This week had some major events in the 1980s, some of which resemble things happening in Whistler today. For more photos of the construction of Lift No. 6 (Jersey Cream) on Blackcomb take a look
here. For more photos of the 1984 floods, check here. 1978
A quiet day at Garibaldi Building Supplies Ltd.
Dancing was a must at the recent Quonset hut party, and few people were left off the dance floor.
Diners fill their plates at the Community Club dinner this past weekend. 1979
The game is on! Students from Signal Hill play the Myrtle Philip School soccer team on Wednesday.
Construction of the town centre continues as this building stands alone.
Builder and artist, Trudy Salmhofer decorates one of her new chalets in Blackcomb Estates.
Lorne O’Connor (left) from the Vancouver Olympic Committee and Whistler alderman Rolly Harsey lead the visiting C.O.A. delegates from the plane on Saturday. Following behind are Frank Shaugnessy and Cliff Powell, both from Montreal. 1980
The dinner part of the Community Club dinner & dance hosted in the Myrtle Philip School gym.
Paul and Jane Burrows take a turn around the the floor.
Kelly and Max Maxwell with their new daughter Fiona at the Community Club dinner.
Whose legs were on display at the dinner?
The Whistler Liquor Store has a curb outside but there still remains some paving to be done.
RCMP & wrecker crews remove the van from the fast flowing Lillooet River. 1982
Whistler’s future firefighters examine the tools of the trade at Myrtle Philip School.
Crowds swarmed to Whistler Village over the Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy some sun and relaxation.
Chop-chop! Dozens of Whistlerites took advantage of a stockpile of free timber left on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain after trail clearing operations. The mountain was open to the public Saturday and Sunday.
Sikorski S61 chopper lifts cement for the tower pads of Blackcomb’s new Lift No. 6.
Worker welds part onto tower head assembly due to be installed on Lift No. 6, under construction on Blackcomb Mountain.
It’s a dog’s life at the pound when your master hasn’t shown up yet to pay the fine and bring you home again.
Sergeant Jim Hogarth settles into his new duties as head of the Whistler RCMP detachment. With 17 years on police forces, Hogarth brings a good deal of experience to the position. He resides in Emerald Estates with his wife and two daughters. 1983
It was a case of a bridge too high and a house too wide last Thursday at the Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge in White Gold. Although the house owned by Len and Patty Richie was eventually moved from Garibaldi Estates to Lot 30 on Ambassador Crescent, it couldn’t go by the bridge for more than six hours.
House mover Bob Malaughney takes a chainsaw to one of three bridge-posts (one had already been ripped off) that have to be removed.
And resting behind it all on a beam supporting the house was the fragile bird’s nest.
John Robinson puts final touches on his MDC home with help of wife Diane and daughter Kristal. 1984
Pat Carleton, ex-mayor of Whistler, came out of the closet Sunday to join aldermanic candidates Paul Burrows and Nancy Wilhelm-Morden in celebrating the official opening of Whistler’s new municipal hall. The building, which was opened six weeks ago, was formerly used by Keg Restaurants, relocated and later renovated at a cost of $492,000.
Passersby saw the Soo River leap its banks on Highway 99 close to Pemberton Monday, but highway crews soon had the river under control.
Fifteen loaded freight cars were forced off the B.C. Rail track just north of Pemberton after the Lillooet River eroded material supporting ties and tracks. The railcars were part of a 96-car freight train southbound when the accident occurred early Monday morning. Elsewhere in Pemberton, houses, farmland and roads were flooded badly, but by Tuesday afternoon the flood was on the wane, although more rain was forecast.
Pemberton fire chief Milt Fernandez, who supervised rescue and flood control operations in the besieged town, takes a moment out at the rescue centre for victims of the Meager Creek disaster. Fernandez and other rescue workers laboured around the clock Monday and Tuesday before outside help arrived to push back the rising waters. But Pemberton wasn’t the only victim of torrential rains.
In Whistler, two log jams developed on the Cheakamus River and by Tuesday had reached a precarious point. Mailoch and Moseley logging company employees survey a major buildup at the garbage dump bridge six miles south of Whistler. Clean up operations began Tuesday night.