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Rainbow developers a no-show at council

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Developers of the Rainbow project did not appear before council Monday night to answer questions about the seemingly stalled housing development.

Mayor Ken Melamed said council has been told there will be an update at either the Dec. 3 council meeting or the last meeting of the year on Dec. 17.

“We are looking for that update,” he reiterated at Monday’s meeting.

Councillor Ralph Forsyth had asked that Rainbow’s developers appear before council to explain what is going on at the employee housing site.

The first phase of housing was promised for 2008. But it appears no work has been done on site since council adopted the bylaws to move the project forward in June.

 

Beds needed for vollies in February

Whistler is looking for any free beds in the resort during the month of February to host ski volunteers

Specifically, the resort needs to host ski volunteers for the upcoming Olympic test events — the Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships from Feb. 6 to 13 and the Whistler World Cup from Feb. 19 to 24.

Those dates are the highest demand period but the homestay program is looking to host volunteers from Jan. 30 to Feb. 26. Beds are needed for roughly 250 people at various times over that period.

The municipality has developed a matching program where homeowners would put their rooms into a pool for volunteers.

“If you have an extra room, we can certainly use it,” said Donna Savage, coordinator of the Whistler Volunteer Homestay Program.

She presented what she has come to think of as a “dating program” to council Monday night.

The minimum requirement for hosts is that they provide a room with a bed for at least four nights, in addition to access to a bathroom and bed and bath linens.

Optional amenities are: coffee, a light breakfast, kitchen access, laundry and parking.

Not only can locals help support Canadian athletes, they can also get involved in a community program.

“Help us really show what Whistler can do,” appealed Savage.

For more information go to www.whistleralpinevolunteers.com . To apply go to www.whistler.com/homestay .

 

Fees set for dual Lost Lake-Callaghan pass

Cross country skiers will be able to access both the Lost Lake trails and the new trails at the Nordic centre in the Callaghan with one dual pass.

The trails in the Callaghan are part of the new trails developed with the Olympic and Paralympic Nordic competition venue, built among the trees in the heart of the Callaghan Valley.

A dual adult early bird pass will cost $279. The pass for just one venue is $179.20, meaning the dual pass represents a savings of almost $80.

The youth early bird price is $165, while the child price is $139 and family is $549.

The early bird prices will be applicable until Dec. 7.

After that date the regular prices kick in at $349 (adult), $209 (youth), $175 (child) and $699 (family).

A two-day dual pass for an adult costs $30, while a book of six costs $85.

Access to the trails in the Callaghan could mean the cross country ski season is extended for skiers because the venue is at a higher elevation compared to the Lost Lake trails, and will likely have more snow later in the year.

There is a mad scrabble to get the Callaghan trails ready by the Christmas break in anticipation of a busy resort.

The proceeds from the dual passes will be split evenly between the resort municipality and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Games.

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