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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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.
It would be helpful to know if the mayor is representing Sanchez or if one of her partners is - the story has conflicting information. The mayor of course had the choice to not take the case against the SLRD instead of resigning from the SLRD board and suing an entity to which she was inextricably linked. The ethics of becoming familiar with an organization only to step down and sue it are questionable. Personal injury law is by its nature destructive to value.
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