By Derek Taylor
Mike Douglas—affectionately known around the ski world as The Godfather—moved to Whistler Blackcomb as an 18-year-old moguls competitor in 1988. Throughout an accomplished career, Douglas competed on and coached the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, helped push the twin tip ski into mainstream production, pioneered new freestyle tricks, competed in the Winter X Games and filmed with companies such as Matchstick Productions and Poor Boyz Productions. These days Douglas works as an X Games color analyst, and through his company, Switchback Entertainment, produces award-winning web and film content for Salomon Freeski TV. Douglas still resides in Whistler with his wife, Susie, and two kids: Devon, 8, and Kirra, 9, and still skis Whistler Blackcomb ski area as much as possible. Here are a few of his favorite haunts.
Place to ski on a Powder Day: “If it’s cloudy and snowy I usually head to the trees around the VD Chutes on Whistler. On a sunny day, the best lines and action happen on Whistler’s Peak Chair.”
Place to ski on a spring day: “Follow the sun. Seventh Heaven on Blackcomb usually is one of the first areas to soften up. Once it gets too soupy, I’ll usually head over to the Solar Coaster area of Blackcomb.”
Place to take his kids skiing: ”The Terrain Parks. You often hear about the big parks and pipes at Whistler, but most people don’t realize there are parks for every ability. My 8 and 5 year olds love to jump and in the easy parks they can practice their moves on jumps that fit their size.”
Place for Dinner: “Sushi Village has been my favorite Whistler restaurant for over 20 years. Great food, people, and a really good atmosphere make it the best. It’s also reasonably priced. Getting in is the only problem. If we want something quieter, the Rimrock Cafe is hard to beat.”
Place to take the family: “Given the choice, our kids usually pick pizza at Creekbread in Creekside. It’s a casual atmosphere with all organic and locally grown ingredients. If the kids are happy, we’re usually happy.”