And the winner is
Wow! Another year to honour, ridicule and remember. This may be the last year of the Maxies as we know them. At the rate things are going, if I want to keep this up I might have to rent Millennium Place next year, buy a tuxedo, an SUV, a 5,000 square foot house and ramp up my income by an order of magnitude or two just to feel at home in this town.
But theres less left of the year than it takes to recover from a hangover anymore so the envelopes please.
Mountain Kulture Awards:
Best On-Mountain Improvement: Snow! Long rumoured to be a no show, El Niño redux finally comes through like Scrooge with some of the white stuff. Ive seen cokeheads spill more powder than fell in all of November and much of December fer chrissakes. Okay you bandito, deliver the other couple of feet we need to stop Colorado from making fun of us or were going to sic Immigration on you.
Best Disappearing Act: Whistler. No, were still here. We just disappeared from the official name of the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics. You ought to see what those BidCorp guys can do with an elephant, a scantily-clad assistant and a couple of hundred million of your tax dollars. Abracadabra, dude.
Second Best Disappearing Act: A good part of the coaching staff and some of the mens downhill team at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. Recognizing it was throwing good money after bad, Alpine Canada axed most of the coaches, dispersed the team and skipped the final race of the season after something more closely resembling a Marx Brothers movie than Olympic skiing made the beaver blush. Full marks though for putting a racer in the presidents chair, a coach who knows the word WIN and few others in charge and focusing on rebuilding.
The Student Becomes the Master Becomes the Student: Rob Boyd opts for the smaller time and casts his future as Head Coach of Whistler Mountain Ski Clubs K2s, passing on a chance to work in the bigs with CAST. Not only will he get to shape a brighter future by staying here, but well still get to ski with him.
Life is Politics Politics is Life Awards:
Mobius Remembered: Whistlers sustainability initiative. No exercise in recent memory has so succinctly managed to define what its all about by its mere execution. The consultants must think theyve died and gone to consultant heaven.
Everett Dirksen Remembered Part I: A million bucks for a muni Web site?