Whistler announces Glacier 8, housing for 200 staff amidst fight against housing crisis

Noah Bergstrom / September. 26th, 2018

Ski school lessons at Whistler are offered from the age of 3 years old, instructors are asked to provide private and group lessons
(photo courtesy,@Whistlerblckmb twitter)

Whistler staff members can rejoice as Vail resorts announced plan to input 200 lodgings by 2020, that will begin at a rate far below what is average in Whistler.

Ski season brings a work force to Whistler and Blackcomb that is just as diverse as the customers that frequent the resort. As employees from all over the world come to work in one of the most expensive communities in the province, they need seasonal short term leases. It is approximated that Whistler’s seasonal staff includes around 4000 employees, they currently have 1670 available staff homes.

In their latest press release, Vail Resorts called housing a very real day to day problem for their staff. Their solution is the newly announced 200 home complex Glacier 8, part of a larger plan to add a total of 1000 new staff only dorm style bedrooms.

“Staff housing is, and always has been, a critical piece in finding seasonal employees for ski resorts, so this announcement is very good news for Whistler Blackcomb” – Jennifer Smith, Vail resorts media relations.

According to yesterday’s announcement, Whistler currently provides housing options to 31% of their staff. That means that over two thirds of their employees need to find housing during the areas most popular season.

The first step towards making the project a reality lies in the hands of the municipality, as rezoning needs to be confirmed before ground is broken. The resort municipality’s Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden voiced her support for the project, saying that housing the community’s workforce was a top priority.

The $400 a month price tag is also expected to lower the average cost of living on the mountain.