Patrolling the people
On Jan. 2, my wife and I were enjoying a bluebird day skiing on
Blackcomb. Heading from the Glacier Express chair to the chimney our skiing day
was ended by an act of the mob waiting for Spanky’s to open.
Skiing well below the line, obviously
heading down slope, I was blindsided by a chunk of ice. It hit me in the back
of the head, knocked me over causing me to cartwheel down hill. I am 6’2”, 220
lbs and a strong skier.
Admittedly I’ve thrown a snowball or two, but this was a chunk
of ice that left me with a dented helmet and a wicked headache. Lucky I was
wearing the helmet or things may have been different; I need a new helmet not
There are enough natural dangers on the mountain keeping the
patrol occupied everyday. This behavior from “locals” is B.S. Patrol is on the
mountain to ensure your safety from the inherent risks associated with skiing,
not from other riders. Their job is hard enough; a person was killed on the
mountain that day.
After asking for ownership and meeting the gaze of cowards I
skied away. Just below I skied by a couple of distraught tourists who had
experienced the same treatment; cursing Whistler, discussing leaving and
You can’t welcome the dollars and not the people. Last year our
community suffered; this season we throw ice chunks at guests?
I welcome an apology from the individual who threw the
rain-crust, if you have the balls to stand alone.
I do live and work here, see you on the slopes.
Bank on it, Whistler
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were riding up the Harmony
Chair where we began chatting with the young man who had joined us at the lift
This young man was really warm and upbeat about the resort and
we learned that he was a liftie who was enjoying his day off. Our conversation
got around to accommodation, cost of living, etc. and we learned that although
he had saved a "fair bit of money" to come to Whistler and to hold on
with while things got going on the mountain he had actually run out of money.
He explained that he just didn't realize that it would cost him as much as it
did for rent, food, etc. He also assured us that he had been careful with his
money and had not partied it away.
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