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Photographs of aerial views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains with Whistler Valley and Village below, a sign on Whistler Mountain showing directions to the Little Olympic and Crabapple Creek runs, winter mountain views, a group of people surrounding a helicopter going heli-skiing, a group of people heli-skiing posing with their skis up, various shots of Franz Wilhelmsen skiing on Whistler mountain, standing in a crowd of people, posing with a person, and riding a chairlift.



Photographs of Franz Wilhelmsen on Whistler Mountain including: riding a chairlift, relaxing in the sun, and standing with another gentleman indoors. Also includes photographs of a crowd on Whistler Mountain sitting outside near Roundhouse Lodge, someone in Creekside Gondola at dusk, two men on a chairlift, and a woman skiing down the hill.


Photographs of a golf course, a group of people walking on a golf course, children playing in a lake, people holding skis, a person wearing a racing bib, someone playing a trombone, a candid shot of Franz Wilhelmsen, a woman in a swimsuit, a woman with 80s-style sunglasses on, a woman sitting at a patio with a sun hat, two RCMP constables posing with Wille Whistler, and a group of children that are part of Ski Scamps on Whistler Mountain with their instructor.



Photograph of a plaque on Whistler Mountain created by the Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation commemorating the chairlifts on the North side of Whistler Mountain completed in 1980. The board of directors is listed on the plaque.

Grand Opening N.S.

Photographs taken by Greg Griffith depicting opening celebrations on February 4th, which include images of Willy Whistler and Franz Wilhelmsen.

Griffith, Greg

Week of September 23, 1980

Photographs including but not limited to construction; roads; awards; Pat Carleton; passenger train; cars; kayaking; railway tracks
Appears in September 25, 1980 issue:
02-163-17. Pg. 1. Caption: [top] Looking up the liftline under Blackcomb's Lift Number Two portal tower.
02-163-56. Pg. 1. Caption: [bottom left] Bennett poses with some Myrtle Philip students
02-163-54. Pg. 1. Caption: [bottom right] While (right) Mayor Carleton accepts a plaque commemorating the visit.
02-163-30. Pg. 3. Caption: Resort Centre site will soon be shut down for winter until spring.
02-163-5. Pg. 4. Caption: [left] Trench where cable was struck causing last week's short power outage.
02-163-11. Pg. 4. Caption: [right] Steve Smeridge, Animal Control Officer.
02-163-89. Pg. 5. Caption: [top] Top: Kayak is totally submerged at this portion of the course.
02-163-72. Pg. 5. Caption: [bottom] Bottom: Doing an 'ender' on a hole for fun after the competition.
02-163-75. Pg. 6. Caption: [right] [Squatter's cabin] until last Sunday when it burned to the ground.
02-163-94. Pg. 7. Caption: Garibaldi's Brian Allen whips through the foam of the Cheakamus in the B.C. Kayak Championships.
02-163-66. Pg. 8. Caption: [top] Chris Stethem
02-163-16. Pg. 8. Caption: [bottom] The Blackcomb Daylodge with Lift One in the distance.
02-163-14. Pg. 9. Caption: [bottom] While (below) crews hydro-seed the Blackcomb Access Road.
02-163-26. Pg. 10. Caption: [top] Franz and Annette Wilhelmsen admire new Whistler' pin while Hastings West president Ken Tolmie, Peter Alder and Trudi Salmhofer look on.
02-163-19. Pg. 10. Caption: [bottom] Peter Alder presents the plaque to Mr. & Mrs. Wilhelmsen.
02-163-34. Pg. [16]. Caption: [top right] B.C. CABINET AT WHISTLER (left) Mayor Carleton greets Premier Bill Bennett and Labour Minister Allan Williams as they get off the train.
02-163-46. Pg. [16]. Caption: [bottom right] (Below) The Mayor shows the Town Centre off to (l to r) Health Minister McLelland, Premier Bennett, Mrs. Aubrey Bennett, Provinicial Secretary Hugh Curtis, & Labour Minister Allan Williams.

British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame

Papers relating to the induction of Franz Wilhelmsen into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. At his induction Franz was the recipient of the W.A.C Bennett Award. File includes:

  • Letters congratulating Franz on his induction to the BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Letters inviting Franz to his induction to the BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Documents explaining the honours given to those inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Newspaper article announcing those chosen to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Brochure from the BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Free admission cards to the BC Sports Hall of Fame


Personal photos belonging to Franz Wilhelmsen, comprising:

Photos from Philip Wilhelmsen’s family album:

  • Franz with Annette and various other people, [1980s-1990s]
  • Franz and Stefan Ples. Caption on verso: “Dad/Stephan[sic] Ples”
  • Franz and another man standing next to a helicopter
  • Black and white photograph. Caption on verso: “Dad & Crown Princess Martha, 1942”

Skiing photographs:

  • Franz skiing with Pierre Trudeau and Jim McConkey [1970s]. Caption on verso: “McConkey/Trudeau/Dad”
  • Four people in skis sitting on a bench, March 1977

Ship photograph:

  • Nitinat. Caption: “Dad’s First Coastal Water Enterprise” [1950s]. The Nitinat was a ship, part of Franz’s first business venture after the war.

Captioned photographs:

  • Four people in skis sitting on a bench. Caption: “ ‘One of the [Lawman] Annie Benches’ – The plank would be raised as the snow deapth [sic] increased. Invented by Annette Wilhelmsen, to the right in her canary suit.”
  • Douglas McKay Brown, Franz Wilhelmsen, Eric Beardmore and Annette Wilhelmsen boarding a train. Caption: “Spring 1961, early morning boarding on P.G.E. Railway for exploring around Alta Lake: Douglas McKay Brown, Vancouver Solicitor, Franz, Eric Beardmore who built the first hotel at Whistler, the Cheakamus Inn, and Annette Wilhelmsen.”
  • The old Stud Sawmill. Caption: “This is what was left of the old stud sawmill in the Valley by 1960.”

Holiday card photographs


  • Early Whistler, 1961-1962
  • Franz Wilhelmsen
  • Boarding the train
  • Standing by a helicopter

Garibaldi Lifts Ltd.

Papers relating to the Garibaldi Lifts Ltd, including:

  • Photographic negatives of a plaque naming the board of directors of Garibaldi Lifts Ltd.
  • Statistics and information about the Whistler Resort, 1995/1996
  • Information book regarding share purchasing in Garibaldi Lifts Ltd.
  • History of Whistler
  • Newspaper articles, May 17, 1978
  • Garibaldi Lifts Ltd. share purchase forms, July 22, 1963
  • GLC President and General Manager job description
  • Whistler Mountain stickers
  • Invitation to Franz Wilhelmsen and guest to the Hong Kong Bank Whistler Ski Classic, November 1986
  • GLC list of Board of Directors
  • Ski photographs (possibly promotional), [1986]
  • Map of 1986 Molson World Downhill & Super G ski run
  • Program from The Franz M. Wilhelmsen Tribute
  • Framed photographs of early development of Whistler Mountain, various shots of a helicopter putting in gondola towers, 1980
  • Letter to Franz from Claude Richmond, May 14, 1984
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