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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Editorial

Re: “Looking for answers

Left Whistler in our first year of marriage when reality set in due to lack of affordability of real estate given the difficulty of getting full time year round work that a bank would qualify a mortgage on. Whistler has always been expensive. Now our family's second generation has been trying to live there for 6 years. Housing is so expensive you can't rent and save realistic money for a place of your own. Jobs are not paying living wages. Moving up is very difficult beyond the first level of seasonal employment where international visiting employees subsidize the companies with money they save and bring with them from countries with higher wages. Now the prices are such that you can't afford to enjoy the reason you moved there in the first place. The mountains. Add to that the fact that Canadians who live nearby have to pay american prices to ski in their own country, and it's becoming very difficult to see how a company can just choose to shut out a whole lot of customers. These are customers that mountain ownership might need given the first international downturn, financial or social shift overseas that results in visitors from other countries deciding to holiday closer to home. No matter how large you are in a corporate sense, you cannot afford to turn your back on a single potential customer. One day just when you need that customer most because others have taken their dollars elsewhere, you might just find they are no longer interested in what you offer. They have moved on. In an industry as cyclical as the ski industry and the vacation real estate market it's not a prudent strategy to be too cavalier about coming into a market and ruling a large portion of support unnecessary to one's business. Monica B Whistler Skier 1968- 1984. Resident 1979 - 1984

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Posted by Monica B on 04/26/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

An effective strategy would have been to come in with observation and research; to gain an understanding of what is working and what isn't, and target changes towards necessary improvements.

What WAS done was much more typically American. 'We don't care how things were done before, we're doing it OUR way now.' So many changes were implemented that made things worse than they were (a software that took us almost a decade backwards, malfunctioning systems, loss of several pass options that enabled locals to ride, etc)

I'm happy to see that Vail is giving back to the community in several ways (with money) but there are some things money can't buy. Give this town it's soul back; show the locals that you know how important they are. Gear your business model towards the people that make up the sea to sky; the people who man the lifts and make the coffees, and not just the deep pockets of the foreign elite.

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Posted by Shannon Heather on 04/26/2018 at 7:41 AM

Re: “The power of protest

No tar sands tankers for Vancouver harbour. Google and read, "Vancouver Oil Sands Tanker Spill Could Cause Evacuation Nightmare". Dump KM, to save beautiful Vancouver.

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Posted by Earl Richards on 04/26/2018 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Looking for answers

This was my first year not skiing Whistler since 1980. I will not be back until Vail is gone. I will enjoy my local mountain pass and my Mountain Collective pass for the foreseeable future. I used to sing the praises of Whistler despite is limitations in the weather department. No more. Alienating local skiers who can pick their days in notoriously fickle weather (weather that has always made the destination business a crapshoot) is a poor business strategy ... Vail Resorts will see.

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Posted by D Lawson on 04/24/2018 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

I just dont think Sonntag and Vail get it. You wonder if the message really got to the top how much they screwed up their first year. It isnt rocket science. You expect a basic ski resort to be able to issue ski passes, you expect that the passes work, that the linked credit card is linked, that the scanners work at the gates...that the call centre answers the phone to take lesson booking and the queues to customer service dont snake around the building. Fix the basics, the mountain will look after the rest. Oh, and listen and find out whats really going on...

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Posted by GFBO on 04/23/2018 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Looking for answers

The analogies Sonntag chose and stating that his company was 'the enemy' from the beginning is curious. As an ex-longtime local and frequent visitor it pains me to see how aggressive Vail has been to push their Epic pass and complicate or altogether eliminate traditional pass options while unreasonably increasing costs to access the mountains. This is a sure fire strategy to start a relationship with a fiercely passionate community, off on the wrong foot, if this was Vail's goal the strategy has succeeded.

Rob Reed - Toronto.
Whistler Resident (1991-2004).

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Posted by Robert Reed on 04/19/2018 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Big data is dumb and dangerous

Great article Braden.

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Posted by Nikki Best on 04/09/2018 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Looking forward to the new Creekside

There is a real problem with traffic flow in & out of Creekside Plaza. Years ago the only grocery store was located there and it was a dangerous free-for-all. It was a major improvement to relocate to Franz's trail area.
Perhaps a pedestrian bridge might help?

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Posted by Greg Harrington on 03/24/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Doobie doobie do...

When weed was legalized south of the border, I had half expected to see more overt public use, even though it is prohibited, like before. We are now a couple of years in, and the visions of people walking down the sidewalk toking on a joint have never materialized.

I think that people who are pre-disposed to partake in cannabis have already been doing so for years. It's not as though everyone said "Yay, now I can take up marijuana!. Maybe there are a few, but it's not evident. I admit, that my view is based solely on my own observations, and maybe studies have shown otherwise, but from what I've seen, there has been no cannabis apocalypse.

No "stoners" staggering down the street. No "skunky smell" coming from the alleys (unless it's from a real skunk, which we do have) Basically, it's been "nothing to see here. Move along."

With that being said, dispensaries have been popping up like mushrooms. I'm sure, in the case of RMOW, the number and location of dispensaries will be tightly controlled.

Also, a friendly reminder; even though cannabis is legal in Washington State, it is still illegal federally, and the US Customs and Border Patrol work for the federal government, not the state. To them, it is still highly illegal. Just wait to buy until after you cross the border. You won't have to go far.

Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 03/10/2018 at 9:11 AM

Re: “On the right path

I was disappointed that first nations did not present at the OCP vision meeting. I would think they would want to start putting their ideas forward. that is what these meetings are supposed to be about. I am concerned that the community direction and the first nations direction will again collide. First nations may again not approve the OCP and then what??

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Posted by Wood on 03/08/2018 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Doobie doobie do...

Odd to read you are content with the slow pace of social justice for what you call a new drug. Like most opinions written in our local papers yours stand out as sadly naive and misinformed.

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Posted by Anchovies29 on 03/08/2018 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Your tax dollars at work

The proposed growth is non-sustainable

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Posted by Anchovies29 on 03/08/2018 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Your tax dollars at work

I just don't trust this council. Another million for gateway? Why???

This mayor is a liar. She lobbied and won on free parking for example.

Clare. Why are you not looking at what she wrote as a columnist before she was elected? Is it because she advertises with you?

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 03/05/2018 at 12:28 AM

Re: “Your tax dollars at work

No one wants the momentum that the resort has gained in recent years to hit a brick wall, but as we have clearly seen in recent months we can't keep up the pace without more staff

Posted by Wood on 03/02/2018 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Time to get a grip

To be honest I'm more concerned about dangerous pickup truck and large SUV drivers.

If you trawled through ICBC records you'll find that the vast majority of serious and fatal accidents on the Sea Sky highway are caused by those two vehicle types with resident drivers from the Sea to Sky region. The old 'I know this road like the back of my hand' and false invincibility that these vehicles provide compound to make a terribly dangerous situation on the Sea to Sky highway.

Pickup truck drivers are particularly notorious for tailgating, dangerous overtaking and speeding on the Sea to Sky, go ask the RCMP.

Tourists knowingly renting a car without snow tires (when required) then cautiously driving up an unfamiliar road in bad weather are a lot lower on my danger radar. Trust me, if these tourist folks get into an accident it will be because of the driving antics of the aforementioned pickup truck and SUV drivers.

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Posted by arm slides on 01/21/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Let's be careful out there

Me and my family were the victim of a Hate Incident in the village due to the active media campaign against White Christian Conservative Males in the mainstream media. And all because I wear a visible cross and a hat which is an extension of my Faith. I guess in Trudeaus Canada, some families are more equal than others. Stay safe out there and hug your kids. You never know when youll trigger some entitled millennials programmed by Propaganda about our traditions and values.

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Posted by Dog Cryptographer on 12/21/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Revisiting Renaissance

Guess the time is right to bring this project proposal back into the spotlight and find a good piece of property to build sooner than later...
https://www.facebook.com/surfinwhistler

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Posted by Beric P on 12/16/2017 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Change is hard

The transition to Vail ownership has been an absolute disaster.

Here we are a week past official opening day and now I am only receiving an email today about updating photos and signing a new waiver for my Edge Card, what the heck?

Thousands of people have been impacted by this, all because systems can't be integrated? There seems to be a new made up rule about photos 3 years old? All the cards are now mailed from Colorado? Edge Card holders who purchased early to get unlimited skiing until Dec 15th now lose this because of all the delays! They expect me to queue up on my ski day wasting time to get a photo that will look no different than the one that was on file up until Tuesday and was magically was deleted from the system today?!

I'm sorry that the author has pity for Vail, boo hoo...they took our money and are failing to deliver a service, heads should roll and people should be fired, the new CEO should be out on his ear, CTO probably too.

I'd advise anybody experiencing the same issues as my self to contemplate disputing the charge for their Edge Card with their credit card company. Opening day was last week and I've yet to receive the card so essentially WB/Vail have failed to deliver the service as requested. I've found companies start to pay attention to their customers needs when you hit them where it hurts most and for giant faceless US corporations that usually means hitting their bottom line.

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Posted by arm slides on 11/29/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “As Canadian as possible under the circumstances

"Canadians pride themselves on being tolerant people. Sometimes we are too tolerant."

Indeed, you are tolerant. So tolerant that laws have been passed decreeing what you have to say. So tolerant that judicial process is suspended if you offend a minority group. Congratulations on your godlike "tolerance", heaven knows what your intolerance looks like.

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Posted by Emily Stubbs on 11/14/2017 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Time to get serious about overtourism?

I like the example of what AirBNB has done in Amsterdam (the 60 day limit) and believe that it should be allowed here without the need for a special zoning or business license. Local residents that decide to jump the bubble and go on vacation should have the ability to fund their steep mortgages in part by helping visitors on a tight budget find affordable accommodation in Whistler, especially during high season when hotels are fully booked anyway.

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Posted by Beric P on 09/23/2017 at 10:48 AM

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