The Museum has temporarily closed its doors to install our new exhibit on the history of skiing in Whistler.
The exhibit, which has been generously funded by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, charts the history of sliding in Whistler from the first backcountry forays in the days before the ski hill existed, to the building of a small ski hill with big ambitions in 1965, to the creation of the mega resort we reside in today.
Over the last half-century, Whistler has played host to countless memorable moments, influential innovations, and some of the best skiing on the planet. This exhibit first and foremost celebrates this decades-long love affair between Whistler and skiing.
We’ll have display panels and dozens of new artifacts showcasing various aspects of this history, from massive wooden skis from the Rainbow Lodge, to the heroic efforts of ski patrollers to keep our mountains safe, as well as a look forward to the future of skiing, which continues to be shaped in large part by Whistler and Whistlerites.
We are putting lots of interactive components in the exhibit to make the experience more fun for children and adults alike. The largest of these is without a doubt our newly refurbished gondola, which has been removed from our roof, spruced up and is all ready for an awesome photo op! The most popular feature of our present exhibit is the opportunity to take your picture holding the Olympic torch, so we are sure the gondola is going to be a big hit.
Our official opening event for the new exhibit will be on the evening of Nov. 28. However, we are mimicking Whistler-Blackcomb’s opening policy, so if we are finished a little earlier then we will have our doors back open for visitors.
In the meantime if you need to get in touch with the Museum for reasons other than viewing our exhibits then we are still here working away behind closed doors. Give us a call, send us and email or knock on the door (loudly)!
As well as the opening ceremony we will also be holding a string of events in late November and early December celebrating all things ski and snowboard-related, so watch this space (and our website) for more details.
For now I will don my overalls, pick up my drill and get back to working on our new exhibit!
Sarah Drewery is the executive director of the Whistler Museum.