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The snow (or not) of 1976-77

The snow (or not) of 1976-77

November 1976 was dry, with a cold north wind blowing into December.
When snowboarding came to Whistler

When snowboarding came to Whistler

Looking at Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains today, it is hard to imagine there was ever a time when snowboarders weren't allowed to ride on the mountains.
Cameras and museums: How photographs help preserve history

Cameras and museums: How photographs help preserve history

No one can deny that Whistler is an extremely photogenic place. With the valley's majestic mountains, clear blue lakes, and abundant wildlife, it has been a beautiful getaway for lovers of the outdoors for more than a century.
Canada's first interdenominational chapel

Canada's first interdenominational chapel

Whistler has had some pretty memorable buildings constructed in the valley, but few are as instantly recognizable as the Whistler Skiers' Chapel.
Lost on Whistler?

Lost on Whistler?

In February 1968, The Garibaldi's Whistler News (GWN) published an article entitled "Were 107 Skiers Really Lost on Whistler Mt.?" The article was meant as a (somewhat belated) response to articles published in Lower Mainland newspapers on Dec.
Tourists, trains, and the Cariboo Prospector

Tourists, trains, and the Cariboo Prospector

A few weeks ago, we wrote an article about the history of the Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) Railway.
Before opening day

Before opening day

One of the most-talked about topics in Whistler each November is opening day: when it will be, what the conditions will be like, and how the rest of the snow season looks.
Whistler Mountain's early operations

Whistler Mountain's early operations

As we approach another opening day for Whistler Blackcomb, we've been looking back at the early days of operations on Whistler Mountain.
The beginnings of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway

The beginnings of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway

If you've ever been out hiking near the train tracks on the western side of Whistler, you know how difficult the terrain can be.
Charlie Chandler and the runaway bannock

Charlie Chandler and the runaway bannock

This week, we thought we'd take a look at the life and legacy of Charles Ernest Chandler, one of Whistler's earliest European settlers. Known locally as Charlie, he was a trapper during the beginning of the 20th century.