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RYAN REPORT – New era for Whistler Ski and Snowboard festival

It started as an end of season contest to crown the best all around skiers and snowboards, slowly morphed into a community and arts celebration, looked like it might fade into oblivion and is now making a comeback. On January 15, Whistler Blackcomb announced that the World Ski and Snowboard Festival will return for a 23rd … More »

RYAN REPORT – $66-million investment for Blackcomb

Stop wondering if Vail Resorts will maintain Whistler-Blackcomb’s industry leading lift network. A year after buying the mega-resort, the mega-resort owner announced a plan to build three new lifts for next winter.  A 10-passenger gondola highlights the $66-million planned investment. The new lift will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts on Blackcomb Mountain. Leaving from the Blackcomb … More »

What’s Next, Whistler?

It’s the question on everyone’s mind since last summer’s Vail takeover. by STEVEN THRENDYLE  in the Winter 2017 issue Western society bestows significance to certain birthdays, like turning the “Big Five-Oh” for instance. In 2015–16, Whistler held a season-long 50th-anniversay bash that viewed the past through rose-tinted goggles. To kick things off, Whistler’s marketing department, … More »

The Start of Something Big

Hut-to-hut touring in Whistler’s Spearhead Range just got a lot closer to reality. Six years after a group of backcountry skiers and mountain climbers from Whistler and Vancouver first approached B.C. Parks with its vision of a high-alpine hut system, Parks has finally given its blessing to the Spearhead Huts Committee that will allow the … More »

Whistler: A New Era

“We’re not as well known as we think we are.” When the Epic Pass was first introduced in 2008 offering unlimited skiing at five Vail resorts, I was on a powdery press trip there with a bunch of other ski hacks and briefly met Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz at après-ski. Rather than bring … More »

Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … More »

Whistler Gondolas For Sale

Delivery not included Whistler Mountain’s two-stage gondola was pretty state-of-the-art when the first passengers hopped onboard during the inaugural 1988 ski season. Indeed, its construction dates back to when the Young family owned Whistler Mountain, while competitor Intrawest—the new kid on the block—owned Blackcomb. “Those cabins were real workhorses,” said Whistler Blackcomb’s Doug Forseth. The … More »

The Business of Skiing

What goes around, comes around in the ownership and management of ski resorts. Winter 2015 .. My mind is a lot less cluttered now that I don’t have little resorts in the East that I have to travel to,” chuckles Charlie Locke, owner of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Locke’s business career almost embodies the serpentine … More »

Head Tax for the Hired Help

“Tourism is the Rodney Dangerfield of the economic well-being of Canada,” Dave Brownlie, Whistler’s president and CEO, joked with me on the phone back in August, “and skiing is even lower than tourism—we just don’t get no respect.” Since a handful of conniving fast-food franchise owners were exposed in the spring abusing the Temporary Foreign … More »

RYAN REPORT – New era for Whistler Ski and Snowboard festival

It started as an end of season contest to crown the best all around skiers and snowboards, slowly morphed into a community and arts celebration, looked like it might fade into oblivion and is now making a comeback. On January 15, Whistler Blackcomb announced that the World Ski and Snowboard Festival will return for a 23rd … More »

RYAN REPORT – $66-million investment for Blackcomb

Stop wondering if Vail Resorts will maintain Whistler-Blackcomb’s industry leading lift network. A year after buying the mega-resort, the mega-resort owner announced a plan to build three new lifts for next winter.  A 10-passenger gondola highlights the $66-million planned investment. The new lift will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts on Blackcomb Mountain. Leaving from the Blackcomb … More »

What’s Next, Whistler?

It’s the question on everyone’s mind since last summer’s Vail takeover. by STEVEN THRENDYLE  in the Winter 2017 issue Western society bestows significance to certain birthdays, like turning the “Big Five-Oh” for instance. In 2015–16, Whistler held a season-long 50th-anniversay bash that viewed the past through rose-tinted goggles. To kick things off, Whistler’s marketing department, … More »

The Start of Something Big

Hut-to-hut touring in Whistler’s Spearhead Range just got a lot closer to reality. Six years after a group of backcountry skiers and mountain climbers from Whistler and Vancouver first approached B.C. Parks with its vision of a high-alpine hut system, Parks has finally given its blessing to the Spearhead Huts Committee that will allow the … More »

Whistler: A New Era

“We’re not as well known as we think we are.” When the Epic Pass was first introduced in 2008 offering unlimited skiing at five Vail resorts, I was on a powdery press trip there with a bunch of other ski hacks and briefly met Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz at après-ski. Rather than bring … More »

Whistler vs. Vail

Who’s the best? How to choose between North America’s two mega ski resorts. BY LESLIE WOIT When Blackcomb was born in 1980, its biggest competitor was a nearby hill called Whistler. So, too, in former times, did Vail scratch for more customers from the gravelly parking lot of a little bitty Beaver Creek. That was then, … More »

Whistler Gondolas For Sale

Delivery not included Whistler Mountain’s two-stage gondola was pretty state-of-the-art when the first passengers hopped onboard during the inaugural 1988 ski season. Indeed, its construction dates back to when the Young family owned Whistler Mountain, while competitor Intrawest—the new kid on the block—owned Blackcomb. “Those cabins were real workhorses,” said Whistler Blackcomb’s Doug Forseth. The … More »

The Business of Skiing

What goes around, comes around in the ownership and management of ski resorts. Winter 2015 .. My mind is a lot less cluttered now that I don’t have little resorts in the East that I have to travel to,” chuckles Charlie Locke, owner of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Locke’s business career almost embodies the serpentine … More »

Head Tax for the Hired Help

“Tourism is the Rodney Dangerfield of the economic well-being of Canada,” Dave Brownlie, Whistler’s president and CEO, joked with me on the phone back in August, “and skiing is even lower than tourism—we just don’t get no respect.” Since a handful of conniving fast-food franchise owners were exposed in the spring abusing the Temporary Foreign … More »

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