Category Archives: Whistler’s Answers

Whistler’s Answers: May 5, 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: Because summers were a slow season in Whistler in the 1980s, some businesses closed and others, like Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, operated with a smaller staff than during the busy winters. This left winter employees looking for work in between ski seasons.

Question: How have you found the job market in Whistler this summer?

Craig Reid – Golf Course Employee – Alpine Meadows

I just arrived here a week ago and heard they were hiring people with experience on the golf course. I applied last week and heard this morning that I had the job. Right now I’m checking out a few restaurants as well in case I can grab a little extra work.

Nicole Chetwynd – Ex-Blackcomb Employee – Alpine Meadows

Well, I’m going back to Vancouver because I can’t really find anything here. I have some waitressing experience and asked around at a couple of restaurants and some stores but they all say it’s going to be too slow to hire. Nothing came up so I’m going.

Roger Moxley – Ex-Restaurateur – Chaplainville Estates

I found a really good job this summer as a house-husband so I plan to putter around the house, sit on my dock and enjoy a few cocktails. I’m always checking out the market for part-time work but I think there’ll be lots of jobs around this summer.

Whistler’s Answers: April 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: A provincial election took place in BC on May 5, 1983. The Social Credit Party (or SoCreds) was re-elected with a majority government, defeating the New Democratic Party. Social Credit candidate John Reynolds was elected in West Vancouver – Howe Sound with just over 60% of the vote.

Question: Do you feel prepared to vote in the provincial election May 5?

Rob (Robbo) Hancox – Maintenance Man – Alpine Meadows

All I can see from what I’ve read and heard so far is that no matter who gets in they’ll probably muck things up. It’s undoubtedly a contest between Bennett and Barrett and as far as I can see one isn’t any better than the other. I know who I’m going to vote for, I just don’t know that things will be that different.

Dave Shaw – Student – Emerald Estates

I think the media coverage of any election usually is decided by public interest. We as individuals must decide the importance of the election and how its results will affect the quality of our lives. I’ll be voting in this election and I realize if I don’t ask for information then I won’t get it.

Dave Roberts – Bar Assistant – MDC

I don’t really. I don’t think there has been as much hype for this election as for the last one. Maybe it’s just that it doesn’t reach Whistler. From what I’ve heard though, the NDP would probably hinder our growth up here, yet is has now become a choice between two evils.

Whistler’s Answers: April 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: On April 15, 1983, a four hour meeting was held between members of the WRA (Whistler Resort Association, today known as Tourism Whistler) and a panel of marketing experts. Discussions focused on what were termed two “emergency situations” (that year’s summer marketing program was described as “a shambles” and the winter campaign was behind schedule, no doubt due to the uncertainty caused by the economy and the takeover of the Whistler Village Land Co.) and debated the role of the WRA going forward, as well as the responsibilities of its members.

Question: After the WRA marketing meeting held Friday, April 15, what do you think is the Association’s role?

Sjaan DiLalla – Manager, Crystal Lodge – Alpine Meadows

We need more exposure. People in Montreal and the US know nothing about Whistler. It’s the WRA’s job to do advertising in those markets. Our big project now should be promoting the summer as I think the winter will take care of itself. Summer promotion farther afield is where they should be putting their money.

Rich Miller – Owner, Granny’s Food Emporium – Alpine Meadows

First of all, I think the WRA has done a really good job with the budget it was given. They scraped the bottom of the barrel and used all the freebies they could. As a merchant I appreciated being asked for my input as well. Right now what we have to do is pick a course and concentrate on sticking to it.

Inge Nielsen – Owner, Inge’s Gifts and Crafts – Whistler Cay

I don’t feel I got much information from that meeting. Bringing people in from outside won’t help us because they have no idea about Whistler. I think the WRA is there to provide leadership to village merchants. One suggestion I have is that they oversee a major clean-up and landscape project in the village this summer.

Whistler’s Answers: April 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: The school break around Easter made skiing on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains busy and both companies hosted special events for kids and families over the holiday. Traditionally, the weekend of Easter marked the beginning of the end of the ski season in Whistler. Into the 1980s, spring and summer were slow seasons, with some businesses closing and some people leaving town.

Question: How do you feel about the decrease in activity around Whistler since the end of Easter break?

Karen Petrus – Village Employee – Whistler Cay

Well, you can definitely tell the season is ending. It’s really slowed down here but it’s nice, because we can get to know the local people. I find customers much cheerier and less demanding now so it’s more relaxing to work. Also, now we have a chance to do our big spring cleaning.

Cindy Brown – Whistler Mountain Ticket Checker – Emerald Estates

Personally I think the skiing is much better without all the little kids around. It’s great to have the mountain to ourselves again. At work, though, I’d far rather be busy – it’s way more fun meeting people and having the crowds.

Nancy Davies – Village Shop Owner – Whistler Cay Heights

I really like to look out of our store and see the village working. That’s the way it should be. When people are enjoying themselves it creates a great atmosphere here. I prefer when it’s busy because I enjoy meeting people and have more fun the more people there are around.