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Thank you, Doug Perry

Thank you, Doug Perry, mastermind and master-make-it-happen-guy behind the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, for everything you do.

As I walked through Whistler Village on the past two weekends and saw the incredible amount of buzz, activity and dynamism animating the whole resort, that's all I could think: "Wow. Thank you, Doug Perry. Is everyone within a hundred mile radius of Whistler thanking you? They should be."

When this year's TWSSF began, I had just returned from a tour of many other leading North American mountain resorts as part of my work. Every destination I visited after late March was a ghost town. Sagebrush bouncing down empty streets. Lifts carrying lone skiers up deserted mountains. Businesses not just quiet but closed. Gone fishin', nothin' better to do. But not here. Here we have a late April buzz of activity, particularly on the weekends, that rivals most ski towns at the height of their winter season. This does not happen anywhere else in North American skiing.

In addition to the vitality that Doug's tireless work brings to our struggling resort and to the mountain sports industry at large, he also shows all of us a good time – and he does it in classic, colorful, high-spirited Whistler fashion. I, for one, was out every day and every night, soaking up engaging cultural experiences, getting out on the mountain, meeting new contacts, hanging with old friends, and having a totally fun, thoroughly exhausting, utterly memorable great time.

Wow. Thank you, Doug Perry. If every small merchant, large corporate entity, ski and snowboard industry person, culture-junkie, partier and Whistler-lover within 100 miles hasn't thanked you profusely, they should.

Now I have to go take a nap.

Susan Reifer

Whistler

Mountains of thanks

Whistler-Blackcomb would like to say a big thanks and congratulations to Doug Perry, Sue Eckersley and the whole team at W1 who worked tirelessly over the last several months to deliver an epic TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival this year. It was, in our opinion, the best ever.

Anyone in the resort who doubts Whistler’s future and questions where our soul is need only have attended a single one of the many sold out photography, film, fashion or DJ events, taken in one of the dozens of free concerts, or skied around the mountains this past week to witness the quintessential Whistler. The buzz was everywhere – from world famous athletes to the ski and snowboard industry to mainstream media to our visitors from near and far.

The festival embodies what this resort is all about. It’s stylish, youthful, vibrant and most importantly, it’s fun. And it makes people want to keep coming back to visit us!

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