Thanks guys! Lisamarie, Mark, I lived in Whistler in "the old days"(1974-75) during the summers to train. Lived at the UBC lodge (was a racin' T-bird) and did some part-time help for Al & Nancy Raine with the Toni Sailer Camp (at one time even an early Garibaldi lift company employee...argh).
In those days, downtown pre-Blackcomb Whistler was basically the dump and the Government liquor store was in a mobile home there! Often I'd go there (I wasn't 19 yet, underaged) and have to wait for the bears to vacate before running to or from the beer place. It is hard to imagine the transformation of the place.
In those days Al Raine was trying to get another mountain "Brandywine" started there, Blackcomb was a lot of his doing (I got to ski it after the runs were cut before the lifts were installed).
Now that Al and Nancy (Greene-Raine, 1 gold, 1 silver Grenoble, WC overall 67&68) have turned around Sun Peaks, he has again spent a ton trying to open another mountain north of Pembroke/Whistler....but it looks like the First Nations (Indians) will win out on that front. Quite a pair of ski legends....and what a legacy they have left us!
So Mark, the bears are still there....but it's easier to get a beer. And don't thank me for Whistler....thank people like Al and Nancy Raine!