Mountain, setting for our fashion features, was originally known
– when it was known at all – as London Mountain. Alpine lakes were
then the area’s main attraction and through the summer, anglers
would drive north from Vancouver along what is now known as the
Sea to Sky Highway (120 kilometres/75 miles).
1964, when Garibaldi Lifts Ltd. began building facilities on the
mountain, its name had been changed to Whistler - chosen as a tip
of the ski cap to the alpine marmot, a rodent that communicates
with its burrowing buddies through what sounds like whistling.
an alpine hideaway surrounded (above) by a skier's dream: more than
7,00 acres of terrain, 5,280 feet of vertical. Photo: Paul Morrison.
initial development at Whistler Mountain opened in 1966, with a
four passenger gondola, a double chair, two T-bars and an office/cafeteria
building. Today, the mountain has two high-speed gondolas, four
high-speed quads, 15 lifts, five surface lifts, three triple chairs
and one double chair, and can carry more than 26,000 skiers up the
slopes every hour. Whistler Resort has 115 hotels, condominiums
and bed-and-breakfast inns, 93 restaurants (several world-class),
lounges and bars, and 207 retail shops. Among other things.
1973, Al Raine, who had coached the Canadian ski team (and married
one of Canada’s legendary skiers, Nancy Greene) approached the government
of British Columbia with a proposal for the development of Whistler’s
neighboring mountain, Blackcomb. Blackcomb opened seven years later.
Its hourly lift capacity is even greater, topping 29,000.
Nuvo's fashion shoot at Akasha
In 1980, at
an elevation of 675 metres or 2,214 feet, Whistler Village took
shape, and what had once been the town’s garbage dump began its
transformation into a glamorous, international holiday destination.
In 1991, Whistler Blackcomb became the first ski resort outside
the United States to be named number one in North America by the
magazine Snow Country. In 1996, Whistler Blackcomb won top honours
from all three major ski publications: Snow Country, Ski Magazine
and Skiing Magazine.
than 7,000 acres of terrain; 5,280 feet of vertical.
more than one season at Whistler. Besides skiing, snowmobiling,
snowboarding and other winter sports,
Whistler offers all sorts of summer activities, from golf (four
championship courses, by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent
Jones, Jr. and Robert Cupp) to open air concerts (bluegrass to symphony)
to wine fairs.