Showing posts from January, 2018

SkiBig3: How Did We Get Here? - Cliff White and the Mighty Quay

In 2018 visitors to Banff National Park have the great privilege to ski at three world-class resorts: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay. Skibums and boarders alike can pick their favourite or try all three while staying in the beautiful Banff and Lake Louise area.  But how did we get here? Who first skied these mountains? What did it take to carve the runs into the mountainside? Who built the first cabins and started the first ski clubs? The following series of blog posts entitled SkiBig3: How Did We Get Here?, will feature one key ski pioneer who made the difference in the early days of each (or multiple) of our beloved SkiBig3 resorts. Cliff White and The Mighty Quay V683/1/C/2/b-PA139-112, Cliff White at Mount Norquay Clifford White Sr. was born in Banff on February 13 th , 1902 to Dave and Annie White. Along with his brother Peter, Cliff White was among the first in Banff to pursue skiing in the Canadian Rockies. Thanks to the well-known and w

New Year. New Gallery. New Connections.

Instead of starting the new year with fireworks and champagne we here at the Whyte Museum decided to start the year off with ART, and lots of it! Following renovations that took place in November/December 2017 we are happy to announce that our Founders' Gallery is open once again with a new look, feel, and exhibition.  After many years of hanging artwork after artwork on the walls, the walls themselves needed to be replaced with a tougher material. We now have strong and fresh looking walls that provide the perfect background for our collection.  Our curatorial team then took a page out of 19th century France and hung the gallery salon style in favour of conventional formats. The floor to ceiling installation gives the observer more artwork to look at, more connections to make and more stories to explore. Accompanying the artwork is an exhibition booklet that contains information on each piece in the gallery. Visitors can learn about the artists, the history of the