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Hugh Smythe has seen Whistler Blackcomb mountain resort through its first half century of history. On January 15, 1966, when the mountain opened, he was an 18-year-old volunteer ski patroller, driving up on weekends from Vancouver. It was the beginning of a career that has seen Smythe play a central role in the development of what’s arguably North America’s most successful mountain resort.
“This is pretty great, isn’t it?” enthuses Smythe, looking out the expansive windows of Christine’s restaurant on Blackcomb for a mid-day meal break. Though long retired from the helm of Whistler Blackcomb, Smythe still takes to the slopes 70-plus days each season. “I like to experience Whistler as a local now,” he says, although he can’t help but run a critical eye over the workings of the mountain.
Read Hugh Smythe’s story at: Nuvo / Whistler Blackomb: The Canadian Giant
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Blackcomb’s President and General Manager Hugh Smythe shows Whistler Mayor Pat Carleton the new ski runs from the base of Lift 2 during a tour by the mayor of the Blackcomb facilities. Whistler Question Collection, 1980. Photo Whistler Museum.
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