As it’s the beginning of a new year, we thought we’d share some photos from the beginnings of some other years in Whistler’s past. From the mundane to the more historic, we’ve collected a few shots of six new years in Whistler. All photos come from the Whistler Question and were taken or published in the first week of January.
Cold temperatures created perfect temperatures for outdoor skating. Here we have a hockey game on quite an impressive looking rink.
Creekside was a pretty busy place with cars taking up most of the available space during the days.
Rocky the Raccoon pays his nightly visit through the hole in the rock at the Whistler Vale bar.
One for the road! Highways’ gravel truck being rescued out of the ditch by Wayside Park on Sunday, January 7. 1980
Bill and Lillian Vander Zalm engaging in a friendly snowball fight during their visit to Whistler.
A busy moment at the intersection in Creekside with the ski traffic filling the highway.
The snow was looking pretty good for the new year!
Whistler children enjoy a performance by Officer O’Sneely and giants in the Myrtle Philip School gym. 1981
Highway 99 shows the effects of rampant flooding. Turbulent waters carved a new creek bed for a hundred yards.
One of two destroyed power lines when flood waters washed out footings south of the Tisdale Hydro Station.
BCR Rutherford Creek crossing hangs by its rails after the December 26 flood washed away all supports and girders.
Pauline Wiebe hard at work checking the next edition of the Whistler Question. 1982
Willie Whistler poses with some young racers at the base of the village lifts.
They’re off! One of the groups starts in the ALSC X-Country race January 2.
The shelves at the grocery store were looking pretty empty after the holidays.
Two real longhorns – assistant manager Gavin Yee poses with manager Peter Grant.
Ski ballet made an appearance on the slopes with some impressive acrobatic feats. 1983
Sign bylaw is in, neon goes out. A municipal bylaw saw the end of neon signs in the Village.
A pensive Dave Murray checks out the application of new skiing techniques put to task by young members of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club during the recent training camps.
Ready! Get Set! Go! The newest members of Alta Lake Sports Club are off and racing in a 400 metre cross-country event Sunday, January 2.
A Molson downhill race was held on Whistler Mountain, making the most of the snow.
Heavy apres ski traffic is masterfully channelled by parking attendant Nick Di Lalla on Sunday, January 2, in Whistler Village. 1985
New Year’s Eve saw a packed Village as crowds celebrated the countdown to 1985.
The celebrations for New Year’s Eve were overseen by Santa Claus, hanging around a bit later than expected.
The offices of the Whistler Question, where Kevin Griffin works tirelessly on despite interruptions.
The Whistler Singers perform under the direction of Molly Boyd.
And her son, Rob Boyd, walks down some stairs in the Whistler Village.