Chuck and Harry and Bill are coming
Royals to ski Whistler, March 24-28
By Chris Woodall
Whistler has become hugely popular with the Brits, so it should be no surprise that three more have made Whistler/Blackcomb a must-do.
The three are Charles, Prince of Wales, and his two sons: Princes Henry, 13, and William, 15.
The young lads and their dad will arrive by helicopter in the evening, March 24, after finishing a few official duties in Vancouver.
No official functions are planned for their stay in Whistler, other than a one-time photo opportunity to keep the press hounds happy. Common practise in other resorts, the Royals hope to be left alone afterward.
"The media are asked to kindly respect Their Royal Highnesses' wish for privacy," say media co-ordinators.
That goes for the general public, too. There's no need to curtsey, for example, should you bump into a Royal. The traditional Whistler "how's it goin', dude" would probably be more than fine.
Given the teen ages of the sons, it's a sure bet they won't be seen in Maxx Fish.
As a service, however, Pique Newsmagazine is ready, aye, ready to suggest Top 10 Royally Fun Things to Do:
1) Get some carving machines and ski your brains out.
2) See if Ross has some time to offer snowboard lessons.
3) Do the overnight yurt thing with Rob Boyd and company.
4) Do the virtual thing at Mountain World, especially the horse race pod.
5) Get a Splitz Burger and see how much stuff you can stack on it.
6) Strap a snowmobile between your legs and head for the hills.
7) (Especially for Prince Charles) Have a pint of Canadian at Tapley’s and talk about the Leafs chances of winning the Stanley Cup.
8) (Especially for William) Check out the chicks at the high school.
9) (Especially for Henry) Do the Tarzan rope thing at the Meadow Park Sports Centre pool.
10) Buy a T-shirt for the Queen Mum that says "Go to Heaven, Ski Like Hell."