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 1984. 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: In March 1984, Whistler hosted its second officially successful World Cup Downhill race on Whistler Mountain. From March 7 – 11, Whistler also hosted Winterfest, a celebration including competitions, dances, parties, and even a five-course dinner.
Question: What do you think was the most special thing about Winterfest and World Cup Week?
Larry Legal – Waiter – Brio
The opening ceremonies were great. It just opened up a feeling that Whistler didn’t have for a while. The town was all together, there was a good glow in the air. usually everybody is so busy with their own job they’re not a community. I’d say Saturday night was the peak, the night before the race and everybody praying for it not to rain.
Wendy Balmer – Liquor Store Employee – Alta Vista
The best thing about Sunday was sitting down by Tokum and watching all the people jumping down the cliff, about six feet. It was the only way to get down the course because you couldn’t cross over. Some of the ladies didn’t know what to do; it was a comedy act. Some guys were going for it and jumping down six feet. That was the most entertaining spot on the whole course. The rest of the time I was working.
Brock Innes – Carpenter – Richmond
Watching the first racer down the course, Ken Read. I’d never seen them go like that before. Just being here live was great. We have a place here, but this time came here for the race. I was at Coaches Corner, and got there early for good seats.