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A writer’s confession: Ten reasons for loving Whistler

click to enlarge Whistler Style Many an exhibitionist has called Whistler home. Chili Thom doing his part during one of many legendary parties
  • Whistler Style Many an exhibitionist has called Whistler home. Chili Thom doing his part during one of many legendary parties

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7) Born And Raised in Whistler : It’s truly exciting to see this “new” generation of born-and-raised Whistlerites and what they’re accomplishing in the “outside world”. Whether Victoria Whitney, Ali Milner or Claire Daniels, Davey Barr, Johnnie Burgess or Max Horner (to name but a few), these young ambassadors are adding more shine to the Whistler luster with everything they do. Hopefully they will all be able to find a place to live here in the future…

8) History : We stand on the shoulders of giants! Without the vision, determination (see even stubbornness) and hard work of its founders, Whistler would likely still be a quiet summer getaway with great fishing and good hiking. Remember: when Franz Wilhemsen and his posse started building here in 1964, there was no road, no electricity and no telephone connection….

9) Generosity : I am always in awe of people like Kathy Podborski or Andy Szocs or Colin Pitt Taylor or Andrée Janyk who put in countless volunteer hours simply in the hopes that the Whistler community will be better off for their contributions. But it seems to be an intrinsic part of the town’s DNA — and an extremely valuable asset.

10) Whistler Style : I first started writing about Whistler in the middle 1980s. Bold, adventurous — and totally chauvinistic about “my” mountain — I made it my business to reveal to the world what a great place this was. And yet, while it was virtually unknown outside hardcore skiers’ circles, I discovered in my travels that Whistler already had a reputation as a very cool place to live and play. And that status came directly from the resort’s earliest inhabitants: people like Dag Aabye and Jim McConkey and Nancy Greene Raine and Toulouse Spence and Hugh Smythe. Among mountain aficionados , “Whistler Style” hasn’t changed much in the ensuing years — only the names have. Now it’s Hugo Harrisson and Mike Douglas and Manuel Osborne Paradis, Britt Janyk and Maelle Ricker and Julia Murray. The message: Whistler style still kicks ass.

So there you have it. My top 10 list. Got any other reasons for loving Whistler? Drop me a line and let me know. I’m always happy to add more to my list…

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