Whistler still growing, but in a good way? | VailDaily.com

Whistler still growing, but in a good way?

Allen Best
Special to vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

WHISTLER, B.C. – Is Whistler overbuilding?

That’s the charge of Lennox McNeely, a local resident who recently had a letter in Pique. McNeely sees a vicious cycle of building hotel accommodations ” despite a supposed limit ” that force the resort to come with more attractions that will draw sufficient people to fill the beds.

“Let’s get off this treadmill of ignoring the limit of bed counts and allowing new hotels to be built, and then having to flog new activities, largely endangering the environment, in order to prop up the occupancy of these same hotels.”

At least partly the source of McNeeley’s annoyance is the new high-altitude gondola between the Whistler and Blackcomb ski areas being built by Intrawest, the ski area operator.

It has little to do with skiing and a lot to do with a superlative ” it will be the highest gondola in North America.

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