Is Vail Resorts Killing Whistler’s Spirit?
When Vail bought Canada’s famed Whistler Blackcomb ski mountain, locals were nervous. Now, after a record season of visitors, they’re enraged.
“They’re trying to cater to a wealthy, sheltered audience—I don’t know if that crowd really wants what we have,” says Cathy Zeglinski, a competitive athlete and family doctor who closed her Whistler practice last September, forced out by rising living costs and staff shortages in the town. “What we have is snow, extreme terrain,” she explains. “It's blustery, it's very hard to see. That’s why people come to Whistler—it's very extreme.”