OntheSnow.com, an online website that provides information and bookings for ski resorts across North America, held it annual readers poll and Whistler came out on top in several categories, including Best Overall Nightlife and Best Terrain in the Northwest Region.
The Visitor’s Choice Award winners were selected by website users.
Whistler Blackcomb is the reigning champion in several other polls — Ski Magazine, Freeskier Magazine, SBC Resort Guide, Powderhounds.com, Findthebest.com — that are still to be announced.
Whistler is also in the running for the Ski Town Throwdown title, hosted by Powder Magazine. The poll pits resorts against each other, with the resort that gets the most votes moving on. Whistler was up against Eaglecrest Ski Area in Alaska in the first day of voting on Monday (Oct. 28).
Some good, some bad in analysis of 2010 Games
A final analysis of the costs and benefits of hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler was released by the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Sport and Sustainability on Oct. 23, and the results were definitely mixed.
The Olympic Games Impact (OGI) report looked at a 12-year period that encompasses the bid, the ramp-up to the Games and post-Games costs and benefits. The analysis put the cost of hosting the Games — including infrastructure paid for by the province and federal governments — at $7.7 billion, with federal, provincial and local governments contributing $4.8 billion of the total investment.
The Games created between 38,530 and 51,510 jobs from 2003 to 2010, with almost 22,000 jobs created for the year of the event. As well, some 1,500 new businesses were incorporated as a direct result of the Games.
The biggest benefit was infrastructure — the Canada Line project, the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project, upgrades to Vancouver International Airport, upgrades to the Vancouver Convention Centre, and Olympic facilities that are being used for a wide variety of purposes (e.g. the Whistler Athletes’ Village is now resident-restricted housing).
According to the report, many of those projects were effectively subsidized by other levels of government and by all Canadians through their taxes. For every $12 spent by the Province of B.C. and the federal government, just $1 was actually provided by taxpayers in Whistler and Vancouver areas.
“Residents paid little in direct taxes to get great infrastructure,” said Rob VanWynsberghe, a professor in UBC’s Faculty of Education who worked on the report.
Change your clocks and batteries on Nov. 3
This year Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday (Nov. 3), with clocks turning back one hour at 2 a.m. The advantage for the fall turnover is that you get an extra hour of partying or an extra hour of sleep.
As well, the Whistler Fire Rescue Service is once again using the date to promote the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Program,” sponsored by Energizer. The goal is to get people in the habit of replacing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon dioxide detectors along with changing their clocks.
“This is the 26th year for the annual program and the message is still an important one,” said Sheila Kirkwood, assistant fire chief.
As well as changing batteries, families are encouraged to review their home safety plans.
Daylight savings time itself was created to make the most of shifting daylight hours, resulting in energy savings. The sun will be up around 7:04 a.m. on Nov. 3 for Vancouver, rather than 8:04 a.m., and it will set earlier at 4:44 p.m.