History & Vision
For many, the original Whistler Skiers Chapel will forever hold deep personal attachment and the new Chapel has been designed for all to enjoy and create continued memories.
Now, nearly 20 years after the original beloved chapel was dismantled, the community is coming together to rebuild what was once a place of healing, worship and celebration. Metaphorically, we are gathering together again to pull that ‘little chapel’ back up the mountain to its ethereal home on the mountainside.
First inspired by Franz Wilhelmsen, one of the founders of Whistler Mountain, Franz had a grand vision to design a multi-faith centre of worship specifically for skiers and residents of Whistler. The first service was held on Christmas Eve in 1967, with the Chapel overflowing with residents and guests.
Over the years, the Chapel became a place of celebration, hosting more than 1,500 weddings and family events. As the mountain resort evolved, the little chapel was moved three times from its original location and finally dismantled after it’s last Easter Sunday service in 2000.
The original A-frame structure, designed by well known architect and skier Asbjorn Gathe, with its defining stained-glass windows - created by artist Don Babcock - became a beloved space for many Whistler residents and visitors.
Photos: Whistler Museum & Archives