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. The Chamber of Commerce began organizing May Day Madness, a series of events over the May long weekend for both visitors and residents. Another event over the weekend was the Great Snow Earth Water Race, which ran for over 15 years.
Question: As all the festivities wind to a halt, what did you think was the highlight of the May Day Madness weekend?
Nigel Woods – Chief Goat – Alpine Meadows
Generally the nice atmosphere that prevailed. There was a real team spirit, both individually and in a group sense. It was a much more mellow weekend than previous years, which I think shows the maturity of the town.
P.J. Paterson – Sales Rep – Alpine Meadows
The dance on Saturday was the best. There was a good band, good dancing and lots of crazy people.
Karen Wylie – Full-time Kid – Alpine Meadows
The Great Snow Earth Water Race was my favourite. It was so exciting – especially the canoeing. They were falling all over the place – falling out of the canoes, falling in the water. One canoe even sank.
Satia – Full-time Pet – Alpine Meadows
All the exotic, uptown dogs that were around for the weekend.
Terry Rodgers – Alderman – White Gold Estates
Dave Sorenson – Unemployed Carpenter – Nesters
The wine, the women and the songs.