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Alex Douglas Fonds

  • ADOUGLAS
  • Fonds
  • 1940-2016

This fonds consists of photographs, documents, audiovisual material and a tape relating primarily to the Toni Sailer and Dave Murray Summer Ski Camps held on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains (especially during the 1970s-1990s when donor Alex Douglas worked there). Additional material relates to skiing in the Whistler area and in general.

Alex Talking Tapes - Triathlon & A Day in the Life at Whistler

File is a cassette tape featuring Alex Douglas talking about an average day in the life of a staff member at the Dave Murray (or possibly Toni Sailer) Summer Ski Camp, as well as a triathlon he ran in Vancouver.

  • A Side: Opens with discussion of windsurfing, jam-making, picking and stewing fruit. First half of "A Day in the Life at Whistler" - wake-up, breakfast at "Nasty Jack's," preparing the campers for the day, gondola/chair ride, hike up to glacier, skiing, daily tasks (salting snow, shovelling), helping campers, getting everyone off hill, afternoon activities, lunch, discipline, supper.

  • B Side: Second half of "A Day in the Life at Whistler" - meetings, afternoon activities (volleyball, sauna, frisbee), bedtime, counsellor meetings, dealing with difficult campers, staff duties, working airport duty, dance on last night of camp, adults' camp, movie nights, friendships made at camp. Also discusses his participation in a triathlon held in Vancouver.

Articles, Report, and Signatures

File consists of two magazine articles, a report, and a series of signed papers relating to the Toni Sailer and Dave Murray Summer Ski Camps.

  • 001 - Magazine article, "A letter from camp," by Michel Beaudry, Ski Canada magazine, 1986 or 1987, 4 pages.
  • 002 - Magazine article, "Camp really is for kids," by Leslee Jaquette, Ski Canada magazine, spring 1993, 4 pages.
  • 003 - Report on the 1972 Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp at Whistler Mountain, British Columbia, Canada, by Roy A. Ferris and Alan White, August 1972, 3 pages.
  • 004 - 6 papers with Toni Sailer Summer Ski camp letterhead, with message to 'Axel' (Alex Douglas) thanking him for his help with the year's first adult ski session, and bearing signatures from camp participants, July 17 1981.

Atomic Dachstein Dave Murray Whistler Summer Ski Camp 88

Item is a pamphlet for the Dave Murray Whistler Summer Ski Camp of 1988, containing information on junior and adult sessions, travel arrangements, coaches and staff, and camp activities. A registration form is included. The front cover has an image of Dave Murray skiing.

Atomic Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp

Item is a pamphlet for the Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp, containing information on junior and adult camps, travel arrangements, coaches and staff, and camp activities. It also announces the death of Dave Murray on October 23, 1990, and states that the camp will continue on in his memory. A registration form is included. The front cover is red with an image of Dave Murray skiing.

Audio Material

Series consists of a cassette tape featuring Alex Douglas talking about the [Dave Murray] Summer Ski Camp and a triathlon in Vancouver.

Building T-bar 1980 Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp

Photographs of the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp building their T-bar on Whistler Mountain, and a Volkswagen Beetle near the water.

Note made by Alex Douglas in 2020: "Rabbit + Rocky - May 1980"

Identification according to ADOUGLAS-03-011:

  • 001 (93-6) – May 1980, “SUMMER CAMP starts – damage to bottom station.”
  • 002 (93-7) – May 1980, “damage to counter weight frame.”
  • 003 (93-10) – May 1980, “Before the tower holes.”
  • 004 (93-11) – May 1980, “Damage Bottom station.”
  • 005 (93-13) – May 1980, “Lunch time.”
  • 006 (93-12) – May 1980, “Rock storage area.”
  • 007 (93-15) – May 1980, “Distance to where we found the cable over the edge of the snow bank, it was 120 ft away and 6 ft under the snow.”
  • 008 (93-17) – May 1980, “digging the cable out.”
  • 009 (93-20) – May 1980, “[Rocky] (John + Jan) and new child they were over X-country skiing.”
  • 010 (93B-1) – June 1980, “Bill, Floyd, Noel, loading salt.”
  • 011 (93B-2) – June 1980, “Adrian.”
  • 012 (93B-5) – June 1980, “Lining up tower 1.”
  • 013 (93B-7) – June 1980, “Lining up tower 2.”
  • 014 (93B-12) – June 1980, “Tower 1 +2 up.”
  • 015 (93B-16) – June 1980, “Tower 3 being welded.”
  • 016 (93B-17) – June 1980, “Tower 3 being welded.”
  • 017 (93B-18) – June 1980, “Floyd + Bill putting bottom station back together again.”
  • 018 (93B-19) – June 1980, “Floyd + Bill putting bottom station back together again.”
  • 019 (93B-20) – June 1980, “new counter weight frame.”
  • 020 (91-10) – April 1980, “Picture of summer camp towers.”
  • 021 (91-11) – April 1980, “Picture of summer camp towers.”
  • 022 (95-1) – June 1980, “Bill, Floyd + Adrian moving engine onto Cat.”
  • 023 (95-2) – June 1980, “Engine on, note when counter weight is and bend in A frame support bar.”
  • 024 (95-3) – June 1980, “Towers + Roads.”
  • 025 (95-4) – June 1980, “[?] towing a Boat, Ron.”
  • 026 (95-5) – June 1980, “Ron + Greg with [shid] for Dock.”
  • 027 (95-6) – June 1980, “Ron, Mark + [Jery? Jeny?], using [?] for towing log.”
  • 028 (95-7) – June 1980, “Axel building the dock.”
  • 029 (101-6) – August-September 1980, “Bottom station.”
  • 030 (101-5) – August-September 1980, “Glacier some time after summer camp.”
  • 031 (102-1) – September 1980, “Jack at tower 2. Putting slings on tower.”
  • 032 (102-2) – September 1980, “[Lou’s] helicopter near tensioner, picture taken from tower 2, Note the amount of rocks.”
  • 033 (102-3) – September 1980, “Tower 1 area.”
  • 034 (103-7) – September 1980, “Noels helicopter, picture taken from [?] helicopter.”
  • 035 (103-10) – September 1980, “Whistler glacier.”
  • 036 (103-11) – September 1980, “Storage Area Full picture.”
  • 037 (103-12) – September 1980, “Top Station, poles, gas [barrels].”
  • 038 (103-13) – September 1980, “Salt.”
  • 039 (103-14) – September 1980, “Boxes, [salomon] poles, [harvest] stuff.”
  • 040 (103-15) – September 1980, “Towers.”
  • 041 (103-16) – September 1980, “Bottom station, back view.”
  • 042 (103-17) – September 1980, “Bottom station, front view.”
  • 043 (103-18) – September 1980, “Tower side view.”
  • 044 (103-19) – September 1980, “Tower side view.”
  • 045 (103-20) – September 1980, “Tensioner tower near foundations.”
  • 046 (103-21) – September 1980, “Garbage near big rock.”
  • 047 (27-20) – June 1977, “Me risking my life on tower #1.”

Douglas, Alex 'Axel'

Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp 1990s

Photographs of Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp participants skiing and congregating on Whistler Mountain in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Notes made by Alex Douglas in 2020:
001: "Noel Peewee Workman"
004: "Second or third summer of DMSSC [our platform?] went to the Saddle"
007-008: "Coaches Group Photo on Whistler Glacier DMSSC, Summer of 1987 or 88. May 1989. Maybe me, Axel, in very back, maybe Francois Jodoin. Andy Creswell - Scob - Back row: Greg "sumo" lee, Mark "Skip" Taylor, Christian "Serge" Saxvik, Michael Richards, Paul "Zorb" Zemila?, ??, Vlad Lamoureux, Doug "Stubby" Perry, Chris Kent, Gord + Grant Brown, Steve Legge. Front Row: Jim "Kirbs" Kirby, Kim Dixon, Leslie Clarke, Leslie Glaysher, Cate Webster, Mel Brown, Dave "Ir" Irwin."
015: "Scott Paxton and Nurse Heather? DMSSC 1984 or 1985"
018: "Leslie Glaysher"
019: "Scott Paxton Atomic Rep"
020: "Base camp for DMSSC [Platform?] lift to Saddle"
023: "Dave Murray - Note early snowboard"

Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp Adult/Week 3 1992

Video contains footage of Adult Week and Week 3 of the 1992 Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp with background music. This includes footage of campers skiing and snowboarding, riding the t-bars and chairlift, biking, roller blading, playing golf, tennis and volleyball, river rafting, swimming, windsurfing, and having a banquet. There is also at least one skit, and an informal interview with Alex Douglas which features some footage of the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp c. 1972.

Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp Skits 1991

Video contains footage of two skits put on by staff members of the Dave Murray Summer Ski Camp in 1991: "Bad Cats" and "The Return of Serge." Both skits feature Alex 'Axel' Douglas.

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