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Whistler’s Answers: September 8, 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: In the 1980s, the provincial government opened the Powder Mountain site to bids for development. By 1983, several ski resort developers had been attracted to the area but none had gone further than talking about it. In April 1983, a company called Powder Mountain Resorts Ltd. joined with French consortium SITAC International SA to develop a master plan for the recreational reserve in the Callaghan recreational reserve area. The plan called for skiing on six mountains and seven townsites. Some people questioned the feasibility of a ski resort in the area, in part because of the challenging terrain and unpredictable weather, while others were concerned such a development would dilute the market and draw business away from Whistler.

Question: Do you think a large resort at Powder Mountain is a good idea?

Ross Smith – General Manager, Stoney’s – White Gold

Oh yeah, sure. I think Powder is going to help Whistler. No matter how fast they go, they can’t catch up with Whistler. All the services are here, and there’s always new plans. It would work. A lot of people who know what they’re doing are involved with it. Whether we see it all developed in our lifetime is a different matter.

Pauline Lepatourel – Typesetter – Alpine Meadows

So far from what I’ve heard I’m totally confused. If these new developers are on the up-and-up I think it could only add to the wonderful world of skiing. But with all the services they have to provide, it’s a long way down the road to completion.

Dennis Waddingham – Owner, The Downhill Shop – Whistler Cay

Yes and no. If someone builds a road, and puts in sewers and hydro, it would work. But government won’t do it and it’s too expensive for private enterprise. That’s why everybody’s dropped it in the past. The provincial government has too much money in Whistler already. They have to take care of here first.

Whistler’s Answers: December 9, 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: In December 1982, the Whistler Council decided to terminate a contract with Alpine Security Services Ltd., who had been patrolling the Whistler Village. Officially, security was not a function that the municipality could provide under the Municipal Act unless property owners in a designated area petition council to do so and unless the security costs would be recovered from taxpayers in the area benefitting from the service. At the time, there were no indications that a petition from village business owners was in the works.

Question: Do you think there will be problems as a result of the lack of Village security?

Pauline Lepatourel – Typesetter/Secretary – Alpine Meadows

There already have. Working here late at night is getting pretty dicey. A drunk came leering through the office door one night and one of my friends was accosted in the underground parking a few evenings earlier.

Nobody’s going to want to come here if they don’t feel safe. The merchants in this town better get their budget priorities straight or else the damage that’s done will cost much more in the long run.

Dennis Waddingham – Village Store Owner – Whistler Cay

Yes, I sure do and I think Alpine Security should have been kept on. Protection is definitely needed and the local police force is just not big enough to handle this.

As a village merchant I’d be willing to pay my portion of the cost of hiring security. I think the proportion each merchant pays should be determined by its location and the nature of the business. Those that serve liquor, for example, would pay more.

Ida Noze – Local Seer – Microwave Road

Not to worry. Before long the situation will get so out of hand that nice people will automatically avoid the village altogether, not wanting their tires slashed or wives assaulted. Then the vandals will be alone with each other while everyone else is elsewhere.