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Whistler’s Answers: March 31, 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 March 1983, Whistler was proposed as the site for “Smokin’ in Whistler,” a series of rock concerts that would be filmed here and then broadcast on major Canadian networks. The series had originally been planned for Vancouver, but the producers had trouble getting through “the bureaucratic shuffle” and Whistler was suggested as an alternative by restauranteur Umberto Menghi. The series would have featured acts such as Loverboy, Rough Trade, Rush, April Wine, Bryan Adams, Prism, Streetheart, Chillwack, and other Canadian bands. The free performances would have taken place in Village Square with predicted audiences of 500 to 600 people.

Question: What do you think of the series of rock concerts to be filmed in Whistler Village in late April?

Ken Beatty – Village Employee – West Side Road

I think it will be great for Whistler’s publicity. Anything we can be known for other than skiing will help broaden our base so we’re not just thought of as a winter resort. This could lead to other kinds of music and other cultural events too. I think it’s a great idea.

Ken Davey – Village Employee – Squamish

It’s a really good idea. As soon as everyone hears about it they’ll all come to Whistler and bring the merchants lots of business. Sure it’ll be noisy, but that would be well worth it.

Chris Atkinson – Lift Operator – Adventures West

My feelings are mixed but that’s just because I don’t happen to like the kind of music they’ll be playing. For Whistler’s sake I think it’s great. It will publicize us all over. The noise won’t be much of a problem. There may be complaints but you get that with any project.

Whistler’s Answers: March 24, 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: We’re not sure context is necessary for this question.

Question: What is the best part of spring?

Gerry Hieter – Bartender – Brio

Actually, I feel kind of sad when spring comes around here. Everyone splits up – all the buddies you’ve met during the winter go their separate ways. But with all the new leaves and flowers around I can still feel a bit of that school’s-almost-out feeling though.

Ross Nichol – Chartered Accountant – Emerald Estates

Spring is wonderful – it means that winter peels back her mantle, lengthening the days and letting the sun come in. People can breathe and feel free again in spring.

Gayle Outhwaite – Ski Shop Assistant Manager – Nesters Road

I enjoy all the people around and the fact that they’re all happy. It’s sunny, it’s almost summer, we can be outside more, it’s just a nice time of year. I won’t be falling in love because I already am.

Whistler’s Answers: March 17, 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: We can’t actually find any mention of this outside of “Whistler’s Answers”, and so don’t have any additional context to provide.

Question: One of the local bars has advertised an S and M act this week. Do you think this kind of entertainment is appropriate for Whistler?

Paul Tatham – Bartender – Westside Road

I guess if they can sell that sort of thing then they might as well go for it but it seems a bit tacky to me. I think the solution is, if you don’t want to see this sort of thing then don’t go. It’s only on one night. After all, it’s not going to change the atmosphere of the whole town.

Sherrie Imrie – Nurse/Administrator – Tamarisk

I believe that poster it completely tasteless but I guess it’s up to the individual if they want to pay to see something like that. I don’t what this particular show is like but I personally think any form of human degradation should not appear anywhere.

Jeanette Bos – Secretary – Brio

I think it’s gross. The poster is especially bad. There are a lot of families coming to Whistler and I don’t think the children should be exposed to that. I think Whistler should concentrate on portraying a decent image and leave that kind of garbage out of it.

Whistler’s Answers: March 10, 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: Whistler held its first (successfully completed) World Cup downhill race in 1982. Rather than use the traditional route down what is now known as Dave Murray Downhill and ending in Creekside, the 1982 course began near the top of the Black and Orange Chairs, headed down through the Double Trouble rollers, the Pony Trail Flats, Tokum Corner, the Elevator Shaft, across Crabapple Creek, and finished in view of the spectators in the newly constructed Whistler Village. While the race was a success, some of the racers didn’t like the new course and thought it ended too slowly by passing over the flats of Lower Olympic.

Question: If the World Cup race comes to Whistler again which of the mountain’s two downhill courses do you think should be used?

Colin Pitt-Taylor – Chef – Function Junction

The north side of Whistler is just not a world cup course – it’s too easy. The other side offers twice the course to ski racers. That one is a real challenge. The ’82 World Cup was a media event, now let’s have a ski race.

Nigel Woods – Contractor – Alpine Meadows

I think the logistics of moving spectators to the village and the technical safety problems on the old course could be overcome, and should be, as it is a far more exciting route. Whistler Village did its publicity campaign in the last World Cup, now we should think of the ski race. Another whole concept could be taking advantage of the great fall lines on Blackcomb.

Stephanie Sloan – Ski Instructor – Westside Road

Safety rules have changed so much lately that the old course has become obsolete and it would cost too much to change it now. If conditions are good and the course is well prepared I think the north side still makes for a challenging exciting race.