Category Archives: Whistler’s Answers

Whistler’s Answers: August 4, 1983

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 1983.  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 Delta Mountain Inn opened in July 1982 and operated through that winter. In July 1983, however, the hotel announced that it would be closed from September 26 to November 21, 1983, due to the lack of convention business. The hotel claimed that the Delta would lose money by remaining open with so few guests expected during the period.

Question: What impact do you think the closing of Delta Mountain Inn will have on the hotel and on Whistler?

Lea-Ann Russell – Village Store Employee – Brio Estates

I don’t think closing was a good idea. To close and reopen like that would be hard to organize. They would have been better to stay open with a skeleton staff – maybe only one floor open. I don’t think it will hurt Whistler though because there are still enough places still open.

Dennis Waddingham – Village Store Owner – Whistler Cay

I think they should’ve announced it a lot earlier so local businesses would know when ordering their fall stock. Without Delta, Whistler’s visitor count will drop for sure. No, unfortunately I don’t think closing will hurt Delta itself at all. It’ll hurt their staff though.

Paul Clarke – Assistant Hotel Manager – Nesters Road

In the long run I don’t think closing will have a large effect on Whistler or the hotel at all. I feel sorry for them – it’s one thing to try and run a little restaurant up here but another thing to keep a huge operation like that going. From a business standpoint they just couldn’t do it.

Whistler’s Answers: July 28, 1983

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 1983.  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 Whistler Golf Course, the first golf course in the valley, first opened as an executive-sized nine-hole course developed by Bob Bishop and Bernie Brown in the 1970s. It was taken over by the Whistler Village Land Company in 1979 and redeveloped as an 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer. The course opened to players in June 1983 (the official opening with Arnold Palmer did not take place until August 1983), with $300 passes for what was left of the golf season.

Question: What do you think of the golf course pass which costs $300 for the remainder of the season?

Robin Crumley – Hotel Manager – Alpine Meadows

I think it’s a great idea. It gives the golf course some cash flow early on when they need it plus it helps out the golfers. It’s the same reason golf courses everywhere have members. They’ll find if the price isn’t in line they just won’t sell – they must be marketed the same as everything else.

Allyson Edwards – Village Employee – Brio

People who live at Whistler need affordable summer recreation so should have the option and advantage of a pass on the course. I’m waiting till next year to buy a pass though because I’d rather have a longer season than what remains now to enjoy it.

Patricia Najarian – Housewife – Alamo, California

I think it’s a wonderful idea. If I lived here I know I’d buy one because you use a pass up really quickly. One thing we have at home that they should consider here is a family pass.

Whistler’s Answers: July 21, 1983

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 1983.  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: We couldn’t find much about this week’s question, but can only assume that a 7% was applied to restaurant meals in 1983. If anyone knows more about this tax, please let us know!

Question: How do you feel about the seven per cent tax now imposed on restaurant meals?

Pascal Tiphine – Restaurant Owner – Alpine Meadows

It’s a pain. We can’t use your computer now and it takes more staff to do the books. Things are already hard for people at Whistler, now they’re taxing us even more. Everyone on all sides tries to take your money.

Ken Findlay – Waiter – Alta Vista

Actually it doesn’t cause me many problems, though it does hurt tips a little. I think if they’re going to impose a seven per cent tax they should either put it on everything or on nothing. This way creates problems.

Simone Aaron – Bar Manager – Tamarisk

It’s really making it complicated for people in the restaurant business. Tips will be less, that’s for sure. I think they should get organized and include that amount in the price of the food like they do in Quebec.

Whistler’s Answers: July 14, 1983

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 1983.  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: Construction began on the Whistler Village Resort/Recreation Centre in March 1980. It was still under construction when, in 1981, a recession hit North America and the Whistler Village Land Company (WVLC) found themselves with debts of almost $8 million, liabilities coming to $30 million, and assets in the form of land that nobody wanted to buy. In January 1983, the provincial government formed Whistler Land Co. Developments (WLC; a Crown corporation) and took over the liabilities and assets of the WVLC, including the unfinished Resort Centre. WLC began reconstructing the site as a conference centre without the extra recreational facilities originally planned for the Resort Centre and the facility became known as the Sports & Convention Centre, today the Whistler Conference Centre. Find out more here.

Question: Are you satisfied with the progress being made on the Sports & Convention Centre?

Sue Rosser – Book Store Manager – Alpine Meadows

I think they should be moving much faster than they are on summer facilities because that’s what Whistler really needs. Rather than village clean-up and other projects I think they should have made finishing the convention centre a priority. I am glad they’re considering changes to the original plans and taking time to improve them.

Doug Fox – Chartered Accountant – Emerald Estates

Sure I am, considering the problems they are faced with in that structure. I don’t think people appreciate how complex that building is. The WLC board is only realizing now how complex and critical it is to put together the right components. I’m not surprised at all at the time taken and I’m glad they’re moving ahead on it.

Chris Moore – Real Estate Agent – Alpine Meadows

If the rec centre had been in the hands of the private sector it would be on line by now. I have an inkling of how the public sector works though, and can understand the delay. I’m sure they’ll eventually come up with an appropriate marketing strategy for the building.