The SnowBrains Podcast | Episode #9 | Whistler Blackcomb – Climate Change, The Future of Summer Skiing, COVID

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Episode #9 | Whistler Blackcomb – Climate Change, CThe Future of Summer Skiing, COVID

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This week, we bring you updates from Whistler Blackcomb – the largest ski resort in North America.

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In this episode, Marc & Miles talk about climate change, summer skiing & riding, the melting of the Horstman Glacier, the closing of the Horstman T-Bar, the future of Whistler Blackcomb, COVID restrictions, Australians, going 100% cashless, the biggest challenges for Whistler this season.

“Climate change is real. Whistler Blackcomb has been proactive for decades to prepare for it. The Horstman T-bar, yeah, it’s an iconic lift. We hadn’t used it for 3-years. But it’s [closing of the Horstman T-bar for summer skiing] certainly had to do with changes in the profile of the glacier. What we do know is that glaciers in British Columbia and around the world are receding. We’re not immune and we shouldn’t expect to be immune.” – Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb

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Climate Change, Closing the Horstman T-Bar, COVID

Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb | Whistler Blackcomb – Climate Change, Closing the Horstman T-Bar, COVID | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area
“Climate change is real. Whistler Blackcomb has been proactive for decades to prepare for it. The Horstman T-bar, yeah, it’s an iconic lift. We hadn’t used it for 3-years. But it’s [closing of the Horstman T-bar for summer skiing] certainly had to do with changes in the profile of the glacier. What we do know is that glaciers in British Columbia and around the world are receding. We’re not immune and we shouldn’t expect to be immune.” – Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb
Marc Riddell is the director of communications at Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America.
 
In this episode, Marc & Miles talk about climate change, the melting of the Horstman Glacier, the closing of the Horstman T-Bar, the future of Whistler Blackcomb, COVID restrictions, Australians, going 100% cashless, and the biggest challenges for Whistler this season.
 
Marc Riddell answers these in-depth questions:
  • Is this going to be THE season to be at Whistler Blackcomb because of less people?
  • Will Whistler’s terrain parks and half pipes be affected by Coronavirus restrictions?
  • Does Whistler Blackcomb attribute this to climate change?
  • What is Whistler Blackcomb doing to address climate change?
  • Will summer skiing & riding on the Horstman Glacier continue in the summer as it has each year since 1987?
  • What is the future of summer skiing and riding at Blackcomb?
  • What will be the silver linings of this Coronavirus ski season?
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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #9 – Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb
 
Recorded on October 27th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles Clark) and Pemberton, B.C., Canada (Marc Riddell).
This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.
 
Music by Chad Crouch.
 
Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
The SnowBrains Podcast. Skier: Miles Clark. Location: Jackson Hole, WY. Photo: Sasha Motivala.  Date:  March 2020

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