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Speaker Series: The Business of Skiing – Jan 15th

Join us for our upcoming Speaker Series “The Business of Skiing,” where leading industry experts Peter Alder, Roger McCarthy and Don Murray will be discussing the past, present and future of the business of skiing. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm (doors at 6pm).

The event will start with some prearranged questions to the panel and move on to open questions from the floor. If you were ever interested in understanding more about the business behind our town – this is your chance. Between them the panel has over 9 decades of experience in the ski industry!

To purchase tickets (only 60 available), call the Whistler Museum at 604.932.2019, or visit us at 4333 Main Street (behind the library). Tickets are $7, $5 for members. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served courtesy of the Whistler Roasting Company and Namasthé Tea Co. In addition, there will be a cash bar.

About the Speakers:

Peter Alder managed Red Mountain in Rossland, Silver Star Resort in Vernon and worked for the Ministry of Transportation in the lift inspection department. He also was a key player in creating the BC Alpine Commercial Ski Area Policy, which governed the development of mountain resorts and had a huge impact on the success of the ski industry in BC.  In 1978 he managed Whistler Mountain and for the past few decades he has been working as consultant helping resorts all over the world create masterplans and fulfill their potential.

Roger McCarthy’s career has taken him from working as a lift operator, to managing lift operations, and overseeing both safety and lift operations departments at Whistler Mountain. In 1990, he joined Blackcomb Mountain as Director of Human Resources.  He was also part of a team that transformed the Tremblant resort from a bankrupt enterprise into a world class resort. Since 1991, he has held senior management positions in major ski resorts in Canada and across five states in the USA. Roger currently owns and manages a resort consulting company with clients throughout North America and sits on the board of Alpine Canada.

Don Murray has over 30 years of experience in ski resort management and operation.  As Ecosign’s Vice President, he has been directly involved in all aspects of the resort design, operations planning and consulting. He has worked on mountain and base area planning for major competitive events at Sierra Nevada (1996 World Championships), St Anton (2001 World Championships) and Snowbasin at Salt Lake City (2002 Winter Olympic Games). Additionally, he was responsible for the layout and design of all ski trails at the 1988 Winter Olympic site, Nakiska Ski Resort, and assisted in the design of terrain modifications required for the Olympic events.

Hope to see you there!

Speaker Series 2012 Wrap-up

We at the Whistler Museum would like to thank our wonderful community for making our winter 2012 Speaker Series a complete success. Every event featured compelling presentations from great speakers, all of whom spoke in front of a sold-out crowd!

Roger McCarthy

Roger McCarthy started the new year off with a bang with his fascinating talk about his experiences running the show at the new ski hill being built near Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. We got everything from great insights into the local terrain to the rather frightening amount of security one must pass through to speak to a Russian oligarch – Roger’s boss on the high-pressure job. I’m sure his new gig with Whistler Municipal Council is less stressful!

The next month, fellow municipal councilor Jayson Faulkner opened our eyes to the possibilities of the Spearhead Huts Project, for which he is the committee chair.  Jayson’s extensive experience as both a mountain guide and backcountry gear retailer set him up nicely to present his answer to the rhetorical question “Backcountry Huts: Why now, more than ever?”

Ski-touring in the Spearhead Range.

In March we welcomed the always-entertaining “Garage Sale Frank” Salter in to talk about his 500-plus pairs of antique and retro skis. The amateur ski-curator brought in a sizeable chunk of his private museum to speak about some of the high and low points in the history of ski design.

Frank shows off one of his more unique artifacts, an early model swallowtail ski!

It was only fitting that we close of the winter season with last week’s presentation by a panel of WORCA board members on the past, present and future off Whistler mountain biking. The stoke was high among the crowd of fat-tire enthusiasts, and we all left with the impression that we have lots to look forward to in coming summers!

One of the more unique courses for a WORCA Toonie Ride – the Olympic Sliding Center track!

Our Speaker Series events are designed to feature knowledgeable and engaging speakers and the amazing lives they lead. We were fortunate to have such an outstanding line-up this year and we appreciate all of them taking the time to share their stories. Special thanks as well goes to Namasthe Tea and the Whistler Roasting Company, who generously supplied each event with their wonderful teas and coffee.

The Speaker Series now goes on hiatus for the summer, to resume the third Wednesday of the month for October, November, and January through April.

We are always on the look out for exciting new presenters in the fields of local history, mountain culture, the environment, travel, adventure, or anything else that might captivate a crowd of Whistlerites. If you or someone you know has an interesting story to tell, or if you have an idea for something you’d like to see at a future Speaker Series, drop us a line at programs@whistlermuseum.org. Meanwhile, although the Speaker Series takes a temporary break, we aren’t going anywhere, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding our summer programming!

Announcing our full Winter 2012 Speaker Series Line-up!

We are excited to announce our full line-up of speakers for our Winter 2012 Speaker Series! Taking place the third Wednesday of the month, each evening will feature a presentation from a knowledgeable and engaging long-time local full of stories that are sure to entertain and inform. Representing an array of mountain culture professionals and enthusiasts, this winter’s line-up was chosen to inspire our audience to get outside and play!

Tickets for Speaker Series evenings are $7 each, or $5 for Museum members. If you sign up as a new member, we will include a free ticket!

Doors open at 6:15pm and seating is first come, first serve.

Complimentary tea and coffee will be provided by local companies the Namasthé Tea Co. and the Whistler Roasting Company, and there will be a cash bar.

January 18th, 2012 7-9pm

Roger McCarthy presents, “From Alta Lake to Sochi: An insider’s view on the 2014 games”

Journey from Whistler, British Columbia to Mont Tremblant, Quebec to Sochi, Russia and back again with Roger McCarthy as he shares photographs and stories from his fascinating career in the mountains. McCarthy will focus on his experiences in Russia, working to create a brand new ski and snowboard area for the upcoming Games. You won’t want to miss this one!

Roger McCarthy

February 15th, 2012 7-9pm

Jayson Faulker presents, “Huts in the backcountry, now more than ever”

This talk will cover the Spearhead Huts Project – an important initiative to build a hut system in the Spearhead Range. It will also examine the history of huts in the Sea to Sky Corridor, and look at why we need this now – more than ever.

Ski Touring in the Spearhead Range

March 21st, 2012 7-9pm

Frank Salter presents, “Frank’s World of Skis: The History of Skiing in a 500-pair Collection”

Journey back in time with Frank as he shares his amazing collection of retro ski equipment (hundreds and hundreds of pairs) and what collecting means to him. This is your chance to see some really unique pieces of ski history up close as they travel from Salter’s elusive Creekside stash to the Museum for an evening.

Frank Salter shows off a unique split tail ski

April TBD, 2012 7-9pm

WORCA presents, “WORCA – more than just Toonie rides”

Get stoked for bike season with WORCA as you hear about the history of this great local organization! This is a chance to learn about all of the different programs WORCA organizes – including the Toonie rides, youth camps, bike maintenance clinics, trail advocacy and more. Donations to WORCA will be gladly accepted at the door.

Sliding Centre Toonie Ride, Patrick Hui photo

The Speaker Series will be on hiatus over the summer, and will return in October 2012. Check back in September for details on October and November’s presenters.