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The devastating force of a wildfire reminds us how helpless we really are in the face of nature's awesome power. This realization makes the work of these brave and dedicated individuals all the more praiseworthy. Without their quick and skilful action, we could have been facing a very different outcome, not only the destruction of Crystal Ridge but the unthinkable threat to the community of Whistler.

I cannot say enough great things about how professionally and proficiently the Ministry of Forests & Range and the Whistler Fire Department/RMOW responded. Their leadership was inspiring and their swift actions filled us with confidence. Through their "hit it hard and fast" strategy, the Crystal Ridge fire was quickly contained to the point at which we could safely re-open Blackcomb to the public after only two days' closure. And with timely and professional media communication from the RMOW Communications Team, we were able to minimize the impact to our resort-wide business. We were impressed by the level of co-operation among all parties and truly value their consideration.

There are too many people to thank individually - many of whom we didn't even get to meet. But we want you to know how appreciative we are of your continuing efforts here in Whistler.

I would also like to take this opportunity to extend a thank you to many Whistler Blackcomb staff, in particular in our Snowmaking, Patrol and Operations divisions, who worked in partnership with the Ministry to maximize resources at the fire sites and help to achieve containment. I salute the passion you show for our mountains.

Our hearts go out to all those around the Province of British Columbia, and in particular our neighbours to the north in Pemberton and Lillooet, who are under extreme fire hazards and evacuation orders as we speak. Fire response resources are being stretched in new ways, and fire crew safety is of utmost importance as they fight these dangerous blazes. Our respect grows daily for these men and women faced with such adversity and our thoughts are with them.

Doug Forseth

Senior Vice President Operations

Whistler Blackcomb

Smokin' good effort

Another hot and sunny B.C. Day long weekend has come and gone, and with it the Canadian BBQ Championships have come and gone too. As with years past, the event was a resounding success, a well-executed event that drew in literally thousands of locals and visitors to taste some of the world's best BBQ.

As the tradition of the BBQ championships continues, so do our fundraising efforts to support research for a cure to Crohn's and Colitis. For the seventh year in a row our grass roots fundraising group, Whistler Friends, has gathered volunteers together in Creekside to offer information, registration and ticket sales for the event; and for the seventh year in a row the results have exceeded expectations.