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Whistler’s Answers: May 13, 1982

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: Summers in the early 1980s were not exactly busy – some businesses even closed for the season – though there were some efforts to draw visitors to the area. Summer ski camps and sports such as windsurfing and hiking were popular but Whistler was still best known as a winter destination.

Question: With Whistler winding down for the summer, what are your plans?

Kathy Hicks – Municipal Accounting Supervisor – Alpine Meadows

It seems that this summer is going to have to be a very recreational one.

Hopefully it will be a time when locals can really get to know each other before the winter season returns.

Mary Swaine – Laid-off traffic attendant – Alpine Meadows

I’m going to be artist-in-residence at a ranch in Washington because I need some culture in my life.

Laurie Vance – Assistant Manager at Blackcomb Lodge – Alpine Meadows

To get my flowers to come up. They’re being fooled by all the snow.

Penny Domries – Artist – Alpine Meadows

Hit the beach and learn to windsurf. And I hope to get some artwork done – interior banners and silkscreened prints.

We’re also going to be some of those people who’ll be leaving for a while – we’re planning a three-week trip to Alaska.

Bruce DeGraaf – Unemployed Blackcomb Ski Patroller – Telemark

I’m planning on doing a little government work… cashing checks for a living. I’m quite concerned about the current economic slump and I’m going to contemplate it down at Alta Lake.

I think we could organize a three-ring circus at the Rec centre for the tourists. There’s a lot of clowns up here, including myself, who could use the work.

Cris Simpson – Full-time kid – Alta Vista

I’ve been making model rockets and I plan to take them down to San Francisco this summer and visit my dad and shoot them off.

And at the science fair I’m going to show other kids how to make rockets.

But mainly I’m going to go swimming and windsurfing.