Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town

Overview

Stephen Vogler is one of those rare Whistlerites who actually grew up in Whistler and he has for some years been running a one-man crusade as writer, broadcaster and author of books to prove his hometown is not only a bona fide community, but a uniquely interesting one.

Only in Whistler begins in the days when the town had a mere 500 year-round residents who referred to weekend visitors as "turkeys" or "gorbies." His parents were old-school European alpinists who had given up a ...

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Overview

Stephen Vogler is one of those rare Whistlerites who actually grew up in Whistler and he has for some years been running a one-man crusade as writer, broadcaster and author of books to prove his hometown is not only a bona fide community, but a uniquely interesting one.

Only in Whistler begins in the days when the town had a mere 500 year-round residents who referred to weekend visitors as "turkeys" or "gorbies." His parents were old-school European alpinists who had given up a comfortable life in Vancouver so they could teach their children how to yodel and schuss in an appropriate setting. People like them, with names like Ples and Wilhelmsen, had developed the ski hill in the 1960s and together formed one of Whistler's founding cultures. The other founding culture was a swarming, partying mass of snow-hippies who lived rent-free in rough squatters' shacks and liked marijuana as much as they didn't like wearing clothes. Their "high" spirits melded with the soberer tradition of the transplanted Tyroleans to produce a hybrid "only in Whistler" character that is equally devoted to serious skiing and unserious living. It was no accident that the first Whistlerite to win an Olympic gold medal also tested positive for cannabis, and successfully defended himself by arguing that just breathing the air in his hometown was enough to put him over the limit. If anybody doubts that story, they won't after reading Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550175042
  • Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/7/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Vogler has written for national publications such as The Globe and Mail and Explore Magazine as well as for CBC Radio's Ideas, DNTO and Outfront programs and he is the author of Whistler Features, Top of the Pass: Whistler and the Sea-to-Sky Country. Vogler moved to Whistler as a child in 1976 and now raises his own family there.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 An Icy Stage 11

2 Squatters and Buses 21

3 On Dishwashing and Dead Horses 51

4 Hope You Like Jammin' Too 72

5 Up the Mountain 89

6 The Print Revolution 112

7 Working for a Living 148

8 The Ski Boot 174

9 Spring Thaw 201

10 Ullr, God of Skiing 225

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