City: Vancouver Province: BC
Like Dusty's and GLC, Merlins is another Company-owned shop. Whistler-Blackcomb does a great job of giving you what you want - big patio, lots of beer, nachos etc., and the opportunity to make up all sorts of skiing lies about yourself. The place is bright and fun and the staff are quite good. Definitely should be on your apres ski bucket list.
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Congrats Max - I wish you all the best post-WB - you always were a pain in the ass to deal with at Guest Services! Great post-Whistler-closing article too - you always capture so well the inner turmoil with having to truck down the road to Blackcomb in May. God help us if you give up writing for the Pique. We'll probably sell our place soon thereafter…...
Of course I hate to be the prick who points out the new 8 passenger cabins for the Village lift cost $37,500 each - but I just did. You have to sell a heck of a lot of day passes to pay off the capital invested in the Sea to Sky Gondola. I hope they make it.
We have 18 licensed growers in Whistler?? Someone is going to grow 5100 sqft of plants in FxJx??! I must be living under a rock. Who knew so many people in Whistler have chronic pain, insomnia, PTSD, terminal cancer, etc. Oh wait…they don't. The Feds are preparing for a legalized supply chain. That would be nice - time to throw out the "medical" part of marihuana use. It's a recreational substance just like alcohol. Treating your inability to sleep with weed and having a MD prescribe it is ridiculous and makes a mockery of western medicine. The Feds had better speed up their process before too many more of these procedural resets occur. I recommend following the liquor production and sales laws exactly. Thankfully my MD doesn't need to write me a prescription for gin and tonic!
Painful. I'm a pretty astute environmental minimalist and had no idea the 'degradable' bags were in any way different from 'biodegradable' bags. I can also see why the MMBC is going to be a painful process for consumers who don't understand what can and cannot go into the stream. I always thought if it looks like plastic and feels like plastic, it is plastic. Apparently not. This really needs to get sorted out soon in order for us to comply with keeping the recycling streams clean.
I think I'm eating 20 hours a day already.......
I'd have to guess Mathews sexed up his story of finding Krasnaya Polyana just a little for the Pique. We were there in 2001 on a $10 bus ride from Sochi and could ascertain without a whole slough of technology or experience the place would make a decent ski resort - because it was already lift serviced! No need for Bereszovsky's jet. Had it been January and not July, I would have even been able to ride it. Of course Mathews would have been far better off telling the Pique about the drive up to KP before they tunnelled the road. Now that trip was worthy of a paragraph or two!
It is news Dusty's reached capacity this early in the season! Good for them, it gets a little sleepy here at the Creek. Only a bunch of losers would try to assault the police in Canada. Young punks don't know how good they have it here - our police are so docile, I'm amazed they resisted the resisted arrest! In a number of countries I've visited, the fellow who tried to pull the cop's gun would have found that yes, the gun would have been pulled and he would be on the receiving end of a slug. All for a drink at Dusty's? You must be kidding - it's really not that good! I feel the Whistler RCMP are just a bit too pacific. Last year they showed up to a "drunk chick outside" call with three or four cruisers, so I know they have the resources (her biggest threat to public order was breaking her stilettos). Anyway, they should have showed up with the same number of officers at Dusty's and dragged a few more losers off to the detachment. I've found a night in the can subdues one's enthusiasm for stupidity.
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