A Christmas to remember...
I think it would be an amazing tribute to Nodar Kumaritashvili (and every single athlete) if there were to be a day that our community would gather to commemorate the memory of an athlete that believed in the Olympic dream. I could never have the power to set the day. But I truly believe, if there could be a picture sent to his family (even if they do not celebrate the same holidays we do) to let them know he will never be forgotten. Show them how proud we are of his dreams.
He is one of the great... and the fallen. Just as Dave Murray, Shane McConkey and all the others that have been lost to this valley. All have been great. All should be remembered.
And how amazing would it be to remember them all at the holidays. The Whistler Way. Be strong, live life as if it were your last day.
We, as a community, could arrange a date around the holidays to give tribute to such spirit and soul. Gather around Nodar's memorial (a tribute to all the fallen, in my opinion), close to Celebration Plaza. I think it would be one of the most moving experiences of the holidays we could ever have. Come one, come all... celebrate the spirit of the season. The spirit of Whistler. The spirit of life!
Souls, dreams and hope. That is really what we should be remembering at this time of year. I hope every person reading this feels love at this time of year. And if you don't... come find me! You will get hugs and love that will take you through it. Happy Holidays!
Meghan Lorena Deschenes
Re: Your life in Whistler (Pique feature, Dec. 9)
Ironic that Mrs. Holdaway writes about her Whistler experience in the same issue where there are several articles about the pay parking, unsustainable tax levels and one about how Whistler is different and really can sustain its spending.
I've been skiing at Whistler since 1976 and bring my family for occasional ski weekends. We enjoy the biking in the summer as well. So I understand the attraction of the area.
To read about how the locals know where to park for free while the expanded population (paying tourists) pays for the services that Whistler locals enjoy is an insult to your visitors.
I also read that Whistler is concerned that the parking revenue isn't higher. In the last couple of years I've been to Jackson Hole (pay parking or a free shuttle from a distant lot), Deer Valley (free shuttle from the lot), the Canyons (free gondola from the lot), Snowbird, Alta, Powder Mountain and a host of other more local ski areas that have free parking. The Canyons gondola is the most convenient but the Deer Valley setup is very good as well. Granted, these are ski areas not the RMOW. They are providing a service to customers, not creating another revenue stream to pay for a lifestyle that is unsustainable.