50 years is more than a half of our lifetime. It's a lot of time to do something, to make our dreams come true. And Franz Wilhelmsen, a founding father of Canada's largest and best known ski resort, Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, made his one to exceed all expectations. Originally opening for skiing in the winter of 1965-66 and founded on the dream of one day hosting the Olympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb has been going beyond to leave its mark on the ski and snowboard industry since day one. This winter is going to be exactly 50 years since the first four-passenger gondola took skiers up the mountain much like today. To celebrate the milestone, Whistler Blackomb filmed a 30 minute short film documenting Whistler Blackcomb’s colorful past titled, 50 Years of Going Beyond.
From the resort’s adventure-seeking founders to its freestyle heydays—and breaking Guinness World Records along the way—snowsport industry legends recount the contributions that Whistler Blackcomb has made to skiing and snowboarding and the significance of its golden anniversary. While the movie solidifies the resort’s legacy in the past, there is no denying the last 50 years are just the beginning…
Watch the official movie trailer below. Full movie releasing Tuesday October 13, 2015.
Photo: © P-Blake Jorgenson