rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

คาสิโน มาเก๊า ออนไลน์_เล่นคาสิโนปอยเปต_เล่นบาคาร่าให้ได้เงินทุกวัน

The week ending Dec. 19, 2008 was filled with ups and downs for Whistler - both physically and financially.

On Dec. 12, the world's media and politicians such as Kevin Falcon, B.C.'s Minister of Transportation and Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport were on hand for the opening of the long-awaited Peak 2 Peak (P2P) Gondola.

No expenses were spared. The gala event had Gondola Girls, live DJs, free cake, hot chocolate and base-jumping by freestyle skier, Shane McConkey. Judging by all the hoopla, it almost seemed like a test run for the 2010 Winter Olympics, now just 14 months away in February 2010.

The new $52 million gondola covers 4.4 kms in just 11 minutes and is being touted as one of Canada's newest tourism icons. Admittedly, the P2P is an impressive engineering feat and has already broken three world records.

Just four days later on Dec. 16, the unexpected happened. A tower on the Excalibur Gondola connecting skiers from the village to Blackomb snapped in half, sending two gondolas plummeting 10 metres to the ground. One cabin landed on a residential balcony, one on a bus shelter and another cabin dangled precariously over Fitzsimmons Creek.

Within minutes, video and photos of the tragedy had traveled around the world. Bad publicity for Whistler Blackcomb just days before the Christmas holidays.

When I first heard about the accident, I felt sick. I was hoping it wasn't one of the P2P cabins that had fallen more than 400 metres down the valley floor. Luckily no one was seriously injured in the accident, even though 53 people were stranded for hours in sub-Arctic temperatures. I hate to think how much worse it could have been.

Once again, the world's media descended upon the resort. This was press that Intrawest would rather have done without. Unfortunately, you can't get the good without the bad.

The B.C. Safety Authority later concluded that a large gondola tower at Blackcomb Mountain failed because of a rare phenomenon called "ice-jacking."

A report by Global BC later in the week found that, "Doppelmayr CTEC, the company that makes the towers, issued a warning on Dec. 31, 2006, alerting resorts to the possibility that towers could fail if water within the tubes freezes and recommending regular checks."

I was surprised to hear Whistler-Blackomb managers admit that they failed to make the proper safety inspections on the towers. This doesn't look good for the resort and pending Games,anyway you spin it.

It appears that gondolas aren't the only things going down judging by real estate prices in Whistler, a 20% decrease in visitors or Fortress' stock values.

Fortress Investments, the New York-based hedge fund firm that owns Intrawest, the parent company for Whistler Blackcomb was caught up in the U.S. economic collapse. This past October, Fortress struggled to come up with the $1.68 billion debt due for its purchase of Intrawest almost two years ago.

Its stock price closed at $1.19 last Friday, while its value peaked at $37/share in 2007.

Let's hope that better days are ahead for Whistler Blackcomb, and that this unusual arctic weather lightens up.


Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading เกมส์ยิงปลาW88 www.mydailyproxies.com than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

เกมส์ยิงปลาW88 www.mydailyproxies.com has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! เกมส์ยิงปลาW88 www.mydailyproxies.com embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on เกมส์ยิงปลาW88 www.mydailyproxies.com and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.