TRAVELLER I LOCAL VIBE
VAIL RESORTS BUYS
STORY BY DAVID BURKE
In August 2016, U.S.-based Vail Resorts announced a deal
to purchase Whistler Blackcomb (WB) for $1.4 billion CAD.
The deal, which closed in October, makes North America’s
top-rated, year-round resort part of a much larger “family”
that also includes Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and
Keystone ski areas in Colorado, as well as Northstar at Lake
Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain and Heavenly Ski Resort near
the California-Nevada border.
When the deal was announced, Vail Resorts officials said
the deal would have minimal impact on the Whistler resort
experience and that the company fully supported WB’s
Renaissance project. Announced in April 2016, Renaissance
is to include a four-season, indoor adventure centre, on-mountain facility and summertime trail upgrades.
For skiers and snowboarders, the greatest impact is WB
passholders’ inclusion in Vail Resorts’ “Epic Pass” program.
For the 2016-’ 17 season, WB full-season ticketholders will
receive five complimentary days at any of 13 U.S. mountain
Connecting young people with art is a big part of the
mandate of Whistler’s Audain Art Museum. Since opening
in March 2016, the museum has already wowed thousands
of visitors with its permanent collection of British Columbia’s
First Nations and non-First Nations artists, and extensive
collection of work by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr.
Michael Audain, the Vancouver-based art collector who
founded the museum, has long been a believer in helping
youngsters connect with art. “Michael has always talked
about how, when he was young, he would go to the Royal
B.C. Museum to see Emily Carr’s work. He remembers
being kind of scared by it, but also inspired by it,” said Erin
Edwards, the museum’s education and volunteer manager.
The Family Studio Sunday program, geared toward kids 12
and under and their families, engages participants in hands-on art projects inspired by works in the museum’s collection.
For example, for the project entitled “Snowscapes,” young
guests might be shown winter-themed works such as
Gordon Smith’s “Winterscape,” then invited to create a snow-filled scene of their own, Edwards said.
Kids Konnect Tours are 30-minute tours that aim to help kids
connect with works in the museum’s permanent collection
through activities and games that help bring the artwork to
These programs are offered on set dates from Nov. 19 to March 18. Those 16
and under are admitted free with an adult admission or museum membership.
CONNECTING KIDS WITH ART
STORY BY DAVID BURKE
resorts this winter, while U.S.-based Epic Pass holders are eligible for a
reciprocal five days of skiing in Whistler. The season pass situation for 2017-’ 18
and beyond is to be announced in March 2017.