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The Best of Whistler 2000

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Party of 2000

The mother of all Millennium bashes was apparently at George’s place in Creekside. George’s party edged out Dusty’s Last Stand – the hangover of which will be felt for 10 days in January when the new Dusty’s will be closed under order of the B.C. liquor police for infractions at the farewell event.

Other events earning an honorable mention for 2000 include Shine – the off then on again rave at AlpenRock – Snowball, the Tea Party at the conference centre, the Mouton Cadet Spring Festival and Halloween at Tapley’s Farm and Merlin’s.

Best new business

Ahh … what a gooey bunch … The Love Nest has been voted the favourite new venture in town. Next up also says something. The Re-Use It Centre is the second most popular new business in Whistler. Other worthy mentions included the Internet Café, the Westin, Pasta Lupino, the creperie, Chick Pea, the new-look Millar Creek Café, Whistler Freeride – a new snowmobiling operation in the Callaghan with ties to Mad River Nordic – and, of childhood fantasies, the Great Glass Elevator.

Best hotel lobby to hang out in

The Chateau Whistler eked out ahead of the Delta, only just. The new Westin lobby earned second position as an ideal luxury loitering spot, followed by the Crystal Lodge and Pan Pacific.

Secret about Whistler

Okay, it wouldn’t be a secret if you did tell… and, apart from Emerald Lake, no one really ‘fessed up. We tried. Comments ranged from, "I’m not telling" to "As if I’d tell you," and "Why would I tell?"

The secret is safe.

Oh, someone did say the hidden fact about Whistler is how many tourists do in fact go missing.

Rumour of 2000

The number one rumour this year was apparently that there would be staff housing. Number two was there would be a Y2K meltdown.

And number three was there would be pay parking. Other intelligence ranged from talk that the Nordic bridge was collapsing to the assertion that Bill Gates had bought Akasha, or had bought something big somewhere in town.

Thing that never happened

General consensus here – Y2K never happened. Staff housing never materialized and neither did pay parking. And, the mountains did not open early.

Sales pitch

"They’re waterproof!"

That was the sales pitch that got the most votes. It says something about our Coast Mountain climate.

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