Letters to the editor 

Price zooms without Zoom

We visited Whistler last Easter and had a fantastic time; the resort was very busy but I guess that is what you want! As we have to travel in school holidays it always is busy when we travel, but Whistler copes well with a "full" resort.

I read your article with interest (Building for Whistler’s future, Opening Remarks Sept. 4), as I like to keep up to date with what is happening in Whistler, through the electronic pages of your magazine. You will be glad to know we are due there again at New Year, although you are right the cost is quite frightening.

What prompted me to write was the bit that was missing from your article. Zoom airlines has gone bust. This must have brought many people to Whistler as a large proportion on the plane we came on was going to Whistler. We have managed to change the flights to BA but at an additional cost of 12 per cent to the whole holiday, and we will have a long drive down to Heathrow. It was touch and go if we would pay the extra, but we have booked the holiday months ago and were looking forward to it so much that we committed to the huge extra cost and hassle.

However, it is unlikely we will be able to come again, which is very sad as we would love to come every year as we had such a brilliant time.

I think you are right the local market has to be the best bet for long term viability, but the road access! I look forward to seeing what upgrades a year has brought, aware that you are spending a load of money on it.   I am also surprised that the railway is not used more and seems to be a slow tourist attraction rather than a good way for a family day out skiing — maybe petrol prices over there are so cheap (compared to ours) it means every one drives everywhere.

Ian Smithson

Bingley, W Yorks, UK

RMOW checked first

In his letter to the Pique entitled Numbers Leave Me Lost for Words, in the Sept. 4 edition of Pique, Lennox McNeely stated: “...our mayor had his trip to the Beijing Olympics paid by an anonymous American — one would hope this benefactor does not have business interests in town.”

I wanted to confirm to the community that the donor of the funds does no business in Whistler. Further, prior to accepting the funds, the RMOW sought legal confirmation that the gift was appropriate to receive.

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