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Whistler’s Answers: July 7, 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: The Whistler Health Planning Society was formed in 1982 and that September opened the Whistler Medical Centre in a double-wide trailer on Whistler Way. The two doctors in Whistler, Dr. Christine Rodgers and Dr. Rob Burgess, as well as the public health nurse Marilyn McIvor and physiotherapist Susie Mortensen-Young, began practicing out of the facility. That winter, Whistler Emergency Services also began operating out of the Whistler Medical Centre. As of 1983, the Whistler Medical Centre did not have tools such as an x-ray machine and was a small space for the number of patients treated. Find out more about the Whistler Medical Centre’s early years here.

Question: How extensive do you think health care facilities at Whistler should be?

Sue Howard – Director of Sales, Tantalus Lodge – Whistler Cay

I don’t think we need a hospital yet, we’re not big enough. The health care facilities definitely need improving though. We should have an x-ray machine and perhaps a specialist in athletic injuries.

Gerd Bechtel – Air Traffic Controller – Munich, Germany

It sounds like you need a hospital here. What if someone is ill or has a skiing accident? It is a long way to Vancouver for proper care. It seems to me you have enough people here to have that facility.

Bart Imler – Unemployed – Emerald Estates

I believe Whistler needs certain facilities like an x-ray machine for sure. We don’t need a hospital because there’s not enough people to warrant one and if they tried to build it now it’d be so rinky-dink it wouldn’t be worth having.

Whistler’s Answers: June 30, 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 spring of 1983, Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation began studying the economic viability of a waterslide at the base of their northside lifts. The waterslides did go ahead and open, though not until August 1985. Find out more about the waterslides here.

Question: Do you think a water slide would be an asset to Whistler?

Cherie Chaffey – Cocktail Waitress/Student – Alta Vista

That sounds like the first step toward finding something fun for kids to do here – an especially bad problem in the winter. It sounds like a great idea for adults too – I think they’re really popular in the States. We need things like that to make Whistler a year-round resort.

Stephanie Simpson – Grade Four Student – High Forest

Yes, I think it would be great. Everyone would use that and then maybe then more people would come to Whistler. They could advertise it on TV. I think our teachers would let us go on it for a treat. I’ve never been on one but I’m not afraid of them.

Al Bosse – Contractor – Whistler Cay

I think it would be a real help to occupy kids – especially the teens and pre-teens. Adults would definitely use something like that too! Myself, I think I’ll wait ’til about 500 people have tried it before I’ll go on.

Whistler’s Answers: June 23, 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: The Whistler Golf Course opened 18-holes on June 15, 1983. Though there had previously been a smaller course in the area, plans to expand the golf course were delayed by the recession. Find out more about Whistler’s golf course development here.

Question: What do you think of Whistler’s golf course?

Brad Ewart – Freelance Sports Writer – Burnaby, BC

I thoroughly enjoyed my round. This course really forces you to think. I would say it’s not a championship course but it wasn’t meant to be. It rewards a good shot and penalizes a bad one. The greens are superb – they are the best part.

Dave Duddy – Greensman, Whistler Golf Course – White Gold

It’s a challenging course if you hit straight. The fairways are tight and the greens are coming along well – really smoothing out. We’ve got a few problems on holes two and three and 15 and 16, but they’ll come. The best thing about this is to see people using the course. That’s what’s made all our work worthwhile.

Howard Reed – Telephone Co. Staff – Seattle, Washington

That course is fantastic for only being a year old. It has been beautifully maintained and is really challenging. There were a few bare spots and it was a little ragged on the 16th hole but when all that matures this course will be out of this world.

Whistler’s Answers: June 16, 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 1983, there was no municipal, provincial, or private campground within Whistler, though that didn’t stop some people from finding spots to camp.

Question: Is there a demand for a campground at Whistler?

Graeme Mounsey – Traveller – Sydney, Australia

We heard about Whistler at the tourist information booth when we arrived in BC. They said there was no tenting but there is a youth hostel. I find hostels too restricting so I doubt we’ll go there though the scenery and canoeing sounds tempting.

Walter Terrien – Caretaker, Capilano Mobile Park – North Vancouver

Sure, lots of people ask us about camping at Whistler – especially in the winter. We don’t know of any spots up that way though. I don’t think there are any so I always tell them how to get there and say I don’t know what facilities they’ll find.

Anne Crocker – Travel Counsellor, North Van Chamber of Commerce – West Vancouver

Well, when people ask me I show them the Provincial Parks of BC map. The government parks aren’t such great places for trailers and campers and as far as private campsites go there’s nil in that area. There are lots of hotels though!