WHISTLER, B.C.—Now that handsome revenues from Whistler-Blackcomb don’t have to be funneled to Wall Street, ski area managers are looking to invest back into the mountain. They’re talking about potential terrain expansion, new lifts, more restaurant seats—and, most problematic of all, a possible wind farm.
Whistler already has a little more than 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, but if skier numbers grow, another 2,000 acres could be added to the Khyber Ridge area, said Doug Forseth, senior vice president of operations, at a recent open house.
Ski area officials have also started talking about the potential for a 9-megawatt wind power project, reports Pique Newsmagazine. That output would be sufficient to meet 20 percent of the electrical demand at the ski area. The ski area has tested a couple of sites, but without success. Now, it’s looking at the Khyber Ridge area, which gets blasted by strong, sometimes turbulent winds.