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When Heidi Lidholm left Whistler after a season working for Whistler Blackcomb in her early 20s, she knew she would return.

Living proof that a season spent in this resort can lead to a world-class career, Lidholm is a leader amongst the next generation of Whistler entrepreneurs with creative startups that contribute to their community.

While on hiatus from Whistler, Lidholm honed her marketing and branding chops as a digital strategist working with big brands like Mini and BMW. After building a successful business offering online marketing and brand strategy, she returned with a dream to open a co-working space.

Sharing her idea with an old-coworker, Adam Vavrik, who had success building and selling businesses in Whistler, the two friends spotted an opportunity to combine their skill sets in a space in the Summit Lodge that Vavrik had been using for a catering contract.

“That’s where catering met co-working and we decided to fuse,” said Lidholm.

81 Whistler opened its doors as an inspiring work environment, fuelling their professional patrons with healthy food and quality coffee. The two friends have found a balance with Vavrik’s operations and catering experience and Lidholm’s vision and marketing expertise. Together, they have created a collaborative space for a thriving community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, artists and remote workers.

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