morning, skiers and riders! This is Whistler-Blackcomb with your 6 a.m. weather
Strombolopolous, of CBC’s The Hour, was handed the snow-phone script for an
impromptu guest voice-over last December, he slipped easily into the role,
working through the key details and ad-libbing exhortations to dress warm and
get pumped, like the broadcasting veteran he is. One take. Locked and loaded. And
10,000 people were armed with the most current weather conditions available. At
least for the next two hours.
is programmed into the muscle memory of our dialling fingers. 604-932-4211.
We’ve been dialling it already in preparation. It’s the most fun you can have
in Whistler without spending any money. There’s that little start of pleasure,
the rush of blood to the toes, when a voice responds — the voice that triggers
fantasies of faceshots and cold smoke, the narrator of our snow-porn dreams. “We’re
only nine days away from Opening Day and the countdown is on”.
marking time together, like the crowd at a concert, barely registering the
opening act, twitching and tapping our feet in anticipation of the headliner.
The main event. Snow.
membership is mandatory if you want to be the voice of winter.
Says Whistler-Blackcomb’s Public Relations and Communications Supervisor, Tabetha Boot, about her new recruits to the snow phone gig, “The bottom line is that they have to have a passion for skiing and riding, and understand why snow is so important.”
And they do.
Alex Hearn first skied at the age of 6, and has had a season pass ever since. That first day after the drive up from Langley she checked in at Whistler Kids to the same building she now clocks in at 5 a.m.
Keen rider? Check. Morning person? Double-check. She doesn’t even drink coffee.
Her colleague and tag-teamer, Jeff Neal, will take the caffeine, but the thought of being in the mountains, instead of downtown Toronto, is enough to launch him out of bed each day. “I love snow. I live for it. One of the things I brought here with me from home is a sign my mom gave me that says ‘Will work for snow.’”