February 02, 2001 Features & Images » Feature Story

Beyond all politics and just for fun 

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"The bureaucrats in Tourism Whistler and the municipality are apparently all old ladies who don’t represent the demographic they’re making the decisions about," he says. "Sure shut the booze down, but let the clubs stay open another two hours because you are dealing with international visitors who are not used to being told to go to bed at 2 a.m."

Staggering bar departure times would also reduce taxi cab waiting times and lower the level of drunk driving, he added.

Hirtle believes if local laws can be relaxed, especially for the Snow Ball finale, Whistler will have a gay event that ranks among the world’s best. As for what he will be wearing to this year’s ball, Hirtle doesn’t waste time being coy.

"Oh, a big fur coat, glo-stick bunny ears and cargo pants and probably some neon glasses." Gorgeous.

Benaschak says his ultimate vision is a party not unlike New Orleans’ Mardi Gras – an expression of humanity’s colour, vibrancy and the joy of living.

"Whistler could not achieve the crowds of Mardi Gras until maybe after the Olympics but I see Altitude becoming an even bigger fusion of different elements throughout the week and a huge attraction for everyone – beyond all politics and just for fun."

Don’t forget your feather boa!

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