Maxed Out 

The nature of the beast

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More fundamentally, Whistler is not Davos. Whistler is a ski town. This is still a place where skiers and boarders come for the ride of their lives. The beautiful people we attract still tend to be pretty hard-core riders. We are not Vail; we are not Aspen; we are not Deer Valley. We are big mountains, solid snow, a well thought-out village, a vibrant community, a memorable experience. We are a place people come to indulge their passions, not a place they come to be seen, to strike a pose, or to close a deal.

Say Davos to most skiers and images of Prince Charles, fat cat bidnizmen and dilettantes come to mind. Economically, maybe that’s what we want to become. But let’s not labour under the illusion it will have no effect on the heart and soul of this town and let’s not kid ourselves – it’s not what we’ve spent 35 years aiming for.

Whatever happens, the people who make up this community will rise to the task. But both the benefits and the risks surrounding this decision are profound, neither should be trivialized. At the end of the day, our elected officials will make the final decision. I don’t envy them their job. Many voices should be heard on this issue. Make yours one of them.

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