New seasonal staff officially welcomed next week 

Survival guide highlights services and safety; Whistler Blackcomb emphasizes good choices

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Wednesday — The annual Welcome Week scavenger hunt gets underway at 2 p.m., with Whistler Blackcomb sponsoring the post-hunt barbecue at WB House at Base II.

Thursday — The Jill Ackhurst Welcome Dinner takes place at 5 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre. Tickets are $5 at the Visitor Information Centre outside the conference centre. If you want to host an Exhibitor Table at the Welcome Dinner, email Jackie@mywcss.org.

Friday — There's a film screening of the National Film Board classic "Ski Bums" at the Whistler Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. From 9 p.m. to midnight, Meadow Park is hosting the annual Pool Party. Tickets are $5.

Saturday — Feeding the Spirit, a special presentation at the Whistler Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is free food and prizes available.

As well, Yama Yoga is offering complimentary yoga classes through the week. For more, visit www.mywcss.org/pages/whistler-welcome-week.

Walk Safe

This is the second winter for Whistler's Walk Safe campaign, which was created to educate people about how to walk safely on the highway and roadways at night, as well as the alternatives that are available like public transit and the Valley Trail network.

In the first year of the program — initiated by the Whistler RCMP in partnership with the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, the American Friends of Whistler, and supported by Pique — some 3,000 Walk Safe kits were distributed with information about walking at night and free high visibility reflectors that people can carry.

This year the goal is to distribute 5,000 kits and reflectors, targeting newcomers to the resort.

"The Whistler RCMP fully support and endorse the Walk Safe program," said Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair. "Many areas of Whistler, particularly the various neighbourhoods, are quite dark at night so extra caution must be taken.

"Through the Walk Safe program, with a combination of education and the reflector campaign, our goal is to change both pedestrian and driver behaviours. We are striving for a safer community where we prevent needless injury and death."

The kits will be available during Whistler Welcome Week and at the RCMP detachment on Blackcomb Way. More details will be announced soon on other opportunities.

Meanwhile, newcomers are advised to avoid the highway when possible and use the Valley Trail. While walking on roadways, people should wear bright clothing and walk into traffic. Carrying the reflectors or wearing headlamps also makes you more visible. If possible you should take transit or cabs at night.

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