In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1984. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: We can’t actually find anything about this in the Whistler Question from the time, but we assume that Whistler Mountain announced the opening of the Village Chair, which ran approximately the same lift line as the Village Gondola to Olympic Station, during the summer of 1984. This would have been part of an effort to expand summer offerings in the resort.
Question: What do you think of Whistler Mountain opening Village Chair during the summer?
Debbie O’Mara – Administrative Secretary – Brio
Fabulous! The Village Chair being open this summer will further enhance an already action-packed summer program for Whistler this year. Lorne Borgal (President of Whistler Mountain Ski Corp.) appears to be the kind of person that makes an idea materialize rather than waiting for it to land at the bottom of the Olive Chair.
Sjaan Di Lalla – Hotel Manager – Alpine Meadows
I think it’s great. It provides more for people to do once they are here. Last summer we had a lot of requests from people who wanted to go up.
Andy Metcalf – Ski Tech – Nesters
It gives the opportunity for the tourists here to go up the mountain and see the development in the town centre and surrounding area. It’s for people who wouldn’t otherwise walk up. It will be a secondary thing to the town centre; people won’t come all the way here just to use the lift, but when they are here they’ll probably use it.