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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

A Look at the next 50 years.

We spent last year celebrating 50 years of going beyond, so this year we had to ask ourselves, what does the future hold for us in the next 50 years? We found that we had more questions than answers. Questions like, What if our kids stopped playing outside?, Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment?, Is the pull of the backcountry pushing our limits? and What is the future of ski resorts? This season, we’ll set out to dig into some of the issues affecting the sports we love. Our hope is to gain some perspective and generate some conversation with four documentaries exploring these big picture questions - produced with the support of TELUS and created by Switchback Entertainment.

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The Big Picture Documentaries

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Did you know: the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is matching donations up to $50,000. Click on one of the documentaries below to learn more.

PART 1: CONFLICTED OBSESSIONS
IS OUR THIRST FOR ADVENTURE THREATENING OUR ENVIRONMENT?
As global weather systems continue to shift, skiers, snowboarders and ski areas are acknowledging their impact on the environment they are trying to preserve. What steps can we take to ensure the same opportunities are there for the next generation of mountain lovers?
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PART 2: TECH TRAP
WHAT IF KIDS STOPPED PLAYING OUTSIDE?
With a plethora of electronic devices and technology at our fingertips, it can be easier to stay inside than head outdoors. But what if we stop going outside altogether? What if our children, the next generation, don’t grow up with an appreciation for nature? As the line between nature and technology blurs, how can we make sure that our children (and all of us) get the chance to unplug and get outside?
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PART 3: PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES
IS THE PULL OF THE BACKCOUNTRY PUSHING OUR LIMITS?
Backcountry skiing is the fastest growing segment of the snowsport industry, but are people ready to accept their responsibilities when they step beyond the boundary? Ski resorts are at the front lines of backcountry access to winter wilderness and they play a vital role in backcountry safety.
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PART 4: SURVIVE OR THRIVE
WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF SKI RESORTS?
Like all ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb must adapt to a changing ski and snowboard world if it wants to flourish for another 50 years. What will the future hold for ski resorts? Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb’s Chief Operating Officer gives his perspective.
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