- Catalogued January 2023.
- fl. 1980s-
Tom Kerr was an alpine ski racer who skied in Whistler in the 1980s and [1990s?].
Tom Kerr was an alpine ski racer who skied in Whistler in the 1980s and [1990s?].
Shelley Adams was a caterer for Royal Appetites that drove up and down Highway 99 between Vancouver and Whistler for work. She lived in Whistler until she was 28, during which time she met her husband, a Whistler Mountain Ski School instructor. He became manager of Whitewater Resort, just outside of Nelson, BC, and Shelley followed him there to take the helm of the Fresh Tracks Cafe, a restaurant in Whitewater's ski lodge. Shelley Adams is best known as the author of a series of cookbooks. She put together 70 recipes from the Fresh Tracks Cafe into her debut cookbook, "Whitewater Cooks". Since then, she has released three subsequent cookbooks from the resort kitchen. All four books have been national bestsellers.
Glenn Ashton is the owner of Whiscomb Artisan Project. He lives in Whistler.
Pamela Brown was a resident or visitor of Whistler who was photographed skiing by Greg Griffith in 1983.
HEAD Sport GmbH is a sports equipment manufacturing company headquartered in Kennelbach, Austria. The company is a group that includes several previously independent companies, including the original "Head Ski Company" (founded in the United States in 1950); Tyrolia, an Austrian ski equipment manufacturer; and Mares, an Italian manufacturer of diving equipment. Head currently produces a wide range of products for skiing, snowboarding, swimming, tennis and other racket sports. Head Sport was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950 by aeronautical engineer Howard Head, after he took a ski trip and was astonished to see his skis were made of wood in an era when metals and plastics were replacing wood in many product designs. Head worked at the Glenn L. Martin Company, where they used a form of aluminum and plastic laminate to build the fuselages of aircraft, and he felt the same material would make an ideal ski. After two years of constantly breaking skis, by the winter of 1950, they had a design that not only stayed together, but made turning dramatically easier. The Head Standard would rapidly grow in sales through the 1950s, until it and other Head designs were capturing over 50% of the US market during the 1960s, making them the leading ski manufacturer in the US and the UK. Head resisted the change to fibreglass construction. In 1967, Howard Head hired Harold Seigle as company president, and became the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Bored of the results, in 1969, Head sold the company to the AMF, and took up tennis. He later bought a controlling interest in Prince Sports. In the late 1960s, a tennis division was created when Howard Head figured out a way of strengthening the tennis racket by introducing the aluminum frame. The idea became a success and was first introduced in the 1969 US Open. After Howard Head's departure, one of the tennis players that Head sponsored, Arthur Ashe, won Wimbledon, defeating favored Jimmy Connors in 1975. Also during the 1970s, Head acquired a diving manufacturer, Mares, and a ski binding company, Tyrolia. While under AMF ownership, Head manufactured tennis racquets in Boulder, Colorado and Kennelbach, Austria. Also in 1969, Head signed Olympic champion ski racer Jean-Claude Killy to endorse a new metal and fiberglass ski, the Killy 800. Head subsequently developed a product line of Killy skis. In 1985, Minneapolis-based Minstar Inc. acquired Head through a hostile takeover of AMF. Two years later, Head started making athletic footwear, and introduced the "Radial Tennis Shoes". The following year, Head opened a new plant in Austria in order to produce more tennis rackets. In 1989, management bought out Head, Tyrolia, and Mares, to form HTM. The takeover was backed by private equity firm Freeman Spogli & Co. In 1993, HTM was sold to tobacco conglomerate Austria Tabak. Johan Eliasch, the current chairman, took over the company in 1995, which in 2014 was a Netherlands Antilles corporation. For a short time, around 1995, Head offered golf clubs as well. In 1997, Head created the first titanium and graphite tennis racket. Over the next two years, Head acquired three more companies, DACOR, BLAX, and Penn Racquet Sports. Penn tennis balls are used in many high-profile tournaments worldwide, while Penn racquetballs are the official balls of the IRT and US Racquetball Association. In 2000, HEAD was taken public and is reformed as HEAD N.V.. In March 2009, Head shut down the Penn ball manufacturing factory. Now all tennis balls are produced in China. Head also licenses its brand to makers of clothing apparel (including shoes), accessories, bicycles, skates, watches, balls, fitness equipment, and drinks. Head proved to be successful in 2012, with three Major winners during the year: Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova at the French Open, and Andy Murray at the US Open. In 2013, HEAD again became a privately owned company.
Dynamic is a ski manufacturer originally from Isère region of France. Founded by Paul Michal, a cabinetmaker from the Isère region with a passion for technical challenges, and his brother-in-law Jean Berthet, a graduate of Arts et Métiers, Dynamic started as just one factory, creating 4 pairs of skis under the original brand name, Nivose. In 1936, the founder invented the dynamometer, to precisely measure the flex of skis, which is how the brand's name was changed to Dynamic. In 1946, Dynamic became the first manufacturer to produce bases made out of synthetic materials. The Dynamic K ski was invented in 1950, the first laminated wood skis with a plastic base and hidden edges. In 1960, Dynamic filed a patent for the torsion box, integral to the technical structure of the ski, and also became an early adopter of the use of fibreglass in skis. In 1964, their skis adopted elastic edges and created their VR7 skis. In 1967, their skis adopted an anti-vibration system which was popular among ski racers, and in 1981 came out with the VR27 ski. Dynamic filed a patent in 1987 for the Master Control System, a double torsion box made out of Damptex. After a long break, Dynamic returned to the ski racing scene in 2021 with two new skis, the VRUN and VRANDO.
Canadian National Alpine Ski Team
The Canadian National Alpine Ski Team comprises athletes who are, or who will, participate in events on the World Cup circuit and/or the Olympic Games. Both men and women have a national team and a different coaching staff. Athletes who are not yet ready or old enough to take part at the highest level of competition are thus placed on the development team, while members who have earned a permanent spot are on the senior team. The Canadian National Alpine Ski Team has participated in every Winter Olympic Games since its inception in 1956, winning at least one medal in each Games.
Women have dominated Canada’s Olympic medal count in alpine skiing, starting with Lucile Wheeler who won downhill bronze at Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956. Anne Heggtveit got the first gold four years later in the slalom at Squaw Valley in 1960. Nancy Greene was Canada’s first double medallist in alpine skiing, winning giant slalom gold and slalom silver at Grenoble in 1968. Karen Percy has a pair of bronze medals from Calgary in 1988, in the downhill and super-G. Gold medals were also won by Kathy Kreiner in the giant slalom at Innsbruck in 1976 and Kerrin Lee-Gartner in the downhill at Albertville in 1992.
Famous internationally for their daring assaults on the toughest, iciest courses, the "Crazy Canucks" took the international press by storm in the 1970s and 1980s. Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Murray, "Jungle" Jim Hunter, and Dave Irwin challenged the Europeans on the World Cup circuit at a level previously unseen. These skiers provided consistent excitement with 14 World Cup victories and dozens of top 10 placings. Under coaches Glenn Wurtele and former Austrian coach Heinz Stohl, a new, younger group of men, including Rob Boyd, Brian Stemmle, and Felix Belczyk, emerged in the mid-1980s, with Boyd winning at Val Gardena, Italy, in 1987 and at home in Whistler, BC, in 1989. In early 1988 Belczyk won Canada's first Alpine World Cup supergiant slalom, in Leukerbad, Switzerland.
Barbara Kentwell was a mountain hostess on Whistler Mountain in the 1970s and 1980s.
Yancey de Veer is a musician and comedian from the United States.