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Whistler’s Answers: July 29, 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 July 1982, various publications, including The Vancouver Sun, published pieces on Whistler and the Whistler Village Land Company (WVLC). Some of the articles published implied that the WVLC had shut down and that Whistler, as a whole, was closed. In January 1983, the provincial government did step in and form a Crown corporation, Whistler Land Co. Developments, to take over the liabilities and assets of the WVLC, but as of July 1982 the WVLC was still operating.

Question: What was your reaction to media coverage outside of Whistler during last week’s events?

Sue Sherin – Assistant Manager at Whistler Tops – Alpine Meadows

Basically I thought the treatment the press gave to Whistler was pretty sad.

Because of the entire economic situation, what’s happened here is no different than anywhere else. But the coverage we’ve had – it makes people not want to come.

It’s beautiful here. And it’s been built in only two years. What does the press expect? They should give us more of a chance.

Mayor Pat Carleton – Westside Road

I think it’s been a disgraceful form of reporting. It just goes to show you that what you say is not necessarily what is printed.

All the media outside of Whistler – and I don’t name anyone specifically – has twisted the whole thing out of context. Nothing has been made clear.

The coverage has blown the negative aspect way out of proportion. I’ve even had a call from Lorne Greenaway in Ottawa (Whistler’s MP). He thinks the whole town has been shut down.

Alex Kleinman – Construction Manager – Alta Vista

I was disappointed in the bias taken by the media. I was hoping to see a little more of both sides of the story.

There are a lot of things which are still happening here – as well as things that aren’t.

Rather than ask municipal and Land Company officials on the history and evolution of the whole project here at Whistler, they have taken comments out of context and made that the story.

Whistler’s Answers: July 22, 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: The Delta Mountain Inn (today the Hilton) opened in Whistler on July 23, 1982. It was the first “big” hotel built in the Whistler Village and opened during financially unstable times, both in the resort and nationally. Find out more about the Delta here.

Question: How do you think the opening of Delta Mountain Inn will affect Whistler?

Lance Fletcher – Co-owner of Stoney’s Fitzsimmons Building

I think it will be terrific. It will open things up for us. Initially it may hurt our business a bit, but ultimately it will be terrific.

It will provide convention facilities Whistler doesn’t have now.

Having a quality, full-service hotel is bound to attract business for the entire valley.

Keith Inkster – Manager Blackcomb Lodge – Blackcomb Lodge

It will enhance the image of the community through its professional approach to service, national marketing and skilled management.

The formal training and strict staff guidelines might well require an adjustment to the laid-back approach taken by most other hospitality industry staff at Whistler.

But all the professionalism will not make up for the friendliness and honest hospitality which is part of Whistler now.

Don Beverley – Public Servant – Alpine Meadows

It’s definitely good for Whistler and the surrounding area. While Delta is promoting their hotel, they’re promoting our area at the same time.

I can’t see how it can be a bad thing. Delta will be one more employer helping relieve unemployment lines.

Whistler’s Answers: July 15, 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: Whistler was just beginning to market itself as a summer destination in the early 1980s. The Whistler Village was still under construction and only a small number of businesses were fully operating.

Question: What were the things that impressed you the most, and the least, during your visit to Whistler?

Ash Dhanani – Sales Rep – Burnaby

The architecture here – the way the whole thing has been done is really very nice. I’ve been coming up for 10 years and it’s one of the nicest places around.

But you need more activities here. You can’t sit in a restaurant all day. Maybe there’s a communication problem in telling visitors what’s available.

My friends in Vancouver say it’s really nice here, but needs some rounding out.

Jean Doench – Teacher – Toronto

I think the camaraderie and friendliness is very apparent. The town has a laid-back atmosphere, but it’s still productive. Architecturally, it’s like a jewel in the mountains.

The one basic weakness I’ve found is that the involved personnel tend to talk about economic failure. There is a worry about what’s happening here, and I think it’s unwarranted, it just doesn’t fit.

One thing that is terrible is the hum of fans in the square.

Ellen Hodge – Federal Government Employee – Port Coquitlam

I think the nicest thing is the appearance of the buildings, plus the beautiful scenery. I especially liked the Village Square which has a feeling much like the little towns in the Laurentians.

But I thought there would be more – more shops, more streets, more of a village. I guess it’s because it’s so new here. I imagine there will be more, it will just take a couple of years.

Whistler’s Answers: July 8, 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: A major recession hit North America in late 1981, with interest rates reaching up to 20%. Due to changes in the way school tax was calculated, increased road maintenance costs, and higher interest rates, property taxes in Whistler jumped 25% in 1982.

Question: How did you feel about paying your property taxes this year?

Bob Ellis – Businessman – Alpine Meadows property

We have a condo. That’s probably why my property taxes weren’t as bad as I expected.

With the homeowner’s grant, the taxes really weren’t too bad.

But I can see why some people who own houses are gasping.

Inge Nielsen – Gift Shop Operator – Commercial and Whistler Cay Heights property

I think it’s outrageous, I really do. What upsets me the most are the school taxes. Why do we have to support the entire school district?

We have one small school, and the facilities there certainly aren’t up to the level of taxes we’re paying.

Ken Hardy – Contractor – Brio property

I paid my taxes reluctantly. I feel the taxes are far too high for the product we’re receiving, particularly school taxes.

One thing that really piqued me was the $89,000 in the budget for golf course maintenance. How can you maintain something which isn’t even built yet?

Jan Simpson – Real Estate Agent – Alta Vista property

I didn’t pay them this year, and I haven’t paid them for two years. I get so many parking tickets and dog fines, I can’t afford to pay taxes.

The real problem is that school taxes, and the level of services we get, are way out of line compared to Vancouver.

Morley Forsyth – Advertising Sales – Gondola Area property

I feel taxes are very expensive for recreational property. I pay less in Vancouver and I get a lot more for my money.

I think the residents here should get together and protest.

Judy Waddingham – Travel Consultant – Whistler Cay property

I didn’t feel anything because I haven’t paid them yet.

Last year’s taxes were shocking – this year’s taxes are devastating.