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Beswetherick, Paul

  • ZA-BP001
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1980s-

Paul Beswetherick is an arborist and horticulturalist living in Whistler, hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa in 1984. He has worked for the Resort Municipality of Whistler as the Landscape Maintenance and Snow-clearing Supervisor since 1994. He has been Director of the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council since 2010. His hobbies include fly-fishing and cross-country skiing.

Beswetherick, Loreth

  • ZA-BL001
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 2000s-

Loreth Anne White Beswetherick hails from Cape Town, South Africa, but now lives in Whistler. Formerly a journalist and editor of sixteen years, she is now a romance novelist. When she’s not writing, she enjoys long-distance running, biking or skiing on the trails with her dog. Loreth has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice award, is a double Romantic Times Reviewers’ choice award finalist, a double Rita finalist, a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, and multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ choice winner.

Chambers, Andy

  • US-WY-CA001
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1980s-

Andy Chambers is a former member of the US National Alpine Ski Team who grew up in and continues to live in Jackson Hole, WY. After retiring from ski racing, he formed North40 Realty and named it in honor of his grandfather's homestead in what is now Grand Teton National Park. In 2018, he was inducted into the Jackson Hole Ski Hall of Fame.

Winters, T.

  • US-WT001
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1993

T. Winters is an American skier who served on the jury of the Labatt Blue Whistler Mountain Ski Classic in 1993.

Chandler, Charles "Charlie" Ernest

  • US-WI-CCE001
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1908-1946

Charles "Charlie" Ernest Chandler was a trapper who made his home in the Alta Lake area during the first half of the 20th century. He came to the Whistler valley from Wisconsin in 1908 to pre-empt from the Crown about 160 acres on the northern end of Alta Lake. His move to the Whistler valley was meant to give him a fresh start, away from the influences of “the bottle," according to friend and Alta Lake local, Dick Fairhurst. He made a living as a trapper and wilderness/hunting guide, also doing odd jobs for neighbours and the Rainbow Lodge property. His trap lines ran along Wedge Creek all the way to Wedge Pass, and about 1.5 km down Billy Goat Creek on the Lillooet divide. Chandler sold ten acres of land to Alex and Myrtle Philip in 1913, which they would quickly turn into the famed Rainbow Lodge property. Chandler himself moved further North along Alta Lake to settle in the area now known as Alpine Meadows. He built his homestead there, where he lived until his death. In the winter of 1946, Chandler didn’t come to pick up his mail. His friends became concerned and went to check up on him, finding Charlie had had a heart attack and died while sitting in a chair outside his cabin. He was frozen stiff into his chair, and there was nowhere in Whistler to bury him, so he was transported to Rainbow Lodge to catch the train South. Still in his chair, he was loaded onboard a speeder car to Rainbow Lodge, but there was no train scheduled until the following day. His friends at Rainbow Lodge decided to hold a wake in the meantime.

Chandler, Charles Ernest

  • US-WI-CCE001
  • Pessoa
  • [1867?]- February 8, 1946

Charles "Charlie" Ernest Chandler was one of the earliest of the Alta Lake settlers. Originally from Wisconsin, Charlie arrived in British Columbia to help solve his problem with the bottle, "to get the hell away out in the woods, some place where it wouldn’t be too handy”, in his words. On his arrival in 1908, Charlie pre-empted 160 acres on the north end of Alta Lake and spent three or four years improving the land in order to gain title from the Crown. In 1913, he sold ten acres to Alex and Myrtle Philip. He then moved further North and settled on land that is now the lower part of Alpine Meadows. There, he built a homestead and remained for the rest of his life. He operated a trapline on Wedge Creek running as far as Wedge Pass and a mile down the Billy Goat Creek on the Lillooet divide. Charlie trapped this line during the winter and did odd jobs during the summer. When he had a ‘stake’ he would head for town and blow it all, then come home and carry on with his basic lifestyle. Part of his income came from taking others along on his hunting trips. Charlie died peacefully sitting in his chair outside his home on February 8, 1946. When he was found, he was completely frozen. Unable to straighten him out, a number of Alta Lake residents carried Charlie, in his chair, down to a speeder on the railway tracks. He was transported by speeder to Rainbow Station, where he remained seated in his chair until the train arrived the next day. Dick Fairhurst recalled that Charlie’s friends threw a wake for him right there in Rainbow Station. The following morning, he was given a great send-off on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, presumably still seated in his favourite chair.

Mahre, Phil

  • US-WA-MP001
  • Pessoa
  • b. May 10, 1957

Phil Mahre is a former alpine ski racer widely considered one of the greatest American skiers of all time. He and his twin brother Steve competed on the World Cup circuit from 1976 to 1984. Mahre placed among the top three in the World Cup overall standings for six consecutive seasons, winning the title in the final three. He won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and silver at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. In 2010 he carried the Olympic torch across the U.S.-Canada border en route to the Vancouver games.

Cosgrave, Mabel

  • US-WA-CM001
  • Pessoa
  • fl. 1923-

Mabel Cosgrave was an early resident of the Whistler area. She first visited Alta Lake in 1923 when she, her eight year old daughter Sala, and her mother Judith “Mimi” Forster-Coull stayed at Rainbow Lodge. The family returned the next summer, and, in 1925, Mabel bought a lot on Alta Lake and hired Bert Harrop to construct a cabin. After Mabel and Sala moved from Seattle to Vancouver, they were able to use their Alta Lake cabin quite often in all seasons.

Brown, Buda Hosmer

  • US-WA-BBH001
  • Pessoa
  • June 10, 1894 - August 12, 1962

Buda Hosmer Brown was a Social Credit Party politician representing Vancouver-Point Grey in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. She was born Buda Hosmer Jenkins on June 10, 1894 in Bellingham, WA to William D. Jenkins. She served eight years as a Vancouver Parks commissioner and married Donald Cameron Brown. Brown ran unsuccessfully as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the federal riding of Vancouver—Burrard in 1953 before being elected to the provincial assembly as a member of the Social Credit Party. Brown served in the provincial cabinet as minister without portfolio. She died in office at the age of 68.

Andersen, Verne

  • US-WA-AV001
  • Pessoa
  • [fl. 1960s-]
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