emerald Estates
I think this year it will be better organized since they can learn from their experiences last year.
With the weather being as bad as it has been, they should plan some activities indoors or people may not take a chance on driving up.
Maybe they should plan a few more activities for the little kids. Last year there was lots for the big kids to do – especially in the beer gardens – but not so much for the little ones.
Mark Clarke – Trucker – Pemberton
There was nothing missing. If they can do everything they did last year – including pulling off the good weather – I think they’ll be doing really well.
There was just about everything last year – balloons for kids, rides on the hot air balloon, the Alpini Band, and the beer gardens (which had to be the highlight). I can’t think of much more you could add to that.