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Wed May 06 08:00:00 -1000 2009 | Jennifer Miller

Whistler's Entrepreneurial Spirit Still Alive Despite Economy

Whistler – The entrepreneurial spirit has been a strong force in Whistler over the years, with many stories of ski bums starting successful businesses — seeing a need or an opportunity in a growing resort and stepping in to give it a shot.

At the museum’s recent Icon Gone event during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival I learned of one such story. Nigel Protter’s Espresso Express was an old bus converted into a coffee shop that was often stationed at the base of Whistler Mountain in the wilderness that is now the Village.

It served as a hangout for skiers in the late 1970s as they waited for the shuttle bus that would take them back to Creekside and the old gondola. (There was no lift service in the now-Village area.)

Last week, I had the chance to literally taste the dream of two young entrepreneurs — and it was delicious. It was one of those moments when I thought, “Why didn’t I think of this?”

Skai Dalziel and Joe Facciolo started Whistler Tasting Tours in December, and my significant other treated me to their “Après-disiac” tour last week. It was one of the best evenings I’ve had in a while — full of laughter, amazing food and drink, fun and conversation.  Click here to read more.