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Letters to the Editor for the week of April 19th, 2012

Longer ski season good for everyone

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On behalf of the Whistler business community, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Whistler Blackcomb for its recent decision to extend the ski season on Blackcomb Mountain until May 28, 2012.

The decision will help to ensure that potential guests keep Whistler top of mind during the month of May, can ski or board through the May long weekend, as well as take in the broad range of other off-mountain recreational pursuits we offer in the resort.

Let's all stay primed to Connect. Assist. Exceed. and to WOW! our guests during the month of May!

Fiona Famulak

President, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce

Spearhead Range huts one step closer

The Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival is truly about bringing people together to both celebrate and strengthen our community. Thanks to festival organizer Sue Eckersley donating space and resources, the Spearhead Huts Committee was able to host a successful fundraising event last Sunday (April 15) at the Whistler Conference Centre. The Mountain Culture Show welcomed more than 400 people to a night of multi-media hosted by the talented Mitchell Scott, publisher of Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine.

We would like to thank all of the incredibly talented entertainers — photographers, writers, athletes, comedians and filmmakers — who made the night so memorable.

A huge thank you to our sponsors Arcteryx, Salomon, Harbour Air, Long Beach Lodge Resort, Scandinave Spa, the Escape Route, the Core, Icebreaker, Innate, Outdoor Research, Petzl, Patagonia, Dynafit and the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau. Their generosity resulted in raising $4,500 through a silent auction. Scotiabank hosted a 50/50 draw raising $1,480. But the biggest surprise of the evening was the presentation of a $10,000 cheque from Patagonia.

The incredible show of support for this event was overwhelming. Our goal of building a network of huts in the Spearhead Range is now one step closer. We are excited to move forward on the next phase of the project. To learn more or to get involved as a volunteer, visit our website at www.spearheadhuts.org

Jayson Faulkner

Chair, Spearhead Huts Committee

Liquor licensing about more than municipal facilties

I find it odd that the survey presented by Whistler Community Services Society regarding Liquor Licensing issues was focused primarily around municipal facilities.

When I took the survey myself, I was expecting a more in-depth inquiry into the public opinion of the food and beverage industry. Instead we were routed through questions that all revolved around events — and only events that are held at municipal facilities (Olympic Plaza, Spruce Grove Field House, Rainbow Park, etc.).

Events such as Jazz on the Mountain, and Feast in the Mountains are important resort offerings no doubt. They contribute a lot to the financial health and success of the resort. However, one of Whistler's largest industries — Food and Beverage – has been forgotten in this questionnaire. Even the article written by the Question interviewed an event producer who declined to deal with the liquor license that he was in fact offered — a beer garden.

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