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Ultimately, whether people like it or not, Whistler is the "Disneyland" of ski resorts in North America for people all around the world. Being a tourist town we should look for new things for people to do and not just simply condemn them as something that "cheapens a community."

Alain Therrien

Guest Services Manager

Whistler Valley Trolley Tours

Another huge success!

Saturday saw an excellent turnout for Arbor Day, about 55 people showed up at the bottom of Lorimer Road. All the objectives were achieved, with the decommissioned trails planted up. Large trail entrances were narrowed and many strong volunteers carried tree stems into the forest to prevent braiding of the trails.

Thanks to AWARE, Western Forest Products and the Ministry of Forests for their major contributions. Also to Cutting Edge Signs, Don MacLaurin, Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group, Whistler Angling Club, The Land Conservancy, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler Museum & Archives, Rotarians and many other volunteers. Whistler Outdoor Experience was again generous with their facilities, supporting a joint celebration with B.C. Rivers Day.

We look forward to celebrating Arbor Day in May of 2002 in the Emerald Forest when the planting of the north gravel pit will take place.

Thanks to you for the excellent coverage leading up to this event!

Paul Beswetherick

Landscape Supervisor

Resort Municipality of Whistler

Thanks Whistler

I wanted to thank all the local businesses and people who helped with the National Mountain Bike Team Fund-raiser at the Longhorn earlier this month. Some of us have just returned from the World Championships in Vail, Colorado (thanks to the fund-raiser).

Unfortunately, the whole Whistler team couldn?t make it due to the midweek NY disaster and the flight cancellations. I think we were lucky enough to have been allowed to race, considering one of our training days was cancelled as well as all other festivities.

Nonetheless, the experience of being an athlete in a world championship event is pretty exciting and we had an excellent week of training. The downhill course was technical and challenging with a 25-foot gap jump, many rock drops and finishing off with a crazy off camber section at the end.