As I sit and watch the snow falling on Monday morning I am reminded of my day on the hill two Saturdays ago. Anyone who was up on that 81cm day would have to agree that it was one of the best days we have had this season. There was more snow than my legs could handle and the mountains did a stellar job of getting everything open - kudos to WB for that.
But what made my day the most memorable was what my ski partner and hundreds of others climbing Spanky's Ladder saw that Saturday afternoon. It was the group in front of us slowly making their way up Spanky's for some freshies of their own. What made this group so remarkable was that everyone there was working extra hard to get up that damn ladder... because one guy was in a sit ski. That's right, a sit ski.
There were times when he was sideways, times when we thought he was going to start going back downhill and times when we thought everyone else behind him was going to go down too. But thanks to the efforts of everyone there, including anybody around who could help by carrying skis, poles, etc., the gang made it to the top safe and sound. Talk about getting a group pumped up - there were cheers galore as the whole crowd got carried away in the spirit of what it means to get out there and play.
So I just wanted to say thanks to the guy in the sit ski and thanks to everyone who made it happen - you've truly inspired me. Maybe you guys do this all the time but it was a first for me to witness what will be one of the most memorable events I have seen on the mountains and here in Whistler.
Beware the P3 model
Whistler Watch would like to congratulate the RMOW for completing the long-awaited upgrades to Whistler's Waste Water Treatment Plant and extend a warm welcome to Harry Kim, the new GM of Environmental Services.
As many in the community may remember, Whistler Watch led a public campaign in 2006 to convince council to maintain public operation of our waste water treatment and actively participated in a local public consultation process called the Alternative Approval Process (AAP).
As cash-strapped municipalities confront continuing needs with plummeting resources, they are resorting to public-private partnerships or P3s, but citizens are clearly saying they want public services to be provided by the government, not private corporations.
A new study by Truthout.org released on Jan. 15, 2010, exposes the widening use of P3s and their fueling of a new era of public asset sales in the U.S. and around the world.