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North America sees record skiers

Allen Best/Special to the Daily

WHISTLER, B.C. – North America had a record number of skier visits last winter. Skier visits in the United States have been trending upward for the last three winters after a 20-year plateau.

The record now stands at 57.6 million. In Canada, the Canadian Ski Council reported 18.9 million visits last year, which ties the record set two years before.

Archaeologists dig in logging camp



TRUCKEE, Calif. – Archaeologists have been rummaging through the remains of a camp used by loggers of Chinese descent during the 1870s. The loggers were employed by two companies in the area to cut cordwood as well as to fell trees for creation of charcoal. The site is on U.S. Forest Service land.

So far, the archaeologists have found fragments of a can of opium and a piece of a grinding wheel, among other artifacts. This was among a number of logging camps that then existed along the Central Pacific Railroad line, says the Sierra Sun (Sep. 26).



Retail stability a ski town concern

WHISTLER, B.C. – The stability of the retail sector seems to be a background conversation in all of the larger ski towns. It is in Whistler, too, where some rents have doubled in the last five years.

Is the market stable? A recent forum in Whistler didn’t seem to hit a consensus, according to Pique (Sept. 26). Jonathan Lazar, representing Larco Investments Ltd., a Vancouver-based company that owns Whistler Village Centre, said the market is stable. Of his tenants, 60 percent were there when the building opened in 1995.



But escalating rents are forcing the mom-and-pop shops to compete with national retailers. All panelists agreed the mom-and-pops are important for at least part of the customers who go to Whistler.

Tom Johnson, senior vice president of Trilogy, which owns MarketPlace, said the landlord has an obligation to mix national and local retailers. But just what the mix is, however, nobody seems to know.


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