Is there anyone else in Whistler aside from the Australians?


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Dear Australia [mbm]:

I don’t know who might be reading this letter, since it appears that your entire population leaves the country each year to come and work at Canada’s ski resorts. Living in Kelowna we always knew when Big White was going to re-open soon when the French Canadiens that filled the town to pick fruit during the summer made way for the Australians who came to operate the ski lifts and chat up our women. However I did not realize the scope of the exodus until I came to work downtown Vancouver.

We get a lot of tourists throughout the summer. Sure we get some Australians but it’s not really any more than any of the other nationalities. Japanese, Chinese, English, German and more, they all love Vancouver during the summer. They like our steam clock, they like our beer and sometimes they like our women, but once September rolls around most of them head home to their jobs and their own weather. You, you all take it up a few notches.

I’ve only ever been to Whistler during the summer, but my imagination tells me that during the winter it’s one long party filled only with Australians. You like your beer, and hopefully you like our beer, so it’s probably a good party but come on don’t you want to meet people who aren’t Australians? You’re to our ski resorts as Mexicans are to LA’s [mbla] mansions, except I suspect you’re having more fun.

I like Canada, but I was born here. Why do you like it? Are you all just ski junkies looking for a fix? Do all resort towns see this Aussie influx every time snow threatens to hit the ground? Do you let the New Zelanders come too, or do they have to stay at home and work on special effects for Peter Jackson?

I hope one of you are home to answer this. Maybe your Prime Minister could get back to me on this one. It’s been on my mind for awhile.

Thank you.

– Jeffery Simpson
Concerned Canadian

P.S. Stay away from our women.

5 Comments so far

  1. RS (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

    Heh…the only reason Canada Day is bigger in Whistler than Australia Day is that the Australians celebrate them both! :)

  2. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

    Um… “stay away from our women”? So, when Canucks head down under, they have the same deal in reverse? Sounds like a bad rule either way.

    Just remember to $@&#T@)! responsibly, people.

  3. Sandy (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    I think it’s because it doesn’t really snow here. We have some pitiful ski resorts, but we never really see any decent snow. I live in Western Australia, and it NEVER snows here – I’ve never seen snow in my life, ever.

    Coupled with the fact that most of the people that head to Whistler for work are in the midst of the tedious (and might I add, swelteringly hot) summer holidays, it’s kind of an exciting way to pass the time. Aussies love their working holidays.

    I was hoping to head to Whistler next winter for a holiday, but I’m kind of cringing at the fact that it’ll be like being at home, except freezing.

  4. wyn (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 11:08 am

    The Aussies who come up here to work and play at Whistler are obviously avid about skiing/riding and bring to the resort a light-hearted atmosphere that us pokey Canadians don’t normally possess. It seems to be a perfect match for enthusiastic Canadians who can bear the 1.5-2.5-hour drive each way on the Sea to Sky.

    “Stay away from our women”: Never heard that from a Canadian guy before and surprising it’s as possessive- and insecure-sounding as when an Asian guy says it. It is so the way the push a woman to “rebel” and go for someone who is just chill.

  5. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 11:22 pm

    Ah, anyone want to explain the pop-culture joke implicit in Jeffery’s final line to Jon and Wyn?

    PS: Stay away from our microbrews.

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