Whistler’s Derek Rhodes, owner of Profile Ski and Snowboard, has taken over ownership of the Whistler franchise of Ski Butlers — a full-service ski rental and tuning shop that makes home deliveries. It’s a huge convenience to people visiting Whistler that don’t want to spend their first morning in the resort renting equipment, or carry their own bulky gear with them when they travel.
“This is the perfect fit and a natural decision,” said Rhodes. “Working with Karin (Shulze) and Rob (Giffin, the previous owners of the franchise) as a tuning partner, I am familiar with Ski Butlers. I can’t wait to wow our customers and work with everyone in this community, and become part of Ski Butlers award-winning brand.”
Founded in 2004 in Park City, Utah, there are now Ski Butlers franchises at 35 North American resorts. The Whistler franchise has been operating since 2007.
Women of Whistler host Wine Tasting 101
Women looking to bone up on their fine-wine tasting skills before Cornucopia should look no further than the Women of Whistler’s next event — “Wine Tasting 101 — Sip Like a Sommelier at Cornucopia.”
The event takes place on Friday (Nov. 6) and is hosted by Araxi win director Samathan Rahn. Rahn will teach participants the fun of systemic tasting: you’ll learn how to sample with confidence at wine events like Cornucopia, select better wines to take home and, for women in business, to select better wines to impress clients.
Registration is available at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce website, www.whistlerchamber.com for $40.
Oct. 30 last day to sign up for chamber membership
If you’re looking to renew your Whistler Chamber of Commerce membership for winter of 2014, and take advantage of the Whistler Spirit Program and Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, Wednesday (Oct. 30) is the last day. Membership sales started on Sept. 1.
This is the first year that the chamber is offering tiered memberships, starting with the lowest Build level ($300 per year) up to the Lead level ($3,600 per year).
Each tier offers different benefits, ranging from seats on policy development and review committees to preferred seating at monthly Chamber luncheon events. A complete list of tiers and benefits is available online at www.whistlerchamber.com.
Sign up for your Whistler Spirit talk
The Whistler Spirit program registration is underway, including registration for the main event for business owners, managers and supervisors on Friday, Nov. 20.
There are three main workshops to choose from:
Small Things are the Big Things to Customers — Ted Topping from Creative Insights in Vancouver will guide this session, looking at how retailers and hospitality businesses can improve their customer experience. Topping also created a benchmarking program called “Perfecting the Customer Experience” that is used by Disneyland Resort.
Blueprint for Growth — Christine McLeod looks at how managers create “High Performance Workplaces that Yield Results.” The workshop includes the knowledge and tools that managers need to lead teams to increased performance, while also attracting, engaging and retaining employees. McLeod is founder of Canada’s HR Summit for Workplace Reinvention, and currently works with a number of businesses in the resort. She got her start with Whistler Blackcomb’s Retail Division, where she helped to more than triple business in three years.
How to be a Super Supervisor — Julie Morris of VentureHR is leading this session, which looks at ways to keep staff excited and engaged, and how that can positively impact your business. Brush up on your supervisor skills and learn how to get employees on board and keep them there, while developing a strong culture for service. Morris also got her start with Whistler Blackcomb, and in 2007 worked with the Whistler Chamber of Commerce to revamp the Whistler Spirit Program.
Registration details are online at www.whistlerchamber.com.