More beds for employees 

A new Whistler-Blackcomb employee housing complex has just opened up, easing the burden on many transient workers who were looking for a place to live this season.

The employee housing went up in Tamarisk, near Les Deux Gros Restaurant. Whistler-Blackcomb workers began moving in last week.

Most of the employees living in the 172-bed building will be working in Creekside.

Kirby Brown, the director of employee experience at Whistler-Blackcomb said the mountain currently has beds available for their staff, which is unusual at this time of year.

He attributes this to the fact that the company hired fewer employees this year in response to the events of Sept. 11.

The Whistler Housing Authority also responded to the call for more affordable housing this year, opening up the 38-unit Beaver Flats building in Creekside. Half of the building was occupied on Dec. 1 and the remainder occupied by mid-December.

The housing authority building, across Highway 99 from the PetroCanada station, is heated with geothermal energy.

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