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On the Olympic Trail Traces of the Games can be found all over the Village

End of an Era The legendary Dave Murray Downhill course has seen its last race






W i n t e r / S p r i n g 2011

Ancient practise, modern home The art of relaxation Family fun

Shopping | recreation Dining | nightlife Events Calendar


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Games memories

On the Olympic Trail, 24

You don't have to go far in the resort to find evidence of Whistler’s recent — Games-tinged — past

bY Lisa Richardson


End of an Era, 32

Long live the Dave Murray Downhill!

by Lisa Richardson


Positively Perfect, 50


Whistler couple calls on the principles of feng shui to help them create their dream home

by Bonny Makarewicz

Departments Editor’s Message, 8 Family Fun

A Real Family Resort, 21

Whistler adds “Olympic town” to its resumé

by steven Hill

by David Burke


Fresh Tracks, 14

by Kim Vanlochem

Bits and bites of information about the Whistler area


Events Calendar, 15

by Judy Szabo

Green Guide, 18

Health & Beauty

Recreation Guide, 30

by Jennifer Miller

Whistler’s Dining Guide, 70

Faces of Whistler, 39 Gallery Gold, 47

The Art of Relaxation, 61 Dining

Whistler’s Unique Flavour, 65

A culinary tour of Whistler’s select restaurants

by Steven hill

After Hours

Nightime is the Right Time, 74

Entertainment Guide, 75

by Jennifer Miller

Après and nightlife guide


Shopping Whistler, 77

by Kim Vanlochem

Services Directory, 80


Village Map, 86

Getting His Shop On, 76

Choose Your Guide, 90

by Lisa Richardson

Cover photo by Paul Morrison


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[ Ed i t o r ’ s M a g a z i n e Winter/Spring 2011 Publisher

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Whistler Adds ‘Olympic Town’ to its Resumé


rom a marketing standpoint, there’s nothing like three billion sets of eyes gazing at images of pristine, sun-drenched mountain vistas on TV and computer screens for 27 days, to build brand awareness. Or an almost equal number of eyes reading the word “Whistler” in print and on screen amid images and stories of Olympic- and Paralympictinged triumph and disappointment during the same period. At a meeting six weeks after the 2010 Paralympic Games ended, Tourism Whistler President and Whistlerite Ashleigh McIvor displays her CEO Barrett Fisher told resort colgold medal from the 2010 Olympic Games. leagues that the Games amounted to “27 days of being set apart from our competition in a significant way,” leading to a spike in the number of people worldwide who are aware of Whistler. In surveys of three key Whistler markets — the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia — awareness of Whistler as a destination increased from 32 to 45 per cent, from 19 to 42 per cent and from 48 to 62 per cent, respectively, before and after the Games. Stuart Rempel, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) vice president of sales and marketing, said of the brand awareness figures, “I would venture to say that it would cost billions of dollars and many years” of marketing to achieve those sorts of increases without the Games. Of course, when working to parlay those figures into future visitations, it’s vitally important that you’ve got a great product to sell. And there’s little question Whistler’s got it in spades — a consistent ranking as North America’s top wintertime resort, which includes not only more than 8,000 acres of skiable and rideable terrain but an endless variety of on- and offmountain activities for guests to enjoy; new and innovative attractions such as the popular and awe-inspiring Peak 2 Peak Gondola and the world-class Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre; unparalleled dining and nightlife; a wide array of both accommodations and spas; plus a selection of art galleries and cultural events to thrill the senses. It’s also important that those who were here during the Games go home and tell their friends about their experiences. While word-of-mouth marketing is a difficult thing to quantify, we can tell you this: the smiles on the faces of Games-time guests who enjoyed that special Whistler Village vibe were universal and unmistakable. Whether you’re visiting Whistler for the first time this winter, or whether you’ve been coming here regularly for decades, welcome. The vibe that now includes memories of Games-time triumphs and celebrations is here for all to enjoy.

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An SUV that drives like a sedan? Next we’ll be telling you it generates more power with less fuel. We know it’s hard to believe that a full-size luxury sedan could drive like a sedan. Yet that is exactly how the revolutionary suspension system in the new Infiniti QX feels. Nor would you expect an engine that generates 25% more power to use 13% less fuel.* But that’s what VVEL technology does. Convention also says it is difficult to see while parking a full-size SUV. Yet with the world’s first Around View™ Monitor, the QX gives you a virtual 360-degree, bird’s-eye view of your surroundings. This is inspired performance. This is the way of Infiniti.


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Cultural Connection A

lthough Whistler Village is relatively young, the resort’s vibrant present is backed by an equally rich history. For a vivid, interactive look at the First Nations whose traditional territory includes the Sea to Sky communities, visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Located at the corner of Blackcomb Way and Lorimer Road, the bright, soaring building echoes traditional elements like the longhouses of the Squamish people and the Istken earthen pit houses traditionally used by Lil’wat Nation members. Step through the carved cedar door to experience the living culture of the Lil’wat and Squamish through exhibits and films showing powerful carvings, intricate weaving, and the many ways in which the members of these nations interact with the land. Visit for details and information about the Cultural Journey shared along the Sea to Sky highway. To get a taste of Whistler’s development and the larger-than-life characters who made it all happen, check out the Whistler Museum in the Village behind the public library. Currently, the central exhibit captures Whistler’s journey to hosting the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics, and presents artifacts showcasing the history of everything from pioneer life to ski racing and squatters. For more information about the collection, click to www.whistler

— Megan Grittani-Livingston

hey don’t call it Sea to Sky country for nothing: In mid-winter when it’s powder time in Whistler, it’s usually rainy and blustery 40 minutes to the south in Brackendale, which bills itself as the “Winter Home of the Bald Eagle.” It’s no idle boast. Blustery weather and abundant runs of several species of salmon in the Squamish, Mamquam and Cheakamus river systems attract thousands of the majestic birds every winter. “Eagle season” in Brackendale usually runs from mid-November through March, with January being the peak month. That’s also when the annual Eagle Festival, including an official eagle count, occurs. Check out for details on the 2011 festival. Eagle-viewing outings can last from a few minutes to several hours. One of the best viewing spots is along the dike across Government Road from the Easter Seals camp. During peak season special eagle viewing telescopes are set up there and volunteers are on hand to answer questions about the eagles. A number of companies offer eagle-viewing float trips upstream, near the confluence of the Squamish and Cheakamus rivers. Visit the Squamish Adventure Centre or surf to for details.

— David Burke

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— David Burke

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inter is unquestionably a magical time in Whistler, and not just because the powder skiing here is second to none. Those looking to experience Whistler’s outdoor winter wonderland at a slower pace — and have the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat — can do so on snowshoes. A quintessentially Canadian experience — the Inuit and First Nations people as well as the early fur traders all made their living on snowshoes — snowshoeing has evolved somewhat. Lightweight gear and poles can be rented from a number of shops in the resort. But the experience itself is largely unchanged from the early days. To truly experience the serenity of the forest, and increase your chances of seeing snowshoe hares, lynx, bobcats and other wildlife, take a guided tour: Several Whistler companies offer outings led by experienced, passionate and knowledgeable guides that can take you to the best spots. Tours last from 1.5 to 3.5 hours and some even include a post-snowshoeing fondue feast! Visit the Whistler Visitor Information Centre or one of the many booking centres for details.

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Events Calendar – Winter/Spring 2010/11 November



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Feb. 4 - 5

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Nov. 26 – 27

Bizarre Bazaar The perfect spot to find unique holiday gifts, from more than 100 local artisans offering an incredible selection of ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass, metal, jewelry, and more. For more info go to Nov. 27

Spirit of Winter Art Exhibit The exhibition is a chance to experience new paintings from signature artists including Cameron Bird, Rod Charlesworth, Angela Morgan, Toller Cranston, and more at the Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery. Go to adelecampbell. com for more information. Nov. 27

PowerAde Snowcross Catch all the exciting action of a snowcross race with recreational competitions open to all ages of amateur skiers and boarders in different divisions on the Nintendo Terrain Park Snowcross course. Go to for more info.

December Season opening to Dec. 17

Discover Whistler Days Save up to 30 per cent on select ski and snowboard school lessons. It’s a great way to improve your skills and get a locals’ look at the mountains. Go to for more info. Dec. 1 – 5 Whistler Film Festival Featuring more than 80 movies from around the world, workshops, ski races, after parties, Hollywood celebrities, big bands and even bigger prizes. For more information go to

Indulge Gala Evening and Auction A gala fundraiser for the Whistler Health Care Foundation that features dancing and music, auctions, and a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by the Westin Resort’s executive chef. For more info go to

Jan. 22 – 23, Mar. 5 – 6

Nov. 25 – 26

FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup The Viessmann FIBT World Cup tour kicks off in Whistler, making use of the incredible Olympic venue built at the resort for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Experience the thrilling speeds and breathtaking action up close of this exciting sport and be there to cheer on Canada’s own medal-winners and athletes. Go to for more information.

Dec. 17 – 31 Whistler Holiday Experience Hosted for free in the Whistler Conference Centre, this indoor family fun zone offers mini-golf, bouncy castles, kid’s movie screenings and video games for the whole family to enjoy. For more info go to

Appleton Rum Peak to Valley Race A longtime Whistler favourite, the Peak to Valley Race is pure winter fun featuring teams of four racing against each other down Whistler Mountain, plus a swanky awards banquet later at the Roundhouse Lodge. Go to for more info. Feb. 26

Showcase Showdown A hot annual event that pits top riders against each other in the Nintendo Terrain Park on Blackcomb Mountain for big tricks, big air and even bigger prizes. Go to for more info.

Mum’s Mountain Classic A fun annual event that’s open to skiing and snowboarding moms and grandmothers of all ages featuring a race practice, a match-time race, plus lunch and après festivities. Go to for more info. Apr. 8 – 10

Whistler Cup – FIS Juvenile Ski Races For athletes aged 11 to 14 years, the Whistler Cup has become the most important ski race in North America. Featuring young athletes from 17 countries, it offers them their first opportunity to meet and ski with the world’s best. For more information go to

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Official Opening Day Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains officially open to skiers and snowboarders’ ultimate delight. For more info go to

Dec. 31

First Night Whistler First Night is Whistler’s family friendly and alcoholfree New Year’s Eve party featuring a dazzling array of art workshops, live music, psychics, jugglers, storytellers, plus other roving street entertainment and so much more. For more information go to

January Jan. 17 – Feb. 18

Discover Whistler Days See description under December listing. Jan. 30 – Feb. 6

WinterPride Canada’s biggest and best gay & lesbian ski week features an incredible array of dinners, spa and wellness events, film screenings, parties and special events, plus phenomenal powderfilled skiing and snowboarding in North America’s Number One resort. For more information go to

Apr. 15 to 24

TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival An action-packed and fun-filled 10-day extravaganza of music, arts, mountain culture and sports featuring Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series, pro ski and snowboard competitions, inspiring photography and film, sizzling nightlife, and so much more. For more information go to

March Mar. 26 – Apr. 10

Apr. 25

Discover Whistler Days A great program that lets you save up to 30 per cent on select ski and snowboard school lessons on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Get personalized instruction from pros that know where to find all the secret stashes of powder. It’s a great way to improve your skills and get a locals’ look at the mountains. Go to for more info.

Last Day of Skiing & Riding on Whistler Mountain Go to for more info. For up-to-date information on these and other events go to For Whistler Blackcomb events, go to For arts council events, go to

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he crisp, cold air crackles around you as you start your powerful machine. The engine roars to life, ready to carry you quickly and comfortably into the snowy wildness of a mountain range or a wide-open ice cap. The electric thrill of excitement that you’ll feel at the adventures lying ahead is uniquely charged by the epic world of snowmobiling in the expansive Whistler and Pemberton area. Snowmobiles are a great way to explore Whistler’s winter wonderland, whether you’re looking to discover new settings and get your adrenaline pumping, or simply want to play around. There are plenty of alternatives for scenic wilderness outings, with trips revealing ancient cedar forests, remote backcountry locations and stunning mountaintop or icecap views. Rookies should consider starting with guided tours offered by a range of skilled local operators who will set guests up with all the gear, goods and tips they need. Family-friendly options abound too. Trips can show you the magic of a nighttime climb 6,000 feet up Blackcomb Mountain to enjoy a fondue dinner and the lights of Whistler Village twinkling far below, the mystery of the backcountry trails in the Callaghan Valley or the seemingly endless expanses of the Pemberton Icecap.

— Megan Grittani-Livingston 16

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— Megan Grittani-Livingston

Leanna Rathkelly

he Peak 2 Peak Gondola combines form, fun and function in a way that has been drawing people to Whistler and blowing minds since Whistler Blackcomb (WB) opened the landmark lift in December 2008. The gondola joins Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with a recordsetting ride. The lift carries people on the world’s longest unsupported span at 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles), and it hovers higher off the ground than any lift of its kind, with cars travelling 436 metres (1,427 feet) above the valley floor far below. In a way, the gondola has two different personalities. In winter, “it’s an enabler,” says Stuart Rempel, WB’s senior vice-president of marketing and sales. “It’s all about rapid access.” The 11-minute trip makes the world of easy dual-mountain skiing and riding a reality, especially in the early and late parts of the winter season. In summer, the Peak 2 Peak has proven to be a popular sightseeing draw, with its stunning valley views and the access it offers to great hiking and restaurants. In one of WB’s weekly surveys in summer 2010, 73 per cent of visitors said the Peak 2 Peak influenced their decision to visit Whistler, and that figure keeps growing, Rempel said.

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Skinny-Ski Heaven A

s the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games demonstrated, cross-country skiers are among the world’s fittest athletes, and as with many sports, doing it at the highest level requires long hours of meticulous training and the best coaches. That said, the beauty of cross-country skiing — also called “Nordic” skiing because of the sport’s origins in Scandinavia — is that you don’t need to be super-fit or skilled to enjoy it the first time out. If you’re fit enough to enjoy a walk in the woods, you’ve got what it takes to Nordic ski. “Skinny skiing” has long been a part of life in the Sea to Sky corridor, but the sport really took off here with the opening in 2007 of Whistler Olympic Park (WOP), site of cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski jumping and Nordic combined events during the 2010 Games. Situated in the magnificent Callaghan Valley about 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Whistler Village, WOP and neighbouring Callaghan Country feature more than 90 km (55 miles) of trails, while the lovely Lost Lake system in the heart of Whistler resort includes another 30 km (18 miles) of Nordic bliss. Together, the two venues have made Whistler an attraction for both serious Nordic types and those seeking an introduction to the sport. Trail fees are reasonable and equipment rentals are available at both venues. For information about WOP, visit; for info about the Lost Lake system, skate-ski over to and follow the links.

— David Burke

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A Brighter Shade of Green


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ocal businesses are constantly inventing creative new ways to bring sustainable products to market, to help environmentally conscious consumers go green in their lives while supporting the growing local economy. Everyone can make small but significant changes to become more sustainable. So strap in and get ready to ski and ride greener this winter season, while leaving a lighter footprint on the region’s sensitive mountain environment.





ow you can read old eye-catching headlines as you eat your breakfast or watch TV. Textile designer Lori Weitzner up-cycles old newspapers and transforms them into a creative textured paper wallcovering, appropriately named Newsworthy. Strips of recycled newsprint are hand-woven on a loom and then paperbacked, lined with nylon thread, and finished with a water-based topcoat. The wallpaper is durable and easily cleaned with a vacuum. Weitzner’s other creative projects have included eco-wall coverings that use organic materials such as banana leaves, and natural paper pulp.


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urton is the latest company to launch winter clothing that’s as functional as it is Earth-friendly. This season’s new gear uses eco-friendly and recycled materials wherever possible—including shell fabrics, waterproof/breathable laminates and finishes, linings, shock cords, elastics, buttons, zipper pulls, labels, and artwork applications. Burton’s new lightweight Dryride Thermex™ fleece is made from 70 per cent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), while the men’s Gauge soft-shell jacket offers a 100 per cent recycled PET mesh lining. With advances like this, Burton leads the way in the snowboard industry’s move

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histler’s long-serving food bank is greening the way it delivers its community food donations. The food bank has been helping local residents live healthier, happier more productive lives since 1989, and has blossomed into a sustainable community food centre. Food bank coordinator Sara Jennings now collects donations from local grocers using her customized sixfoot trailer, pulled by a mountain bike outfitted with BionX’s electric assist, to provide the extra energy required to transport heavy loads up Whistler’s steep hills, year-round. The Whistler Food Bank encourages clients to bring their own reusable bags, boxes are recycled and perishable food products that go bad are composted. Future plans include an indoor worm composter, and volunteers hope to build a community garden next summer to inform and educate residents about growing their own food, while providing fresh, organic produce.

toward greener pastures. All products are available at Whistler Blackcomb’s Showcase Snowboard Surf and Skate Shop.

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here’s no need to travel overseas for your next vodka fix. Pembertonbased Schramm Vodka delivers the world’s only handcrafted organic potato vodka. Every bottle is made from locally sourced potatoes, grown just 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from the distillery. Master micro-distiller Tyler Schramm opened the distillery in 2009 and handdistills each and every batch of vodka. Unlike other sipping vodkas, Schramm Vodka is modeled after the more traditional Eastern European vodkas, to create a high quality spirit. Its clean and refined flavour has earned it the prestigious “DoubleGold” and “Spirit of the Year” awards at the 2010 World Spirits Awards in Austria. Tours of the distillery are offered Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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utdoor Adventures Whistler has transformed its backcountry touring business into an eco-friendly tourism alternative, while contributing to the longevity and future of Whistler’s adventure recreation and tourism. With a goal of making their company the most environmentally sustainable business in its class, they have outfitted their fleet of Hummer 4x4 vehicles with a fuel conversion kit to operate on vegetable oil donated by local restaurants. Using a simple chemical process, the used oil is converted into a high-quality fuel alternative to conventional diesel. Diesel emissions are significantly reduced, while burning fewer hydrocarbons, and emitting less carbon monoxide and sulfates into the atmosphere. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an unhindered exploration of B.C.’s beautiful backcountry terrain, while promoting responsible outdoor recreation.

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histler is a place that always seems to be described merely in terms of its numerous accolades, awards and astounding world records. It’s consistently voted the number one ski resort in North America by the ski media, has the longest ski run on the continent, and has the most skiable terrain in North America – among other superlatives. Plus, the resort’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains holds an incredible three world records with the longest unsupported span, highest lift of its kind and the longest continuous lift system on the globe. ➤ B y S teven hill

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But those awards tend to overshadow the one thing that truly does make Whistler stand out in a big way from almost every other vacation destination around – namely that the resort should also arguably be given the title of “Best Place for a Family Vacation – Ever!” Take a look at the evidence. Just for starters, the sheer variety of terrain on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains almost guarantees your family a perfect day on the slopes every time you head up the hill — whether its riding steeps, chutes and high alpine bowls, or long cruisers and gentler runs. Even if you’ve never skied or ridden a snowboard before, Whistler Blackcomb offers group or individual lessons for every level and every budget, so you can always experience the resort’s awardwinning slopes at your own pace. The two mountains also feature a kidpleasing Magic Castle to explore, plus six lanes of laugh-out-loud fun in the Coca-Cola Tube Park. But unbelievably, once you step off the more than 8,000 powder-filled acres of skiable terrain is when Whistler really starts to shine as a family destination. Explore the awe-inspiring scenery of the area on fascinating and exciting sightseeing tours by snowcat — similar to those used by mountain groomers, snowshoe or horse-drawn sleigh, or

Just for starters, the sheer variety of terrain on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains almost guarantees your family a perfect day on the slopes every time you head up the hill. high in the air on a flightseeing tour, where you’ll get a bird’s-eye-view of the whole resort. Your family can also explore Whistler’s backcountry winter wonderland with knowledgeable guides on thrilling snowmobile tours, or once-in-alifetime memorable dog sledding excursions. Mush! If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to explore the area, though, try

Whistler’s other skiing experience – cross-country. With beautiful trails near the Village at Lost Lake and Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Nicklaus North golf courses, as well as the incomparable world-class cross-country facilities in the gorgeous Callaghan Valley at the Whistler Olympic Park — site of the Nordic events at the 2010 Games — Whistler is truly a cross-country paradise without parallel. Of course, not every activity in Whistler has to do with snow. How about bungee jumping from a bridge over rushing whitewater? Maybe you prefer ziplining? Ziptrek Ecotours offers fantastic ziplining experiences through the forest’s canopy, plus the Treetrek tour. The new WildPlay Element Park in Whistler features the Zoom Zipline on Cougar Mountain and the Monkido aerial adventure. You’ll find plenty to keep the clan occupied indoors, as well. From art galleries to the Whistler Museum, health-and-wellness spas to a multiplex cinema, Whistler offers plenty to do after you’re done playing in the powder. The Core, located right in the Village and beneath its streets, is a world-class fitness and indoor climbing facility that’s ideal for families. The Core offers fitness programs, yoga, drop-in workouts, indoor climbing and more. Best of all, you can drop the kids off here for some supervised play time while you head off for some quality time with your partner — maybe spend some time browsing the dozens of shops, retail stores, souvenir stores and boutiques. Shopping is a pastime in itself in the resort. All that skiing, exploring, laughing and shopping is sure to work up a family-sized hunger, and Whistler offers an astounding choice of restaurants, cafés or bistros featuring everything from North American fare to international cuisine from the finest chefs. Your only problem will be deciding what to experience this year, and what will have to wait until next time. With so many options for adventure and family fun, Whistler may earn all the awards and records, but it’s your family vacation that’ll win the prize. W

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You don’t have to go far in the resort to find evidence of Whistler’s recent — Games-tinged — past

By Lisa Richardson


or 17 days in February 2010, a current of electricity charged through Whistler Village, as if a switch was flicked on the previous week — the moment 17-yearold mountain bike phenom Tyler Allison took the torch and lit the Olympic Torch Relay cauldron at the base of Whistler Blackcomb. During the 17 days of the Games, revellers packed the Village each night — cheering in the backgrounds of live news broadcasts, bumping shoulders with the world’s greatest athletes, sporting their countries’ colours, grooving to free, live concerts. The current was at its most palpable when Jon Montgomery, a redbearded auctioneer from Russell, Manitoba, celebrated his gold medal ➤ Clockwise from left: The Callaghan Valley Nordic Centre, home of the Whistler Olympic Park, features 70 kilometres of cross-country ski trails; the Olympic Rings light up the night outside the Whistler Brewhouse; A welcoming Inukshuk on Village Gate Boulevard greets visitors; Built for the Games, the Bearfoot Bistro’s Belvedere Ice Room remains in place and offers chilly vodkas at -18°C. Whistler [Winter/Spring 2011]


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skeleton run, the first Canadian gold won in Whistler, chugging a pitcher of beer that was handed to him by a happy stranger as he made his way through the press of partiers. The cheer from the thousands of people gathered around massive screens to watch the Canada-vs.-U.S. men’s hockey final, when Sidney Crosby finally shot the puck into the goal, after almost eight minutes of tense overtime, could have powered 1,000 heart-starting defibrillating machines. But with an estimated 3.5 billion television viewers worldwide tuning in to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, a person didn’t need to be in Whistler to catch the buzz. Olympic spark-hunters visiting Whistler don’t have to look too far to find traces of the biggest sporting event on Earth.

Touch the spark Whistler’s landscape of glacier-etched granite serves as a fitting backdrop for three towering inukshuks, Inuit-inspired stacks of rock in human form that serve as guideposts and expressions of welcome throughout the Arctic. The 2010 Olympic emblem, Ilanaaq (the Inuktitut word for friend), represented the hospitality Canada extended to the world. An inukshuk now stands guard at the entrance to Whistler on Village Gate Boulevard. Another welcomes visitors to the mountains, outside the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain. A third welcomes visitors to the summit of Whistler Mountain at the top of the Peak Chair. The most widely photographed Olympic hotspot, a de facto climbing gym that inspires feats of contortionism as people pose inside the Olympic Rings, is located next to Whistler Olympic Plaza, the site of medals ceremonies during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Stillness after the shock The Olympic Opening Ceremony hadn’t even begun when the Games’ greatest tragedy struck. A luger from Georgia, 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili, was killed during a training run. All in attendance at B.C. Place Stadium silently stood to their feet at the Opening Ceremony when his black-armbandwearing teammates marched into the arena under their flag. In Whistler Village, a spontaneous memorial sprouted on site as visitors left flowers and notes. The Resort Municipality of Whistler created a permanent memorial, located in the heart of the Village, just around the corner from the Olympic Rings, where visitors can still pause in silent respect.

Get pumped on the trail network Whistler-based planner Paul Mathews of Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners has designed venues for four Olympic Games, but he admits to being particularly proud of the new Nordic Centre in the Callaghan Valley. Indeed, many Whistlerites and ski freaks cite Whistler Olympic Park’s network of 70 kilometres of cross-country ski trails and full Nordic skiing facility as the greatest legacy of the Games. The Callaghan Valley’s unique location in the coastal snowbelt means it attracts more plentiful and lighter snow than anywhere else in the region. For 30 years, that was a secret that Brad Sills, president of Callaghan Country Lodge, shared exclusively with 22 lodge co-owners and about 300 guests a year. Now, the genie is out. A brand new access road from Highway 99, 11,000-square- ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2011]


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Stroll down to the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, where a 2007 renovation incorporated custom-designed native art into aluminum panels in the lobby. The art was commissioned from Corrine Hunt, a B.C. artist whose work reflects her Komoyue and Tlingit First Nations heritage. She subsequently designed the strikingly original Olympic medals. The Bearfoot Bistro installed an ice

room for the Games, which remains in place, allowing guests to sample and sip a range of vodkas in the -18 degree Celsius Arctic ambience. Those less inclined to chase the chill can head to Black’s Pub and try to elicit a confession from pub manager David Branigan as to exactly what type of beer was in that pitcher passed to Jon Montgomery after his gold-medal win. On the mountain, Whistler Blackcomb’s Roundhouse houses an exhibit commemorating the Games, featuring the skis worn by men’s downhill gold medallist Didier Defago of Switzerland as well as a host of other artifacts. Or visitors can simply slide over to the iconic Dave Murray downhill run, point their boards straight down and chase the Olympic dream all the way to Creekside, where alpine skiing in Whistler began almost 50 years ago. You won’t be able to straight-run it, but then, great stories never unfold in a straight line. To get the full lowdown on the resort’s twisty, turny Olympic journey, visit the Whistler Museum and Archives. W

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he day after Valentine’s 2010, a small handful of people raised their glasses to toast the end of an era. They were veteran Weasel Workers gathering at a makeshift bar set up on a tennis court on Lake Placid Road, where hundreds of volunteers would collect at the end of a shift to drink beer from plastic cups and sigh away an

exhausting day or night of snow shoveling and Olympic course preparation. They knew that, having finally seen the high-profile men’s downhill alpine skiing event to completion after 70 hours of weather delays, the Dave Murray Downhill would never again see that kind of action. The course would be decommissioned at the end of the season. ➤

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French Skier Marion Rolland approaches the finish line of the Ladies Super Combined/ Super G at the 2008 Whistler World Cup, on the Dave Murray Downhill.


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The Dave Murray Downhill is the second longest downhill course in the world and the heart of alpine ski racing in Canada. It became — and remains — the only home course on which a Canadian ski racer has won gold when local boy Rob Boyd tore across the finish line at the FIS World Cup in 1989. Five years earlier, former U.S. Olympian Doug Lewis, a broadcast commentator at the 2010 Games, remembers making his first World Cup top-10 placing on the Dave Murray Downhill. Lewis says the combination of speed, technicality and air time make the Dave Murray Downhill such a great course. As speed starts to build coming out of Coaches’ Corner, racers begin to hit 130 kilometres per hour. “You are hyper-spacing right out of the Sewer. The forces feel like you’ve got a piano on your back when you hit some of those compressions at that speed. It’s really awesome; it feels so good. But it can go so horribly wrong.” Technical mastery comes into play through the tight Toilet Bowl and Weasel turns, and the final air time at Murr’s Jump, Boyd’s Chin, Fallaway and the Super G start all challenge the racer to stay focused and not lose time. Every pitch and roll on the course has a name — and efforts to clean up names like Toilet Bowl and Sewer just never took. There was too much history there, accumulated over 40 years of races and inside jokes from dedicated crews and volunteers. Originally the Downhill and the Gondola Run, the full course was renamed the Dave Murray Downhill 20 years ago, honouring the late Dave Murray, local racer and Crazy Canuck. The course became the home of the Dave Murray Ski Camps, Master’s Racing and Over the Hill Downhills, local races, staff races and the first Peak to Valley race. Boyd’s victory is still one of the highest points in Whistler’s skiracing history — his victory on Feb. 25, 1989, just upslope from his parents’ house, after a warm-up run powder skiing on his 223-centimetre downhill skis down “Come-Chutes,” touched off a wild celebration among those in the crowd and even inspired an original song “Rob Boyd is God.” (Just Google it.) ➤


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Boyd was back in action during the 2010 Games, coaching the Canadian women’s team, and revisiting the powder skiing tradition during one weather-induced down day. When the men’s Olympic downhill race was finally run, after two days of weather delays, on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, U.S. skier Bode Miller kicked off his Games with a bronze medal, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal came second, and Switzerland’s Didier Defago, 32, took the gold, with just nine-hundredths of a second separating all three. Canada’s Erik Guay was hot on their heels, making up half a second in the bottom section of the course, to come in at fifth place. “It really is a world-class course,” he said. “I think it would be one of the harder courses on the World Cup.” The International Federation of Skiing’s alpine skiing director, Guenter Hujara, was also quick to praise the course crew’s efforts. At a gathering of the team captains from every nation after the historic men’s downhill, Hujara said, “Most of us are too exhausted to really celebrate. Right after the race, everything went really calm because people had been out there for 70 hours. I want to thank the course crew, but particularly all the volunteers who were out there. If you meet them, please give them respect for what they do, because this is not normal, working all through the night.” Such aberrant behaviour has deep roots in Whistler — in 1979 the “West Side Weasel Workers” formed to prepare the tracks for World Cup downhill races. In an era before winch-cats, manpower was all that was available to condition the steep pitch of the Dave Murray Downhill known as the Weasel, so workers would link arms to form a human chain, and boot-pack up and down the hill. The Chief of Course, the late Bob Parsons, would scoop some money from the racers’ entry fees, and work the local bar where the entire community gathered after the event. Parsons would hand out bills to the volunteers, adding, “You worked on the Weasel. Go buy yourself a beer.” “Pretty soon,” remembers Bill McNeney, who has been leading the Weasel Workers alongside Owen Carney since 1984, and now declares himself the Chief of Snowflakes, “everyone in the bar would be saying, Hey Bob! I worked on the Weasel.” And so a tradition began. Ski racing in Whistler has always run on people power, be it the Weasel Workers or the parent volunteers working behind the scenes. ➤


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Cathy Jewett, one of the first female pro patrollers, has been one of those volunteers. She took time out of her paying job to serve as Chief of Patrol for the women’s alpine events during the 2010 Games and during the pre-Olympic World Cups. She was on scene after the men’s downhill and she caught the tear in the eye of Peter “YP” Young, manager of Whistler Blackcomb’s Events Department, after the last athlete pushed out of the start shack that day. An era was ending. Last summer, the A-system poles came down and the Dave Murray Downhill was decommissioned. Says Jewett, “The Murray has great terrain and has always been considered a challenging course, but it faces the wrong way. The Sewer is south-facing and much of the rest of the course faces west. Ski racing on Whistler Mountain is turning north to Raven/Ptarmigan, away from the sun, where snow stays coldest and hardest. The Dave Murray Downhill saw the event it was made for this past Olympic year, but it won’t see another.” W

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hen Sean and Callum Pettit started skiing as toddlers, no one realized they were about to change the face of freeskiing. The Brothers Pettit were simply hanging out in their playground, which happened to be the Coast Mountains. After gaining recognition in Whistler six years ago as the two tiny kids who wouldn’t just straight-line, but would tuck into the biggest features in the terrain park, the brothers Pettit never looked back.

that it was his older brother Callum who pushed him along. Callum, 20, is a backcountry afficionado, preferring to explore the mountains by sled or helicopter. Callum, who is also a professional skier, is all about the kind of freedom that skiing allows. His wanderings have led him into the backcountry of France, Alaska and eastern Canada. With the brothers pushing each other toward skiing greatness, the Pettit family name has become synonymous with freeskiing.

[I was in a tuck down and I went right through my instructor’s legs and passed him. I guess it went from there.] At the ripe old age of 17, younger brother Sean has amassed a collection of accolades and film appearances that any veteran would be proud to have achieved. He started his professional career at age 11 and became the youngest-ever Red Bull-sponsored athlete, signed at age 13. But Sean insists

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Q: How did you guys end up becoming skiing prodigies? Sean: We moved to Whistler when we were young and started cruising around the mountains. We eventually ended up in the park, which is where a local talent rep noticed me and everything went from there.

Callum: I remember I was in ski school when I was about four years old. I was in a tuck down and I went right through my instructor’s legs and passed him. I guess it went from there. Q: Where’s your favourite place to ski? Callum: Whistler Blackcomb because it is my home resort and there is a lot of fun stuff to ride as well as easy access to the backcountry. Sean: Whistler for sure, because the whole vibe is great. It’s still a small town, you know everybody, and the mountains have everything to offer. There is a great park and so much accessible terrain. I can never see myself leaving Whistler; it’s the best place in the world. Q: What’s it like skiing together? Are you guys competitive? Sean: Yes. We feed off each other. We are often doing the same kind of things and we are often in it together. I see what he does and I want to do it. We film for different companies but we are not different in terms of skills. I think we have a good relationship going.

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Q: What’s next for you guys? Callum: There is still a lot to be explored in our mountains by sled or heli and I want to go farther into the mountains and ski new lines. Sean: I won Male Skier of the Year in Powder Magazine last year and I want to keep skiing. I love it and I think I am at a good stage in my career with lots of good opportunities coming my way.

Ashleigh McIvor lympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor is one of a select group who can truly claim Whistler as their hometown. McIvor grew up in Whistler and at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, she made her hometown proud, winning an Olympic gold medal in skier cross. McIvor admits that skiing is in her blood. She used to ski down her parents’ carpeted steps when she was just two years old. When she first saw ski cross on a video, McIvor knew she had to try the sport. Within months, she ➤

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had convinced her mother to drive her down to an X-Games qualifier in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in January 2003. From that moment on, she was hooked. Q: How did you get your start in skiing? A: My parents were both skiers and moved out from Manitoba. They built a log home at Tapley’s Farm in Whistler and I started skiing when I was two years old. Q: After attending university, you came back to Whistler. What keeps drawing you back? A: I am pretty obsessed with all the outdoor sports that are world class in Whistler. I also really love the people. Whistler is full of outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Q: What has it been like being Canada’s golden girl? A: It has been extremely surreal. After winning the medal, everything was a blur to me. I barely remember what happened. It has been amazing and people in Whistler are really cool about it.

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Everyone has a really chill attitude because there are so many amazing athletes in this whole area. People are proud of me but it’s not like a really big deal and I like that. Q: Are you excited for another year of competing? A: For sure. I am going to race up until world championships and then I am going to focus a little more on the big mountain side of my skiing. I’ll be doing some filming and photo shoots while promoting the sport. Q: So you’ll be getting in a few powder days? A: I only got four powder days last year, but they were pretty amazing. It happened to snow a lot on those days. Q: Is your family still in Whistler as well? A: I have a lot of family in the area, which is lovely. I actually lived with them for most of last season, which helped keep me grounded during the Games. Q: You have an Olympic gold medal. What’s next for you?

A: I would like to win the World Cup overall title at some point, which might be a goal in the next few years. I was second last year. I’m also looking ahead to the next Olympics. Right now, my biggest goal is to have fun because that’s when I win.

Paul Morrison


aul Morrison is one of Whistler’s icons and one of the area’s bestknown outdoor photographers. Morrison has been capturing life in the mountains for more than 30 years. Morrison has been Whistler Blackcomb’s staff photographer for 23 years and his jaw-dropping images have been featured in countless magazines around the world. His photographs have inspired millions of people to check out Whistler for themselves. Despite his many accolades and credits, Morrison is a low-key guy who loves Whistler. His favourite season is winter, which isn’t much of a surprise. Q: When did you arrive in Whistler

and what drew you to the area? A: I arrived in Whistler in February 1972. I went back to school to study photography that year and after a couple of spring visits, I moved here permanently in ’75. Q: You’ve been a legend in ski and adventure sport photography for a while, but you had to start somewhere. How did you get into it? A: My first year of skiing at age 18 quickly made me decide that there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do more than live in the mountains and ski every day. Ski photography seemed like the best way to accomplish those goals. Q: What has kept you passionate about your work over the years? A: Being in the mountains every day and working with good friends has made it very easy to maintain the passion for my work. Q: Do you have a favourite or memorable moment behind the camera? A: My time working with skiers Trevor Petersen and Eric Pehota were among the most memorable as it ➤

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seemed like we were doing something new that hadn’t been done before. Q: What is it about the Coast Mountains that make great backdrops for your stunning shots? A: While there are higher and more spectacular mountain ranges in the world, Whistler’s Coast Range provides photographers with a deep and stable snow pack that allows for a very long shooting season despite our lower elevations. Q: What is it about Whistler that has kept you here? A: In the time I’ve been in Whistler, we’ve seen the population grow from under 300 residents to what it is today. This rapid and seemingly endless change has not always been easy to adapt to. I have stayed in Whistler because I love it here. Being able to be on the top of a mountain, on a lake or the ocean, in the interior, Vancouver or the islands, all within a matter of minutes or a couple of hours makes this place one of the best places to live, anywhere. W

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rt action in Whistler has never been so good. Mix glorious art in great galleries into one of the most beautiful villages in the world, and you get… dynamite! A great place to start picking up the action is at the Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont. Located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the Upper Village, the fabulous gallery showcases the best of Canadian

art, ranging from abstract impressionism to realism, sculptures in bronze, clay and glass, jewelry and handcrafted clothing… indeed, there’s something for everybody. Enjoy exciting new works by Nicholas Bott, Karel Doruyter, Gail Johnson and Joan Baron, among many more. And, to keep the creative vibe going, there will be plenty of special shows and exhibitions during the winter season. In Village North, just across the bridge from Whistler Olympic Plaza, is the Plaza ➤

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ow! Five world-class galleries all in one location: Art Gallery Row at the Hilton Whistler Resort delivers a large punch. Over the winter this will be a happening venue, with regular open houses on Saturday evenings, complete with featured artists in attendance and live music. The Whistler Village Art Gallery welcomes visitors into its cool and cosmopolitan interior with a wonderful mixture of the bold and the subtle. Be ready to enjoy, among others, the enamel paintings on metal by Jeff Fontaine, Carrie McGee’s installation of hanging resin blocks, J’Allen’s abstracts and the inspirational art of Hamilton Aguiar, Alexander Sheversky and Paul Tom. Next door, the Black Tusk Gallery is home to amazing masks by Beau Dick and Tsimshian artist Phil Gray, along with a superb collection of limited editions, jewelry, paddles and totem poles. Here you will view a great collection of Northwest Coast Native art that will most certainly intrigue and inspire you. Across the hall is the Mark Richards Gallery. You really have to see these images to believe them…a combination of tradition and high tech equals magical images. Come and browse with the artist/owner himself. The new Hayden Beck Gallery represents more than 30 contemporary Canadian and international artists, including Lawrence Hislop, Steve Driscoll and Yared Nigussu. Walk into the gallery and experience the energy. Fun and friendly with amazing art, this is a great spot to visit with the family. At Fathom Stone Arts, you can watch artist/owner Jon Fathom as he carves local wildlife in marble and Arctic jade… a memorable experience. —Judy Szabo

Galleries. The star-studded gallery showcases the work of the ever-popular Kal Gajoum, Maya Eventov, David Lee, Jasmin Aldin and Bob Byerley among many favourite artists. Again, many special events are planned over the winter. Just around the corner is MY Millennium Place the home of the Whistler Arts Council and the Scotia Creek Gallery, which displays the works of emerging and established Whistler artists in ongoing exhibitions all season long. Mountain Moments Photography Gallery in Mountain Square has been in Whistler for 30 years! The iconic gallery features the superb mountain photography of Greg Griffith and

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paintings by Pat Griffith. Well worth a visit. Over in the stylish Westin Resort and Spa you will discover the popular Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery. Nov. 27 sees the beginning of their winter season with the Spirit of Winter Group Exhibition, followed by special shows, with the artist in attendance, including Paul Paquette, Rod Charlesworth, Angela Morgan, Laura Harris and Mike Svob throughout the season… sounds great for all art lovers. While at the Westin, be sure to visit the Blake Jorgenson Gallery, where the sports action photographs of the award-winning photographer are guaranteed to leave you breathless. Also, enjoy some in-house painting and art

displays at the Suzanne Johnston Studio Gallery. Cruise down Highway 99 about eight kilometres to Whistler’s eclectic neighbourhood called Function Junction. The popular Art Junction Gallery and Framing Studio is located here in new and enlarged premises. Owner Harvey Lim is proud to introduce new artists such as Coral Barclay, Taralee Guild, Joe Ludwig and Jeff Holmwood to visitors, along with many long time favourites. The popular Orkidz Art Studio also calls Function Junction home... this is, indeed, an art happening place and well worth a visit! So, after an exhilarating day on the slopes, be ready to chill out on the art scene as Whistler’s galleries continue to win gold on the global art stage. W

Opposite page: “Debauchery of Light” diptych by Gabryel Harrison, from Hayden Beck Gallery. This page, From top: “Bail Out” by Joan Baron, from Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont; “Russet Lake” by Mark Richards, from Mark Richards Gallery; “Eagle and Salmon Egg Totem,” by Coast Salish artist Doug Horne, from Black Tusk Gallery.

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their homes will bring them wealth one day. However, it was one Whistler couple’s wish that their new home would bring them good health and wealth every day that led them to embrace a design based on the 3,000-year-old Chinese practice of feng shui. Although the couple had already purchased another lot, there was something that attracted them to this property. “We happened to be renting the house behind this property when our realtor mentioned it was available. I had studied this lot for a long time,” owner and builder Jack Mann explains. ➤

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The resulting structure is an elegant traditional home defined by its stately, classic architecture that will surely never go out of style. “We all set out with grand hopes and expectations, but you never really know how it will turn out. Eventually the home speaks for itself,” he explains. Mann enlisted the services of architect Dean Kallweit, who had designed several homes for Mann and his wife Dorothy in previous years. “The newest project was an attempt to move away somewhat from this typical alpine aesthetic. There is no log work, and any post-and-beam construction has been limited to accent pieces such as the entry portico and hot tub pavilion in the rear yard,” Kallweit explains. The home follows a relaxed “x” shape plan that essentially cradled and defined the rear yard. The design also helped shape the front driveway court and gave the building a more formal presence when viewed from the street. “Ultimately, the main floor plan is a great indoor/outdoor living space, with all primary rooms having direct access and outlook to the rear courtyard. There is one other added benefit from the design — all rooms receive natural light from three sides,” he adds. And where there is light, there is energy. In feng shui, “chi” means flow of energy and to assist them in their quest for chi, the couple brought in internationally renowned feng shui master and geomancer Paul Ng of Toronto. ➤

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Feng Shui literally means wind and water. It is based on the views held originally by poet Po Guo about 1,700 years ago. Those views sustain the theory that when positive energy is correctly handled in a house, good luck follows as a matter of course. Proud to be the Feng Shui Master for the home featured on these pages. 24 Hyde Park Drive, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1V1 Tel: (416) 606-8332 Fax: (905) 881-8649

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To create a healthy home, Ng calculated the life cycles and identified the eight enrichments or centres including fame, health, wealth, pleasure, friends, relationships, children, education and money. He also minimized negative energies. Upon entering the home, one is greeted by a floor-to-ceiling water feature of honed basalt. “Water is a vehicle used to retain or direct energies,” explains Ng. “It represents wealth but also energy collection.” The water feature and two-storey natural basalt stone fireplace comprises the body of the “x,” with the living room and dining room facing the backyard. Windows and doors provide views as well as entry to the courtyard. From here, two wings fan out from the centre. To the east is the family centre, including the kitchen, breakfast nook and family room. A white-coffered ceiling defines and unifies this wing while offering a reflective brightness highlighted with touches of wood finishes. ➤


Innovative design, year-round recreation – right at your doorstep. Richly textured slate, wide wood panels and wool carpeting move you through each bold, contemporary chalet residence. Unique features, including an indulgent soaker tub under a dual-sided, see-thru fireplace and an open concept design enhance and define this modern take on resort living. You won’t find anything like it in Whistler. NORTH


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An oversized Wolf dual-fuel range takes centre stage in the kitchen. Complete with six burners, a griddle and dual oven, the hearth is surrounded by a custom hood fan and an old-world stone backsplash. The custom kitchen cabinetry boasts inset doors and drawers. In this classic cabinetry the door is entirely contained within the opening of the face frame. Black granite tops off the counters, while a large butcher block provides a practical workspace. No detail has been spared, including custom stainless pantry pullouts. Each drawer comes with its own organizer. Off the kitchen is a small room. The owners couldn’t decide whether it should be a wine room or butler’s pantry, so they combined the two. One side of the room is dedicated to wine, with glass upper cabinets for stemware and shelving for different vintages. On the opposing wall, a freezer and fridge offer ample cold storage and dry storage for pantry items. The wing also has a ski/mud room and one other room of note. Mann calls it his “gentleman’s garage,” but the triple-car space with special epoxy floor, custom cabinetry, granite countertops and slate baseboards is perhaps nicer than the average person’s kitchen. ➤

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When selling their past home, a prospective buyer expressed admiration for the spotlessly clean garage with the quip, “Now this is where I want my car to live.� With those words in mind, Mann took the garage up a notch. The lower west wing includes the media room and office, or wealth centre of the home. In contrast to the white-coffered ceiling of the family wing, warm-coloured stained wood and black coffers set the tone and define the space. The star of this wing, according to Mann, is the Bang and Olufsen audio-visual system in the media room. The disc player, a work of art in its own right, is wall mounted in the centre of the room, while a 65-inch, high-definition plasma screen and surrounding speakers are the centerpiece of the theatre area. A billiards table rounds out


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the room nicely, while a few steps away, a wet bar leads to the office. As the office is the heart of the wealth centre, four interesting art pieces hang there. At first glance you don’t realize you are staring at money. Framed, uncut sheets of sequential, uncirculated currency in dominations of 10-, five- and the nowdefunct classic one- and two-dollar bills hang on each wall. The upstairs of the home also offers separate wings. The upper west wing is home to the master bedroom suite containing his-and-hers closets, a Juliet balcony and master ensuite. Dual vanities and a ladies’ powder vanity surrounded in custom wood cabinetry and granite countertops and travertine wall and floor tile are contrasted with a white lady-slipper claw-foot tub. A double steam shower with power jets and separate water closet finish the room. In the east wing is a kids’ zone, offering bedrooms and one special games room. With two teenagers still at home, this area provides a place for kids to watch their favourite movie or hang out with friends. This home is the third the couple has built in Whistler. When asked if they feel the energy of the home, Jack Mann responded, “This house is our best. After building a few, you pick up a few pointers along the way and hone in on quality workmanship. Once you identify with real quality, it’s hard to want to go the other way. Sure, I could go cheaper, but do you really want that? And hey, I’m only on the planet once.” The concept of wealth can mean a lot of different things to different people and while we all would love increased cash flow, feng shui is intended to increase wealth in both non-material and material assets. Fostering harmony in one’s life is the first step to real wealth, and the Manns seem to be well on their way. W Source List: Architect: Dean Kallweit Interior Designer: MV Design Group Inc. Feng Shui: Paul Ng (Philosopher and Geomancer) Windows and Doors: Mountainview Designs Ltd. Finishing Carpenter: Frogwood Ent. Finishing Corp. Painter: Baron & Sons Painting Tile and Granite: Mario Marble & Tile Cabinets: V6B Design Group Custom Beams: Continental Log Homes Whistler [Winter/Spring 2011]



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[ H e a lt h & Wellness]

The Art of


Learning to unwind again at Whistler spas… where lingering is encouraged


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lear your schedule for half a day at least — it’s time for an escape to the spa. The whole point of a spa excursion is to turn off the cell phone, remove the watch (and everything else) and take time to simply breathe and be. Despite what you may think, it doesn’t have to cost half a paycheque to enjoy a world-class spa experience for several hours or more. Read on for our top picks of treatments and spas in Whistler, where you can enjoy an unhurried pace, expert therapies, and a lingering dose of rest and renewal.

Picture the scene: steam rising silently from pools of warm water amid meandering paths, waterfalls, shrubs and trees. Whistler’s Scandinave Spa is tucked away in the middle of the forest — but still less than five minutes from town. It’s a good thing Scandinave’s Relaxation Package comes with lunch, because you’re going to get hungry before you want to leave this haven. Step one to release tension is a luxurious massage, where the hands of expert therapists melt stress away. Now that you’re in relaxation mode, linger ➤

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in the hot and cold therapies with Scandinave’s signature baths experience. The sequence of a hot steam or sauna, followed by a brief dip in one of the cold pools, is said to release endorphins into your body. Meditate on the deep sense of wellbeing and peace as you unwind further in the solariums, then repeat the hot/cold sequence several times. Read a book, take a nap, stay all day: The Relaxation Package is the ideal escape, with a massage, lunch, the

baths experience and a take-home gift for $155. If you’re lucky enough to have more than a few hours to spend at the spa, immerse yourself in the healing powers of ayurveda with a weekend spa retreat at the new Ashram Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. With an ayurvedic doctor on staff and a full suite of body therapies, yoga, vegan dining and more, the spa introduces the ancient wisdom of India in a modern context. But a morning or afternoon is enough to get an idea of the exotic and unique

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world of ayurvedic spa treatments. The Taste of Ayurveda package includes a scrub, herbal mud wrap, massage and steam unlike any you’ve discovered in a typical North American spa. Authentic ayurvedic treatments are a whole new world — warm, fragrant oils are poured liberally on the skin, exotic spices mix into nourishing pastes to exfoliate, and massage techniques include pressure points and brisk, stimulating strokes that are also surprisingly relaxing. A special treat at the Ashram Spa is the four-hand massage, where two therapists work in tandem to relax muscles, increase circulation and release toxins. Everything about the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler makes you want to settle in for as long as possible. Start with a workout in the gym, relax in the steam room, bring a bathing suit and enjoy the pool and hot tubs before or after your treatment — the comfortable luxury of the Four Seasons spa is the perfect remedy for any sort of stress. Massage connoisseurs and spa newbies alike will celebrate the discovery

[A special treat at the Ashram Spa is the four-hand massage, where two therapists work in tandem to relax muscles, increase circulation and release toxins.]

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of the spa’s new Legacy Treatment, which offers 80 minutes of head-to-toe massage bliss. Almost every kind of massage technique you can imagine is included in this delectable treatment — deep tissue, stretching, hot rocks, and no fewer than three foot massages lead up to the spectacular finish of a headand-scalp massage. Even if you can’t spare a few hours to linger at the Four Seasons spa, the Legacy Treatment will have you floating in a dream-like state for the rest of the day. The name of the yoga, steam and massage package at Whistler’s Solarice Wellness Spa says it all: Breathe and Unwind. What better way to prepare your mind for a relaxing massage than a 90-minute yoga class? Get back in tune

Opening page: The refreshing Scandinavian bath experience at Scandinave Spa. Left: Yoga Director Colleen Felgate of the Solarice Wellness Spa leads a morning class. Above: A hot stone treatment — a massage that promotes deep relaxation, at the Scandinave Spa.

with your body, quiet your thoughts and learn how to breathe deeply again — you’ll be so glad you indulged in the extra “me” time. Any sweating you did in the yoga class will be nothing compared to the deep, detoxifying heat of Solarice’s private steam shower. Chase away winter chills and relax in the warmth of eucalyptus aromatherapy. Next, treat your aching shoulders and tired feet to Solarice’s signature Extreme Muscle Relief massage. Lavender-infused Moor mud is slathered on the back and heated to draw toxins from the skin and body, while expert hands work magic on ski-fatigued feet and calves. The mud is then removed and back, neck and shoulder muscles are coaxed into blissful relaxation with a deep-tissue massage. No matter which way you choose to spend your spa time in Whistler, the bottom line is not to sell yourself short. Find a spa and a treatment or package where you’re encouraged to linger, indulging in pure relaxation for as long as you can stand to keep your cell phone turned off. W

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The Spa Exhale Indulge in luxurious signature spa treatments born from nature. Unwind and soak in customized therapies using fresh local fruits, wild flowers, Pacific seaweed and clay harvested from British Columbia’s glacial lakes. From couple’s massage rooms to rainbar showers and eucalyptus steam, breathe deep and enjoy the unique facilities and tranquil setting. 4th Top Canadian Spa, Condé Nast Traveler (US) 2010 Readers’ Poll

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[ Di n i n g ]

Whistler’s Unique Flavour Four chefs offer their perspectives on cooking and what makes the resort’s cuisine so memorable By Steven Hill P h oto s b y B o nn y Makarewicz

From Araxi: Peace River Lamb with Pemberton beets and chanterelles by Executive Chef James Walt. For the recipe, see page 83 of Araxi’s cookbook — Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant.

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isitors return to Whistler year after year for more than just world-famous slopes, memorable activities and a spicy après scene. They return for Whistler’s incomparable atmosphere — the resort’s own unique feel and flavour — where clean, fresh mountain air and a sense of adventure come together with the unexpected and luxurious to create something memorable. It’s a sensibility that is lovingly echoed in the food served at Whistler’s wide array of award-winning restaurants, eateries and fine dining establishments. Drawing from education, personal experience and the resort’s fortunate proximity to fresh produce and local products, Whistler’s chefs have also created a unique style of dining that brings together healthy living and sumptuous lifestyle. Here is just a sample of some of the resort’s exceptional chefs who give you a taste of Whistler flavour in every bite.


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ith both parents working, Tim Cuff, executive chef for Nita Lake Lodge, had no choice but to learn how to cook as a youth. “My parents worked, so all of us kids had to take turns cooking,” he said. “But, I always knew I wanted to be a chef.” Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Cuff grew to appreciate small-scale producers, as his family sourced much of its food directly from nearby farms. That appreciation was further enhanced by his experiences working with some of the top chefs in some of the best restaurants in Canada. “My mentors trained me to work with local farmers and use seasonal vegetables,” he said. “My menus are always based around local, organic produce. It’s a real honest taste and flavour you can’t get in a grocery store.” Cuff is so determined to only use the freshest produce that he has gone so far as to begin a garden on the roof of the Nita Lake Lodge. “We planted a herb garden on the roof and a few vegetables,” he said. “Next year we plan ➤

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on planting herbs and a lot of vegetables, with the eventual plan being to build a greenhouse up there so we can grow year-round.”

Four Seasons Whistler/ Sidecut Scott Thomas Dolbee and Edison Mays


f ever there was a dynamic duo of cooking, it’s Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee and Chef Edison Mays at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler’s Sidecut restaurant. Dolbee, considered a chef’s chef, has spent more than 20 years honing his cooking skills in kitchens around the world and in resorts and restaurants from New York to Beverly Hills. Mays, who originally dreamed of a career as a baseball player, took the culinary lessons learned at his mother and godmother’s sides with him as he traveled the world studying the art of cooking. The two met more than seven years ago when both were working at the Regent Beverly Wilshire’s BLVD restaurant and Mays impressed Dolbee with his creativity and talent. So, when Dolbee was given the job of reinventing the Four Seasons Whistler restaurant, he knew just what to do. “Chef (Dolbee) called me up and asked me if I wanted to come hang out in Whistler,” Mays said. “We wanted an edge, something memorable,” Dolbee said. “And once we decided

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to go with a steakhouse, Edison and I quickly came up with the idea for different combinations of sauces and rubs.” “I came up with steak rubs that reflected and defined the places I had cooked around the world,” said Mays. “And Chef (Dolbee) took it to a whole new level with unique sauces.” Again, it all comes down to flavour and freshness. Said Dolbee,“The whole concept is built around flavour — flavour explosions — and using the best possible ingredients.”

Bavaria Restaurant Ratanak Chudaudon


avaria Restaurant’s Chef Ratanak Chudaudon first learned about cooking and the fundamentals of flavour at his mother’s side in her kitchen. “She never wanted me to eat Kraft Dinner or anything unhealthy,” he said. “So, from when I was very young, she sat me on the counter and told me to watch what she was doing.”

When he was older and armed with his knowledge of cooking, Chudaudon left Ontario for the West Coast and Whistler. “I moved here about five or six years ago,” he said. “I came for the beautiful mountains and awesome lakes, but also to get away from the brutal cold of the winters out east, where your spit freezes before it hits the ground.” In Whistler, Chudaudon began working in award-winning kitchens, mentoring with top chefs who passed on their culinary knowledge and taught him to be a team leader and kitchen professional. At Bavaria, Chudaudon offers an impressive and delectable menu of true alpine cuisine and old European favourites, from pork schnitzels with spaetzle to Bavarian and Austrian wild game specialties from the grill. “We have a seasonal menu,” he said. “Our lamb shanks are definitely something you have to try when they come around. We use whatever is in season. We use a lot of fresh, local ingredients and try to mix the flavours up a bit.” W

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[After Hours]

Nightime By Jennifer Miller

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From après ski to the wee hours of the next morning — once the chairlifts stop running it’s time to party like a rock star in Whistler. The rumours of Whistler’s famous nightlife are true: This town knows how to celebrate. Everything from a huge dump of snow to major life milestones call for a toast or two with great friends and new acquaintances. One of the best things about the Whistler scene is there’s tons to choose from in terms of atmosphere, taste and style. Want a place where everybody’s clomping around in ski boots? Whistler’s got that. Looking for an upscale, trendy lounge to pop a premium bottle of bubbly? Got that too.

From the most casual pub to the classiest wine room and everything in between — Whistler’s got it all. Even if you’ve got no plans to slide on snow, après ski should be a must-do on anyone’s Whistler vacation roster. There’s something electric in the air as people trade stories of deep powder and maybe sing along to a couple of tunes by Whistler’s favourite duo, the Hairfarmers. Find some of the best après action at the Garibaldi Lift Company (known by most as the GLC), Longhorn Saloon, Merlin’s, Citta’, the Amsterdam Pub,

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Black’s Pub, Tapley’s, Cinnamon Bear Bar, Brewhouse and Brandy’s at the Keg. Down in Creekside, join the postski crowds at Dusty’s Bar and BBQ and Roland’s Pub. Live music is a common find at many local establishments on a winter evening, with everything from solo acoustic tunes to full band sounds. The Mallard Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers live music nightly, while you’re likely to find a Celtic theme in the live tunes at the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub. Or, make your own music at the Crystal Lounge’s karaoke and openmike nights. Later in the evening, maybe after some quality hot tub time and food, check out some of the trendy, cozy lounges in Whistler Village for unique martinis and cocktails. Top picks include Araxi, Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Bar at the Four Seasons, The Mix, Mountain Club, Elements, the 21 Steps “Attic,” and the Firerock

Lounge at the Westin. Wine lovers will find interesting lists at Player’s Chophouse and the Cure lounge at Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside, or the new Sidecut restaurant at the Four Seasons, which boasts more than 200 different labels. If you really want to make a splash, head to the Bearfoot Bistro and try your hand at sabreing a bottle of champagne, or check out the sub-zero Belvedere Ice Room to sample icy vodkas from around the world. Whistler’s cold winter nights really fire up the dance floors of the Village’s hottest nightclubs. Local and touring DJs, go-go dancers, theme nights, special parties — see and be seen at Tommy Africa’s, Buffalo Bill’s, Garfinkel’s, Maxx Fish and Moe Joe’s. From the first pint after a day on the slopes to last call at a club, there’s a lot of Whistler nightlife to live before the lifts start running again tomorrow. Get out there and join the party. W W

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Getting His

Shop On With so many great options, Whistler spending sprees are for men, too By kim VanLochem


on’t get me wrong, I love to shop, but it’s my husband who likes to give our bank account a workout while on vacation. He’s happiest with his “murse,” otherwise known as a man purse, some mad money and the opportunity to blow it. With outdoor adventure and 200-plus stores, Whistler is his version of paradise. While I dutifully follow along, sip on a coffee and rest my feet on one of Whistler’s many public benches, my husband gets his shop on. He’s nothing short of strategic. His first stop is for his patient wife. After all, she deserves something that matches her sparkling personality. That’s right: He’s heading to Whistler’s jewelry store, Keir Fine Jewellery. Then he stops at Ruby Tuesday for unique and beautiful jewelry and accessories. That’s right, ladies. He’s that good. Now it’s time to make sure his wife has fashion to match her “bling” on and off the slopes. For the best in fashion, he checks out Amos and Andes Sweater Shop, Billabong, Roots, Red Canoe, Hatley, Snowflake, the Merrell Store, Peak Performance and the variety of Whistler Blackcomb shops. While he happily carries our purchases, all I have to do is look pretty. Of course every shopper needs to stay fueled, and my shopping-obsessed husband is no exception. For everything from savory to sweet, he checks out the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Cows Ice Cream, the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop, Marketplace IGA and Nesters Market. He also buys a great bottle of champagne for later at one of Whistler’s B.C. Liquor Store outlets. He loves chocolate and champagne. It’s one of the perks of being married to him.


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Ombre knit wrap sweater, essential tunic tee, cozy stretch fleece legging, Milan scarf, and over the knee boot in vintage tribe leather, all from Roots.

Courtesy Roots

My hubby knows that Whistler is also a great place to find the best deals on gear. Whether it’s a new bike or hiking boots, you won’t find better prices. Whistler is the spot for the latest technologies in stores such as Whistler Blackcomb’s Salomon store or the Merrell Store. Did I mention my husband also loves home décor? He’s a mixer and matcher with a flare for the dramatic. Among his favourite stops are Mountain Paint and Decorating Centre and Whistler Kitchen Works.

[While I dutifully follow along, sip on a coffee and rest my feet on one of Whistler’s many public benches, my husband gets his shop on.] As you can tell, he’s a class act, and loves to peruse the many offerings at Whistler Cigar. On our way back to the hotel, my spouse steps into Armchair Books to find the latest poetry to read to his sweet wife. It’s almost too perfect. Actually, it is too perfect, and I wake up to my husband standing in his worn boxers while scratching his belly. He doesn’t like to shop and prefers to wear the same T-shirt seven days a week and he certainly doesn’t recite poetry. But then he smiles and I am reminded that it’s OK that he doesn’t own a “murse.” After all, we both know who the true shopper in this family is, while he looks the other way when we vacation in Whistler. W

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Family-owned full-service bookstore in the heart of Whistler Village

Wide selection of Maps, Guidebooks, Kids books, Adult Fiction and non-fiction

4205 Village Square, Whistler BC V0N 1B4 604-932-5557, 800-659-1531 Mention this ad and receive a 10% discount on any books or maps purchased

Credit Union Building, across from Cows • 604-932-7202

“Red Canoe gives Canadiana a sense von hahn, fashion columnist of genuine cool.” —karen

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Take ouT 604-938-2852

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Whistler’s Largest Grocery Store FaSt & FriendLy Service Located in Whistler’s Marketplace

Souvenirs • Full Service deli • in-store Bakery Floral department • Fresh Meat & Produce Full Selection of Specialty Foods Party trays & Hot entrées • Weekly Specials Your Neighbourhood Food Store

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It’s not what you need...




GROCERY STORE FEATURING: Ý Organic Food Ý Fresh Produce Ý Bakery Ý Live Seafood Ý Gourmet Meats

It’s what you want. accessories ltd. Whistler Town Plaza 604.905.6290

Ý Floral Ý Convenient Pharmacy Ý Delivery Service

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OPEN EVERY DAY 8am - 10pm

Located 1km north of Whistler Village at 7019 Nesters Road Fax Orders: 604-932-3243 Phone: 604-932-3545 Save time by shopping online. Visit

Whistler’s Original Cigar Store


Guaranteed Worldwide Shipping Appointed Habanos SA Dealer Whistler’s Only Walk-in Humidor


Whistler Town Plaza Across from “Caramba Restaurante” #31-4314 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Tel: 604-905-2423 / Fax: 604-905-2483

“Define your taste” Toll free: 1-877-905-2423

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[Services Directory] RECREATION Whistler Blackcomb Mountains

Toll Free: 1-800-766-0449 Whistler Blackcomb is located 120km (75 miles) north of Vancouver and 354 km (215 miles) from Seattle, in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Average Snowfall 404 inches/ 33.66 feet/ 10.25m per year Elevation Whistler Mountain Peak: 2,182m/7,160ft Blackcomb Mountain Peak: 2,284m/7,494ft Whistler Village: 675m/2,214ft Vertical Whistler Mountain: 1,530m/5,020ft Blackcomb Mountain: 1,609m/5,280ft Terrain 8,171 acres/ 3,307 hectares Trails 200+ Total Lifts 37 Hourly Lift Capacity 69,680 skiers/hour (including PEAK 2 PEAK) Longest Run 11km/7miles Alpine Lodges 3 Alpine Huts 5 On-Mountain and Mountain-base restaurants and bars 17 Whistler Blackcomb is a place like no other. A place where anything can happen, and where everyone can be a part of it. It isn’t just North America’s No.1 rated ski resort, it is a cultural mecca for mountain sports adventurers the world over. It is the kind of place that people can’t stop talking about. Not just because of the things that have traditionally drawn accolades like its famous mile-high vertical or the 8,100 acres of incredibly varied terrain, that is bigger than anywhere else in North America (35% more than the next largest resort, to be exact), or its unmatched high-speed lift system or its reliable and abundant snow or one-of-kind village and its amazing vibe. But also for its reputation as an industry leader that has, throughout its history, taken  “outside the box” to a whole new level. From the world recordbreaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola to the innovative Fitzsimmons Renewable Energy Project to the world-renowned Whistler Mountain Bike Park to the hosting of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb has focused on thinking big and acting better. It’s this dedication to innovation, going above and beyond, and providing incredible experiences in this spectacular environment that draws people from all over the world and all walks of life to come visit. Again and again.

Meadow Park Sports Centre

604-935-PLAY (7529) Drop in to play! Swim, skate and sweat… arena, lap pool, kids pool, sauna, hot tub, steam room, squash courts, fitness studio, weight room and specialty classes. All ages welcome. Special family rate. Five minutes north of the Village, along Highway 99.

Whistler Bungee

 Toll Free: 1-877-938-9333 British Columbia’s highest and most pristine year round bungee jumping site, located 15 min south of Whistler Village Resort, off HWY 99. Experience bungee jumping in the beautiful wilderness nestled between old growth forests and rugged basalt column cliffs Feel the exhilaration of jumping from a 160ft (53 metre) bridge spanning 300 ft over the Cheakamus River. Whistler Bungee’s jump masters and operators have over 17 years experience. Located in the Eagle Lodge: #19 - 4314 Main Street, Whistler

Activity Bookings Whistler Activity Central

Marketplace 604-935-4528 Toll Free: 1-877-935-4528 Village Gatehouse 604-905-4866 Toll Free: 1-888-905-4866 Whistler boasts a wealth of activities from hardcore sports to the ultimate in relaxation. Whistler Activity Central is your ‘one-stop shop’ for all of your adventure planning.

Whistler Visitor Centre

604-935-3357 Our knowledgeable and friendly staff know practically everything about the resort, and can answer all your questions about accommodations, events, activities, dining and much more. Please visit us at Gateway loop, open daily 8am– 10pm.

Adventure Tours Blackcomb Adventures

604-932-8484 Whistler’s most dynamic Adventure Company. Offering world class snowmobile, dog sled, snowshoe, cat-skiing as well as fondue dinners and a mini-Z terrain park – just for kids! All new — Wild Spirit Adventure Tours. Enjoy a First Nations “Welcoming Ceremony” of song and story plus FREE admission to the cultural centre to be used any time during your stay. Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Hilton Whistler Resort

Outdoor Adventures Whistler

604-932-0647 Outdoor Adventures prides itself on providing world-class tours for our guests. We offer backcountry snowmobiling, mountain-top snowshoe tours, dogsled tours and evening fondue sleigh rides amongst starlit mountain vistas. A truly unique Canadian experience for everyone! Call our friendly and professional staff today. Three locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Resort.

Dog Sledding Outdoor Adventures Whistler

604-932-0647 Mush your own dogsled! Step onto one of our traditional sleds behind your team of energetic and lovable Alaskan Racing Huskies and get ready for a unique backcountry adventure. Don’t miss this true Canadian experience! Three locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Resort.

Cross-Country Skiing

Whistler Blackcomb PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience

Cross Country Connection

Toll Free: 1-800-766-0449 At 4.4-kilometres long and 436 metres above the valley floor, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an engineering marvel that connects the incredible high alpine of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Use it to take in 360 degree views of ancient peaks and glaciers and access alpine dining on both mountains.

604-905-0071 Skiing and Snowshoeing - Experience the beauty of Lost Lake Park and its 32km of groomed trails, day or night (4km lit until 10pm). Offering certified instruction, rentals and tours for beginners to experts, individuals or groups, all abilities are welcome! Walk from the Village and find us in the Lost Lake PassivHaus just off Lorimer Rd.

WildPlay Element Parks

Whistler Olympic Park

604-932-0647 Experience the thrill, fun and personal reward of “Monkido” (open May through Oct.), WildPlay’s unique aerial adventure course suspended between trees at 10 to 50 feet or try “Zoom” an exhilarating zip-line tour 250 feet off the ground through old-growth forest. Three locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Resort.

Ziptrek and TreeTrek Ecotours

604-935-0001 Toll Free: 1-866-935-0001 Ziptrek with five incredible ziplines and TreeTrek for Whistler’s forest canopy walk. Tours run year-round in all weather conditions. No experience necessary. Carleton Lodge, across from the Village Gondolas.

604-964-0060 Come explore this 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games venue. Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley is emerging as North America’s premier Nordic recreation destination.WOP is located at 5 Callaghan Valley Road, Callaghan Valley.

Ecotours Ziptrek and TreeTrek Ecotours

604-935-0001 Toll Free: 1-866-935-0001 Ziptrek with 5 incredible ziplines and TreeTrek for Whistler’s forest canopy walk. Tours run year-round in all weather conditions. No experience necessary. Inside the Carleton Lodge, across from the Whistler Village Gondolas.


Culture Blackcomb Adventures

Coast Range Heliskiing

604-932-8484 Whistler’s most dynamic Adventure Company. Offering world class snowmobile, dog sled, snowshoe, cat-skiing as well as fondue dinners and a mini-Z terrain park – just for kids! All new – Wild Spirit Adventure Tours. Enjoy a First Nations “Welcoming Ceremony” of song and story plus FREE admission to the cultural centre to be used any time during your stay. Squamish Lil’wat Culteral Centre and Hilton Whistler Resort.

1.800.701.8744 604.894.1144 Exceptional service, spectacular terrain, and endless powder thrills! Single day, multi-day and private packages available. Personal attention with 4 to 5 guests per professional guide. Book your epic day with Coast Range Heliskiing!   Booking Desk: 218 – 4293 Mountain Square

Cross Country Skiing & SNOWSHOEING

Enjoy lunch in the NEW PassivHaus Daylodge!

Walk from the Village & find us off Lorimer Rd.

• 12 kms of snowshoe trails • 30 kms of ski trails • Night skiing



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604-905-0071 Lessons • Rentals • Tours • Tickets

Whistler Heli-Skiing Ltd.

604-905-3337 Toll Free: 1-888-HELISKI You’ve come this far. Let us take you all the way. A variety of packages await everyone from seasoned experts to intermediates. Make this the year and visit the Whistler Heli Store located in the Carleton Lodge.

Sleighrides Blackcomb Horsedrawn Sleighrides

604-932-7631 Magnificent Percheron horses pulling covered sleighs on Blackcomb Mountain to a private cabin with hot chocolate or enjoy the beautiful ride by Green Lake at Nicklaus North. Ask about our gourmet dinners to follow and custom/ special occasion rides. Phone or e-mail for reservations and directions.

Outdoor Adventures Whistler

604-932-0647 For a truly unforgettable Canadian experience, join Outdoor Adventures on a horse drawn sleigh ride. Take in Whistler’s rugged beauty as our gentle, majestic Clydesdale-Percheron horses guide our beautiful sleigh through acres and acres of pristine wilderness. A delicious threecourse fondue dinner accompanied by entertainment awaits your return. Call our friendly and professional staff today. Three locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Resort. Gondola and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Sliding Whistler Sliding Centre

604-964-0040 Come explore this 2010 Olympic Winter Games venue. The Whistler Sliding Centre is where you can experience thunder on ice! WSC located at 4910 Glacier Lane, Whistler.


604-932-0647 If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of fun, scenic, adventure snowshoe tours from family-oriented excursions to unforgettable backcountry adventures. A truly unique Canadian experience for everyone! Call our friendly and professional staff today. Three locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Resort.

GETTING THERE Transportation HeliJet

1-800-665-4354 Go where you want, when you want‌faster. When you charter a flight with HeliJet, you’ll be at your destination faster so you can spend more time doing what you love. Plus, the amazing panoramic views will inspire you to hit the slopes, play golf and explore the world-class sites and shopping. Your experience starts sooner with HeliJet.

WAVE (Whistler and Valley Express)

Local Transit 24-hr info line: 604-932-4020 Buses run from 5:25am through 3am, 365 days a year.


Whistler Arts Council

604-935-8410 Annual calendar of performances, art exhibitions, festivals, artisan markets and events. Located in Millennium Place.

Catering/Weddings/ Party & Event Planning/ Personal Chefs Whistler Cooks Catering Company

Canadian Snowmobile Adventures

604-938-1616 Toll Free: 1-877-938-1616 Day and evening tours and fine dining atop the mountains. All instruction, clothing and gear provided. Carleton Lodge, across from the village gondolas.

Snowshoeing Canadian Snowshoe Adventures

Outdoor Adventures Whistler

604-938-1616 Toll Free: 1-877-938-1616 Interpretive guided snowshoe tours. The Medicine Trail goes deep into a very special ancient forest in the Callaghan Valley. The tour includes a brief history of the area’s traditional uses with tea from the forest. Back at the Caboose enjoy a light snack and rejuvenate by the fire. Carleton Lodge, across from the village gondolas.

604-938-8835 Whistler’s premier caterer, specializing in chef service on site or in accommodation. Our desire is to provide you with the opportunity to dine in a way that suits your lifestyle. We offer breakfasts, lunches, cocktail parties and dinners from two guests and up. 4-1345 Alpha Lake Rd, Function Junction.

604-938-0688 Fax: 604-935-0206 Providing general contracting construction management, project management and design consulting services for residential, commercial, retail, industrial, new construction, renovations and tenant improvements. Licensed - Insured Bonded. Serving the Sea to Sky corridor since 1996. Located in Whistler’s Function Junction

RDC Fine Homes

604-932-3618 Every intricate detail of an RDC mountain home rises from meticulous planning. Our experienced designers incorporate the best creative design techniques to ensure that every angle of your RDC Fine Home maximizes your living space and mountain views. 3-D modelling and computer assisted drafting allows you to be a part of your new building or renovation. Member: Built Green BC and Canadian Home Builders Assoc.

Festivals and Special Events

Interior Design Cabin Fever Interiors Inc

604-935-3838 Cabin Fever Interiors provides an inspired and innovative approach to design with interiors that reflect the richness of our natural surroundings. Cabin Fever Interiors offers a full range of design, project management, space planning, custom millwork and furniture package services to meet our clients varied tastes and budgets. 14–1005 Alpha Lake Rd, Function Junction

Mario Marble and Tile Ltd.

604-935-8825 Fax: 604-935-8829 Specializing in custom granite countertops since 1991. We pride ourselves on our quality workmanship. We can help create your dream home including heated slate floors, an elegant fireplace surround and a luxury spa for your ensuite bathroom. Showroom located at: 103-1010 Alpha Lake Road (Directly across from Home Hardware), Whistler, BC V0N 1B1

Mountain Decorating Centre

604-288-7218 Reservations: 1-866-787-1966 Year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community, and promotes and produces the annual WinterPRIDE Festival, the evolution of Gay Ski Week, which celebrates diversity and inclusiveness both on and off the slopes. Ste. 1025, 106-4368 Main St., Whistler, V0N 1B4

604-938-1213 One stop for Colour and Decor. Start with Benjamin Moore Colours and add in furniture, blinds, drapery, art, rugs and accessories to express your personal style. Let our designers make your dreams come true in full colour! #109 1055 Millar Creek Rd, Function Junction, Whistler

Paul Ng - Feng Shui Master

416-606-8332 Feng Shui literally means wind and water. The theory that when positive energy is correctly handled in a house, good luck follows as a matter of course. Proud to be the Feng Shui Master for the home featured in this magazine. Â

Proud to be involved in the Home featured in this magazine Specializing in Granite CountertopS, Custom Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring and Fireplaces. Supplies and installation of stone products: • Onyx • Travertine • Granite • Ceramic Tiles • Quartz • Marble • CaesarStone • Slate • Limestone

Contractors/Architects/ Home Builders Dean Kallweit Architect

604-921-9419 Dean Kallweit Architect is a detail oriented residential design firm providing full architectural consulting services. Specializing in new custom homes, renovations and recreational properties. Office located in West Vancouver, BC email:

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Interior Design (cont’d) V6B design group

604-684-6824 Specialists in Design, Products, and Projects for Kitchens, and other residential spaces requiring technical and aesthetic planning. V6B also provides complete Interior Design services.   363 West 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1L1 email:

Media/Advertising The Question Newspaper

604-932-5131 Toll Free: 1-877-419-8866 Whistler’s only community newspaper, published every Thursday. Serving Whistler and Pemberton since 1976.

Resort Television Network

604-905-0504 Fax: 604-905-5304 Resort TV, broadcast in Whistler’s hotels and rental properties, is the visitors’ source for information to help you enjoy your stay: upto-the-minute weather reports, temperatures, mountain and road conditions, along with video of activities, shops and dining. 23-1212 Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1

Whistler The Magazine

604-932-5131 Toll Free: 1-877-419-8866 Whistler’s premier visitors’ publication, since 1980. Look for the hardcover version in your hotel room. For advertising, distribution and subscription information call Catherine.

Online family friendly directory for Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish. Features special events, activities, family restaurants, shopping, services, accommodation and more!

Real Estate Club Intrawest

604-938-8111 Toll Free: 1-866-938-9298 Imagine owning vacation homes in eight spectacular resorts. Members of Club Intrawest, North America’s premier resort club, enjoy access to eight resorts, celebrated for worldclass mountains, golf courses and beaches. Be a member!

HighGrove Whitby Estates

604-925-8002 The final neighbourhood created by British Pacific Properties, in West Vancouver’s exclusive Whitby Estates. Please visit our Show Home at 2701 Highgrove Place, open noon to 4pm, every day except Friday or by appointment.

Playground Real Estate

604-935-4545 Toll Free: 1-877-771-6767 Connecting you with the ultimate place to play, Playground Real Estate is the place to go for all new real estate opportunities at Whistler. Call or register to find out more about our current real estate projects. Sales Centre at Franz’s Trail-Whistler’s Creekside

Whistler Luxury Portfolio

604-932-5538 Whistler’s finest realtors marketing Whistler’s finest property collection.

Whistler Real Estate Company Ltd.

604-932-5538 Pemberton: 604-894-5166 Vancouver direct: 604-681-6627 US & Canada Toll Free: 1-800-667-2993 Serving Whistler since 1975. Our forty agents are full-time professionals. Conveniently located in Whistler’s Marketplace and in Pemberton.

WELL-BEING Chiropractors Whistler Chiropractic

604-932-1922 Dr. Keith Ray, Dr. Jacqueline Brusset and Dr. Pat Shuen are located in the St. Andrews House beside the Keg Restaurant. We offer a variety of chiropractic and massage techniques to relieve pain and improve performance. Prescription orthotics available.

Dentists AARM Dental Group

604-966-0599/604-898-4318 Toll Free: 1-888-966-0599 Emergency and new patients welcome. Open 7 days a week. Timberline Lodge, Unit 12 in Whistler Village and #17-40775 Tantalus Road, Squamish North.

Serving Whistler since 1997

dr. shuen, dr. brusset and dr. Ray

Spas Scandinave Spa

604-935-2424 The Scandinavian baths experience cleanses the body and skin. Occurring in three stages, just a few hours are required to fully enjoy the benefits of these outdoor baths. First heat the body in the Norwegian steam bath then cool the body quickly in the Nordic waterfalls, cold baths or shower. Finally, relax in a solarium or enjoy one of the relaxation areas with outdoor fireplace throughout the spa. For the ultimate relaxation, Le Scandinave Spa also offers baths and massage packages. This is total release - relaxation at its peak! Only minutes from Whistler Village, nestled beside Lost Lake.

The Spa at Four Seasons

604-966-2620 At The Spa at Four Seasons we reach into Nature’s cupboard to offer an assortment of luxurious treatments. All will soothe your mind and body, sweeping you away into a pure and relaxing place… just lie back and enjoy!


Solarice Wellness Centre & Spa

in Whistler Village #12-4122 Village Green (above Buffalo Bill's) 604-966-0599

In the VIllage besIde the Keg RestauRant

604-932-7555 Relax! You’re in the hands of Whistler’s best “Body Mechanics” to rehabilitate your aches, pains or injuries. Our highly qualified therapists specialize in sports/manipulative/massage therapy to get you back out there! Full line of custom bracing products. Centrally located in the Crystal Lodge.

604-938-1550 We want to make you smile! NEW LOCATION , across from Creekside Market. New patients and emergencies welcome.

604-932-3977 Walk-in and appointments available. Visitors welcome. Open 7 days a week. We provide general family practice, with on-site lab, x-ray and emergency care. We are located on the second floor of the Whistler Health Care Centre building — corner of Lorimer Rd. and Blackcomb Way.


Peak Performance Physical & Massage Therapy

Creekside Dental

Whistler Medical Clinic

A holistic approach to a pain-free and healthy life

Massage & Physical Therapy

604-935-1222 Toll Free: 1-888-935-1222 At Solarice, we offer a truly holistic approach to wellness. Services include: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and aromatherapy massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, acupunction, herbal medicine, psychotherapy, facials, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, yoga and Pilates. In the heart of Whistler Village.,

in Squamish North #17-40775 Tantalus Rd. (across from Garibaldi Resort) 604-898-4318

emergency & new patients welcome

open 7 days a week




We want to make you smile! An apple a day doesn’t always keep the doctor away. Providing the Whistler community with full medical care for over 25 years. Whistler’s ONLY medical clinic with X-ray, Lab and Acute Care services on site!

Walk-In Patients Welcome. 4380 Lorimer Rd. | Whistler BC | V0N 1B4 | Tel: 604-932-3977


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New Patients & Emergencies Welcome For appointments call: 604-938-1550 NEW LOCATION: #317 – 2063 Lake Placid Rd., Whistler (across from Creekside Market)

RETAIL Amos and Andes The Whistler Sweater Shop

604-932-7202 Amos & Andes is the locals’ favourite yearround sweater shop located in the heart of the Village. Offering unisex, cozy and handknit sweaters including Dale of Norway and Icelandic Design.

Armchair Books

604-932-5557 A full service bookstore carrying fiction, history, kids books, maps, guidebooks, cookbooks, magazines and newspapers in the heart of Whistler Village. 4205 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

Black Tusk Gallery @ The Hilton

604-905-5540 Toll Free: 1-877-905-5540 The Black Tusk Gallery features a variety of works by the First Nations artists whose work reflects the ancient histories and traditions of the coastal people. In Art Gallery Row in the Hillton, downstairs from Mountian Square.

B.C. Liquor Stores

Village Square 604-932-5050 Marketplace 604-932-7251 Creekside 604-905-4927 For the best in beverage alcohol selection, visit a B.C. Liquor Store in Whistler.

Burton Store & Demo Centre

604-905-2023 Sundial Hotel, Whistler Village. Situated next to the legendary Showcase Snowboards, the Burton store features a huge selection of boards, boots, bindings, outerwear, casual wear and accessories.


Crystal Lodge, Whistler Village 604-938-7755 Glacier Lodge, Blackcomb Base 604-938-7744 Creekside Gondola Base 604-905-2160 Whether you’re looking for top-end fashion or high performance hard goods, Whistler’s leading high-end ski shop delivers the ultimate shopping experience. Premier boot fitting services available.


604-932-4106 Gatehouse building, Whistler Village With over 70 years of experience, Columbia is known for their high-quality performance products that keep you comfortable and protected, no matter where your excursions take you. Check out the new location in the Gatehouse Building.


604-938-9822 Canada’s favourite ice cream, original design Ts, sweats and souvenirs. Whistler Village Centre.

Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop

604-935-1076 Come by the Great Glass Elevator for a treat today! We’ve got over 1000 different types of candy. Bulk candy to scoop and mix, Imported British Chocolate, Jelly Bellies, popcorn and more. Have a candy adventure today! 115-4350 Lorimer Rd. in Whistler’s Marketplace.


604-932-6370 Hatley has helped its customers ‘get clothes to nature’ with its 100 per cent cotton apparel and gift items for the entire family with a clever spin on everyday sayings to bring out the ‘pun’ in everyone. 4308 Main Street, Whistler

Hayden Beck Gallery

 This new gallery is dedicated to the promotion of distinctive Canadian and international contemporary art. We strive to ensure the long-term development of our artists’ careers, to support the emerging Whistler art community, and to stimulate interest in painting, photography, drawing and sculpture. We are thrilled to share our eclectic exhibitions with the world and look forward to meeting you. Located in Art Gallery Row downstairs from Mountain Square in the Hilton.

IGA Marketplace

604-938-2850 Souvenirs, full service deli, in-store bakery, full selection of specialty foods, fresh meat and produce, party trays and hot entrees, weekly specials. Pizza Hut Express take-out - 604-938-2852. Free 2 hour parking. Located in Whistler’s Marketplace.

Keir Fine Jewellery

604-932-2944 This elegant “browser friendly” store features Canadian Polar Bear diamonds, international designers and Victorinox Swiss Army. Keir is also the home of the original Canadian diamond Inukshuk pendant. Be sure to visit Whistler’s premier jewellery store located opposite Cow’s on the Village Stroll.

Mark Richards Gallery

604-932-1911 An artist owned and operated gallery featuring original west coast works. Meet the artist daily. Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, Whistler, B.C.


604-905-1220 Visit Canada’s first Merrell store. Featuring the latest styles from Merrell Performance Footwear and Apparel. Whistler Village Centre 4295 Blackcomb Way, Unit 115, Whistler

Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont

604-935-1862 Toll Free: 1-888-310-9726 This gallery at the Chateau Whistler features a sophisticated collection of contemporary Canadian art that will ignite the imagination of both the new and seasoned collector – paintings ranging from abstract impressionism to magic realism: museum quality glass, clay, stone and bronze sculpture; handcrafted clothing and jewellery.

Mountain Decorating Centre

604-938-1213 One stop for Colour and Decor. Start with Benjamin Moore Colours and add in furniture, blinds, drapery, art, rugs and accessories to express your personal style. Let our designers make your dreams come true in full colour! #109 1055 Millar Creek Rd, Function Junction

Nesters Market & Pharmacy

604-932-3545 Located 1 km north of Whistler Village on Hwy. 99, Nesters Market carries a full line of fresh meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery dairy and groceries, bulk and pharmacy. We also offer a shop and deliver service. Where the locals shop. Nesters Square, 7019 Nesters Rd.

The North Face         

604-932-4193 For years The North Face brand has been associated with technically advanced and innovative apparel, footwear, and outdoor gear that continue to inspire both professional and amateur adventurers alike to Never Stop Exploring. Located in the Deer Lodge, across from the Brew House


604-938-7713 Surf-inspired, Quiksilver has had a natural progression into the ski & board world. Also stocking Roxy & DC, whether it is casual clothing or technical outerwear, the Quiksilver store has you covered! Located in the Crystal Lodge.

Red Canoe

604-905-0029 Giving Canadiana a sense of genuine cool. Located just north of the Village Stroll Bridge next to the Gap.

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

604-932-4100 A delicious bounty of handmade confections including fudge, gelato, candy/caramel apples and chocolates. Come and see our professional candy chefs prepare tasty delights before your eyes. Open late. Located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola.

Upper Village Market

604-932-0230 The only Grocery Store in the Upper Village/ Blackcomb Benchlands. With all of your grocery needs from pharmaceuticals to souvenirs, DVD rentals to fresh coffee. Come meet our friendly staff. Located under the Club Intrawest Clock Tower.

Whistler Kitchen Works

604-938-1110 Whistler Kitchen Works is a unique kitchen store featuring bright tabletop accessories, giftware and gourmet items. A Whistler local favourite, the store offers friendly, knowledgeable service in a charming setting. Gift cards and shipping available. In Whistler’s Marketplace.

Roland’s Cold Beer & Wine Store

Whistler’s Creekside 604-932-5926 Our Cold Beer and Wine Store is open 11am to 11pm, 7 days a week with free parking.


604-938-0058 Clothing and accessories. 4154 Village Green #100, Whistler. Call 1-888-30-ROOTS or visit for more information and store locations.

Roundhouse Traders on Whistler Mountain

604-905-2340 Visit the Official PEAK 2 PEAK souvenir shop at the top of Whistler Mountain in the Roundhouse Lodge for Official Whistler Blackcomb apparel and souvenirs. If you are unprepared for the alpine elements, Roundhouse Traders has you covered with an array of clothing and accessories to keep you comfortable on your sightseeing adventure.

Ruby Tuesday

604-905-6290 Ruby Tuesday jewellery has a great selection of purses, earrings, necklaces, rings, hair accessories, and other fun gifts for yourself or that special someone back home. Located in Whistler Town Plaza across from the gazebo.

Salomon Store & Freeride Demo Centre

                              604-905-2295 Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports has led to an entire array of sporting goods. If you’re in the market for new skis, boots, bindings, or apparel, check out the Salomon store! Located in the Pan Pacific Mountainside, beside the Whistler Village gondola.

Showcase Snowboards Surf & Skate Shop

Sundial Hotel, Whistler Village: 604-905-2022 Marketplace, Whistler Village North: 604-932-2526 1766 W4th Avenue, Vancouver: 604-731-6449 The most recognizable retail brand in Whistler, Showcase continues to be a fresh face, an innovator, and the eternal focal point of the local snowboard community. Featuring the best in hardgoods and fashion forward clothing, expert boot fitters and an in-store tuning centre.


604-938-2019 Set in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Snowflake showcases Canadian designer fashion. For shopping at its best, drop into Snowflake and browse through their specialty knits, leathers, furs, accessories and outerwear.

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Whistler’s Marketplace

Whistler Blackcomb Rentals

Creekside Base 604 905 2141 Blackcomb Daylodge 604 938 7749 Carleton Lodge 604 935 5579 Whistler Gondola Building 604 905 2252 Westin Resort and Spa 604-905-2262 Chateau Whistler 604-905-6930 Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler 604-905-7019 Pan-Pacific Mountainside 604.905.2295 Four Seasons Resort 604.938.7740 Whistler’s premier rental locations. Leave your equipment at home and try the latest gear at any of our locations. Nine locations throughout Whistler Village, Blackcomb Base and Creekside. Tuning and Service also available on mountain.

The Whistler Village Art Gallery

Hilton Whistler Resort 604-938-3001 Four Seasons Resort 604-935-3999 A showcase of fine Canadian and international paintings and exquisite sculpture in marble, jade and bronze.

Whistler Cigar Co.

604-905-2423 Toll Free: 1-877-905-2423 Whistler’s oldest cigar store, wholesale prices, best service, and most knowledgeable tobacconists in Whistler. Specializing in international mail order and room delivery. Visit Whistler’s original best-stocked walk-in humidor. New location - #31, 4314 Main Street.

Whistler Salomon Store

604-905-2295 Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports has lent to an entire array of sporting goods. If you’re in the market for new skis, boots, bindings and/or apparel, come check out the Salomon store! Located in the Pan Pacific Mountainside, beside the Whistler Village gondola.

Whistler’s premier shopping centre is home to over 40 specialty stores, restaurants, and professional services. Located at Lorimer Road and Northlands Boulevard.

Squamish Whistler Blackcomb Outlet Store 604-815-4588 Brand name ski and snowboard equipment and outerwear from top brands including Salomon, Rossignol, Burton, Option and The North Face at up to 70 per cent off manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Located in Squamish, off Highway 99 next to Canadian Tire.

ENTERTAINMENT Bars & Lounges Araxi Restaurant/ Seafood & Oyster Bar

604-932-4540 Named ‘Best Restaurant in Whistler’, by both Vancouver Magazine and the London Times, Araxi is centrally located in the Village Square. Internationally acclaimed cuisine by chef James Walt features the best of the Pacific North West. The wine cellar is widely regarded as one of the best in the province, currently holding the prestigious Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence.’ 4222 Whistler Village Square

Buffalo Bills Bar & Grill

604-932-6613 Restaurant and Nightclub. Bills offers one of Whistler’s most unique catering venues, accommodating group from 15 to 335 guests. At night join the best DJ in Whistler for music gelled perfectly with the classics, a huge dance floor that begs you to let your hair down, and an energy that hits you the second you walk in the door! Located near the Conference Centre on Golfers Approach. or email us at

Champagne Lounge and Belvedere Ice Room at Bearfoot Bistro

604-932-3433 Enjoy Champagne and cocktails alongside a menu that is eclectic and exciting. From a contemporary Ceasar Salad to our renowned Berkshire Pork Belly, our Game Burger to our Sterling Silver Striploin.Our legendary selection of fresh oysters is unmatched. The Belvedere Ice Room serves flights of vodka to sample and sip in an arctic ambiance. 4121 Village Green in the Listel Whistler Hotel.

Christine’s Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain

604-938-7437 Mountain-top full service dining in style. Enjoy panoramic views, along with classic dishes prepared with the finest ingredients and a diverse wine list to complement. Located inside the Rendezvous Lodge. No skis required – access via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola from Whistler Mountain. Reservations available.

Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille (CBBG)

604-932-1982 Enjoy fine dining and popular apres ski at the CBBG. Offering a ‘funky spin’ on classic dishes, fireplaces, pool tables, and sports screens, the CBBG is a lively location for soaking up the village vibe. Located at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa (village access from Art Gallery Row in Mountain Square) - 4050 Whistler Way

Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub

604-905-4047 Whistler’s only Irish Pub experience. Exceptional food – exceptional people – exceptional craic! Live music. Families welcome in the dining room. Home of Whistler’s largest pint – a true Imperial pint! At the base of both mountains in the Pan Pacific Lodge at 4320 Sundial Crescent.

Longhorn Saloon

604-932-5999 Restaurant, bar and centre for all your après action! Come join us for some great food from the grill, ice cold draught beer and DJs spinning party tunes. Our sunny patio creates a perfect start and finish to a day playing in the mountains, or just hanging out with friends. Located at the base of Whistler Mountain or email us at

Mallard Lounge

604-938-8000 Where the view is as inspiring as the martinis. Relax in the comfort of the Cigar Room. Star gaze around the outdoor fire pits. Luxury on the doorstep of adventure. In the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Merlins Bar & Grill

604-938-7700 The amazing patio features “Whistler’s Best Nachos” and spirited après-ski action. Serving lunch and dinner daily in a great location at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village, across from the Wizard Express Chair. Families are welcome until 8pm.

The Mix by Ric’s

604-932-MIXX (6499) The Mix offers Whistler’s widest selection of vodka, martinis and wine from around the globe as well as a unique menu ranging from tapas to full meals. Open for breakfast from 8am and serving a full menu till 1am daily, indoors and on the patio. In the Crystal Lodge on the Village Stroll.

Roland’s Creekside Pub

604-932-5940 Roland’s Pub and BBQ Bob’s is your one stop shop for great food, good friends and the game you’ve been looking for. Alongside it’s fabulous menu, Roland’s Pub offers up 9 flat screen TV’s. Dusty’s Bar & BBQ Prime rib dinner Saturday and Sunday nights, To: __________________________ 604-905-2171 brunch Saturday and Sunday and daily lunch From: Whistler’s original après ski bar, known for its and dinner specials. Catherine Power-Chartrand award winning BBQ-style menu for lunch and Minors welcome til 8pm. mAnAger, dinner. Featuring AdverTising live music, sports on the big Kitchen open daily 11am – 11pm WhisTler: The mAgAzine screen TV and two amazing patios. Located at Free parking, Located in Whistler’s Creekside the base of Whistler Mountain in Creekside. Families are welcome until 8pm. Please resPond

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Choose Your Guide By Lisa Richardson


histler hits the “refresh” button every year, as 2 million visitors and 3,000 new seasonal workers repopulate the town, bringing new eyes and new energy to the big-mountain experience. With all of those fresh perspectives being recounted at après each day, it’s a wonder historic Whistler can get a toe-hold at the bar at all… Fresh snowfall is always coming, obscuring old tracks, allowing every newcomer to feel as if he or she just invented a line, a trick, a feeling. In short, there is no official history in the Republic of Snow-istan. There are, however, 100 personal versions, and he who tells the best tale wins. Four recent books launch full-tilt at that taletelling, like a rag-tag trail crew leaving bright orange markers along the piste, so the next wave of skiers and riders will be able to see their way back to the bar in a whiteout.

Ross Rebagliati came of age alongside snowboarding. He made his first board in highschool shop class and won the first Olympic gold medal awarded in the sport. His book Off the Chain: An Insider’s History of Snowboarding both bemoans and capitalizes on his notoriety from having his medal stripped, temporarily, after testing positive for marijuana. Being part of history doesn’t necessarily equip you to write it, but Rebagliati raids his memory banks, scrapbooks and photo albums to create a collage-style yearbook of snowboarding’s history, tracing the sport back to its origins when a bunch of snurfers (as snowboarders were once called), skaters and geartweakers battled for permission to bring their cafeteria-tray-like contraptions onto the mountains. Dano Pendygrasse also recounts snowboarding’s glory days in Out West: Snowboarding, Westbeach and a New Canadian Dream. One of the most opinionated voices in Canadian snowboarding, Pendygrasse was among the first snowboarding employees on Blackcomb. Though

Pendygrasse bemoans the corporate takeovers that have sucked the renegade spirit out of the sport, he urges the next generation to move to the mountains, restoke the grassroots and “feel the cycle of winter that comes every year like deep breaths from the earth itself.” Grassroots cred is in full evidence in Stephen Vogler’s Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town, but his niche is B.S. – before snowboarding. Vogler fleshes out the quirkier legends of Whistler’s history, from Dusty the dead horse to the Party Barge, from the Great Snow Earth Water Race to the Whistler Answer, counterculture icons back when Whistler was a squatterfilled ski town where everyone knew your name. The book includes some wonderful images from local photographer Bonny Makarewicz. In White Planet: A Mad Dash Through Modern Global Ski Culture, Leslie Anthony visits every continent on the planet, apart from Australia, gets caught in avalanches, escapes narco-criminals, enters chaotically run events and attends too many wakes, all the while trying to pinpoint what it is that makes the act of skiing down a blank slope so addictive. In the end, the PhD in biology and veteran ski magazine editor invokes deep thoughts. “I finally understood what this feeling [I finally understood what this feeling was. Like love, was. Like love, powder powder came and went from our lives. We enjoyed it came and when it was there, craved it when it disappeared, and went from our lives. We ultimately survived on the belief that it would one enjoyed it day find us again.] when it was there, craved it when it disappeared, and ultimately survived on the belief that it would one day find us again.” And just like fresh snowfall, the cycle of tale telling begins all over again. See you at the bar?


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