VANCOUVER – Whistler Blackcomb Holdings, the owner of the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in B.C., is being purchased by Colorado-based Vail Resorts. Here’s a timeline of the development of Whistler Blackcomb:
Early 1920s — Before skiing, fishing lured tourists to the area, making Rainbow Lodge on Alta Lake the most popular summer destination west of the Rocky Mountains.
1960 — A group of Vancouver businessmen formed Garibaldi Lifts Limited to develop an alpine ski area on London Mountain.
February 1966 — The mountain opened for skiing with a four-person gondola, a double chairlift, two T-bars and a day lodge. London Mountain was soon renamed Whistler Mountain in recognition of a local alpine marmot that makes a whistling sound.
Dec. 6, 1980 — Neighbouring Blackcomb Mountain opened for business.
March 1997 — Whistler Mountain Ski Corp., the owner of Whistler, and Blackcomb owner Intrawest Corp. merge.
Spring 2000 — A new village at Whistler Creekside begins development.
December 2008 — A gondola began operating to connect Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
February 2010 — Whistler Blackcomb is one of the venues for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
(SOURCE: Whistler Blackcomb)