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Peak to Peak has world talking

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Peak to Peak has world talking

The Whistler Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Whistler-Blackcomb for the bold move of bringing the Peak to Peak Gondola dream to fruition.

The positive impact of the Peak to Peak on our economy will be significant, will have minimal impact on the environment and will be built with private sector money. It doesn’t require more market beds or a significant number of employees to operate. With the reality of global warming, the gondola increases the capacity of higher altitude terrain and mitigates our community’s financial risk.

We now recognize that the size of our resort requires a higher level of business than we’ve seen over the last few years to be sustainable. We must fulfill the potential of our current infrastructure so we don’t continue to see businesses close in our community. This new attraction fits well within our long-term strategies to build a diversified economy that is sustainable year round.

Most importantly, it has the world talking about Whistler again. Visitors will come from all over the world to experience the Peak to Peak gondola ride and all its splendor, winter and summer. The lift will generate renewed interest in visitation from the Lower Mainland and those visitors who have “been there, done that.” Whistler already offers the most terrain and variety compared to other ski resorts and with the new gondola, we will be unsurpassed.

We thank Whistler-Blackcomb for making the vision a reality. In our opinion, this is the best announcement for the Whistler community since winning the privilege of hosting the 2010 Games. The Whistler Chamber will do our best to ensure that customer service levels are at their best when the multitude of visitors come to take in the ride. Go Whistler-Blackcomb!

Louise Lundy, President WCC

Dave Davenport, Chair WCC


Legacy trails in perspective

For many years now, cross-country skiing has been the neglected stepchild of the skiing family in B.C. While downhill skiing resorts dominate the terrain, cross country enthusiasts in B.C.’s largest population centre are limited to the tired and overcrowded trails of Cypress Park or are forced to make the three-hour drive to Manning Park.

Lost Lake has been a treasure for those of us who come to Whistler regularly, and the municipality has done an excellent job of maintaining the trails. But the Lost Lake trails will always suffer from poor and unreliable snow conditions. In some years, the Whistler Loppet could have been better skied on water skis.