Logging lobby gets new president The Soo Coalition for Sustainable Forests named Tom Bruusgaard as its new president last week. Bruusgaard, a Squamish Town Councillor, has served as a director for the forest industry lobby group since it was started last year in the wake of the debate over preserving land for the Northern Spotted Owl in the Squamish Forest District. The group is designed to provide logging industry perspectives on resource and environmental debates. Bruusgaard replaces Ken Pickering as president of the Soo Coalition. Skiing the Internet Blackcomb went on-line last week with its daily snow report and information bulletin, and interest was very high. According to Sue Bayley-Cudmore, of the Blackcomb PR Department, Today on Blackcomb is the only on-line service the mountain has operating and an average of 200 inquiries checked out the information in the first four days of operation. "What we have is our Today on Blackcomb information that comes out every morning, posted on the Internet in the Whistler node," she says. Most of the inquiries have been coming from North America, but Bayley-Cudmore says "the Europeans are looking at it as well." No doubt with the lack of snow at European areas, the only thing they can do to pass the time is look at the snow accumulations here and dream. The Internet is a worldwide computer network which now has 35 million users and interest is growing exponentially. The Internet address for Today on Blackcomb is http.//www.whistler.net/ Whistler Mountain was the first Canadian resort to merge onto the information superhighway. Whistler has been posting ski conditions, events and announcements on rec.skiing.alpine every week since last winter. Pezarro leaves Blackcomb Jan Pezarro leaves Blackcomb today. After two years as Blackcomb's executive director of marketing and sales, Pezarro says she is leaving to spend more time with her family. "It has been a tremendous experience working here, but I think I really didn't understand what it meant to work in a resort," Pezarro says. "You come here for the lifestyle." Once she is done catching up on the past two years with her two daughters and husband, Pezarro says she will get back into marketing on a freelance basis. Although Pezarro has decided to take a hiatus from the ski business, she is not about to skip town. "This is an amazing place and I think we are well on our way to being permanent fixtures in the valley," she says.