Leslie Anthony’s survey of Whistler Blackcomb, 50 Years of Going Beyond, wins ski history award

00_WB50_Cover_02-(2)-1This month, the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) presented its 2016 Skade Award to CWG’s Leslie Anthony for 50 Years of Going Beyond—an illustrated book about Blackcomb Whistler’s history—in addition to Mike Douglas of Switchback Entertainment for the accompanying film of the same name. The annual Skade Award recognizes an outstanding works on regional ski history.

Anthony, who moved from Toronto to Whistler in the late 1990s, was commissioned last summer to write the book that would go along with the film. He describes his research in an article published in the area’s Pique Magazine, telling of how he dove into the archives of the Whistler Museum and brought in voices from the 25 hours of on-camera footage from the film’s raw material. In the article, he expressed the story’s throughline: “Whistler, it seemed, was a place where anything was possible—the same mindset, I would discover, of the pioneers who’d started a ski hill and shepherded it through infancy to become a driving force in the ski industry after only a couple decades.”

The Skade award will be presented at the 24th annual ISHA Awards on April 7, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado. “We are extremely grateful to be recognized by the ISHA during our 50th anniversary season,” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “We are so proud of Mike and Leslie and we are grateful to them for using their talents to help us tell our story to the world. This award is truly theirs and is well deserved.”

 

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