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elcome to Whistler! We’re glad you’re Q: here — one of the What is the more than 3 million visitors who annual snowfall come every year. You are our raison d’etre. Showing the world in Whistler? our town is what we live for. in A: Whistler We want you to see Based on the last 10 this town through our eyes and years, the historical average is 1,159 cm feel our passion for this place.

or 11.59 m. That’s 456 inches or 38 ft per year as measured at the Pig Alley Weather Station, mid-mountain Given that you’re already visiting, and flipping on Whistler. No matter through the pages of FAQ, it’s safe to assume you know a thing or two about Whistler, enough which metric you report, at least to tempt you here for a visit. it’s really just a lot of You likely know, for example, that this is one of snow. As you’ll soon discover while you’re out and about, Whistlerites are proud of where they live— the mountains, the glaciers, the lakes, the community.

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welcome to whistler voted No. 1 by discerning skiers and riders. You may also know that Whistler got its name from the hoary marmots who live among the rocks on the mountains, and who whistle when people approach, alerting the colony to potential danger. They hibernate during the winter, along with the black bears, so you won’t see them this winter visit. But you may be skiing over them while they snooze! You may also know that Whistler always had aspirations of being a host city for the Winter Olympics, a dream that was finally realized in 2010. Those, however, are some just of the highlights. What you don’t know yet may surprise you. So keep reading! Did you know, for example, that the Rainbow Lodge, which opened on the shores of Alta Lake in 1914, was once the most popular summer destination west of the Rocky Mountains? That was long before Whistler was called Whistler, long before there was skiing here, when this

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welcome to whistler area was a summer hotspot with renowned and abundant fish stocks. The Rainbow Lodge burned to the ground in 1977 and today the area is known as Rainbow Park. Did you know too that the first lifts went in 51 years ago on Whistler Mountain? It was 1966. Blackcomb Mountain wasn’t even on the radar at that time, opening 14 years later in 1980. Five years after opening Blackcomb had expanded its terrain to become the only “Mile High Mountain” in North America. And did you know that in 2005 Whistler was declared one of the most liveable communities in the world — and the best in the world for planning for the future — at the UN-endorsed International Awards for Livable Communities? But we’re just scratching the surface. FAQ is designed to be your guide throughout your stay here, with tips on where to eat, what to do, how to party and where to ski.

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How long does it take to get between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola? A:

A mere 11 minutes on a record-breaking ride. It’s also meant to be a little window into The PEAK 2 PEAK Whistler’s collective psyche so you get a real boasts the longest feeling for the community behind the resort. unsupported lift span And make no mistake, there is a thriving, quirky, in the world at 3.024 passionate community of kindred spirits who kms (or 1.88 miles) and call this place home. it’s the highest lift of its We profiled six “insiders” in this edition to show you the real people who make this resort kind with an elevation tick — a doctor, a coach, a biathlon trainer, an of 436 m (1,427 ft.). There artist, an après expert, and a baker. are two silver, glassRead on to see why they have made their lives bottomed gondolas in the fleet of signature red here and why they want others to see the beauty and magic of Whistler. gondolas! So, put away any preconceived notions of what you think this place is all about. We’ll show you the real Whistler. 6

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events calendar Throughout the Winter: STONE AND SKY This special exhibition, Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape, is on at the Audain Art Museum Nov. 11-Feb. 26.

FIRE AND ICE SHOW Every Sunday evening at the base of Whistler Mountain in Skier’s Plaza. See skiers and riders brave the burning ring of fire.

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WHISTLER BLACKCOMB OFFICIAL OPENING DAY It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. Winter has finally arrived. Let the skiing and riding begin. PHOTO: Cornucopia: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

Nov 9-19 CORNUCOPIA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL The annual ‘feast for the senses’, Cornucopia is 11 days of indulgence. Food, wine, workshops, and more.

FAMILY APRÈS Head to Whistler Olympic Plaza from 3-6 pm every Monday and Wednesday for fun outdoor winter activities and entertainment.

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events calendar 25–26 ARTS WHISTLER’S HOLIDAY MARKET Formerly Bizarre Bazaar, this is where you can get a jump on holiday shopping with unique local gifts. At the Whistler Conference Centre.

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Nov 29–Dec 3 WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL Hollywood comes to town in the annual film festival in the mountains. For 17 years this festival has been bringing world premieres, awesome parties, and industry workshops to Whistler.

Dec 7–Jan 7 THE GREAT WHITE NORTH This month-long show is an ode to Canada’s Great White North with a collection of big mountain photography, painted hockey sticks, winter landscapes and 1980’s Canadian pop culture. Hosers are welcome to attend at The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre. 15 THE PAPERBOYS Hitting the stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre to get toes tapping. Dec 22–Jan 4 THE WHISTLER HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE Indoor family fun with bouncy castles, a mini putt course, crafts and video games. 10am to 6pm throughout the holiday season. Closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.

24 CHRISTMAS EVE CAROL SERVICE Join the community at the Westin Resort & Spa for this annual Christmas Eve tradition.

31 WHISTLER PRESENTS: NEW YEAR’S EVE Ring in the New Year in this alcoholfree, family-friendly celebration throughout Whistler Village. There will be a New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown and several indoor and outdoor events.

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events calendar  JAN 12 BELLE GAME Taking the stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre to get toes tapping. Feb 23–24 PEAK TO VALLEY RACE A Whistler ski racing tradition these past three decades.

25 GAME-SHOW NIGHT WITH VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Taking the stage with improv comedy at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

12 BC FAMILY DAY Enjoy your stat holiday on the slopes.

26 AUSTRALIA DAY There’s a reason why we put Australia Day on a Canadian calendar, mate.

18 TH’OWXIYA THE HUNGRY FEAST DISH Six storytellers from the Kwantlen First Nations take the stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

 FEB 3 FRED PENNER The family show begins at 5pm, the After Dark show begins at 8pm. On the stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre. 12

14 ROOTS & GROOVES Music taking the stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

26 SIGGE’S P’AYAKENTSUT Cross-country ski event at Whistler Olympic Park.

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21–28 WHISTLER PRIDE AND SKI FESTIVAL One of the biggest ski weeks in the world, the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is a staple in the annual line-up of events.


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11 MUM’S MOUNTAIN CLASSIC Mums and friends get ready to race at WB.

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ike most of his high school graduating class in Whistler, Drew Hetherington couldn’t wait to hit the road for “bigger and better things.”

Whistler can be a pretty small town, especially when you’re one of the few who have spent your whole life here. So, he set off for university to pursue a degree in computer engineering. After six months, he was back home. That first uncertain day back in Whistler, Drew took his Level 2 ski instructor’s course, quickly followed by his Level 3 and his Coach’s Level 1, all in the same season. It turns out those “bigger and better things” were right here in Whistler all along. “I had one of my dream jobs by the time I was 22,” he says, of working as a guide for Extremely Canadian, skiing every day in Whistler with the added perks of ski trips around the world. Then, in 2009, Drew got a job offer that would change his course — coaching skier cross for the Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC), a club with almost five decades under its belt developing top ski racers. Think Marielle Thompson, Robbie Dixon, Britt and Michael Janyk. He couldn’t resist, partly because he loved coaching kids but also because this was his chance to see what ski racing was all about first-hand — not every Whistler kid grows up as a ski racer, and Drew spent more time on skates than on skis as a kid.

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His decision hasn’t disappointed. “It’s hard to live here if you don’t find something that can help you be here,” he says, of watching people come and go from Whistler over the years, put off by the cost of living and the limited job market. “Often people leave for greener pastures. Through coaching, I’ve been able to find a way to live and work here.” He is now the U12 Lead Coach at the WMSC with 52 kids in his program this year. “I think the most rewarding thing overall is just getting to know the kids on a personal level, being able to work with them, seeing them improve on and off the hill, and then being a part of their lives and watching them grow up as they get older.” The club’s vision is: “Developing Champions in Life and Sport.” What that means exactly, Drew still isn’t sure. But when he sees the success of some of his past students — on skis and in life — he can’t help but smile. “It’s nice to look back and say I was a small part of that cog of making that kid into a full-fledged person.”  15


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housands of seasonal employees descend on Whistler every winter to see if North America’s No. 1 ski resort lives up to all the hype.

They arrive fresh-faced and bright-eyed, ready to live like a local for a while — ski 20 cm days, work just to get by, live on Whistler-time. Just imagine, however, if you had just one day, or just one week to see what Whistler Blackcomb (WB) is all about. That’s more than 8,100 acres of in-bounds terrain to explore, more than 200 marked runs, 37 lifts, a recordbreaking gondola. So… where to begin?

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Who is Dave Murray and why is the downhill named after him? A:

Dave Murray was one of the founding members of the “Crazy Canucks,” those It’s the question on everyone’s mind when Canadian ski racers who they first get here. What are the must-do’s? captured the world with their The steepest runs? The best trees? The fearless, fun-loving skiing secret powder stashes? Whistler Mountain or in the 70s and 80s. Murray Blackcomb Mountain? represented Canada at the 1976 and the 1980 Olympic To make it simple, a couple of years ago Games. He retired after 10 WB created the “Wonder Routes” — six years on the competitive ski routes that show off the two mountains at racing circuit to become the their very best. The Top of the World Route, for example, takes skiers and riders on a director of skiing at Whistler tour of some of the highest vantage points Mountain. He died of skin on both mountains, all the better to see the cancer in 1990. The following surrounding snow-capped peaks in all their year the Dave Murray glory. If you’re looking for something a little Downhill was named on more heart-pounding than the views, there’s Whistler Mountain. It was the always The Steep Sampler Route, whose name men’s downhill course for says it all. Not for the faint of heart. It includes the 2010 Olympics. Don’t be West Cirque and Shale Slope on Whistler and surprised if you find yourself Spanky’s into Ruby Bowl and Couloir Extreme channelling your inner on Blackcomb. But, as much as the steeps Dave Murray on that run. are a huge part of WB, there’s also the Family Everyone does it. Certified Route — the Tree Fort, the Magic Castle, and the Enchanted Forest. 16

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on the mountains That’s a start — a little hint to whet your appetite. The real trick is just to get out there and explore for yourself. Chat up a local on the chairlift; find a Mountain Host; quiz your server/bartender/bus driver/concierge. These people are the backbone of the community. They know more than anyone else, have had more epic days here than anyone else, and can give you more insight than any guidebook. If you’re looking for an easy way to remember just how much is out there, think of this: Blackcomb Mountain is one vertical mile high. Exactly one mile. That’s 1,609 m (or 5,280 ft) from the top of the mountain to the bottom. And that’s a long way down. Whistler Mountain is marginally smaller, standing at 1,530 m (or 5,020 ft). Whistler opened more than 50 years ago in 1966; Blackcomb is a little younger, opening in 1980. They are connected by one amazing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which ferries guests from the alpine of one mountain to the alpine of the other, breaking some world records while it’s at it. So, go forth and find your own “wonder route.” No matter which direction you choose, prepare to be amazed. 

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ordic skiing changed Munny Munro’s life. “My goal was to always ski,” he says of his passion for being outdoors on two planks on snow.

“I didn’t know how it was going to evolve but it was this organic, growing process and I really fell in love with the freedom and the movement of being outside, especially out in the Callaghan Valley.” Whistler has always been Munny’s second home; growing up in Vancouver, his parents had a cabin in Creekside and being outdoors was always a part of his life. Twenty years ago he moved to Whistler full-time. In 2007, as the fledging multi-million cross country facility was coming to life in the Callaghan Valley for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Munny was one of a handful of people hired as patrol. He was hooked. “I was the first guy in the Callaghan and the last guy to leave every day. And I loved it so much,” he says, thinking back to the beginning with the Britco trailers and the handful of trails carved in and around the forest. Ten years later, his passion has only deepened and Whistler Olympic Park has evolved into a world-class cross country destination with a beautiful day lodge and a host of activities on offer such as fat biking, toboganning and snowshoeing. Munny’s role has evolved too from patroller to wax tech for the national biathlon team, travelling the world. He now coaches a masters’ class for the local biathlon club as well as kids’ club.

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“I’m a Nordic nerd,” he jokes. “I go home and watch Nordic races at night. I study it. I’m a tactician when it comes to technique and style.” Meanwhile, he’s raising a young family in Whistler, and working as a paid on-call firefighter for the fire department. During the winter he skis eight to 10 times a week, on skate skis or classic, depending on the conditions. And the Callaghan keeps him coming back for more — that feeling of the effortless glide on snow, more than 130 km of trails to choose from, the views of the Brandywine, the solitary pursuit, the tired and sore muscles at the end of the day. It comes down to technique, technique, technique, says Munny, and once you hone those skills, it’s smooth and graceful. “Almost like dancing on snow. It’s just amazing. I can’t get enough of it.” 

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WHISTLER LIKES TO THINK OF ITSELF as a laidback ski town, a place where you can wear Gore-Tex to dinner, where après is a noun and a verb, where you can sport a goggle tan throughout the spring and still look cool, and where the weather is a constant topic of conversation. While all of that still holds true, it’s been a while since Whistler was “just” a ski town. As the resort has evolved over the last five decades since the first ski lifts started running, so too have the all the things to do around town. You can spend the whole day in the valley and pack it full of adventure: dogsledding and snowshoeing, snowmobiling and bungee jumping, biathlon and ziptrekking, to name just a few.

As the resort has evolved over the last five decades since the first ski lifts started running, so too have the all the things to do around town. How many people can say they heliskied during the day, went on a bobsleigh ride in the afternoon (down the fastest sliding track in the world no less), and then drove a snowmobile up the mountain for dinner? That’s just Whistler. Don’t be mistaken: Skiing and snowboarding are the foundation of life and lifestyle here but we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to have fun outdoors, making the most of our massive backyard playground. Best of all, Gore-Tex is always totally acceptable as dinner attire. After all, at the heart of it all, we’re really still a ski town. 

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Canadian Wilderness Adventures Explore the stunning Callaghan backcountry and Blackcomb Mountain with Whistler’s premier year-round activity operator. Canadian’s variety of tours are suitable for groups, single riders, couples and families. Choose from a thrilling snowmobile tour, snowshoe into a majestic old growth forest, take an exhilarating run with sled dogs, or journey by snowmobile or snowcat to the Crystal Hut, 6,000 ft. atop Blackcomb Mountain for the famous mountain top fondue dinner. 604.938.1616 adventuredesk@canadian01.com canadianwilderness.com AD INSIDE COVER MAP   T 1 1

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Ziptrek Ecotours This is Whistler’s #1 year-round activity! Choose between 3 exciting multi-line zipline tours or “go all in” for a mammoth adventure. Experience ziplines, suspension bridges and treetop platforms in the ancient rainforest between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains! Our unique Twilight Tours are offered in winter season. 604.935.0001 or 1.866.935.0001 ziptrek.com AD PG 1 MAP   T1 1

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BUNGEE JUMPING Whistler Bungee Whistler’s ultimate adrenaline rush provides a 160 ft heart-pounding drop that no other activity can compare to. Booking location: #19-4314 Main Street, Whistler Village 604.938.9333 or 1.877.938.9333 whistlerbungee.com AD PG 3 1 MAP   L 1 2

CATSKIING

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Blackcomb Catski Experience spectacular untracked powder every run! Full day cat ski, private charters available and no lift lines! Hotel pick up, lunch included. Hilton Whistler Resort 604.905.7002 blackcombcatski.com AD PG 3 7 MAP   T 1 2

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Imagine Cinemas Village 8 Under new Canadian ownership. Showcasing all of the latest movies. For tickets, please go to imaginecinemas.com MAP   P1 2

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Cross Country Connection Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe rentals, lessons, and trail passes in beautiful Lost Lake Park. Organically-minded café with deliciously hand-crafted food. 604.905.0071 info@crosscountryconnection.ca crosscountryconnection.ca AD PG 30 MAP   F6

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A real CANADIAN experience. Your eager & powerful dog team will lead you into the magnificent old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley. Join your professional musher in harnessing the dogs, learn about the sport of dog sledding and even try your hand at mushing. 604.938.1616 adventuredesk@canadian01.com canadianwilderness.com AD PG 3 9 MAP   T1 2

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Walking distance from Whistler Village, enjoy over 30 km of cross country ski and snowshoe trails with incredible mountain views. Groomed daily for classic and skate skiing. 604.935.PLAY(7529) parksrec@whistler.ca whistler.ca/crosscountry MAP   F 6

Get whisked away on our dog sled tour through the beautiful Callaghan Valley. Visit the dogs, learn about the sport of dog sledding and try your hand at mushing. The true Canadian experience! Hilton Whistler Resort 604.932.6681 blackcombdogsled.com AD PG 2 2 MAP   T 1 2

TreeTrek Canopy Walk Discover the secrets of the world’s most productive forest from suspension bridges and observation platforms up to 200ft in the treetops between Whistler and Blackcomb. 604.935.0001 or 1.866.935.0001 ziptrek.com AD PG 1 MAP   T1 1

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Explore the Whistler/Blackcomb resort area by air with Blackcomb Helicopters. Choose your own adventure! Heli-picnics, glacier exploration, wedding proposals, backcountry ski drop-offs and more are available. 1.800.330.HELI (4354) blackcombhelicopters.com

FREE Fire and Ice Show Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners – especially when snowflakes fill the air? Watch Snow School’s finest skiers and riders jump through the dazzling Ring of Fire at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola. The event takes place every Sunday at 6:30pm from mid-December to late March. MAP U 1 1

HELI-SKIING Whistler Heli-Skiing A classic Canadian heli-skiing experience, featuring 432,000 acres of exclusive terrain with 173 glaciers and 475 runs. Multiple packages available utilizing 5 and 10 passenger helicopters. Visit us in the Carleton Lodge 604.905.DEEP or 1.888.HELISKI. whistlerheliskiing.com AD PG 35 MAP   T1 1

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Blackcomb Sleighrides It’s a Whistler tradition – horse drawn sleigh rides, optional dinner packages, covered sleighs, draft horses, scenic tours – FUN for the whole family. 604.932.7631 blackcombsleighrides.com AD PG 3 8 MAP   PG 1 0 6 # 1 0

ICE SKATING Whistler Olympic Plaza. Located in the heart of Whistler Village this outdoor skating experience is one you won’t soon forget. Admission is free, $5 skate rentals for children and $6 skate rentals for adults. Free (limited supply) of helmets 604.935.PLAY(7529) parksrec@whistler.ca whistler.ca/skating AD PG 2 1 MAP   I 1 1

MOUNTAIN TOP DINING Canadian Wilderness Adventures Mountain Top Fondue Combine a thrilling snowmobile or snowcat adventure with a three-course fondue dinner at the famous Crystal Hut, 6,000 ft atop Blackcomb Mountain. Nightly, including live entertainment. 604.938.1616 adventuredesk@canadian01.com canadianwilderness.com AD PG 8 5 MAP   T 1 2 26

Blackcomb Snowmobile Enjoy exclusive backcountry dining at its best. Private Snowcat available for groups of 10+ starting at $1790. Enjoy traditional fondue or West Coast cuisine at our exclusive and remote log cabin. Hilton Whistler Resort 604.932.8484 blackombsnowmobile.com AD PG 33 MAP   T1 2

RENTALS Black Tie Ski and Board Rentals Slopeside Come and be fitted with your rental equipment in one of our luxury fitting lounges. Located in The Chamois at Blackcomb base in the Upper Village. Open 7:30 am to 9 pm 604.966.2122 blacktieslopeside.com”

SCANDINAVIAN BATHS Scandinave Spa The Scandinavian baths experience, also known as hydrotherapy, is renowned for its energizing and relaxing properties. It cleanses the skin, improves physical conditioning and promotes a sense of well-being. Experience the essence of relaxation through our sauna, steam bath, thermal & Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunges, solariums and outdoor fireplace. info.whistler@scandinave.com 604.935.2424 | scandinave.com AD PG 24 MAP   PG 1 06 # 1 1  faqwhistler.com

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activities SIGHTSEEING Blackcomb Helicopters Get a bird’s eye view of the Whistler/ Blackcomb resort area by helicopter. A stunning tour includes views of the mountains, meadows, hidden waterfalls, and glacier-fed lakes that lie beyond the hiking trails. 1.800.330.HELI (4354) blackcombhelicopters.com

SNOWMOBILING Blackcomb Snowmobiles Ltd. Explore Whistler’s Best Backcountry Terrain! From beginner to advanced riders. Fondue dinners, wilderness tours, family tours. We’ve got something for all ability levels. Experience what the beautiful Brandywine valley has to offer. Hilton Whistler Resort, lobby level. 604.932.8484 blackcombsnowmobile.com AD PG 3 3 MAP   T 1 2

Whistler Snowmobile Whistler’s longest running snowmobile tour company. Spectacular backcountry tours for all ability levels. Snowmobile rentals and backcountry equipment also available. Ride like a local, with a local! Hotel pick up available. 604.905.7002 | whistlersnowmobile.com AD PG 2 3 MAP   T 1 2

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Tours for all ability levels. Our skilled guides will thrill you with a true backcountry experience or a family friendly adventure in the spectacular Callaghan Valley, or treat you to exclusive night rides and fondue dinner on Blackcomb Mountain. 604.938.1616 adventuredesk@canadian01.com canadianwilderness.com AD INSIDE COVER MAP   T 1 2  /faqwhistler

Activity Central Why shop around? We book for all activity companies. We have the best options and best rates. Receive 10% off when you mention this ad, plus discount Fresh Tracks and Tube Park Tickets. Olympic Plaza 604.935.4528 Visitor Centre 604.905.4866 AD BACK COVER MAP   I 1 3 MAP  P12

SNOWSHOEING Blackcomb Adventures Discover Whistler’s history one step at a time on our “Wild Spirit” snowshoe tour. A great introduction to the sport of Snowshoeing. Fully guided tour, entry to Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre included. 604.932.8484 blackcombadventures.com MAP   T1 2

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Explore the Callaghan backcountry and majestic old growth forest as you trek along the Medicine Trail. Let our guides introduce you to some philosophies of tree medicine that our great ancestors lived by along with a brief history of the area’s traditional use. 604.938.1616 adventuredesk@canadian01.com canadianwilderness.com AD PG 2 9 MAP   T1 2

Cross Country Connection Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe rentals, lessons, and trail passes in beautiful Lost Lake Park. Organically-minded café with deliciously hand-crafted food.  604.905.0071 info@crosscountryconnection.ca crosscountryconnection.ca AD PG 30 MAP   F6

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activities Walking distance from Whistler Village, enjoy over 30 km of cross country ski and snowshoe trails with incredible mountain views. Groomed daily for classic and skate skiing. 604.935.PLAY(7529) parksrec@whistler.ca whistler.ca/crosscountry AD PG 2 1 MAP   F6

SPORTS CENTRE Meadow Park Sports Centre Affordable fun for the whole family. Meadow Park Sports Centre offers an NHL-sized ice rink, a 4,500 sq.ft. fitness centre, a fitness studio, two squash courts, a half basketball court, a 25-metre lap pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a steam room and a kids pool. Located five minutes north of the Village at 8625 Highway 99. 604.935.PLAY(7529) parksrec@whistler.ca whistler.ca/recreation AD PG 2 1 MAP   PG 1 0 6 #6

TUBING Coca Cola® Tube Park The Coca-Cola® Tube Park offers tons of snow sliding fun for the young and the young at heart. There’s no skill involved, just a sense of adventure and a desire for excitement. Open daily from mid-December to mid-April.

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WALKABOUT TASTING TOURS Whistler Tasting Tours Whistler’s No. 1 dining experience! Daily tours that visit several amazing restaurants for a delicious multi-course lunch, dinner or dessert. Indulge your palate! 604.902.8687 info@whistlertastingtours.com whistlertastingtours.com

ZIPLINING Ziptrek Ecotours This is Whistler’s No.1 year-round activity, and home of The Sasquatch® - The longest zipline in Canada and the USA! Choose between multiple tour offerings where there is something for everyone. Experience ziplines, suspension bridges and treetop platforms in the ancient rainforest between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains! 604.935.0001 or 1.866.935.0001 ziptrek.com AD PG 1 MAP   T1 1

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he familiar lament of kids the world over — ‘I’m bored; there’s nothing to do’ — does not apply in Whistler. This place was built for the fun! So put down the screens, step away from the TV, find your toque and your gloves because… Whistler awaits! SKI SCHOOL: This is the best money you’ll ever spend on holiday — sending the kids out for the day with the local professionals. The kids are happy cause they’re on an adventure (think: Tree Fort, Magic Castle, Terrain Garden and more), they’re perfecting their technique, and they’re meeting new friends. The parents are on their own program. No screaming. No negotiating. No endless bathroon breaks. AFTER SKIING: You’ll be surprised when they still have energy after six hours of bombing around the mountain but… they will. Try skating under the disco ball at the outdoor rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Or head down to Bounce, the indoor trampoline facility in Function Junction. Or keep sliding down the mountain but use tubes instead of planks at the tube park on Blackcomb. FAMILY APRÈS: If you time it just right (3-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday), late afternoons at Whistler Olympic Plaza transform into Family Après. It’s packed full of fun things to do from tobogganing to building snowmen and more. YOUTH CENTRE: It’s the place to be in Whistler between the ages of 13 and 18. There are three rooms dedicated to skateboarding, video games, movies and music, including a mini-ramp with skateboards and helmets to borrow. For more details, go to whistleryouthcentre.com. 

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s it our imagination or does it seem as though more people are switching to skate skis these days?

At least, it feels that way in Whistler, in a place never content to keep the status quo.

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How many medals did Canada win in Whistler during the 2010 Olympic Games?

Skate skiing is the relatively newest thing in the old-school sport of Nordic skiing. It’s also known as “free technique.” Skate skiers move outside the grooves in a motion that looks more like ice skating than traditional cross-country. It’s A: faster, more technical and it adds a little spice, and challenge, to an old favourite sport. If you Canada won four medals thought cross-country skiing was a little too in Whistler — 2 gold, 1 silver staid, try your hand at skate skiing. and 1 bronze. All were won That’s the beautiful thing about Nordic skiing in Whistler: there’s something for everyone from beginners to experts. You can ski in what feels like the far edge of civilization in the depths of the Callaghan Valley or just steps away from the village. There are 160 km of trails to choose from; the trick is finding out what suits you best. Read on for the inside scoop on what’s waiting for you out there.

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LOST LAKE PARK Find Lost Lake this winter. The park is located just beyond Whistler Village. Its proximity to the heart of the action means Whistler has a special connection to this forested oasis. There are roughly 30 km of crosscountry trails for all abilities, groomed and maintained throughout the winter. The tracks are set for cross-country but there is ample room for skate skiing too. INSIDER TIP: Check out the Lost Lake trails under the banner of the starry night sky. If possible, the park becomes even more magical skiing at night. There is a 4-km route with lighting.

SKI CALLAGHAN If Lost Lake offers close convenience, a little haven amid the bustle of Whistler life, Ski Callaghan is a vast wilderness destination of stunning proportions. It combines the cachet of Whistler Olympic Park, the Nordic venue during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the wildness and remoteness of Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures. It is a match made in Nordic skiing heaven. Together the two facilities make up 130 km of Nordic trails. There are loops close to the day lodge for those not wanting to venture too far afield. Those with a sense of adventure can strike out further into the Callaghan Valley and experience B.C. the way it was meant to be experienced — wild and majestic all at once.   /faqwhistler

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nowmobiling isn’t just your dad’s sport any Q: longer, especially not in Whistler. This quintessential What are “Fresh Canadian activity is now Tracks”? something the whole family can enjoy and there is no better A: As the name suggests, place to enjoy it.

fresh tracks are the first tracks in perfect, untouched snow. For the first 650 people, WB offers a Fresh Tracks breakfast at the Roundhouse. You upload at 7:15 a.m., fill up on Or you can head beyond the Whistler valley the buffet, and get to be with Canadian Wilderness Adventures (CWA) the first to hit the fresh on their full day ‘Bralorne or Bust’ tour, visiting powder or fresh corduroy the abandoned gold rush town of Bralorne 100 km north of Whistler. The tour includes a 60 km as the sun comes up. First journey over the Hurley mountain pass. This is just up, first down. It’s well one of the many tours offered by CWA. worth the early rise! A word of advice: don’t eat There’s something for everyone from the first time riders to the powder hounds searching for everything in sight. You those much-talked about powder bowls. You still want to have a little can ride at night for a fondue dinner or ride first pep in your ski step! thing in the morning as the sun comes up and get a hearty breakfast as part of the deal.

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Just consider the adventures. At Blackcomb Snowmobile you can travel through the forest to the Mini-Z track where the kids get to experience the thrill of driving their own snowmobile. Kids can ride mini snowmobiles with The Adventure Group too. Both companies offer a wide spectrum of tours.


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activities The most spectacular thing about going on a snowmobile tour is that you discover places and get to see things you wouldn’t normally be able to experience. You’re in the backcountry in the blink of an eye. And, to be honest, there is no better place to be in B.C. than the backcountry. This is the Wild West of your imagination — ancient cedars massive in scale, powder bowls of untouched snow, vast quiet and open spaces in the heart and soul of large mountain peaks, and shining, icy alpine lakes. Snowmobiling in Whistler is much like skiing in Whistler — epic and boundless. It may seem a little daunting. But Whistler’s experienced guides will show you all the ropes before you get on your sled. Need we say more? What better place on Earth to try something like this? 

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f you think Whistler Blackcomb feels massive, you haven’t seen anything yet.

While the resort boasts more than 8,100 acres of in-bounds terrain, making it the largest resort in North America, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are just but a fraction of the stunning peaks and valleys in this area. It takes a bird’s eye view to really appreciate what’s out there — hundreds of thousands of acres of untracked snow. It seems so endless and inaccessible. And yet, it’s all within your reach. It’s just a helicopter ride away. There’s a reason why an estimated 90 per cent of the world’s heli-skiing takes place in British Columbia. And though we could tell you why that is, there simply aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to convey what the heli-skiing experience is all about. This is something that needs to be experienced first-hand to be believed. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to stand on a mountain all to yourself, wonder no more. If you’ve ever dreamed of first line down a mountain with only your friends in view, dream no more.

Even for seasoned guides, heli-skiing never gets old. In fact, heli-skiing in Whistler is just one of those things: the more you do it, the more you want to do it. There is a simple and perfect pleasure in being part of a small club of skiers and riders, knowing you’re getting whisked to the good stuff. When the in-bounds powder is tracked out, you know you’ll be floating waist-deep over fresh stuff. When the chairs are busy with antsy skiers racing to get to the top, you know you’ll have the mountains all to yourself. When it’s a busy day up there, you know you can take your time and soak it all in and really experience skiing the way it was meant to be experienced. And therein lies the catch: Heli-skiing once will only leave you hankering for more. It’s just that good. Be prepared to have your skiing or riding changed forever.  34

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ou need look no further than the efforts to build three overnight backcountry huts close to Whistler to realize how much skiing has changed beyond the boundaries. In the last decade, the ski industry, relatively flat for the most part, has exploded in the area of backcountry skiing and riding. No longer the domain of the hard-core and elite, the backcountry is now a place for so many. And when you get out there, you soon see why. The beautiful thing about the backcountry in Whistler is that it’s not some far off, fabled land. The backcountry is right on our doorstep, bordering Whistler Blackcomb’s edges and the rest of the resort town, and beckoning to all skiers and riders. While that pristine proximity offers incredible opportunity, it also presents some challenges. Pause for a minute and consider: Do you have a transceiver, a shovel, a probe, and perhaps more importantly, do you know how to use them? Do you have a partner? Do you understand this winter’s snowpack layers? Have you checked the current avalanche conditions for the area? Are you prepared to spend the night outdoors?

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These are just some of the things you need to think about when it comes to ducking the ropes and following tracks into the great beyond. Travellers and locals alike have done just that, lured into powder promises by tempting tracks. Many, too, have spent the night outdoors, shivering under the stars, waiting for first light and the chance at rescue from the volunteers in Whistler Search and Rescue. And still others have not been so lucky. This is not an attempt to dissuade people from using the backcountry. Only to say, it’s a massive area, unknown to most, and therein lies its draw and its danger. Consider hiring a guide to take you there. There’s a wealth of knowledge in Whistler’s backcountry community. Consider taking a backcountry clinic or an avalanche training course. And then, get out there and discover a whole new way of enjoying this sport. The journey to the backcountry is a jaw-dropping, experience waiting to be unravelled one skin up at a time. You just have to be prepared.   /faqwhistler

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kiing and snowboarding and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing may be top of your list on a visit to Whistler but don’t rule out other activities. The lesserknown adventures can be arguably some of the most fun. Take a pair of snowshoes, for example. It’s not the activity that comes to the top of mind when on a vacation to Whistler. And yet, there is something so perfectly Whistler about it — outdoors, in the snow, getting exercise. Or what about a truly Canadian experience in dogsledding? It’s like stepping back in time. You can sit back on the sled, huddled under a warm blanket, while being whisked swiftly over the snow-packed forest floor. Or you can try your hand leading the pack, mushing your own dog team. Stay on your Canadian adventure by finding a frozen lake. Bear in mind, there is only a limited window of time for being safe on our frozen lakes. If the timing is right, head out for a walk or a cross country ski. If you can find skates, you can join in a game of shinny. For

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What are the Spearhead huts? A:

This is an ongoing project that will see a series of three backcountry huts along the popular Spearhead Traverse in Garibaldi Provincial Park on the edge of Whistler’s ski area boundary. This project will offer the first hut-to-hut touring experience on the West Coast and will be open for ski touring in winter and hiking in summer. The first hut has broken ground and work continues.

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something a little more civilized, head to Whistler Olympic Plaza in the village where you can rent skates for $6 ($5 for children) and skate for free on the outdoor rink. There’s a roaring fire and the village shops are close by for a coffee or hot chocolate. For those who are willing to walk on the wild side, think about something extraordinary, such as ice climbing. Even beginners can try their hand at this on frozen blue waterfalls and icefalls with experienced guides to lead the way. You can get the feel for climbing high by hitting the indoor gym, The Core, and trying the climbing wall there first. Then again, if looking at chilly water is more your scene than scaling it, you can try a drive to Alexander Falls in the Callaghan Valley to see a spectacular 43 metre waterfall. It’s one of several awesome falls in the area. And for something really off the hook there’s the amazing chance to check out ice caves in the Pemberton Ice Cap. Head north via helicopter onto one of the largest ice fields in the area and explore the natural wonders of the ancient ice caves. The Ice Cap interpretative tour is fully-guided and will leave you wanting more. From dogsledding to tours in ice caves, there is endless choice for deep exploration into the natural world. And you thought you were coming here just to ski! 

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99 things to do This is by no means a definitive list of the 99 Things to Do in Whistler. It’s just a teaser to get you started. Our Insiders have added their two cents with their own Top Ten lists. It won’t be long until you’re making your own Top Ten list.

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1. 360 VIEW If you think the views

are good from the valley, try it out from the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. It’s 11 minutes between Whistler and Blackcomb. Not to be missed.

2. TUBE PARK It’s not just for

kids… or the faint of heart! The tube park on Blackcomb is another great way to slide down the mountain.

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WONDER ROUTE Pick one of WB’s Wonder Routes and see why it’s called a “Wonder Route.”

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GO BEYOND There’s a whole world of fun out there, beyond skiing and snowboarding — dogsledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, ziptrekking. Spend a day exploring!

5. SOAK IN THE ALPENGLOW It’s

that magical moment in the afternoon when the sun dips down and bathes the mountains in a kaleidoscope of pink, red and yellow. Take a moment to look up.

6. TAKE SOMETHING HOME Find

a made-in-Whistler memento. This is a creative community — you can find Whistler skis, Whistler beer, Whistler jewellery, Whistler snowboards, Whistler skis, Whistler art. Get something that will remind you of your time in the mountains.

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GET SKINNY Skis, that is. There are so many cross country ski options in Whistler. Get into the glide.

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GET CULTURAL There’s a ‘Cultural Connector’ that will take you on Whistler’s cultural journey from the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to the Audain Art Museum.

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PARTY IN YOUR SKI BOOTS It’s a rite of passage here. Head to après and keep going. Beer tastes better in ski boots.

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PUSH YOUR LIMITS With a descent down Excitation.

12. SKI THE TREES Ski VD trees on

Whistler and try not to stop. A thigh-burner and a real test of ‘heads-up’ skiing.

13. REST AT THE JOURNEYMAN

Book a ski touring night at the Journeyman Lodge, have a sauna and dip into icy waters.

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JOSTLE FOR NO. 1 Race three of your friends in the Blackcomb ski cross track.

19. MAKE EVERY GATE Race the

Peak to Valley, if you think your legs can handle it.

20. BRIBE A LOCAL Get a local to

show you their favourite spots. We can be bribed... if you can keep up.

SOAK IN THE SUN Find the Sun Bowl Straight-Line and find out how fast you can really go.

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LEARN THE SNOW Get into some basic snow science with an Avalanche Safety Training course by Extremely Canadian.

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HIKE FOR YOUR TURNS Find and hike the Chimney on Blackcomb.


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21. WAX ON Wax skis, lots and lots

26. TAKE A JOURNEY Head to the

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27. SWEET SURFACE Experience the

of skis. Please wear a mask when waxing, your lungs will thank you. 

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GO CLASSIC Ski on my classic ski S-lab race skins, then relax at the Scandinave Spa.

Journeymen Lodge for lunch. You will earn it after that hill climb.

feel of fresh, clean corduroy, and I am not talking about pants.

28. GET HOOKED Get newbies into the sport and seeing them love it.

24. AS DAYLIGHT FADES Sunset ski 29. GET PUMPED Watch the New in Lost Lake.

Jesse Diggings video before going to train.

success of athletes and friends when it all comes together on the range.

NORDIC KNOW-HOW Get a good kick-to-glide ratio.

25. CELEBRATE OTHERS Enjoy the

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36. FERN AND JAKE FRIDAYS Take

32. DINE UP HIGH Have a late lunch 33. ALL ABOUT THE BASE Workout

37. APRÈS Need we say more. 38. SKATING PARTIES On the lake. 39. SAUNA Ease the muscles with a

34. WORKOUT/REWARD Head for

40. PACK YOUR LUNCH Head out

at Christine’s on Blackcomb.

at Basecamp fitness with the ladies. coffee after the workout.

35. FOREST DOG WALKS Get some fresh air and exercise in the rainforest.

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time for a weekly ski date.

good steam.

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SKI WITH THE POOCH Take your dog on a lap, or two, of the dog cross country ski loop at the Callaghan.


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41. CATCH THE SUNRISE Mid-week,

pre-work, early morning laps up the hill.

42. STROLL WITH A VIEW Walk

along the Valley Trail out to Green Lake on a cold sunny day.

stopping awhile to contemplate my favourite Gordon Smith painting.

49. MOUSTACHE CRAVING

Grabbing a collard wrap at the Green Moustache.

BIG SCREEN BREAK Catch a 43. BELLY LAUGHS Comedy Quickies 50. mid-week movie with my kiddos. at the Whistler Writers Festival which takes place every October.

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weekly Made-in-Whistler Market, every Saturday from 12 -6 pm at the Westin Resort & Spa.

45. GET CRAFTY AT APRÈS Après beer with friends at Handlebar.

46. SWEAT IT OUT Early AM sweatcamps with RichLife.

47. WALK THE DOG Take my dog Olive to the park with a Lift coffee in hand.

48. ART APPRECIATION Wandering through the Audain Art Museum and

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STEP BACK IN TIME Rent snow shoes or bring your own and get into the forest at Lost Lake Park.

52. FLY HIGH Take an airplane tour

and check out the Sea to Sky corridor from a different perspective.

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SUPPORT LOCAL Make fondue and don’t forget bread from 200 Degrees Bakery to go with it.

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LACE UP Skate on the lake or ice rink.

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VISIT FUNCTION Go beyond the village and take a trip to Function Junction – get a warm loaf from 200 Degrees Bakery at 11am, throw an axe, and sit down for a beer at a microbrewery, and more.

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OM Try a candlelit yin class at Loka Yoga.

57. TAKE THE PLUNGE Pemberton

58. COOL RUNNINGS Stare down

the fastest bobsleigh track in the world, if you are brave enough.

59. LOOK UP, WAY UP Star gazing at night.

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LOCALS’ NIGHT Whistler Olympic Park Wednesday night locals’ cross country skiing night.

62. SWEET CRAVINGS Portebello Café for their donuts.

63. SPORTS SCREENS The Longhorn for any sporting event — UFC, boxing — always a blast.

64. TUESDAY NIGHTS ON THE TOWN Tommy Africa’s.

65. SUNDAY NIGHTS ON THE

Room at the Bearfoot Bistro — the coldest room in town.

68. MONDAY NIGHTS ON THE TOWN Case of the Monday’s at Garf’s.

69. MORE SWEET CRAVINGS

Candy at the Great Glass Elevator.

70. TIM’S BIAS! Swedish Afterski at

the Cinnamon Bear on Tuesday’s from 3 to 8 p.m.

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TOWN Glow Party at Moe Joe’s.

66. LOCAL DJ’S Skii Tour at the GLC. 67. CHILL OUT Ketel One Vodka

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TOP 10 DECADENT 71. CHILL OUT It’s been said before

by one of the insiders but it’s worth mentioning again. Don’t miss the Ketel One Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistro, the coldest room in town. Don your parka and down your vodka.

the natural hot springs and soak in the good stuff. Tours can be arranged via helicopter with massage services awaiting on-site.

79. A SNOWCAT RIDE TO A

CANDLELIT DINNER Stay warm and snug in a 19-passenger snowcat while you’re ferried to a candlelit fondue.

80. SLEIGH RIDES Snuggle under

72. PICNIC ON THE PEAKS Fly via

warm blankets while you glide across the snow pulled along by gentle, giant Percheron horses. It’s just how you imagine it would be!

73. FONDUE DINNER Ride by

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helicopter to the top of the world with some yummy eats. Everything tastes better with the sun on your face as you look over the Coast Mountains. snowmobile and sit back with a traditional fondue dinner.

74. EXPLORE AN ICE CAVE Fly in to

the world’s coldest and coolest natural sculptures via helicopter with Head-Line Mountain Holidays.

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FLIGHT-SEEING As the name suggests, see the snow from above and appreciate just how vast and wild and beautiful this part of the world is.

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HYDROTHERAPY At Scandinave Spa. This spa really needs no introduction. It’s a must-do. Heat up, cold plunge, relax. And repeat. Again and again. Truly decadent.

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PROGRESSIVE DINNER A feast for the senses with Whistler Tasting Tours. This is a progressive dinner taking in some of Whistler’s best restaurants.

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COULOIR EXTREME One of the steepest spots in-bounds, the Couloir is not for everyone. But for those who can handle it, standing on the very edge is one way to get the heart pumping.

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ZIP Step off the platform and into the air, high above the forest floor and zip away. Ziptreking is open all year in all kinds of weather with different tour options.

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JUMP BACKWAYS If you’re in Whistler and you’re going to jump, do it with some style — backwards is the way to go!

84. GET AIR You don’t have to hit

the highest level terrain park to get air. Check out the Big Easy Terrain Garden on Blackcomb and get that sensation of your skis leaving the snow. It may only


99 things to do be an inch at first; it still feels like you’re flying.

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ESCAPE Try to bust out of the Escape Rooms at Escape! Whistler by cracking the code in one of four themed rooms.

86. FRESH TRACKS You’ll feel

pumped up as you get into the Whistler Gondola knowing you’re first up the mountains. Enjoy your breakfast buffet as you gear up for the fresh snow.

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ICE CLIMBING Hire a guide to show you all the sweet spots on ice. There’s an intro to ice climbing too for beginners.

88. CLIMB INDOORS If ice climbing isn’t your thing, try the indoor climbing wall at The Core.

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ICE FISHING Local guides know where to go whether it’s local rivers or remote alpine lakes. You can fly fish or spin cast for Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, char or salmon.

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LAST DOWN Make it your mission to spend all day on the mountains, from Fresh Tracks to final ski out. The beer will never taste so good!

93. SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL

CENTRE Learn about Whistler’s neighbouring First Nations at this beautiful cultural centre.

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AUDAIN ART MUSEUM You can lose hours here soaking it all in and learning about the history of our province through its art.

95. EAGLE VIEWING Float down

the river to see the bald eagles’ winter habitat in Brackendale, south of Whistler. See them perched and feeding on salmon and learn about the unique ecology in the area.

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CHECK OUT THE CORRIDOR Get out of Whistler for a while and explore the Sea to Sky corridor.

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90. WHISTLER SLIDING CENTRE

FIND THE FESTIVAL Whistler has a calendar stacked full of cool and interesting festivals. There is always something happening in Whistler. See our events listings at the front of FAQ.

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READ ABOUT US Pick up the Whistler Question and Pique Newsmagazine, on stands every Tuesday and Thursday respectively or read through Whistler Magazine in your hotel room for another great read.

Choose to go down the fastest ice in the world head-first skeleton-style or behind an experience bobsleigh-driver.

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FIRE AND ICE Watch skiers and snowboarders perform tricks like jumping through a burning ring of fire. Every Sunday night at the base of Whistler Mountain.

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f you look back in Fern von der Porten’s Grade 10 outdoor education TREK journal, it’s clear this was a teenager on a mission.

“I want to be a doctor in Whistler,” wrote the 15-year-old. “I want to be a ski patrol doctor. I want to work with the national ski team.” And that’s exactly what she did. Spending almost every weekend in Whistler as a kid, and most of the time skiing, Fern knew she wanted a life here, something more than the “weekend warrior” fix. “As a weekender, I always hated leaving on Sundays,” she says. In order to meet her Grade 10 goals, however, Fern had some work to do — 13 years of university to be specific, with an emergency speciality from McMaster University and a sports medicine speciality from the University of British Columbia. In 2007 she was offered her dream job — one of nine full-time doctors in the emergency room at the Whistler Health Care Centre. It was what she had been preparing for her whole life, and, though she had just given birth to her first child, she couldn’t turn it down. “The opportunity to get that job doesn’t come up,” she says. “That’s the job I wanted.” As it turns out, it’s the best job in the world.

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“Whenever I get these job recruitment letters in the mail, I don’t even open them because I can’t imagine a better job.” It’s not just the variety of work that comes through the door that makes the job rewarding— the mountain trauma and the front-line, cutting-edge orthopedic work, as well as the regular care of a small town community. It’s also the people she works with — kind, compassionate, hardworking people who care about their patients and their community, many of whom have sacrificed other things to make their lives in Whistler. “People have given up other opportunities and a more affordable lifestyle for what this community has to offer,” she says. Her role as a doctor also extends to the mountains where she volunteers as a patrol doctor on Blackcomb Mountain, an “invaluable program” that fosters strong bonds between the mountain and the health centre. “I feel like it’s a privilege to be involved in so many different lives in intense times” Her home in Whistler, where she and her husband are raising their children, is just a few doors down from her old family cabin. Best of all… she never has to leave on Sundays.  51


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THE MEDICAL STAFF at Whistler’s emergency room never know what to exect on any given shift. That’s because while Whistler may be a small town of 11,000 people, there’s nothing really typical about the town or about life here. It’s simply a fact: people play hard in Whistler and, as such, our collective health is an ongoing concern. That’s apparent by the sheer number of health professionals who call Whistler home. Not only the doctors and the nurses at the health centre but the physiotherapists, the chiropractors, the yogis, and the gym coaches too.

This is a town dedicated to staying healthy — all the better to make those turns on the snow. After all, this is a place that hosts the longest GS ski race in the world — the annual Peak to Valley Race. Last year, long-time Whistler weekender Owen Owens raced at 91 years old. The Peak to Valley has been a staple in his winter season for three decades. This is what he told Pique Newsmagazine following that race: “That’s what I find so satisfying in the Peak to Valley. It’s always been my attitude that I just want to ski better, to improve my technique, and striving to improve your technique keeps your enthusiasm up.” Whistler knows exactly what he’s talking about — going for it, getting out there, getting better, having fun.

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health, fitness & spas From Owen Owens at 91 to the three-year-olds carving turns in ski school, Whistler is a place to keep active and stay healthy. You really don’t have to be hard-core to get that healthy glow. Follow in the footsteps of the Japanese for example, for some Shinrin-yoku which means “forest bathing.” This form of relaxation therapy was developed in the 1980s with the idea that being among the trees has immense health benefits. No wonder Whistler is so healthy! Get outside, whether it’s for 15 minutes or five hours and just… breathe. 

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It’s the thigh-burning GS race that goes from the top of Whistler Mountain to the bottom with roughly 180 gates on the long way down. It’s the longest race of its kind, bringing Olympians and regular folks together in one awesome event every February at WB.

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Dr. Michelle Kaminski. Registered Doctor of traditional Chinese Medicine. Specializing in: Acupuncture, Massage and Herbal Medicine for Acute & Chronic Injuries, Preventative Medicine & Relaxation! 604.905.9468 healinghandswhistler.com MAP   W13

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DENTAL Creekside Dental

Blue Highways Reward your body, release your stress. Our Canadian & Internationally Licensed therapists have served Whistler for over 20 years. We bring together advanced therapy techniques and a calm & cozy atmosphere to provide individual treatments specifically tailored to meet your needs. Suite #206, 4368 Main Street 604.938.0777 bookings@bluehighways.ca bluehighways.ca MAP   I 14 PHOTO: (This page) SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

New patients and emergencies welcome. We are conveniently located steps away from Creekside Gondola, next to Creekside Market. Voted “Best Dental Clinic for 2016” by Pique Newsmagazine readers! 604.938.1550 smilewhistler.com AD PG 5 5 MAP   PG 69 #4

Where health and luxury meet. Signature treatments include: sports, hot rock and Thai massage; European facials; manicures and pedicures in our state of the art pedicure lounge. Located at the Westin Resort & Spa hotel. 604.935.3444 whistlerspa.com MAP   W 1 3

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Scandinave Spa Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our spectacular 20,000 sq ft outdoor spa. There is no better way to complement a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway than indulging in a soothing massage and baths experience. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage. 604.935.2424 info.whistler@scandinave.com scandinave.com AD PG 24 AD PG 5 3 MAP PG 1 06 # 1 1

PHYSIOTHERAPY Whistler Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage for chronic or acute injuries and relaxation. All of our therapists are BC registered. Two locations. Marketplace: 604.932.4001 MAP   F14 Garibaldi Highlands (Squamish): 604.898.1009 whistlerphysio.com AD PG 57

Whistler’s No. 1 spa & tanning lounge. Locals’ worst kept secret for tanning, waxing, nails & lashes. 1-hour free parking in Whistler Marketplace. 604.962.6900 bebeautywhistler.com AD THIS PAGE MAP I14

The Loft Salon Award-winning cutting stylists, makeover specialists, and skilled colourists for both men and women. Convenient village location. Street parking, bus & shuttles right outside our door. 604.935.0044 theloftsalon.com MAP   W 1 3

SCANDINAVIAN BATHS Scandinave Spa The Scandinavian baths experience, also known as hydrotherapy, is renowned for its energizing and relaxing properties. It cleanses the skin, improves physical conditioning and promotes a sense of wellbeing. Experience the essence of relaxation through our sauna, steam bath, thermal & Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunges, solariums and outdoor fireplace. 604.935.2424 info.whistler@scandinave.com scandinave.com AD PG 24 AD PG 53 MAP PG 10 6 # 11

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The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge Indulge and feel the tension melt away. Our welcoming full-service spa provides an unforgettable experience that will relax and restore mind, body and soul. Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Road 604.966.5715 spa@nitalakelodge.com nitalakelodge.com MAP PG 69 # 1 1

Scandinave Spa The Scandinavian baths experience, also known as hydrotherapy, is renowned for its energizing and relaxing properties. It cleanses the skin,

improves physical conditioning and promotes a sense of well-being. Experience the essence of relaxation through our sauna, steam bath, thermal & Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunges, solariums and outdoor fireplace. 604.935.2424 info.whistler@scandinave.com scandinave.com AD PG 24 AD PG 5 3 MAP PG 1 06 # 11

Whistler Day Spa Located within the Pan Pacific Village Centre Hotel, Whistler Day Spa delivers quality services at an affordable price. A locals’ favourite spa for many years, Whistler Day Spa offers facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, and specializes in waxing! 604.966.5540 whistlerdayspa.com MAP   I 2

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Where health and luxury meet. Signature treatments include: sports, hot rock and Thai massage; European facials; manicures and pedicures in our state of the art pedicure lounge. Located at the Westin Resort & Spa hotel. 604.935.3444 | whistlerspa.com MAP   W13


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TANNING Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge

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Whistler’s best and only holistic wellness centre offering acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, laser acupuncture, osteopathy, massage. BC registered practitioners. Professional grade, natural supplements & herbs. Now offering direct billing. Eminence Organic Skin Care distributor. 208-4368 Main Street 604.962.8828 | whistlerintegrative.com MAP   I 14

Whistler’s No. 1 spa & tanning lounge. Four stand-up super tanning beds and tanning lotions. Tanning, waxing, nails & lashes. 1-hour free parking in Whistler Marketplace. 604.962.6900 bebeautywhistler.com AD PG 54 MAP I14

YOGA Yogacara Studios Yoga and wellness services in the heart of the village! Promoting community, wellness & authentic yoga in a peaceful environment. Small class sizes (15 student cap). 604.935.2020 whistleryogacara.com MAP   Q1 2

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Avis Rent a Car - Whistler Wide variety of mid and full size cars for exploring Whistler plus a full range of mini vans, 4x4’s, 10 passenger vans, cargo and 16’ cube van for moving! | One way rentals available to Vancouver & from Airport or downtown to Whistler after hours key drop! | Open 8:30am to 5:30pm - 7 days a week. 364 days a year! 4315 Northlands Blvd. Cascade Lodge Lobby. | 604.932.1236 sheri.warm@abglocalmarket.ca MAP M15

DENTAL Aarm Dental Group in Whistler Dr. John Margitay & Dr. Stephanie Higgins. Tourists, emergencies & new patients welcome. Open 6 days a week. #12-4122 Village Green (above Buffalo Bill’s) 604.966.0599 | aarmwhistler@telus.net aarm-dental.com MAP S 14

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Available, Locally Owned and Operated! Visit www.whistlersmiles.com or call 604-966-4500 MAP J 1 3

FAMILY FUN Activity Central Visit Whistler’s Play Professionals at Activity Central, your one-stop shop for all your activity needs. Receive 10% off when you mention this ad, plus purchase sightseeing passes at our preferred rate. Olympic Plaza: 604.935.4528 Visitor Centre: 604.905.4866 MAP I 1 3

PHYSIOTHERAPY Whistler Physiotherapy Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage for chronic and acute injuries. Splinting, bracing, orthotics, acupuncture, IMS, manual and manipulative physiotherapy. Two locations. Marketplace 604.932.4001 MAP F14 Garibaldi Highlands (Squamish) 604.898.1009 whistlerphysio.com AD PG 57  faqwhistler.com

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EVERYONE wants to leave Whistler with a little something to remember it by. Relax — Whistler has you covered. There is something for everyone here. You just have to know where to look. So let’s explore. The pedestrian village was designed with that concept in mind — to meander, stroll and discover. At first glance it might seem as though there’s nothing more than kitschy keepsakes and Whistler T-shirts. Look harder. This is a town of innovation and entrepreneurialism that is reflected in our stores. Pop into some of the jewellery stores and check out the hand-made local treasures. Browse the art galleries and see if there’s an artist who has captured your vision of Whistler to a tee.

The Village is one of the best places in Whistler to stop and watch the world go by. So don’t forget to find a patio and settle down for a little people watching. Whistler is the home of Prior Snowboards & Skis, made right in Function Junction. See our tribute to founder Chris Prior on page 76. Chromag, the local bike manufacturer with arguably the coolest logo in town, is in the same neighbourhood. For something that you can slip in your pocket there’s Whistler Chocolate. There’s Whistler lip balm and Whistler stickers and Whistler hoodies. The best part of all of this is that you get to explore while you shop. The Village is one of the best places in Whistler to stop and watch the world go by. So don’t forget to find a patio and settle down for a little people watching. The view from our village squares never gets old!  59


shop CANDY STORES The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop Whistler’s Candy shop is 1,000 Square Feet of sweet located in Marketplace. Featuring bulk candy, Jelly Belly’s, British, nostalgic candy, gourmet popcorn and a great selection of cards, party supplies and balloons. Visit today and make all your candy dreams come true! #115-4350 Lorimer Road 604.935.1076 | whistlercandyshop.com AD PG 66 MAP H 1 3

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Cool As A Moose Whistler’s largest and finest selection of souvenirs and resort-wear, with a wide range of gifts for the whole family and free balloons for the kiddies! #11-4308 Main Street (Village Stroll across from Cows) 604.962.0099 | 001@cudmoregroup.com AD PG 65 MAP N 1 2

Inside Out Boutique - Not Just Lingerie Specializing in personal bra fitting for over 29 years. Not Just Lingerie-collections of unique streetwear-supporting Canadian Made. Tunics , tops, dresses, leggings, accessories, quality sleepwear and Saxx underwear for men. Also featuring intimate apparel from Chantelle and Calvin Klein. Whistler Town Plaza, #30 - 4314 Main Street. 604.932.2145 MAP K1 2

Whistler’s Premier Shopping Centre OLYMPIC PLAZA LOCATED NEXT TO WHISTLER

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shop Columbia Renowned for developing innovative products that are functional and stylish the Columbia Store is your source for outerwear, sportswear, rugged footwear or accessories. Gatehouse Building, Whistler Village. 604.932.4106  MAP P1 2

The North Face Known for their technically advanced and innovative gear, The North Face store carries a range of outdoor equipment from tents and sleeping bags, to outerwear and footwear for kids and adults. Deer Lodge, Whistler Village North. 604.938.7432  MAP K1 2

Salomon Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports has led to an array of sporting goods. If you’re in the market for new skis, boots, bindings, apparel or rentals, come check out the Salomon store. Pan Pacific Mountainside, Whistler Village Centre. 604.905.2295  MAP S1 1

Quiksilver Surf-inspired, Quiksilver and Roxy have had a natural progression into the ski & snowboard world. Whether it is casual clothing or technical outerwear, the Quiksilver store has you covered! Crystal Lodge, Whistler Village. 604.938.7713  MAP S1 2

Patagonia Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. Marketplace, Whistler Village North Whistler. 604.932.2526  MAP H 1 3

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Showcase Snowboard, Surf & Skate Shop

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The most recognizable retail brand in Whistler, Showcase continues to be the focal point of the local snowboard and skate community. Featuring the best in equipment and clothing, Showcase is the place for your winter rides and style. Located in the Sundial Hotel off Mountain Square 604.905.2022 MAP S1 1

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Peak Performance was born in Åre, in 1986, in the heart of Sweden’s great northern wilderness. Making technically advanced and innovative ski, golf, training apparel and more, comes from the love of the great outdoors — we simply want to inspire people to be adventurous. Town Plaza, Whistler Village North. 604.905.1183 | peak-whistler.com MAP L 12

Snowflake For over 37 years Snowflake has showcased the best in great Canadian design. Incredible selection of cashmere, fur, leather and shearling – boots, accessories and outerwear. Superb collection of capes and wraps.  Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village. 604.938.2019 | snowflakecanada.com AD PG 63 MAP N 5

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GAS STATIONS Green Lake Station Only a few minutes north of Whistler Village. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or supper at our CAFE Patio with a beautiful view. You can fix your hair at our stylish bathrooms and... take a selfie too. “This is the nicest GAS STATION ever!” - say our customers. 604-962-2090 Facebook.com/greenlakestation AD PG 6 1 MAP PG 1 06   # 1 5

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Your Independent Grocer

Breathe in the sweet aromas and see fudge, caramel apples, peanut brittle and sponge toffee made before your very eyes. Be sure to try our delicious ice cream! Open late. Located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola 604.932.4100 AD PG 6 4 MAP U1 2

The first Loblaws in the resort, Your Independent Grocer has a commitment to freshness with an in-store deli featuring chef-made meals prepared onsite, fresh bakery plus salad and juice bar. And is the only grocer in Whistler that offers President’s Choice and No Name brand products. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8200 Bear Paw Trail, Rainbow Plaza 604-932-1128 AD PG 7 MAP PG 1 06 # 1 5

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“Where the Locals Shop.” Great fresh seafood and meat, deli, pharmacy, produce & wellness centre, bakery and groceries. We deliver. Located 1km north of the village. 604.932.3545 to order nestersmarket.com AD PG 1 0 8 MAP PG 1 0 6 # 7

Whistler’s unique gift and kitchenware store with fantastic product selection and friendly staff. A popular local store for 23 years! Pottery, linens, tea towels and souvenirs. Come visit us! Located in Whistler’s Marketplace 604.938.1110 MAP H 1 3

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Blackcomb Liquor Store

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Home of the finest in local and international beers, wines, and spirits! Coldest beer in town and best selection of premium BC wines. Located on the base of Blackcomb in the Upper Village. Delivery available. Locally owned and operated since 1996. #1-4573 Chateau Blvd 604.932.9795 AD PG 10 0 MAP M 5

Experience Whistler’s Premier Shopping Centre located next to Whistler Olympic Plaza. Offering a variety of specialty boutiques, restaurants and professional services. Owned and managed by headwaterprojcts.com AD PG 6 0 MAP H 1 3

Roland’s Creekside Beer & Wine Store Open 11am -11pm 7 days a week, including holidays. 2129 Lake Placid Road  604.932.5926 AD PG 88 MAP PG 69 # 1

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Shoppers Drug Mart With a prestigious Beauty Boutique and a fullservice pharmacy offering travel vaccinations, medication reviews, free prescription deliveries and much more, Shoppers Drug Mart has everything you need for your health, beauty, and convenience. 604.905.5666 | shoppersdrugmart.ca MAP P11

RENTALS Affinity Sports - Intersport Rent

Conveniently located at every mountain base, Whistler Blackcomb’s 12 rental locations offer equipment to suit any level of skier or rider. Get the best gear for the whole family, all at one convenient location. Visit our boutique rental location in the Blackcomb Daylodge, the RDL Store, featuring equipment from Rossignol, Dynastar and Lange. 1.800.766.0449 whistlerblackcomb.com/rentals

Black Tie Ski Rentals Avoid line-ups and hassles! Call Whistler’s Original Ski and Board Rental Delivery Service. We bring the best new equipment from the top brands and fit you in the comfort of your accommodations. 604 966 2122 whistler.blacktieskis.com AD PG 2 PHOTO: (Above): LOGAN SWAYZE/COASTPHOTO.COM

Seven locations, including our newest site in the Delta Village Suites Cascade Lodge. Great selection of high quality equipment, switch equipment anytime, and free storage are just a few reasons to choose Affinity Sports. We are also conveniently open until 10pm so that you can pick up your gear the night before. 604.932.6007 | affinityrentals.com AD COVER

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Whistler Kitchen Works Whistler’s unique gift and kitchenware store with fantastic product selection and friendly staff. A popular local store for 23 years! Pottery, linens, tea towels and souvenirs. Come visit us! Located in Whistler’s Marketplace | 604.938.1110 MAP H 1 3

Cool As A Moose Whistler’s largest and finest selection of souvenirs and resort-wear, with a wide range of gifts for the whole family and free balloons for the kiddies! #11-4308 Main Street (Village Stroll across from Cows) 604.962.0099 001@cudmoregroup.com AD PG 6 5 MAP N 1 2

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Mountain Kids Outfitters Whistler’s outdoor store for kids and teenagers. Jackets, pants, helmets, goggles, gloves, base layers and much more from all the top brands. Conveniently located in Mountain Square at the Hilton. #207-4293 Mountain Square 604.932.2115 info@mountainkids.ca mountainkids.ca AD PG 62 MAP T 1 2

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Snowflake For over 37 years Snowflake has showcased the best in great Canadian design. Incredible selection of cashmere, fur, leather and shearling – boots, accessories and outerwear. Superb collection of capes and wraps. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village. 604.938.2019 snowflakecanada.com AD PG 6 3 MAP N5

SHOPPING Nesters Market & Wellness Centre “Where the Locals Shop.” Great fresh seafood and meat, deli, pharmacy, produce & wellness centre, bakery and groceries. We deliver. Located 1km north of the village. 604.932.3545 to order nestersmarket.com AD PG 1 08 MAP PG 1 06 # 7

Your Independent Grocer The first Loblaws in the resort, Your Independent Grocer has a commitment to freshness with an in-store deli featuring chef-made meals prepared onsite, fresh bakery plus salad and juice bar. And is the only grocer in Whistler that offers President’s Choice and No Name brand products. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8200 Bear Paw Trail, Rainbow Plaza 604-932-1128 AD PG 7 MAP PG 1 06 # 1 5

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WHISTLER VILLAGE is the hub of this resort town, designed as a place where locals and guests come together and have fun. It was also designed with exploring in mind — meandering, pedestrian-friendly streets that lead to bright and sunny squares where you can stop and rest awhile. Along the way you’ll find shops and pubs, art galleries and cafés, as well as the more mundane: doctor’s offices, the post office, the liquor store and grocery stores. It’s always worthwhile to stop on a sunny patio and watch the world go by — quite literally in Whistler’s case, as skiers and snowboarders from around the world make their way to and from the mountain. Don’t miss out on a stroll to the UPPER VILLAGE for a little change of pace. It’s a short walk over Fitzsimmons Creek to another base area for Blackcomb Mountain. 

While it’s true FUNCTION JUNCTION is the home of Whistler’s back-of-house operations — its warehouses and its construction base — Function Junction is turning into an eclectic hub of resort life, a place worthy of any curious tourist. You’ll find an organic grocery story, art studios and galleries, friendly coffee shops, a ski and snowboard factory. You can get your hair done, drop off the kids at the trampoline facility, get homemade treats and take home some made-inWhistler beer. 

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CREEKSIDE — where it all began. This is the original ski base. When Whistler Mountain first opened in 1966, Creekside was it. There’s no denying it, there’s still a little old-school charm in this ever-evolving neighbourhood. Creekside is an awesome place to après old-school style, with the added bonus of avoiding the village exodus on the highway as hordes of day skiers hit the road south to Vancouver. This is also a central hub for all your amenities — groceries, booze, coffee, ski rentals, a quick lunch. There are some hidden gems in this neighbourhood, particularly some award-winning restaurants. Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the hustle and bustle and see a different side of Whistler.  13 Creekside Gondola

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histler was always a weekend retreat for Heidi Denessen — the place where she grew up skiing as a kid, the place that spoke to her soul as an artist, and her haven from the hustle and bustle of city life as an adult.

Four years ago, however, Heidi, her husband Ron Denessen (a fellow artist) and her two young children, were faced with a decision. Should they buy the family cabin that her parents were selling and set down roots permanently in Whistler and see where the art would take them? They decided to go for it and they haven’t looked back since. Since then, Whistler has played a major role in the evolution of Heidi’s art. “I don’t think that my business would have grown the way it has if I didn’t live in Whistler,” she admits. It’s not just that this is where she draws her inspiration for her fabric prints that she transforms into “wearable art” — yoga pants detailing the Horstman Glacier, or a silk scarf with a local fall trail pattern, or a skirt with a snowy Inukshuk. Whistler is also host to a revolving door of international guests, hoping to take home a little piece of the mountains. “Not everybody is buying original art but they might buy a scarf or a pair of leggings,” Heidi explains. “It’s just a fun way to get the art out there.”

“It’s a steady stream of tourists who want to take something home that’s unique and that’s not made in China,” she says. “That exposure has really boosted my online sales.” Heidi has fallen in love with the entire creative process — of painting, photographing her original artwork, designing it and turning it into something else. She may have honed her art skills at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she met her husband, but the rest is all self-taught. “It’s a really supportive community,” she says of Whistler. “It’s a community of a lot of people who do work for themselves so… they get it.” To get your unique Whistler clothing and art, with free delivery to local hotels and homes, check out the latest autumn/winter collection online at www.heiditheartist. ca. The spring/summer collection will be up at the end of the ski season.  70

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THIS FALL Whistler locals and guests are in for a treat at the Audain Art Musuem. It’s called “Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape.” It’s a special exhibition with more than 100 pieces of art, exploring the beauty and power and richness of Canada’s alpine landscapes. That’s a topic near and dear to the heart of all Whistlerites — capturing, defining and reflecting the unique relationship between man and mountain. This passion for the mountains and mountainlife is reflected throughout town in the art of its people who continually find new and creative ways to illustrate it. It’s there in the colourful canvases hanging in local galleries, in the ski films premiering at the start of the winter season, in the handcrafted local jewellery for sale, in the photography of our nighttime sky. Whistler’s arts scene has come a long way over the years. Today’s vibrant scene is reflected in our winter calendar of events: The Whistler Film Festival, the State of Art exhibit during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, the revolving acts that come to the Maury Young Arts Centre and the comedy acts in the local clubs. Hard to imagine five decades ago that Whistler would one day be home to a beautiful First Nations cultural centre — The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre — or that it would have its own museum and library. Or that it would be the spot for a multi-million art museum, the private collection of philanthropist Michael Audain, reflecting the art of British Columbia over the years. The Audain’s Stone and Sky exhibit opens on Nov. 11 and closes Feb. 26, 2018. The Audain’s permanent exhibit is open year-round — 200 works of art from the 18th century to today. For more info go to audainartmuseum.com. 

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For 17 years Prior has been making handcrafted snowboards from his factory in Function Junction, Whistler’s industrial hub. Whistler proved to be the best testing ground for his product — custom race boards, powder boards, splitboards, and later skis — as Prior constantly refined and perfected the ride. He embraced the local artistic community too calling on artists to submit their original art for his annual TOPSHEET COMPETITION . This year there were 48 entries. In an interview this year with Pique Newsmagazine, Prior said of the topsheet competition: “Every year, we are pleasantly pleased by running it. It’s one of these events that has become a staple in the community. And it’s a lot of fun.” In 2014, Prior Skis and Snowboards won Innovative Business of the Year at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards. Chris Prior passed away unexpectedly on Sunday Oct. 15 before we had the chance to interview him for his FAQ Insider profile. His factory in Function Junction continues to produce handcrafted skis and snowboards, tested on Whistler snow, perfected on the factory floor. Check out the rides at priorsnow.com 

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t’s a long way from Seoul, South Korea to the bucolic Pemberton Valley. And it’s a big change from the cutting-edge world of IT to a small Whistler bakery with a focus on sustainability.

Such is Jen Park’s story. Jen moved to Canada when she was 28 years old. She came from Seoul by way of Tokyo where she had been establishing a career in IT. It wasn’t meant to be. She landed in Vancouver with no friends, no family, one of the oldest and the only international student at cooking school. That didn’t stop her. After graduating and working in the city for a few years, Jen was offered a job at the Bearfoot Bistro. For five years she cut her teeth with the best in Whistler, in a demanding, fast-paced, fine-dining environment. “I think what I learned the best is not actually the recipes or the techniques,” she says. “I learned it’s the way of thinking, the attitude… You never repeat yourself. You always move on, always try something new. That attitude, to keep changing, to never stay where you are, it’s the best thing I ever learned.” A year and a half ago she decided to open her own small bakery in Function Junction. She called it 200 Degrees Bakery, Business has been heating up ever since she opened her doors.

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To be fair, Jen is by nature someone who thrives off the precise and the technical. That’s what drew her to the world of pastry and bread making in the first place. She knows, for example, that you need to start with good ingredients like the organic, milled-in-B.C. flour she uses. And she knows that the bread has to reach an internal temperature of 200 F before it’s ready. “But there’s always room to express yourself,” says Jen. So she does. People are paying attention too, especially her captive market in Function Junction looking for her soups and sandwiches and treats. The steep learning curve of payroll and taxes and business licences has tapered off after a year and a half in business. The hours aren’t quite as long, the early mornings not quite as early anymore. Still, there are new challenges and opportunities around every corner like her recent partnership with Root Down Farms in Pemberton and her new location at Nesters Plaza, opening this winter. “There’s something beautiful and different about the small things,” Jen says. “I want to be that small thing.” It’s also nice to know you are finally where you are meant to be — living in Pemberton, working in Whistler, living her dream. 

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IF YOU EVER want to understand Whistler’s evolution from a small B.C. ski town to an international ski resort to a four-season worldrenowned destination, look no further than the evolution of its dining. Whistler’s foodie scene is a reflection of the town itself — the European cuisine a nod to the Austrians and the Swiss and the French who have long put down roots here; the sushi restaurants born of the Japanese who came to ski in the early eighties; and then there’s unique fine dining establishments that took hold in the nineties catering to the international ski crowd who helped put Whistler on the map. More recently, creative entrepreneurs have sprung up with their own unique ideas and Whistler loves a good success story whether it’s on skis or in the kitchen! There’s Peaked Pies for all the homesick Australian’s in town, Lucia Gelato to satisfy Whistler’s sweet tooth, The Green Moustache to cleanse the body, mind and soul, to name just a few.

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INSIDER TIP: The shoulder seasons, those short periods of time between mountain biking and skiing in the spring and the fall, are full of unbelievable restaurant deals. This is a great time to visit if you want to experience Whistler in all its foodie glory. Check out Pique Newsmagazine for the promo ads. Or come during Cornucopia, the annual food and drink festival. (See our calendar of events section.)

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Grille AT THE HILTON WHISTLER RESORT & SPA R  $$ 604.932.1982 4050 Whistler Way AD PG 8 4 MAP U1 3

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Mongolie Grill  $$ 604.938.9416 #201-4295 Blackcomb Way AD PG 93 MAP P1 2 Peaked Pies  $$ 604.962.4115 #105-4369 Main Street AD THIS PAGE MAP P1 2

Roland’s Pub  $ 604.932.5940 2129 Lake Placid Road Creekside AD PG 88 MAP PG 69 # 1 Sushi Village R6+  $$ 604.932.3330 2nd floor Sundial Hotel AD PG 1 1 AD PG 90 MAP S1 1

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Caramba! R  $$ 604.938.1879 #12-4314 Main Street AD PG 79 MAP L 1 2 Old Spaghetti Factory R  $ 604.938.1081 4154 Village Green AD PG 1 3 MAP S1 2

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine R  $$ 604.905.4900 #201- 4368 Main Street (Corner of Northlands Blvd.) AD PG 87 MAP I 1 5

 EUROPEAN Caramba! R  $$ 604.938.1879 #12-4314 Main Street AD PG 79 MAP L 1 2

 FINE DINING Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar R  $$$ 604.932.4540 #110 - 4222 Village Square MAP Q1 3

Executive Chef Julian Owen-Mold re-invents traditional gastro pub fare by infusing the freshest ingredients into classic comfort food favourites. Unwind with a cool beverage on our sunny patio or catch the game on the big screen inside. Fuel up for your day with a hearty breakfast available from 7am or enjoy a delicious meal any time of day. located at

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Christine’s Restaurant R  $$$ 604.938.7437 Rendezvous Lodge Blackcomb Mountain Steeps Grill & Wine Bar R  $$$ 604.905.2379 Roundhouse Lodge Whistler Mountain

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine R  $$ 604.905.4900 #201- 4368 Main Street (Corner of Northlands Blvd.) AD PG 87 MAP I 1 5

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Cure Lounge & Patio AT NITA LAKE LODGE

Bar Oso  $$ 604.962.4540 #150-4222 Village Square MAP Q12

R  $$ 604.966.5700 Nita Lake Lodge 2131 Lake Placid Road Creekside MAP PG 69 # 11

Pasta Lupino Gourmet  $ 604.905.0400 #121-4368 Main Street MAP I 14

 PIZZA Domino’s Pizza  $$ 604.932.0410 4368 Main Street AD PG 92 MAP I14

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 PUBS Brandy’s at the Keg  $$ 604.932.5151 4429 Sundial Place AD PG 8 6 MAP Q 1 1

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Roland’s Pub  $ 604.932.5940 2129 Lake Placid Road Creekside AD PG 8 8 MAP PG 69 # 1

Whistler Brewing Company’s Tap House  $ 604.962.8889 ext.105 1045 Millar Creek Road Function Junction AD PG 9 MAP PG 6 8 # 1

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food & drink Aura AT NITA LAKE LODGE Aura offers innovative dining and personalized service in an inspiring setting. Savour the farm-to-table experience at its freshest while enjoying stunning views of Nita Lake. 2131 Lake Placid Road 604.966.5700 | info@nitalakelodge.com nitalakelodge.com

Brandy’s at the Keg Après, Sports, Lounge, Late Night 4429 Sundial Place 604.932.5151

Caramba! Restaurante Wood-fired pizza, steak, pasta and seafood. European comfort food prepared with a local flare. Take out. Our winter hours are lunch Friday - Sunday from 11:00 am and dinner nightly from 5:00 pm. 604.938.1879 carambarestaurant.com

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food & drink Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille Unwind with a cool beverage around the cozy fireplace in one of Whistler’s iconic après bars, catch the game on the big screen, fuel up for your day with breakfast from 7am or enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest dinner. Located at Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa  |  604.932.1982 CBBG@HiltonWhistler.com | hiltonwhistler.com

Domino’s Pizza Pizza Delivery and Takeout 4368 Main Street 604.932.0410 dominos.ca

Gibbons Hospitality Group Gibbons offers 6 iconic Whistler venues open 7 days/week for drinks, dancing and more. Join us at the Longhorn, Buffalo Bills, Tapley’s, Garfinkel’s, Stonesedge and the FireRock. Or #hoponit with our Bar Hop program, which tours several of our venues! 604.938.0225 | gibbonswhistler.com

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food & drink The Keg Steakhouse & Bar The Keg Steakhouse & Bar’s reputation has been built on great steaks, slow roasted Prime Rib, and succulent seafood. The Keg’s unmatched guest service sets them apart. 4229 Sundial Place 604.932.5151

Mongolie Grill Combine your favourite ingredients with our gourmet sauces, then watch as our chefs theatrically grill your creation before your eyes! Join us for 20% off lunch before 4pm! #201-4295 Blackcomb Way 604.938.9416 mongoliegrill.com

Mountain Top Fondue

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Combine a thrilling snowmobile or snowcat adventure with a three-course fondue dinner at the famous Crystal Hut, 6,000ft atop Blackcomb Mountain. Nightly, including live entertainment. 604.938.1616 | adventuredesk@canadian01.com canadianwilderness.com

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Fresh. lakeside. Local. at nita lake lodge Celebrating all things BC, our west coast inspired menu features farm fresh and seasonal ingredients in our newly redesigned and contemporary space. Join us this winter and experience the transformation for yourself!

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food & drink Old Spaghetti Factory Whistler’s best dining value. All meals include hot sourdough bread, soup or salad, coffee or tea and our signature ice cream. Reservations of any size. Don’t forget to join us in the Crystal Lounge for Whistler’s most memorable après. 604.938.1081 | oldspaghettifactory.ca

Peaked Pies Serving Australian savoury pies such as Steak, Bacon & Cheese, Chunky Pepper Steak, Chicken Mushroom & Leek, as well as sweet pies, breakfast pies, coffee and desserts. 604.962.4115 peakedpies.com

Roland’s Creekside Pub The locals’ favourite in Creekside. Watch all the sports on our 9 flat screen TVs with volume! Great summertime patio. 2129 Lake Placid Road, Creekside 604.932.5940 rolandswhistler.com

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food & drink Sushi Village Discover Sushi Village and find out why Whistler locals and guests have been coming back for more than 30 years! Second floor of the Sundial Hotel 604.932.3330 sushivillage.com

Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery

Situated at Nicklaus North Golf Course and overlooking Green Lake, Table Nineteen features unparalleled views, outstanding food, great value & exceptional service. Join us after a day on the links, in the mountains or on the trails at Whistler’s largest and most spectacular patio. 604.938.9898 | tablenineteen.com

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine Offering great vegetation selection. Gluten-free menu. Chicken dishes are prepared from fresh free-run Fraser Valley farm chicken and lamb is grass-fed. Seafood is sustainably harvested. Operation hours: 11.30-3 pm and 5-10 pm. Pick-up ordering at 604-905-4900 or online at tandooriwhistler.com. Dinner direct delivery at WHISTLERDINEIN.com or 604-906-6866. D.O.A at GLC

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he way Tim Koshul tells it, he was sitting in a bar in Whistler 10 years ago when his thengirlfriend told him about the famed aprés-ski scene in Sweden. It’s not like Whistler, she said; the Swedes take their après to a whole new level. The comment got Tim thinking: how could he create a scene in Whistler where you could “party like a Swede”? Four years ago, in the seeminglysedate Hilton Whistler Resort, Swedish Afterski was born and once a week throughout the winter season, Whistler parties the afternoon away, the way the Swedes do it. And it goes off, with local band Red Chair (or Röd Stol, to be authentic) setting the scene to their retro tunes — Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, The Rolling Stones. “It’s the best kept secret in town and I like it that way,” laughs Koshul. “I don’t know where I’d put everybody!” Indeed. There are line-ups out the door every Tuesday afternoon. Tim has a knack for making a good party. He was a standing fixture in the Winnipeg nightclub scene for years before going to Miami and ultimately running the bars for Celebrity Cruises, travelling throughout Europe and the Caribbean.

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Then, about 11 years ago, he was in Barcelona and happened to catch a TV show about the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, featuring Whistler, a place he really knew nothing about. He had made his decision by the following morning. He arrived in spring 2006, quickly landed a job as the food and beverage manager at the Hilton, a place that has embraced his après dream. As for that that Swedish girlfriend who planted the seed, she is now his wife and together they are raising their two young girls. No better place to do that than Whistler, he says “That passion that I had to get here… I see it on the faces of kids every season,” Tim says. “Every October I tell the tourists ‘I’m an old guy but I feel like I’m in my twenties again when this youthful excitement shows up again.” Swedish Afterski will kick off every Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Whistler Resort beginning Nov. 21. Expect more this year: more lights, more smoke from the smoke machine, more food, and perhaps a Viking photo booth. Need we say more?  95


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FAQ APRÈS INSIDER, Tim Koshul, has been to every après in Whistler. That's part of his job. “There are some amazing après events in this town and I’ve been to them all — The Longhorn, the GLC, the Dubh Linn Gate,” he says. “Everybody has their niche and I think we found ours.”

Afterski is just one part of a whole Whistler après experience that is rated among the best in North America by readers of SKI Magazine. So, what’s the secret to a good après scene? Great music helps. Sustenance is a key ingredient too to keep you going as the sun dips down past the mountains — think beer and nachos. It always helps to throw down the odd glass of water. But perhaps the biggest secret to a killer après is what happens before après — adventure and fun on the mountains. Après is where you get to relive it all over again. Here are a few local tips to get your started: • Head straight to the bar from the mountains — don’t change out of your ski gear • Beware those ski boots when you’re dancing. Ski boots were made for snow, not bar floors. Use caution. • Start early and go as long as you can. But remember — you still want to ski/ride tomorrow. • Sure, “party like a Swede,” as Tim suggests. But also, party like you’re in Whistler! Read Tim's Top Ten list of things to do in the 99 Things To Do section.  96

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He is referring to Swedish Afterski, the Tuesday afternoon go-to après event he created four years ago. (Read page 94 for more on that and on Tim).


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faqs There’s some debate as to what constitutes a “local” in Whistler. Is it the length of time you’ve lived here? Your passion for the mountains? Is it because you don’t belong anywhere else but here? Whatever the reason, so-called “locals” have it dialed when it comes to living and loving Whistler. Read up on these FAQ’s and get a sense of what it’s like to “live like a local.” Q: How old is Whistler? A: The first commercial fishing lodge opened more than 100 years ago but the skiing didn’t start until 51 years ago, in the winter of 1966. The Resort Municipality of Whistler was officially incorporated on Sept. 6, 1975. It was the first designated Resort Municipality in B.C.

Q: It seems as though you’re speaking another language here: viz, Pineapple Express, pow. What does it all mean? A: Understandably, a lot of our lingo

what we’re saying soon enough, and may even become as obsessed with freezing levels as the rest of the town.

Q: Speaking of the weather, where do the locals ski on a powder day? A: As you’ll soon find out, there are no friends on a powder day. Equally, no one is giving up the goods on their secret pow stashes. We will, however, say this: With more than 8,100 inbounds acres, you’ll get your powder… and then some!

relates to the weather. It’s the thing we talk about the most before, during and even after the winter season: Is it an El Niño or La Niña year? What’s the freezing level? How many cms are expected? You’ll start to understand 102

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faqs Q: OK. If not where to ski on a powder day, then at least give up the goods on which one is better: Whistler Mountain or Blackcomb Mountain? A: Well, everyone has their favourite. It’s hard to argue Spanky’s Ladder on Blackcomb or first turns down the wide-open Blackcomb Glacier. Then again, what about some of those tree runs off the peak on Whistler and the leg-burning, wholly-satisfying Peak to Creek run from top to bottom. Suffice to say, you’ll have to decide for yourself, and the only way to do that is to get out there and ski both.

Q: Can we skate on the lakes? A: There are five lakes in Whistler — Nita, Alpha, Alta, Lost and Green. Typically, they all freeze over and you’ll see people cross country skiing, playing shinny and walking their dogs across the frozen surface. Make sure conditions are safe before getting on the ice! Every year, it seems, there are stories of people who fall in, even if just up to their knees. You can always play it safe and skate outdoors on the man-made rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza. And it’s free too!

Q: What is the 20 cms rule? A: For diehard locals, this is the only rule to live by in town. If it snows more than 20 cms, that’s carte blanche to go skiing or riding, deadlines be damned! There’s a reason people choose to live in Whistler, they say. This is it!  /faqwhistler

Q: Where are the Inukshuks and what do they mean? A: An Inukshuk is a landmark or a cairn used by the Inuit and other peoples of the Arctic region. In Whistler, the Inukshuk was a symbol of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the image, and the welcome it represents, has endured. There is a big Inukshuk at the entrance of the village. It lights up at night, providing a great backdrop for a photo. There are also a few Inukshuks on the mountains — more great photo opps!

Q: Is WB building a suspension bridge on the peak of Whistler Mountain? A: A suspension bridge is one of the major capital projects in 2017/18. The suspension bridge will run from the top of the Peak Chair, across Whistler Bowl to a rocky outcrop known as the West Ridge. It will be more than 130 m long and could be higher than any other suspension bridge in North America, given that the peak of Whistler Mountain is at 2,182 m (7,160 ft). The suspension bridge is set to open in the spring of 2018.

Q: Do skiers/riders ahead always have the right-of-way? A: They do. It’s written right into the Alpine Responsibility Code that everyone signs before getting a pass. It is your responsibility to avoid the person ahead. Know the 10-point code. 103


faqs Q: Speaking of safety, do you have to wear a helmet while on the mountains? A: No. It’s not mandatory. But WB recommends it for skiing and riding. Plus, everyone else is wearing them. It’s like using a seatbelt here; you just do it.

Q: What if we don’t want to ski or ride? A: Over the last 50 years Whistler has come to terms with the fact that not everyone in the world wants to ski or ride. We may not fully understand it but we accept it. There is so much more to this ski town than skiing. Think snowmobiling, ziptrekking, bungee jumping, yoga, snowshoeing, dogsledding, getting out into nature and soaking up the forest and the fresh air. And let’s not forget… fully relaxing at the spa, eating and drinking just to top off the full experience.

Q: What is the Renaissance project? A: Whistler Blackcomb’s Renaissance

an indoor water adventure centre. It also includes the Blackcomb Adventure Park which has non-skiing outdoor attractions like ziplines. Renaissance is still in the planning stages and has not yet been approved.

Q: How do I find out what’s going on around town while I’m here? A: There are usually friendly Village Hosts out and about in the village, ready to answer your questions. But perhaps the best source of info for what’s going on is picking up free copies of Pique Newsmagazine and The Question, our sister publications.

Q: Is it really true that Whistler, the No. 1 ski resort in North America, is busier in the summer? A: Yes. And you’ll have to come back in the summertime to find out why. Let’s give you a little teaser though. Whistler has the best bike park in the world, not to mention some of the best cross-country mountain bike trails; there are the pristine lakes for swimming and sailing and fishing; there’s hiking over the mountain peaks; and, if that’s not enough, there’s also a full calendar of events and activities to keep everyone entertained.

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PHONE NUMBERS Mountain Information

Emergency Information

Whistler Blackcomb Info 604.967.8950 Whistler Blackcomb Snow Phone 604.932.4211 Whistler Adaptive Sports Program 604.905.4493 info@whistleradaptive.com

Police-Ambulance-Fire 911 ICBC DIAL-A-CLAIM 1.800.910.4222 RCMP 604.932.3044 Royal Canadian Mounted Police for non-emergencies and lost & found Whistler Health Care Centre 604.932.4911 4380 Lorimer Road. Located at the corner of Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way, next to Marketplace

Religious Services & Churches Whistler Catholic Church 604.905.4781 Whistler Community Church 604.932.3139 Whistler Jewish Community 604.935.8452

Important Websites BC Ferries bcferries.com BC Parks gov.bc.ca/bcparks Whistler Blackcomb whistlerblackcomb.com

Taxis Whistler Taxi 604.938.3333 Whistler Resort Cabs 604.938.1515

Village Information Whistler Community Services Society 604.932.0113 mywcss.org Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) 604.932.5535 whistler.ca Whistler Chamber of Commerce 604.932.5922 Whistler Public Library 604.935.8433 Maury Young Arts Centre 604.935.8410 Whistler Visitor Centre 604.935.3357

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