RMOW urges more dialogue on mountain biking in park 

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"I'm really please to see this moving forward as quickly as it has," said Councillor Jayson Faulkner, the municipal representative on the museum board.

Not only does it recognize an important figure in Whistler's history, it will also help raise the profile and visibility of the museum, which was always close to Petersen's heart.

Tremblant trumps Whistler for ski museum

The Canadian Ski Museum will be moving to Mont Tremblant, not Whistler.

The museum's board of directors announced the winning bid last week. Tremblant beat out four other bids from B.C.

Council recognized the efforts of local businessman Peter Alder in putting together a bid that would entice the ski museum here, though it was unsuccessful.

The museum includes the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and has more the 15,000 artifacts.

The ski museum was located in Ottawa until 2011.

Public to see audain art museum design next week

Simple, elegant and respectful of the natural environment is how Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden sums up the preliminary design plans for the Audain Art Museum.

"It's completely different from what I expected it would be," she admitted after Tuesday's council meeting in which council began the rezoning process for the municipally owned land between Day Lots 3 and 4.

That rezoning paves the way for a 25,000 square feet building plus a useable basement. It will also include a gift shop, a café and a caretaker suite.

As part of the staff presentation Tuesday, one slide included a bird's eye view of what the museum will look like on the land — a long, narrow rectangle, cutting diagonally across the site.

"It's a big building but my sense of it is it's going to fit very nicely into that location," said the mayor of the 1.2 hectare site.

The two-storey building rests on concrete pillars because it is located on the other side of the village dyke in the flood plain.

And though it may not have been what she herself had initially imagined, the mayor added: "It's fantastic."

The public will be able to see for itself on Wednesday Jan. 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Place at a public open house.

RMOW changes reps on VANOC board

Whistler has a new face at the board of the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as it continues to wrap up the business of the Games.

Municipal lawyer Sharon Fugman is now the lone representative for Whistler on the VANOC board after Tourism Whistler president and CEO Barrett Fisher and former municipal administrator Jim Godfrey stepped down recently.

Wilhelm-Morden explained that VANOC is wrapping up its activities in the wake of the 2010 Olympics, though it is still functioning in some capacity for things like outstanding lawsuits.

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