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[Contents] 2010 Games 2010 hopeFUls

Chasing the Dream, 24

Since the bid announcement in 2003, Whistler has become home to many of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls

by kiM vanlOCHeM

2010 VenUes

Faster, higher, stronger, 34

after the athletes go for the gold, new facilities will serve as post-games legacies

by DaviD buRke

Whistler 2010 Venues Map, 38 XXI Olympic Winter Games Competition Schedule, 40 X Paralympic Winter Games Competition Schedule, 42 DaVe MUrray DoWnhill

two Minutes to olympic Gold, 45



FaMily FUn

editor’s Message, 8

Wondrous Winter, 21

by Steven Hill


Faces of Whistler, 71

Fresh tracks, 12

by Steven Hill

bits and bites of information about the Whistler area


the action’s Just Getting started, 77

by MeGan GRittani-livinGStOn


Gallery Gold, 78

recreation Guide, 30 Whistler’s Dining Guide, 100 a culinary tour of Whistler’s select restaurants

by JuDy SzabO

health & beaUty

entertainment Guide, 105

setting the Gold standard, 89

2010 ChanGes

by JennifeR MilleR

shopping Whistler, 107


services Directory, 112

by Steve HainSWORtH

sUpport netWork

Groomed for Gold, 53

by liSa RiCHaRDSOn

your table awaits, 95

by Mike CRane

aFter hoUrs

kindling the Flame, 104

by JennifeR MilleR


olympic Dream homes, 56

the olympic shopping trip, 106

Gay Whistler

by kiM vanlOCHeM

by CatHRyn atkinSOn

arts & CUltUre

putting Culture on the podium, 85

by liSa RiCHaRDSOn

après and nightlife guide

VillaGe Map, 118 Upper Village, Function Junction & Creekside Maps, 120


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pride, Whistler style, 67

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Ringing endorsements keep rolling in

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Catherine Power-Chartrand Editor

David Burke Art Director/Managing Editor

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John Snelgrove Contributing Writers

Cathryn Atkinson, Pina Belperio, Mike Crane, Megan Grittani-Livingston, Steve Hainsworth, Steven Hill, Bonny Makarewicz, Jennifer Miller, Lisa Richardson, Judy Szabo, Kim VanLochem Contributing Photographers

Coast Mountain Photography, Mike Crane, Insight Photography International, Bonny Makarewicz, David McColm, Paul Morrison, Leanna Rathkelly

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Ringing Endorsements Keep Rolling In


hef Gordon Ramsay, of Hell’s Kitchen fame, couldn’t possibly be wrong, could he? And what about the International Olympic Committee (IOC), all those national skiing and snowboarding magazines, both print and online, and the tens of thousands of holiday-makers who, in surveys, have consistently ranked Whistler as the No. 1 winter resort in North America and in some cases the world, not to mention the millions of repeat resort guests. Could they be wrong, too? Nope. By any measure, Whistler is the best wintertime resort, and Whistler Blackcomb the best ski destination, on the continent and perhaps the world, and for anyone who doubts it, it’s about to be on display in front of a whole new audience: Tens of thousands of Olympic and Paralympic Games visitors and literally billions of armchair sports enthusiasts watching the Games drama unfold on TV and computer screens around the world. Ramsay chose Whistler restaurant extraordinaire Araxi, not Whistler as a whole, as the prize for the winning chef on his popular Hell’s Kitchen reality show. But his choice was clearly yet another marketing coup for the resort. The greatest of those, of course, occurred on July 2, 2003, when IOC President Jacques Rogge uttered the word “Vancouver” to the cheers of hundreds of thousands of British Columbians when announcing the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Sure, it wasn’t “Whistler,” but with the resort hosting eight of the 15 sports that make up the Olympics and three of the five Paralympic events, the IOC’s decision applied in almost equal measure to the resort. Talk about a ringing endorsement — pun intended. The 6 1/2 intervening years have seen massive development of new infrastructure in a period of construction rivalled only by the building, in the late 1970s and early ’80s, of Whistler Village. Post-Games, in addition to two incredible ski hills, a lively arts and culture scene, incredible nightlife and vibrant resort community, Whistler will be home to a world-class Nordic sports facility, the world’s fastest sliding track, the iconic Peak 2 Peak Gondola and Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, not to mention a new residential neighborhood (Cheakamus Crossing), all accessed by an upgraded Highway 99. Not all of those were directly related to the Games, but unquestionably, the Games affected the timing of their completion. The new facilities only cement Whistler’s place in the world of mountain resorts. As for the Games themselves, we’ve got just five words: Are you ready to party?

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he Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre isn’t a museum. While some of the interactive exhibits share the history and display artifacts of the two First Nations that called the area home long before it was called Whistler, the centre was designed to share the vibrant, living culture of the Lil’wat and Squamish people with the world. There’s a special feeling as you walk into the Great Hall, discovering traditional cedar and wool weavings and hand-carved canoes. A short film in the theatre introduces guests to the two distinct peoples who came together to create the centre. But it’s the Squamish and Lil’wat people themselves who make a visit to the beautiful building a must-do Whistler experience. The entire centre is staffed by members of the two nations, and the ambassadors offer personal tours, perform songs with drumming and dancing, and share personal stories and their language with guests. Learn about the nations’ connection to the land and respect for nature, and the traditional ceremonies that they continue to practice. Make a traditional craft and discover firsthand how the bounty of nature is transformed into tools and other objects. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre also features a traditional Longhouse and Istken, or pithouse, outside the main building. Delicious First Nations cuisine such as bannock, venison chili and more is available in the café. The centre, at Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way, is open daily. Visit for upcoming special events and performances planned for winter 2010. — Jennifer Miller

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f you’re visiting Whistler for the first time during the Olympic or Paralympic Games, please be advised that getting here, and getting around, isn’t normally as you see it now. We don’t normally have 135 transit buses, including the world’s largest fleet (20) of hydrogen-fuel-cell buses, running around Whistler and up and down the Sea to Sky corridor. We also aren’t used to having some 7,000 security personnel, including 4,500 Canadian Forces troops, in our midst. As Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) officials kept telling residents, when the Games arrive, expect “life as unusual.” VANOC, provincial, municipal and security officials have put a lot of painstaking work into planning the transportation system that will ensure that people can go about their business and still see the Games run smoothly. And if you’re reading this before the Games, rest assured: Residents and guests will be able to get around relatively easily. They just might have to plan their trips more carefully than they normally do. Locals are being encouraged to ride the bus or to plan vehicle trips for nonpeak periods. Parking in and around Whistler Village will be extremely limited during the day, and the day skier lots will be exclusively for VANOC’s use (mostly as a spectator transportation hub) in February 2010. However, we’re assured that bus service — both the fleet of buses bringing spectators here from the Lower Mainland and the 135 transit buses in the corridor — will be frequent and efficient. — David Burke Joern rohde,

hile the good folks at Tourism Whistler (TW) and the municipality have long made providing visitors with assistance and information a priority, their efforts are getting Olympic-sized for the winter of 2010. During the Games, resort guests won’t have to go far in the Village to find a kiosk with helpful staff and volunteers ready to answer just about any Whistlerrelated question one can imagine. For the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics, TW and the municipality’s Village Host program are joining forces to provide a robust program, said Dave Clark, TW’s senior manager of visitor services. Along the Village Stroll will be six locations providing information almost around the clock, including the permanent Visitor Info Centre near the main taxi loop and the longstanding Village Host kiosk near Village Square. Additional Games locations will be placed in high-traffic areas and easily identifiable by the international “I” symbol for information, Clark said. Additional info kiosks will be open at Whistler-area Games venues as well. Thanks to a central operations team, staff at all the info locations will have the most up-to-date details on everything from sport schedules and results to transportation and restaurants that have availability for the evening’s dining, Clark said. Plus, just in time for the Games, a group of Whistler locals launched a new visitor assistance program that allows all residents to offer help. Simply look for people wearing “Ask Me, I’m a Local” buttons, in five languages, as your invitation to request assistance.

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Events Calendar – Winter/Spring 2009/10

Nov 27 to 28 Bizarre Bazaar The resort’s original and largest artisan market is 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, candles and aromatherapy products as well as Christmas decorations. For more info go to

7-Eleven Fire and Ice Show Dec 21st - April 5th

Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners – especially when snowflakes fill the air? The whole family can enjoy watching skiers and snowboarders jump through the dazzling Ring of Fire every Sunday at 7:30pm at the base of Whistler Village Gondola.

December Dec 18 to Jan 3 Whistler Holiday Experience Visit the Whistler Conference Centre for a free family fun zone that offers indoor entertainment and fun for the whole clan! The experience features mini-golf, bouncy castles, plus kid’s movie screenings and video games. You may even see Santa himself. For more info go to

Joern Rohde,

Nov 28 Indulge Gala Evening and Auction A gala black-tie fundraiser for the Whistler Health Care Foundation that features dancing and music until midnight, silent and live auctions, cocktails and canape reception, plus a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by the Westin Resort’s Executive Chef Jeffrey Young. For more info go to

Manny Mendes Dos Santos,

Nov 26 Official Opening Day It’s the reason we’re all here. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains officially open to skiers and snowboarders’ ultimate delight. For more info go to

Whistler Film Festival Dec 3 to 6

Four spectacular days of film featuring more than 90 movies from around the world, in both indoor and outdoor screenings, plus workshops, ski races, sizzling parties, Hollywood celebrities, big bands and bigger prizes. For more information go to


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Dec 31 First Night Whistler Whistler’s alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party is a family friendly event featuring art workshops, live music, roving street entertainment and so much more. For more information go to

Feb 12 – March 21 Whistler Live! ArtWalk Inside A Whistler Village-wide exhibition of Sea to Sky corridor visual artists featured in unconventional host gallery spaces including cafes, retail outlets, hotels and restaurants, as well as in commercial galleries. Go to for more information. Feb 12-28 2010 Winter Olympic Games This is it! More than 40 years in the making and the resort’s crowning achievement. As Official Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Whistler will host media, athletes and visitors from around the world, here to experience Nordic and Alpine events, as well as the Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge competitions. You won’t find a more exciting place on the globe than Whistler in 2010. For more info go to

March 12 to 21 2010 Paralympic Winter Games The 2010 Games continue! Whistler is proud to host most of the events and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Paralympic competitions taking place in Whistler include alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon. For more info go to

April April 16-25 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival An action-packed and funfilled 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


January Jan 22 – March 21 2010 Cultural Olympiad As part of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, artists from all over Canada and the world will showcase a diverse program of music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and more in the lead up to, and throughout the Games. Look for free concerts from acts like Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, Valérie Sajdik and more. Go to for more info.

February Feb 12 – March 21 Whistler Live! An outdoor network of stages, screens and performance sites throughout Whistler Village that provides unique, free programming each day throughout the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Go to for more information.

Whistler Cup April 9 - 11

For athletes aged 11 to 14 years, the Whistler Cup has become the largest and most important ski race in North America. Now in its 17th year, it features more than 390 young athletes from 17 countries, offering them their first opportunity to meet and ski with the world’s best. For more information go to

March March 1-8 WinterPride WinterPride is Canada’s biggest and most inclusive gay & lesbian ski week. The event is a fun merging of traditional winter festival elements with a wide variety of dinners, spa and wellness events, film screenings, parties and special events. For more information go to

For up-to-date information on these and other events contact Tourism Whistler at 1-877-991-9988 or go to For Whistler Blackcomb events, go to For arts council events, go to For 2010 Games events, go to

f you want a sense of how different Whistler is from winter to summer, check out the Lost Lake cross country ski trails during the winter and then come back in the summer and hike on the same trails. It’s hard to believe it’s the same place. With the myriad of activities and attractions here when there’s snow on the ground, it’s also difficult to imagine that there’s actually more to do during the summer season. But it’s true. Many residents will even confess that summer is their favourite time of year in the resort. With five lakes within the municipal boundaries, water activities are a popular feature on hot, sunny days. You’ll find the shores of Lost, Alta and other local lakes busy with people enjoying picnics in between swim sessions. Other water-related fun includes wakeboarding on Green Lake, stand-up paddleboarding, canoe and kayak tours on the River of Golden Dreams, and even river rafting. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains still function as incredible outdoor playgrounds in the summer, with alpine sightseeing and hiking enhanced by the new Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Black bear viewing tours, ATV adventures and mountaintop barbecues are other highlights of summer mountain fun. Don’t forget about the thrills of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, where downhill cycling is taken to a whole new level. The list of summer options goes on: golf, horseback riding, fishing, float plane tours, festivals, live entertainment, or simply sitting on a Village patio soaking up the summer sun.

Brad Kasselman,

— Jennifer Miller

hey’re wavy and heavy, shiny and unique — and come February and March 2010, they’ll be the most soughtafter items on the planet among the world’s best athletes. The rippling medals to be awarded at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games were inspired by Canadian landscape features like ocean waves, soaring mountain peaks and drifting snow, Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic organizers (VANOC) said when the designs were unveiled in October 2009, to great acclaim. Weighing between 500 and 576 grams each, among the heaviest in Games history, the Olympic and Paralympic medals bear artistic elements from two larger works by Corrine Hunt, a Vancouver-based artist of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage. Each unique Olympic medal will include a different, hand-cropped section from Hunt’s work of art depicting an orca whale, and each Paralympic medal will have a section from her raven creation. The undulating look of the medals — a Games first — is attributable to Vancouver industrial designer and architect Omer Arbel, whose knowledge of materials and fabrication processes has been happily married with Hunt’s artistic creations for the project. It takes nine strikes, in three sets of triple strikes, to create the waves in the medals. “I’m sure there will be huge excitement with Whistler residents and visitors alike to witness the nightly presentations of these beautiful medals at Whistler Medals Plaza to the athletes who have triumphed in our midst,” Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed said in a statement. With 615 Olympic and 399 Paralympic medals to produce, and 30 steps in the process to create each one, the Royal Canadian Mint took on the task of creating the coveted prizes. Vancouver-based Teck Resources supplied the composite metals from the company’s mining and smelting operations in Canada, Alaska, Chile and Peru. — Megan Grittani-Livingston

One Trail, Many Views I

n recent years, much progress has been made toward the dream of linking the Sea to Sky communities from Squamish to Pemberton and beyond with a magnificent multi-use recreational trail. Now locals and visitors alike can enjoy stunning sections of the packed-gravel, fourseason trail that will become part of the breathtaking 190-kilometre journey. The trail will begin at the Squamish waterfront, and is expected to wind its way through Paradise Valley to Whistler past Brandywine Falls Provincial Park and the Cal-Cheak Forest Service Recreation Site, joining up with Whistler’s mostly paved, 35-kilometre Valley Trail.

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The Sea to Sky Trail will eventually continue on to Pemberton and communities beyond, but for now, the completed sections around Whistler should offer enough sights, sounds and special moments to entice everyone to come back for more. Gordon McKeever, Sea to Sky Trail project manager, said the highly accessible trail, which will be 1.5 to two metres wide, is “absolutely four season” and will make a superb cross-country ski and snowshoe route during the winter. “It’s very much a family-friendly trail. It’s a moderate grade (wherever possible)… and very much a non-technical trail,” McKeever said. The Sea to Sky Trail has also become a registered section of the Trans Canada Trail, the world-leading network that is projected to cover 21,000 kilometres at completion, spanning this country from sea to sea to sea. For more information on the Sea to Sky Trail, visit or watch the introductory video that is expected to play on the public screen in Whistler’s Village Square. — Megan Grittani-Livingston

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hen Whistler Blackcomb opened its record-breaking, smoothsailing Peak 2 Peak Gondola on Dec. 12, 2008, the 11-minute ride inspired rave reviews from the first people to soar over Fitzsimmons Creek in the comfortable new cabins. One year later, all skiers, snowboarders and sightseers alike can experience the ride described as “magical” and the spectacular 360-degree views of peaks and valleys as they zip between Blackcomb and Whistler and back. The iconic gondola holds a host of world records while facilitating easy dual-mountain skiing. Spanning 4.4 kilometres (2.73 miles), the Dopplemayr 3S gondola boasts the world’s longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind, with a 3.024-kilometre (1.88-mile) free span, and is the highest-hanging lift of its kind, at 436 metres (1427 feet) above the valley floor. It connects the top of Whistler’s Village Gondola to the top of Blackcomb’s Solar Coaster Express and Wizard Express to form the world’s longest continuous lift system, and is the only gondola of its kind in North America. But the Peak 2 Peak doesn’t just break records. It’s sure to increase the excitement and fun in your ski and snowboard experience. If you spend your morning enjoying all the pleasures Whistler has to offer, a simple and scenic 11-minute ride can take you to Blackcomb for a blissful afternoon. Or flip that around and start your day by blitzing Blackcomb.

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Whistler Green Guide


e’ve heard it all: recycle, turn down the thermostat, avoid plastic water bottles, eat less meat, carpool, bring reusable bags everywhere, and so on. As we shift our thinking outside the old paradigms, it’s still possible to be chic and Earth-friendly. Whistler businesses are taking the green shift one small step at a time when it comes to the production and sale of Earth-friendly products.

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GREEN NORDIC SPA The age-old Nordic tradition of thermotherapy has arrived in Western Canada. The new Le Scandinave Spa Whistler, nestled between Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks, combines traditional relaxation techniques with cutting-edge green technologies. The year-round treatment regime offers a true relaxation experience in harmony with nature, while improving blood circulation. From the positioning of its baths and solariums to maximize solar heat to its recycling programs, Le Scandinave Spa aims for green. The company has integrated efficient, vegetated “green” roofs, a heating recovery system, regional plant species, water-saving showers and staff uniforms made of sustainable fibers. The Scandinavian baths include a Norwegian steam bath with eucalyptus, relaxation rooms, a massage pavilion and bistro. The outdoor baths are open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — rain, shine or snow.

ECO-FRIENDLY SKI BOOTS When it comes to greener ski products, Atomic has gone one step beyond the rest. Atomic’s new Renu ski boots are designed to be recycled and the company is touting them as “the world’s first carbon-negative, planet-positive ski boot.” Renu ski boots are made of 80 per cent renewable raw materials and contribute 13 per cent fewer carbon emissions during the manufacturing process than other, similar boots. The outer shell is made using a bio-plastic called Pebax-Renew, made from castor oil (a renewable resource), while the interior lining is made of recycled textiles, foam and bamboo fiber, and the inner shoe of cork. The Renu boot has been awarded the Eco Responsibility Award from ISPO, the world’s leading sporting goods trade show, and “Planet Positive” status by dcarbon8 for its environmental friendliness. Two models are available this coming season — the Renu 90 and Renu 110, available at Can-Ski locations. 18

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Being green has never been so colourful with Benjamin Moore’s new Natura Zero-VOC Interior Paint. The new, eco-responsible paints are winning over eco-savvy and health-oriented customers. Natura Paint contains zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds), making it safe to use around children and during pregnancy. Waterborne, fast-drying and odourless, Natura comes in a primer, three sheens and can be tinted to match thousands of gorgeous colours. It carries Benjamin Moore’s Green Promise designation, ensuring that it exceeds the strictest industry standards. Natura Paint is available at Whistler’s only independent paint and decorating store, Mountain Paint and Decorating Centre.

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2010 Net Zero House Whistler’s top “green” builder, RDC Fine Homes Inc., is reaching for gold with its environmentally responsible, state-ofthe-art 2010 Net Zero House. The innovative, 2,200-square-foot, four-bedroom home is designed to produce more energy than it uses — a remarkable feat in a place like Whistler with an annual snowfall of more than 900 centimetres (29.5 feet). The green home incorporates VOC-free building supplies, solar panels, concrete floors, triple-glazed, gas-filled windows, a heat-recovery ventilator and a grey-water recycling system. More than 80 per cent of materials will be locally sourced, and reclaimed and recycled materials will be used when possible. International media, visitors and athletes will have the opportunity to tour the green demonstration home during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

paMpereD eCo-lUXUries The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is dedicated to environmental responsibility and preserving Whistler’s environment without negatively impacting hotel guests. The Four Seasons now offers its guests an optional Eco-Luxury Service. For each participating guest room, the Four Seasons will donate $5 per stay to the Whistler Naturalist Society. The service includes glass, plastic and paper recycling, the use of canvas bags to deliver newspapers to guest rooms, recycling of guest-room keys and linen/terry cloths made into aprons and rags. The hotel also encourages the use of seasonal, local food where possible and recycling of used cooking oils and food waste. Guests can also place a pinecone on their pillow to ask housekeeping not to launder their linens until after the third night of their stay.

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his winter, Whistler will entertain and accommodate a veritable multitude of spectators, media and athletes from every corner of the world. And there’s little question why Whistler earned the honour of Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. With two impressive mountains standing side-byside, winter activities galore and an authentic alpine village chock full of restaurants, shops and superb accommodations, Whistler was indeed built to stage international events of epic proportions. Now, if the resort can accommodate world-class experiences in inimitable style, just imagine how Whistler can serve as the venue for your family’s vacation. ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


You’ll find nothing short of an enchanting winter wonderland in Whistler Village, offering a seemingly endless variety of adventure activities for everyone in the clan. Of course, you could certainly spend all your time just exploring the almost limitless terrain on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Ski or ride together as a family, or maybe take lessons or a guide from Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski School so you can get a local’s tour of the mountains and those secret stashes of powder.


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But winters in Whistler are about so much more than just the best slopes and most skiable terrain in North America. Here, you’ll find all the activities (and more) that make this a season for the young and the young at heart. Cross-country skiing families will be amazed and delighted by the sheer number and variety of trails in the area. Right next to the Village, Lost Lake offers beautiful groomed trails through the forest of Lost Lake Park, plus nighttime skiing. In addition to hosting biathlon, ski jumping and Nordic skiing events at

the 2010 Games, Whistler Olympic Park offers incomparable cross-country trails in the gorgeous Callaghan Valley. Take the family to the Coca-Cola Tube Park on Blackcomb Mountain for eight lanes of exhilarating fun. This is sliding, Whistler-style! Jump into a huge inner tube and zoom to the bottom, then take the conveyer belt back up. No skill or experience needed here — just a willingness to laugh out loud. There’s even tubing at night! From snowmobiling to snowshoeing, and sleigh rides to dogsledding, the resort offers every winter adventure activity imaginable — plus a few you might not have thought of before. 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 and the Monkido Aerial Adventure. Adventure and lifetime memories wait around every corner. And there’s just as much to do indoors in the resort. From art galleries to the Whistler Museum and Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to health spas to swimming and hot-tubbing at Meadow Park Sports Centre to a multiplex cinema, Whistler offers plenty to do after you’re done playing in the snow. 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 off the kids here for some supervised play time while you head off for some quality time with your partner. After a full day exploring the resort, satisfy your family’s hunger at one of Whistler’s restaurants, cafés and bistros. You’ll find everything from North American fare to international cuisine from the finest chefs. From fast food to gourmet dining, Whistler can satisfy any craving. Add to the mix the hundreds of accommodation choices from luxury hotels to chalets, condos and private homes and it’s easy to see why Whistler was chosen to host the world in 2010. So it also shouldn’t be surprising that families return to Whistler year after year, making it the official host of great family fun and the best vacations yet. W



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f it’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes an entire community to raise a ski racer. Hometown hero Britt Janyk has been skiing on Whistler Mountain since she learned to walk. Now an expert at both walking and skiing, Janyk is gunning for gold on the mountain of her youth. Janyk is Whistler’s sweetheart and she’s been flirting with World Cup domination for years. With several World Cup podium finishes to her credit, she’s been called Whistler’s “Homecoming Queen.” But this princess packs a pretty mean punch on the ski hill. Janyk started her ski racing career in the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom but after nearly being kicked off the World Cup team, she switched to speed events and has enjoyed her greatest successes there, including a third overall rank in the World Cup downhill standings in 2007-’08 season. “If you had told me that my first podium would have been a downhill, I wouldn’t have guessed it,” Janyk said. “When I think back, I attribute my downhill success to chasing the boys down the dave Murray downhill when I was 12 or 13 years old.” For Janyk, competing in Whistler at the 2010 Winter Games only makes sense. “I owe a lot to my family,” she said, “for their positive attitude, for their energy, for everything. Ski racing isn’t a cheap sport. My parents made huge sacrifices to get me where I am now.” ➤

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he moment Paralympian Matt Hallat heard the news of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2003, he knew his life was going to change forever. He also realized it was time to move to Whistler. Five years later, Hallat is a 2010 contender and has put university on the backburner to pursue the podium, having cut his teeth at the Torino Games. Hallat, 24, lost his right leg to cancer at the age of six. Most stories about Paralympians such as Hallat would mention his leg in the first paragraph. But no one seems to know what significant events occurred in the lives of able-bodied athletes, such as skiers Bode Miller or Mike Janyk, when they were six years old. It seems that the pursuit of excellence is story enough only when you’re able-bodied. “Being athletes is the biggest thing disabled athletes want to be noticed for more than anything else. We do have an inspirational aspect to our stories but we are just people who’ve dedicated our lives to sporting achievement,” Hallat said. Hallat joined the World Cup team at 18 and is already a veteran on the circuit. A Paralympic gold medal has been his goal since he was 11. “When I was 12 years old, I wanted to go to the Olympics. ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


When I found out about the Paralympics, I knew I could make it happen. I still remember writing papers about my goals in elementary school,” Hallat said. Hallat competes in all four alpine disciplines and is currently ranked 15th in the World Cup super G standings. “There is pressure that comes with competing in your hometown. But that pressure can help accelerate you,” Hallat said. “It will be a huge support to have people standing on the sidelines in 2010 cheering me on. I am focused on that day.”

following the family business Name: Julia Murray Sport: Ski cross Birthdate: December 23, 1988


ulia Murray has deep roots in Whistler and it’s fitting that she has found her niche in a sport that incorporates both freestyle and alpine skiing. After all, both are in her blood. The 19-year-old is the daughter of the late Dave Murray, one of the original Crazy Canucks who dominated downhill skiing in the 1970s and early ’80s, and Stephanie Sloan, a three-time “My dad played a world champion freestyle skier. Born and raised in Whistler, Murray was on skis before she could walk and huge role in the started alpine racing at eight. “It’s a family thing,” Murray said. ski world and if “You can’t grow up in Whistler and not love skiing.” it weren’t for the Murray lost her dad to skin cancer when she was just 22 months old but she has inherited both of her Crazy Canucks, parents’ drive and athletic talent. “My dad played a huge role in the alpine racing ski world and if it weren’t for the Crazy Canucks, alpine racing would not be would not be the same,” Murray said. “In a way it’s the same with skier cross. We are a the same” next generation of Crazy Canucks blazing a new path. So in a very real sense, I am following my dad’s footsteps. My mom is also my biggest supporter and keeps me on track.” In ski cross, six athletes compete head to head against bumps, turns, the clock and each other. The course is designed to test the skiers’ skills incorporating rolls, banks, turns and ridges similar to those found on a normal ski slope. Physical endurance and strength play a key role as ski cross athletes complete four to five runs lasting 60 seconds or longer. With her blond hair and striking blue eyes, the five-footseven Murray comes across as laid back and unassuming off the racecourse. But it’s a different story on the track. Her coaches call her a pit bull because once in the lead, Murray doesn’t let go. It’s a strategy she hopes will help land her on the podium in 2010. W


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iathletes and International Biathlon Union (IBU) officials who took part in a World Cup event at Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) last March raved about the setting of the ski trails and shooting range that will play host to biathlon medal events for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. One entry posted on the IBU’s website during training for the event, which drew top biathletes from around the world, said WOP’s natural surroundings — in the Callaghan Valley, away from cities and towns — make it unlike other venues at which the athletes cross-country ski and shoot for gold. ➤

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“Athletes have been literally blown away by the surroundings and feel of this World Cup,” the article stated. “Michel Slesingr of the Czech Republic commented after the 20K on Wednesday, ‘I think this is a spectacular place. I really like the nature here.’” In just two short seasons of operation heading into the Olympic year of 2009-’10, WOP, located some 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) southwest of Whistler Village, has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of its popularity with both recreational users and elite athletes. In fact, the same could also be said of Whistler’s other two Games venues — the Whistler Sliding Centre on Blackcomb Mountain and the recently upgraded alpine ski runs above Creekside. They’re just three of the physical legacies of the 2010 Games that will remain in Whistler after the Games — the other, most obvious ones being the Whistler Athletes’ Village and high-performance training centre near Function Junction and the Whistler Medals Plaza in Whistler Village. The training centre will remain as a centerpiece of a new residential neighbourhood called Cheakamus Crossing, while the Medals Plaza will serve as a new, community gathering place and outdoor performance venue, just off the Village Stroll. The new facilities ensure that Whistler, which has long been considered a wintertime paradise by alpine skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, has become a true winter-sports Mecca: In addition to worldclass alpine skiing, it’s now also the place to enjoy world-class Nordic skiing, to climb aboard a bobsleigh or luge for a highspeed recreational thrill ride, or to witness top-level international competitions in sliding and Nordic sports. The training centre, incidentally,

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is meant to be used both by both recreational and elite athletes. The Whistler Gymnastics Club, for example, intends to establish its new home there, training alongside top-level competitors expected to make their homes in Whistler for at least part of the year to take advantage of the new training facilities. This past summer, the GLOBE Foundation and World Green Building Council honoured the architects of three new Whistler Olympic/ Paralympic facilities — WOP, the sliding centre and the high-performance training centre — for their innovative design work, calling the Games venues as a whole “the largest set of simultaneously constructed, single project, low-environmental-impact facilities in history.” The designers of the training centre, for example, were lauded for their use of natural lighting, of heat from the nearby wastewater treatment plant to heat and cool the building, and of ground-source or “passive geothermal” energy for much of the remainder. WOP also was lauded for its innovative, “green” design features, including a state-ofthe-art, independent sewage treatment facility, use of natural light in the main buildings and low-flow faucets and sanitary facilities. Ever since Vancouver and Whistler were awarded the Games in 2003, Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic organizers (VANOC) have said their focus in designing facilities was on the athletes. The opinions of the world’s top biathletes are only a small piece of the evidence pointing to the conclusion that they have succeeded. While competing for the first time at the Whistler Sliding Centre track last winter, top

Opening spread: The Whistler Sliding Centre. Left, top: A ski jumper at Whistler Olympic Park. Left, below: Biathlon at the Whistler Olympic Park. Top: Cross-country ski racing at the Whistler Olympic Park. Above: The men’s and women’s downhill runs at Creekside.

bobsledders, luge and skeleton racers found out that the newest of the world’s 15 such tracks is also the fastest: During World Cup competition, luge athletes topped out at speeds exceeding 150 km/h (93 mph). Italy’s Walter Plaikner, technical delegate for the International Luge Federation’s Track Commission, summed up his thoughts after completing the track’s homologation (certification) process this way: “There are lots of technical tracks around the world, but this one is so unique because of the speed. That is what makes it so challenging… This is because of the great work by the construction crew, the ice crew who had the ice in great condition and the entire team of people here in Canada (who) have done such a great job.” W

1960 — Buoyed by the success of the 1960 Winter Olympics in the small town of Squaw Valley, Calif., Norwegian immigrant Franz Wilhelmsen forms Garibaldi Lifts Ltd. with the objective of starting a ski resort in the Coast Mountains, then mounting a bid for the 1968 Olympics. London Mountain, near the summer fishing destination then known as Alta Lake, is chosen. In 1965, its name is changed to Whistler, after the “whistling” hoary marmots that inhabit the mountain’s upper reaches. The first Olympic bid, however, is unsuccessful as the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chooses Banff as its favoured destination, which loses out to Grenoble, France, where Nancy Greene wins skiing gold for Canada. 1966 — The Wilhelmsen-led Garibaldi Lift Co. opens Whistler Mountain to skiers, with a single base area at what’s now Creekside. 1970 — Wilhelmsen and the Garibaldi Olympic Development Association put in a second bid for the Olympics, this one for the 1976 Games, but the bid fails as Denver, Colorado is awarded the Games (which end up being staged in Innsbruck, Austria), as does a subsequent bid to host the 1980 Olympics, which take place in Lake Placid, New York. Late 1970s —Vancouver-based Intrawest wins the rights to build a rival ski hill on Blackcomb Mountain. Plans are also put in motion to build a Europeanstyle, pedestrian-oriented village and second Whistler Mountain base area at what was then the town dump. Blackcomb opens for business in 1980. 1988 — For the first time, Canada hosts a Winter Olympics, with Calgary, Alberta welcoming the world. 1998 — Whistler and Blackcomb merge into one entity with Intrawest’s purchase of Whistler Mountain. 1998 — The COC chooses Vancouver-Whistler to present Canada’s bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics over competing bids from Quebec City and Calgary. July 2, 2003 — After a number of other bids are eliminated from contention, the International Olympic Committee chooses Vancouver-Whistler over Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Salzburg, Austria, as the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Fall 2007 — Crews working for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) complete Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Sliding Centre and upgrades to the Creekside alpine venues, giving organizers two-plus seasons in which to test the facilities’ Games readiness. Feb. 12 to 28, 2010 — The 2010 Winter Olympic Games take place at facilities in Vancouver, Whistler, Richmond and North Vancouver. March 12 to 21, 2010 — The 2010 Winter Paralympic Games take place in Vancouver and Whistler. — David Burke

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          






                                                      21 sun 22 mon  23 tues 24 wed  25 thurs  26 Fri 27 sat 28 sun             DAY 10 DAY 11 DAY 12 DAY 13 DAY 14 DAY 15 DAY 16 DAY 17                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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                                                                                                                                                

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                                                                                                                          


                                                 40  Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]                  

JOIN IN A TOAST TO OUR ATHLETES WE PROUDLY DONATE partial proceeds to our Canadian Olympic Team and the 2010 Winter Games, with every bottle sold.

Available at BC Liquor Stores, Whistler-Blackcomb establishments, and Duty Free. Jackson-Triggs Esprit™ and Inniskillin are wines of Vincor Canada, Official Wine Supplier of the 2010 Winter Games / sont vins de Vincor Canada, fournisseur officiel de vin des Jeux d’hiver de 2010. Whistler

[Winter/Spring 2010]




  

mARCH 2010

 12 Fri DAY 1 

 13 sat DAY 2 

 14 sun DAY 3 


 

 

 

 







 15 mon DAY 4 

 

 


 16 tues DAY 5 




 

 


 

  

 


 

    

          

      

     


  


 

      

           



 

    


 

 




 

  


        

    

         

  



 

 


     


 

 

         


   



courteSy vanoc



    


  

           

    17 wed 18 thurs    DAY 6 DAY 7        

  19 Fri   DAY 8     


  20 sat DAY 9  

                       

         

   

 

 


 

         

   

    

     

  


      

       

                                                              

        

                     



        21 sun      

DAY 10  


              



        

                  

                

    

   

      

 


             

                                                                                                                        


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Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]

[ DaV e M U r r ay D oW n h i l l ]

two minutes to Olympic Gold Former Olympian ROb bOyd takes us on a wild ride down the 2010 men’s downhill course paul morrISon



OB BOYd spent 12 years on the World Cup downhill skiing circuit and raced for Canada in the Olympics in Calgary in 1988 and Lillehammer in 1994. His greatest victory — at least in the hearts and minds of Whistlerites — was his gold-medal-winning performance in the 1989 World Cup on the dave Murray downhill on Whistler Mountain, which also happens to be the venue for the 2010 Olympic men’s downhill. Boyd, now a coach with the Canadian team, knows the run as well as anyone alive and hopes to see some of his young charges in the hunt for gold this winter. In 2003, just after Vancouver and Whistler were chosen to host the 2010 Games, Boyd agreed to take Whistler The Magazine on an imaginary ride down the dave Murray downhill in pursuit of 2010 Olympic gold. We’re reprinting it now as a way to get the adrenaline pumping in anticipation. So step into the bindings of your fastest skis, buckle that helmet strap and come along for the ride... rob: Check the IPS, or Ideal Performance State. It’s a mental state before you go; if your emotions are all

in the right kind of places. You want to check your own psychological state. If you’re a bit too anxious, maybe you tense up a bit too much. But you don’t want to be too relaxed. You want to find that ideal state, that ideal performance state, and there’s a lot of different factors that go into that. This is definitely going through an athlete’s mind five, 10 minutes before the start. Getting down to under five minutes, you’d probably strip the clothes off, feel the cold air, maybe a bit of a breeze blowing on the downhill suit, which underneath is a little bit more than on the skin. Some athletes go skin-to-wind, nothing but their downhill suit; others might wear a thin suit, or something different. Sometimes it’s a superstition — your favourite socks, your favourite underwear, whatever. Anyway, you get into the start, focus a little bit more down the hill. You hear the crowd, which can be pretty loud, especially when a Canadian steps into the start gate. There’s an extra roar. Final words of confidence or encouragement from the start coach, the final rubdown of the skis to make sure no ice has built up on the edges; make sure everything’s just right and perfect for racing. DaVe: You’ve got them on and you reach down?

rob: Kick it up. Kick it up like this (demonstrates) and the ski rep will come along. You feel the edges and maybe give it a little bit of a wipe-down, then maybe a little hamstring stretch or something. And then everything’s A-OK. down to the minute, which means it’s your turn to step into the start. The crowd sees that yellow suit and there’s an extra loud roar. “Aaahhhhhhh... and from Canada...!” So then getting down to 30 seconds, OK, a couple big breaths, maybe just check the IPS one more time, a couple big breaths to bring the shoulders down one more time, poles over the start wand, you see the clock ticking down under 10 seconds. Get a good grip. All powerful. Ready to go. “Five, four, three, two, one...” the beeps go, “Zero” — a high beep. “Beeep!” Blast out of the start! A couple of strong, strong pushes, skates, get into the tuck with as low of an aerodynamic as possible. Right away, try and relax, feel the skis gliding flat on the snow, no resistance, on the bases. No edges on the snow, eh? Just the p-tex (ski base) on the snow. Very dynamic. Over the first two rollers, double Trouble, absorb the rollers. Get back on the snow. Being on the snow is faster than being in the air. Try and carry the speed off the top ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


pitch part onto the flats. From there there’s a few back-and-forth super G turns as we get close to the Toilet Bowl. Again, try and be aerodynamic. Trying to be light on the skis. Quite often the flats are not super hard snow, so if you’re too hard you’ll dig in and slow yourself down. You want to be light and floating on top. Almost equal pressure on both skis. Really gentle on the snow. Try and carry that speed. Good line. Coming to the Toilet Bowl, it’s quite often a jump, so standing up, making a good move. It slopes like this... as you’re coming in here, you want to stand tall and then actually suck your feet up a little bit and tuck in your upper body so that most of the momentum is going downhill. You’ll be back down on the snow quicker. If you were to By this time go off in your tuck, flying you’re going a long ways, you might about 130 kiloland down a metres (80 miles) ways. So you want to “make a move,” as an hour and you we call it, have a fairly hard and there’s a couple of different moves right-hand turn depending on what kind of around Coach’s jump it is. In the Toilet Bowl Corner. it’s usually just a roller drop-off; you just rise up a little bit and then suck it up with the legs. Dave: So you may not get much air at all? Rob: You may not. The idea is to not get much air. A soft landing is important — taking that inertia and that momentum down the hill, rather than have it sucked up into the snow with a hard, pounding landing. Down toward a bowl, into Carousel turn, a hard left-hander, that would be bringing you into the set-up for the Weasel. Again, trying to be light and not sinking into the snow too much. Carry the speed. Heading toward the Weasel, you want to be standing up, making a good, solid turn. The hill rolls away so the skier must get up and forward and centred over the skis in comparison to what the terrain 46

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is underneath him. Back across and you can see the line down the Weasel — a very steep pitch with a roller in the middle. Some guys tuck, some guys stand up for a better line, better turn. At the bottom of the Weasel is a strong right-hand sweeper but it’s also a compression because you’re coming onto the flats across the Expressway. Again, carry the speed, try and be light on them, try to get those skis flat again. Then it swings back toward the left as we come down toward the Fallaway. Depending on how it’s set, sometimes there’s a little roller there and you have to suck up again. Get back on the ground. There’s kind of a compression back to the right and you have to set up for the actual Fallaway. Dave: So you can feel a bit of G-force there? Rob: Yeah. G-forces build up in that turn, back to the right, across to the top of Fallaway, where you want to get as much of your turn done before going over the top edge of the Fallaway pitch. So as soon as you land off of Fallaway, just go with it — aerodynamic again, trying to keep the head down, the shoulders low, across the flats and then you really start to pick up the speed down the Sewer, where there’s just a slow sweeper to the right side of the run, and then back to the left. By this time you’re going about 130 kilometres (80 miles) an hour and you have a fairly hard right-hand turn around Coach’s Corner. This one is fairly difficult to tuck. I don’t think anyone can tuck all the way through it. But it’s a helpful thing to stay in your tuck as much as possible. Get that pressure built up on the outside ski and hope you can carry more speed out of there than the other guys. At the exit to that there’s a couple of turns back and forth, not too difficult, but the second one back to the right towards Roy’s Turns, there’s a bit of compression at the bottom of that pit as you pull over towards Roy’s Turns. These turns are tricky because the terrain changes from almost a banked turn to a fallaway turn at the end. Quick switch back to the right, which brings you over to Hot Air. Hot Air is a pretty basic, simple jump, but it’s fast and it’s a long jump, so on your takeoff it’s imperative that you have your balance right and your trajectory right.

From there it’s almost a straight shot to the finish. Any kind of speed that you carried off of Hot Air you want to try and maintain or generate more speed across the Timing Flats, down over the final rollers towards the finish. Dave: Then it’s aerodynamics from there? Rob: Aerodynamics, but also stamina in the legs. You want to pace yourself a little bit because anyone who has tired legs at the bottom, you don’t tuck as well. You can’t get that flat-ski floating feeling, which is so important on the flats. That’s what I think helped me win in ‘89 is the stamina for the bottom flats. I was in third place, I think, coming into the bottom flats, and I won it down there. So then, coming into the finish, again I think there’s going to be a bigger crowd, a bigger roar, than anyone at a World Cup has heard before. Dave: Then you look at the clock? Rob: Oh, yeah. As you come across the finish line, naturally there’s an urge to look at the clock, but you’re not really finished until you come to a stop at the finish. After over two minutes working down the downhill course, the legs are a little bit jellyish in the finish, so it’s important to make sure you come to a full stop before you really look at your time. I often found that as I’m stopping, looking ahead, I would look and listen for the reaction for the crowd to give me an idea how I did before I start actually looking for my time. Dave: You must have a pretty good idea, though. Rob: Yeah, but sometimes it’s hard to read a crowd, because, looking back to ’89, I was No. 9 when I came down and I was in the winning position. And two other big threats to me, Daniel Marr and Peter Giller, were coming down behind. And Pirmin Zurbriggen. Whenever they came through the finish there was a huge roar, and they all thought they’d done well, from the roar, but it was because they didn’t beat me, the Canadian favourite. So they got a little big screwed up by that. And that could happen here, too. If a Canadian is doing really well, every racer that comes down and finishes behind that Canadian will probably get a big cheer because they didn’t beat him. W


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ach of these markings represents a sacred transformation site,” our guide says. Beside a map of southern B.C., he explains how powerful forces transformed his elders and made them one with the land. Visitors to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler learn our Whistler mountaintops have long borne witness to the power of change. This winter, the local scene will be altered yet again. In February 2010, Whistler’s circus-like Village hoists the big top for the five rings of the Olympic Games. Some Olympic-inspired transformations will be permanent, like the multi-venued Whistler Olympic Park and record-setting Whistler Sliding Centre. But many changes will last only as long as the Games. It’s these temporary transformations that may be the greatest Games enhancement for those in Whistler this winter. ➤

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Spend only a moment in a Whistler lift line and the audible assortment of languages and accents could fill a passport. during the Games, Whistler’s many businesses and facilities will become something of a mini-United Nations. The Austrian Olympic Association has built the Austria Passive House, a nearly energy-neutral building meant to showcase state-of-the-art construction techniques while playing host to dignitaries. The Passive House will remain postGames at its site near the entrance to the trails in Lost Lake Park. Nicklaus North, on the shores of Green Lake, will host the spirited German House. In the Village, the Savage Beagle nightclub is to be the site for the island-themed Jamaica Bobsleigh House. The Swiss have bought space for their House of Switzerland at the Mountain Club restaurant in bustling Town Plaza — complete with a Swiss Army Victorinox Store just a short walk away. The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is the location of PRIdE House, an international meeting place for gay, lesbian, bisexual two-spirited and transgender people and friends (see story page 67). And in a hemlock grove near the


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base of Blackcomb, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre displays the past and present of the two First Nations who share Whistler as part of their traditional territory (see story page 12). during the Olympics, international Games sponsor Panasonic will have a company and VIP reception centre on the upper-level mezzanine and in the traditional Squamish Nation longhouse portions of the centre. International and community houses like these will be open to officials and athletes — and to the public at certain times during the Games. That’s when Olympic enthusiasts will have the chance to trade collector pins and share in food, fun and culture. Some say that the quality of Whistler’s skiing is rivalled only by the quality of Whistler’s nightlife. At Games time, the daily on-slope energy will flood into the Olympic Village each evening. Whistler’s newly built Medals Plaza will feature nightly medal ceremonies, concerts and après parties cool enough to match the Winter Games. “Live Sites” including live entertainment and live, big-screen video broadcasts will showcase Games events throughout the Village, integrated with events and celebrations in Vancouver and Richmond. Some evenings will be topped off with a Whistler Blackcomb signature event, the popular Fire and Ice Show, where pro skiers and snowboarders throw big air tricks through a ring of fire.

Rumour has it that the single ring may be replaced by five flaming Olympic rings, as would befit the occasion. Aside from scheduling and structural changes in town, Whistler’s community itself will be transformed during the Games. When the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) sent out the call for 6.000 local volunteers; thousands answered. Many of them live in town, but many also come from the neighbouring communities of Pemberton and Squamish. Nearly 1,000 extra Sea to Sky beds were found through VANOC’s Homestay Program to house out-of-town help. The Whistler Weasel Workers, as hearty as inukshuks, are alpine ski racing supporters. They’ve prepared and repaired many of the world’s most famous downhill tracks for Olympic and World Cup competitions. This winter, the Weasels will be side-slipping and boot-packing on their very own dave Murray downhill and Franz’s runs, sites of the Olympic men’s and women’s alpine races, respectively. Their temporary Olympic headquarters, on the Creekside tennis courts, should be a place where fans can hear a great ski racing tale or hug a volunteer in appreciation of his or her efforts. Like the Weasels, each of the recruits in VANOC’s volunteer army has spent multiple chilly seasons, training to become a winter sport official. Additionally, Whistler’s greatest single source of people power — Whistler Blackcomb — will add 750 workers to the Olympic roster. At Games time, the staff members’ wages will be subsidized by VANOC and its partners. Whistler’s Olympic embrace shouldn’t surprise you. In the 1960s, as the first chair lifts were being hung and the original A-frame chalets were being built, Whistler’s fledgling (but then unsuccessful) determination was to host the 1968 Winter Games. Before that, Alex and Myrtle Philip’s early-20th-century Rainbow Lodge accommodated optimistic anglers on the shores of Alta Lake. Even before the days when the railroad was the only road, Whistler’s original residents, the southern Squamish and the northern Lil’wat peoples, met peacefully in the region. It’s as though the majesty of the local peaks has always been shared. And, when the Games begin this winter, those who meet and compete on Whistler’s slopes will continue to be transformed into legends. W

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t takes a village to groom an athlete for gold. The road to optimum performance is long, winding and lonely without a support network of coaching, nutrition, psychology, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and massage, equipment technology, course design and sports marketing professionals, to help athletes find their way. With 120 Sport Canada-carded athletes living in the Sea to Sky corridor, Whistler has no shortage of performance experts who regularly apply their skills to help athletes reach personal peaks. It’s a knowledge base that recreational and occasional athletes can tap into, too. Sitting next to you on the chairlift could be a physiotherapist who has travelled with the Australian Olympic team, the BY LISA designer of the Olympic halfpipe or RICHARDSON ski cross course, a Weasel Worker who has logged countless volunteer hours preparing downhill race courses, or a coach whose 10-year-old students include |several future champions. Around here, tapping into the motherlode is easy.

take a lesson. Among the instructors at Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski and Snowboard School are some world-class athletes and coaches. Before slipping on a ski school uniform, instructor Paul Venner was the development coach for the men’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team for eight years, and the head coach for the Canadian women’s team. He coached Kerrin Lee Gartner to her 1992 gold medal in Albertville, and has worked with World Cup medalists Rob Boyd, Brian Stemmle and Cary Mullen. Says Russ Wood, general manager of private lessons for Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski and Snowboard School: “The great thing about Paul is that he is just as motivating with a beginner as he is with an expert skier,” which may be why he is in such demand as for private lessons. Of the 1,100 instructors on staff at Whistler Blackcomb, offering ski, snowboard, children and group lessons, dozens have worked as coaches in speed and technical events at the highest level. The dave Murray Ski Camps attract a lot of them. The camps, the longest-running ski instruction clinics in North America, were founded by former World Cup downhiller and Crazy Canuck dave Murray. The corps of coaches at the ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


camps has included Canadian Alpine Ski Team members Felix Belczyk and Jeff Hume, B.C. team alumni Willy Raine and Kim McKnight, former head of the Canadian Ski Coaching Federation Gord Brown, and past director of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club Nigel Cooper. Even Brian Bennett, Canadian ski cross hopeful, joins the crew, as his training and competitive schedule permits. Says program director Tom Prochaska, “We’ve touched a lot of people through the years. This program is like a drug. Once people do it once, they come back. The repeat rate is 65 to 70 per cent.” The magic formula stems direct from Dave Murray himself. “He was an ‘Inspirator’,” says Prochaska. “His philosophy was to pass the passion for skiing to everyone. He made things happen, and people were very inspired by him.” Take a test. As inspiring as it is to watch elite athletes compete on television, working out beside them in the gym can be even more motivating. At the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific in Whistler, up-and-coming athletes with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, the Snowboard Club and the Blackcomb Freestyle Club can train alongside Olympic medal contenders from the national alpine, snowboard, ski cross, luge, skeleton and para-alpine teams. Recreational athletes can also tap into the support services provided by the centre with its new Train for Success program. The centre’s sports physiologists offer “sports readiness assessments” with functional movement screening, flexibility testing and lactate testing, to enable regular folk who want to improve their own fitness and performance to work out their baseline. Says Diana Rochon, CSC Athlete and Coach Services Coordinator, “We can identify what you need to work on to move better, and therefore to reduce the risk of injury. Then it’s relatively easy to start building endurance, cardio, strength and power.” Armed with the test results, people can then check in with a personal trainer, in the resort or back home, to

develop a program designed to target personal fitness goals, be it gate-busting without lung-busting, running the London Marathon, or ticking off every double black diamond Whistler Blackcomb has to offer. Do your bodywork. The benefit of functional movement screening, says Rochon, is two-fold — the chance to enhance performance and to reduce injury. Even the elite-level athletes are checking in with the basics. When a sports physiologist sees restricted movement, he or she can call in the cavalry — the physiotherapists who can do a more detailed biomechanical assessment and prescribe corrective stretches and exercises. When you have limited time on the hill, old injuries, fatigue-induced tweaks or war wounds from life as a desk jockey can take their toll on the day’s fun factor. Whistler’s army of physiotherapists, chiropractors and massage therapists is used to working with clients who want to get back in the game as soon as possible. When they’re not making those services available during clinic hours, as often as not, they’re on the road with elite athletes. Peak Performance physiotherapist Bianca Matheson has played a role in five Olympic medal-winning performances and numerous World Cup successes. She’s been the staff physiotherapist to the Australian Winter Olympic team since 2000, and is working with many of Canada’s Paralympic athletes. Susie Mortenson and Marilyn Hellier, past owners of the Whistler Physiotherapy Group, also work to give Canadian athletes a leading edge. Mortenson has worked as physiotherapist to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, and this winter is the Alpine Venue Therapy Manager for the 2010 Olympics. Hellier is Director of Physiotherapy for the Canadian Snowboard Federation and lead therapist for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association and the B.C. Freestyle Ski Association. They say their goal is to treat all their clients as if they are elite athletes returning to their sport. W

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However, after the Paralympic closing ceremonies on March 21, 2010, it will house permanent Whistler residents in “resident-restricted” units. Twenty of the units were also to be sold on the open market. The homes will undergo a subtle transformation before their permanent residents move in. At Games time, they will only contain bedrooms and a sitting area — athletes and officials will enjoy meals and snacks at a centrally located dining hall — but postGames, the 1,750- to 2,000-square-foot homes will be converted into something closely resembling the sleek show home pictured on these pages. Debbie Evans of Whistler Interior Design was brought in to create the show-home finish of this “market” townhome and she also provided the interior design work on the earlier Whitewater employee and Riverbend market townhome projects. To be true to the Cheakamus Crossing project’s green objectives, Evans incorporated Whistler Green, an eco-friendly building standard developed in Whistler. She kept the style clean and modern with wood and finishes to give a bit of a West Coast feel to complement architect Andreas Kaminski’s West Coast contemporary design. ➤ 58

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“When I work on multi-family projects, the first thing is to complement the architecture that I am working with, then select finishes that are durable and practical for family use and would appeal to most people, making sure it is stylish but not too trendy. Comfort is also very important,” Evans explains. Porcelain floor tile, durable for a winter climate, and Douglas fir shaker closet doors greet visitors in the entry of the home. A few short steps bring you into the

open-concept kitchen, living and dining room area, offering large windows to take in afternoon light and views to the surrounding mountains. “The main living area is an open-concept design and is perfect for family and entertaining. The islands allow for a lot of versatility and the vaulted ceilings in the living area add volume to the space,” she says. A bonus room that can be used as a den or office is also located off the kitchen. A full bathroom is also on the lower floor,


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amount of criteria that VANOC asked for.” The criteria called for larger bedrooms to accommodate two athletes each and a bathroom for every four athletes, giving each three-bedroom unit three full bathrooms. The architects and designers were then asked to design a unit that was suitable for the first client (VANOC) but could be retrofitted to meet the needs of the longer-term occupants. Redmond admits the process was more complicated than most others, but in the end he feels the project is a success. “Out of 221 employee units we only have seven left,” he said late last summer. One benefit to residents will be in-floor heating made possible by the project’s biggest green initiative — the innovative District Energy System, which captures heat from the nearby Whistler wastewater treatment plant and uses it to meet the homes’ heating and hot water needs. “It’s a heat source that you normally wouldn’t have,” Redmond says of the system in which heat exchangers transfer the energy to clean water, which is then pumped through the system of pipes into ➤




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low-maintenance fibre cement products that have the warm look of wood. Kaminski, the Whistler-based architect who works for AKA Architecture and Design, designed multi-family housing units for three of the nodes within the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood. The buildings were the first residential units to be constructed and Kaminski was the first architect who had to work out a lot of the complexities of the project. “The project has been successful in terms of meeting many of its ambi-

tious goals, including sustainability, affordability, functional and program requirements,” Kaminski says. “As construction nears completion, we are impressed with how much the area has been transformed. It’s very easy to imagine a thriving community of families and local residents living here. “Working collaboratively to support the interests of the community has been very enriching, both as a design professional and a local resident.” Although Whistler architect Brent Murdoch’s firm sat on the board of the original design panel earlier in the planning process, designing the Terrace on Lot 4, they knew delivering the same thing as the first node — Whitewater — wouldn’t add flavour to the neighbourhood. Instead, they choose a narrower, taller, more contemporary form that took its inspiration from the natural basalt column formations that surround the Cheakamus Crossing site. The taller form also took advantage of the distant views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. “Although much of the fit and finish will be similar across the site, the unit layout and form is unique,” Murdoch says. “It’s not that we had to be everything for everyone, but it did need to appeal to a segment of the purchasers. The homes offered a good layout for a young couple or family and could be adapted to changing life situations. The stairs may not suit all folks, but there were a number of other projects that already served that potential end user very well.” Murdoch, an avid cross-country skier and father of young children in the Whistler Nordics program, admits playing a role in the creation of the athletes’ village and Games “legacy” neighbourhood carried special meaning for him. “It’s like every project in some way. You hope to leave the world a better place, but in this case it is a bit more special to be a part of an event as unique as the Olympics. I’m a huge fan of the Games, the athletes, the spectacle of it all, so I hope that in some way my contribution to the Village can contribute to Canada or Whistler’s success in it all. If that’s achieved, then I’m good with that.” W

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histler aims to take the Olympic ideals of diversity and peace further than they have ever gone before at the 2010 Winter Games by welcoming gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and two-spirited Gamestime guests and participants to the multinational pavilion PRIDE House. Athletes, coaches, officials, their families and visitors from around the world will be invited to visit the pavilion, located at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre hotel. PRIDE House will have a social, partyclub atmosphere and provide support to those who By Cathryn need it, says Atkinson local event planner Dean Nelson, the man behind the idea. Nelson says PRIDE House is a first of its type for an Olympics and Paralympics, and promises to be busy

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and buzzing for 42 days in February and March 2010. While dedicated to fun, he adds, “PRIDE House is also ambitious in other ways, with the plan of being a catalyst for change and open dialogue. “It is a place that, through public performance and passive education, evokes dialogue of human rights,” he said. “PRIDE House is intended to create a legacy for future Olympics in which all humanity is welcomed and celebrated.” The Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Creekside and Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley will host 61 events during the Olympic Games and many more during the Paralympics, with thousands of athletes competing and up to 50,000 spectators per day visiting Whistler. “Other Olympic destinations have had gay bars or in some cases, a gay chill space at one of the live sites as seen in Atlanta, but nothing to this

scale has ever been done before and we are so honoured to be part of this history,” Nelson says. The pavilion will be set up in an open meeting space within the boutique-style hotel, with direct street access from Blackcomb Way. All visitors, as well as 2010 participants, will be welcome. “When we looked at the current programming for the Olympics, we saw that our gay community was missing,” Nelson says. “The Olympics is supposed to embrace diversity and we saw this as an opportunity to help realize that goal and show to the world how inclusive our resort and our nation truly is.” Those visiting PRIDE House will find the usual welcoming brightness of the rainbow flag symbolizing gay rights at the entrance and a friendly reception inside. Nelson says it is impossible to know how many gay athletes are attending the Winter Games. ➤

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Stepping OUT in Whistler A variety of boutique events an d socials happen throughout the year that are geared for the gay and lesbian visitor to Whistler. Here is a quick listing of some upcoming events. Visit or for more information. Dec. 3-6, 2009 — Whistler Film Festival, Q Lounge Dec. 5 — skiOUT ski program and WHOOSSH Martini Party Jan. 16, 2010 — skiOUT ski program and WHOOSSH Martini Party Jan. 30 — skiOUT ski program Feb. 8 to March 21 — PRIDE House March 1 to 8 —WinterPRIDE April 3 — skiOUT ski program April 17 — skiOUT ski program and Retro WHOOSSH Martini Party July — Whistler Summer Pride (test event for the 2011 North American Out Games)

PRIDE House will be open from Feb. 8 through March 21. There will be 42 days of events including music and art. It is hoped that any gay or lesbian celebrities visiting the resort for the Games will drop by and show their support. Jim Douglas, the general manager of the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, says the hotel staff is happy to host the pavilion. “We’re thrilled we were approached and that our venue was seen as a good place for PRIDE House,” he says. “At Whistler we’re truly a global village and on the West Coast there is an acceptance of all lifestyles. To host this, for us, was a natural step.” The Pan Pacific is one of the host hotels of Whistler’s annual WinterPRIDE festival, now in its 18th year, which Nelson says attracted almost 3,000 people in 2009. This season, a new test pavilion — called the Q Lounge, sponsored by the Whistler Question newspaper — will be run along similar lines as PRIDE House at the Pan Pacific during the Whistler Film Festival from Dec. 3 to 6. PRIDE House 2010 will run concurrently with the Olympics and Paralympics. As well as the social side of PRIDE House, it is expected that support will



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be given to those people attending the Games who come from countries where homosexuality is suppressed. In 70 countries, including Iran, Russia, Ukraine and India, being gay remains illegal, with those outed being sent to prison, said Nelson. Seven nations still execute those convicted of the “crime” of homosexuality. Part of PRIDE House’s role will be to offer advice and assistance where needed. “This is a very real situation. In many cases those individuals living in places of conflict have lived their lives in secret and in fear,” Nelson says. “I hope PRIDE House gives these athletes, coaches, and trainers hope and assurances that if they need help there is a place they can go for moral support. “How incredible is it going to be to help just one athlete or coach to be their very best authentic self and let them know that they have a support network behind them, perhaps for the first time in their life.” The uniqueness of PRIDE House has gained international attention months before the opening ceremonies, with features having appeared in The New York Times and Italy’s La Repubblica. W

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t goes without saying that it is a great honour for any country to host an Olympic Games. For every host city, that pride is magnified tenfold as an entire community comes together to shine and show off on the world stage. But in Whistler — a place that was literally built on Olympic dreams — the distinction of Host Mountain Resort is something for which residents past and present have worked tirelessly. Many have spent long years working just for the moment when the Olympic Torch is lit in Whistler. These are the people who finally brought the Games home and made the dream a reality. These are just a few of the Faces of Whistler.

Jim Godfrey Before moving to the area, Jim Godfrey was intrigued by the growth of Whistler and how, over a few short years, it had emerged from a regional ski town to a world-class destination resort. As municipal administrator for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, he helped bring even more accolades and awards to the resort. He sat on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Bid Corp., and currently is the executive director for the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler and sits on the boards of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, 2010 Legacies Now and the Whistler 2020 Development Corp. ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


MaUreen DOUglas A. I have had the opportunity to be involved with the Games since the domestic bid in 1998 for the honour to represent Canada. During the international bid phase, I participated as a member of the Board of Directors for the Vancouver 2010

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Q. how and when did you wind up in Whistler? A. I started coming to Whistler to ski in the mid-1970s and continued through the ’80s and ’90s. In 1996, I accepted a position as City Manager with the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Q. What was your first experience with an Olympics/paralympics? A. I grew up watching the Olympics on TV. I have always been fascinated by the Games. As a former coach, I had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s top athletes and understand their commitment and what the Olympics mean to them. More recently I have been inspired by the Paralympics. Whistler is fortunate to be not only the Host Mountain Resort for the Olympic Games, but the Paralympic Games as well. With 62 of the 64 Paralympics medals being presented in Whistler, as well as the Paralympic Closing Ceremony, it will be a time in our short history to be remembered. Q. What is your involvement in the Olympic bid process and/or in the games themselves?

Bid. I am also on the Board of VANOC, the organizing committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, as the Executive Director for the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler. One of the most rewarding aspects has been the opportunity to work with

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chelsey Walker the Whistler 2020 Development Corp. in the development of the Whistler Athletes Village, which post-Games will be home to 800 Whistlerites, a high-performance centre and athlete lodging. Quite a legacy! Q. What’s on your plate post-Games? A. Post-Games, I will help prepare

Whistler’s contribution to the transfer of knowledge program for future host cities and wind down the Whistler Games office. And then, I am looking forward to retirement and enjoying the community that my wife, Barb and I, have called home for the past 14 years. Time

he Janyks could very well be considered the first family of Whistler, as well as Canada’s most prominent clan of skiers. Andrée Janyk’s father was part of the original 1968 Olympic bid that led to the creation of Whistler. She fondly remembers accompanying him on treks around the mountains to determine potential lift lines. A former local school trustee, ski coach and Canadian Alpine Ski Team athlete, Jaynk is also mother to 2010 Canadian Olympic alpine skiing medal hopefuls Britt and Michael Janyk. Q. How and when did you end up in Whistler? A. I was first introduced to Whistler when I was a teenager and my father was on the original board of directors for the Garibaldi Lift Company, in charge of lift acquisition. When Whistler opened, my family started the usual weekend treks to ski. When I ➤

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first got married, we owned a weekend cabin in Whistler, but in 1995 we were amongst a group of dedicated Whistler Mountain Ski Club families that made the permanent move here. Q. What was your first experience with an Olympics/Paralympics? A. My first experience with the Olympics was in my own ambition to be an Olympian. I was on the Canadian national ski team when the 1968 Olympics were being held. I tried very hard but missed the team by one person. My next experience was as a Ph.D student at the University of Brussels researching at the Montreal Summer Olympic Games, doing a cross-sectional study on the anthropology of athletes. Q. What is your involvement in the Olympic bid process or in the Games themselves? A. I lead the side-slipping team for all the alpine events. A side slipper is a person who is on skis and slides sideways down the competition hill to make the track smooth for the athletes. I am also a volunteer facilitator for VANOC and a keen supporter of all the Canadian Alpine Ski

Team and will be supporting my children in their quest to reach the 2010 Olympics and hopefully the podium for Canada. Q. What is on your plate post-Games? A. Post-Olympics seems so far away because I have many tasks to complete before the Games. I know I will still be teaching skiing on Whistler and Blackcomb, and enjoying some free time with my husband.

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o” Douglas has been on the front lines of promoting the Whistler dream for the past two decades and was a driving force behind the 2010 bid process in the community. Douglas carried her leadership and expertise through to the planning and execution stage with a role in community and media relations at VANOC. Q. How and when did you wind up in Whistler? A. After three years of programming summer street entertainment from 1987 to 1989, I moved to Whistler from Vancouver in 1990 and joined Tourism Whistler as director of festivals and events.

Q. What was your first experience with an Olympics/Paralympics? A. My first major Olympic memory was the ’76 Montreal Olympics. We watched closely on TV and I thought I was a really cool 11-year-old with my Montreal Olympic Games backpack. I did some site animation talent programming for the 1988 Calgary Winter Games on contract from Vancouver, but my first in-person Games experience was the 2004 Athens Summer Paralympic Games. Q. What is your involvement in the Olympic bid process and/or in the Games themselves? A. I started working on the 2010 Winter Games bid team in March 2002 and have continued through with the organizing committee. My role has been focused on community relations and engagement, communications, pre-Games event production and supervising the live appearance mascot program. I look forward to crossing the “finish line” with all my teammates in 2010, but especially with the 25 or so colleagues

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who were there with me during the bid phase. It’s been quite a journey! Q. What’s on your plate post-games? A. I’ll take some time off to relax and reacclimatize myself to a “normal” pace. There’s a very long list of projects waiting for me at home that are listed under “I’ll get to it after the Games.” My focus through March 2010 is staging excellent Winter Games, so next spring and summer I’ll spend some time seeking out the next great career adventure.

A. Working as the executive director of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, I have been involved in many different initiatives through the Games process. This includes helping to create a major legacy in Whistler through our partnership with the Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies Society and our presence in the Whistler Athletes’ Centre and lodge as well as the building of the Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Centre on Whistler Blackcomb, which will allow

for continued sustained growth for our organization post-Games. Q. What’s on your plate post-games? A. The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is working hard on continuing to increase our programming and sports offerings post-Games. I anticipate that given all of the successes this community will share in hosting the first Paralympic Winter Games in Canada, we will become known as the place to be for Canadian adaptive sport. W

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helsey Walker is a former champion skier in the Nancy Greene Ski League and the current executive director of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. The program gives people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports, training and recreation programs. This is the first time Canada has ever hosted the Paralympic Winter Games, and most medal ceremonies will take place in the resort. It’s an exciting time that’s full of opportunities for someone who grew up in an Olympic town. Q. how and when did you wind up in Whistler? A. My parents came to Whistler in 1977 to ski with old family friends. They fell in love with the West Coast and moved our family out in 1980. I started ski racing with the Blackcomb Ski Club in 1981 as part of the first Nancy Greene Ski League group. We moved up to Whistler full-time in 1989 so that I could attend the Ski Academy at Pemberton Secondary School and pursue ski racing. Q. What was your first experience with an Olympics/paralympics? A. In 2008, I was invited to present at B.C.-Canada Pavilion as part of an event hosted by the Whistler Forum in Beijing during the Paralympic Games. [The memory of ] singing our national anthem in the Bird’s Nest (stadium) after Chantal Peticlerc’s gold medal performance in the 100-metre wheelchair athletics race still gives me goosebumps. Q. What is your involvement in the Olympic bid process and/or in the games themselves?

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The Action’s just Getting Started Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s ‘mother of all after-parties’ among the many events on tap before and after the Games B y M eg a n G r i t t a n i - L i v i n g s t o n

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have faded after the last Paralympic events in March 2010, and the hundreds of thousands of party guests have gone home, Whistlerites will have earned the right to take a deep breath and put their feet up for a few days. But it surely won’t be long before the town is buzzing again, and the usual whirl of athleticism, creativity and events will be running at full steam. Proof positive is the scheduled return of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival (TWSSF), which is set to spring back into action from April 16 to 25, 2010. Long regarded as the ultimate end-of-season wrap party, the TWSSF will be back with a vengeance after that little Olympic fling. “We’re taking that role of being the biggest post-Games event pretty seriously,” says Lisa Richardson, the festival’s director of communications. Participants from all over the world have always been drawn to the festival and its unique slate of ski and snowboard events, plus the amazing array of artistic and musical offerings. Why should 2010 be any different? Organizers are billing the 2010 TWSSF as “the mother of all after-parties,” Richardson said, and as a chance for the community to “re-stake our

claim over Whistler,” she added. The format and some events in the festival could be shaken up somewhat, as Richardson said organizers are looking at the post-Olympic era as a blank slate with which they can be playful. But the TWSSF will still be true to its core values and its fundamental pillars of sports, music and arts, she said. Favourite, iconic TWSSF events such as the Pro Photographer Showdown, the 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown and Fashion Exposed are certain to be back, Richardson said, and the live music will flow as it has every year. Check out for details. While the snow is still flying, the mountains will still be the ultimate place to be. Whistler Blackcomb (WB) is pledging that all of its terrain will be open for the majority of the 2009-’10 winter season — weather permitting, naturally. During the Olympic and Paralympic period, beginning Jan. 25 with course preparations, WB officials say that more than 90 per cent of their terrain will be open for riding and skiing galore, with only the Whistler Mountain race courses closed and certain runs limited to Games athletes in training. So don’t pass on Whistler for that pre-Olympic visit. The Village is a magical place in the period leading up

to Christmas, when its coloured lights twinkle amid the snowflakes drifting down all around. The annual First Night celebration will be back to ring in 2010, with the event offering an entertaining blend of activities and performances on this landmark New Year’s Eve. And this season could be a great time to head out onto Whistler’s many cross-country ski trails, or to give snowshoeing and snowmobiling a try. When the white stuff has melted away, the many off-snow athletes of all descriptions who love Whistler will come back out to play. The Kokanee Crankworx mountain biking festival is always one of the summer’s biggest draws, featuring a lineup of worldclass stars and a cast of ripping local riders racing and jumping through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to the delight of thousands of spectators. The 2010 edition of Crankworx is scheduled for Aug. 7 to 15. When the sun sets on summer, there’s more to love in fall and winter’s return, featuring other iconic Whistler events such as Cornucopia, the smashing celebration of food, wine and fine living — yet another demonstration of the fact that after the Olympics and Paralympics, the party’s just getting started. W Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


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Gallery Gold Whistler’s always-inspiring art showcases are offering special events galore during the resort’s Olympic season While world-class athletes own the slopes and garner medals on the podium, Whistler’s galleries take centre stage with artworks guaranteed to create a legacy of lasting memories. The galleries have embraced the Olympics and have many exciting events planned for this once-in-a-lifetime happening. Located right across from the Medals Plaza in Whistler Village is the Path Gallery. Here, lucky visitors can engage with First Nations artists who will be demonstrating carving and basket weaving throughout the season. A definite highlight in this gallery is the awe-inspiring work of Sabina Hill — guaranteed to thrill. ➤


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Left: Ginger Plum Seaform by Dale Chihuly, from Gallery Luminaura. From top: Village Calm by Joan Baron, represented by Mountain Galleries; Noctambule by Sebastien Larochelle, from Whistler Village Art Gallery; Blue Marsh by Su Sheedy, from Whistler Village Art Gallery.

ark Richards is a man with a dream and the determination to carry it out. From proud owner of his first point-and-shoot camera to super-talented photographer/artist and successful Whistler gallery owner, Richards has followed his passion, combining artistic talent with an entrepreneurial spirit. While growing up in Ottawa, Richards was inspired by his art photographer and printmaking father and soon realized that this was his world too. After successfully collaborating with his father for one winter in his Lunenburg, N.S., gallery, Richards made his move to Whistler in the spring of 2006. Why Whistler? It seemed like the perfect place for his artistic plans as he had already been drawn to Whistler by the outdoor lifestyle, gorgeous scenery and friendly ambience from several previous vacations. Encouraged by positive customers’ comments and good sales at his first gig, the Farmers’ Market in Whistler’s Upper Village, Richards made the big commitment to open his own gallery in Gallery Row in the Hilton Whistler Resort. What to see in the gallery? “New and exciting art… something not seen before. I want visitors to feel they can take a piece of the landscape and bring it into their homes. They will then be reminded of all the good memories and feelings they have experienced in Whistler when they look at my work,” Richards says. Richards is quick to acknowledge his father’s influence on his artistic style. The Canadian Group of Seven also had an influence on his work when it comes to landscape. “Natural light inspires me,” Richards says. “The challenge is to get this light, often fleeting, onto the canvas.” When not in his gallery, Richards can be found out in the mountains pursuing his photographic passion, hiking and mountain biking or just hanging out at Ric’s Grill, the Southside Diner, Gone Bakery, Dusty’s or the Longhorn and GLC patios. What’s next? Richards plans to extend his collection of works, travelling deeper into Garibaldi Park, to Vancouver Island and into the interior of British Columbia. Eventually he would like to feature great landscapes from around the world. ➤ — Judy Szabo Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


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Whether it is miniature or monumental, this gorgeous gallery has it all, including jewellery, Signedprints, totem poles, masks, drums, limited-edition paddles, panels and pipes. Date A little further along the Village Stroll is the Ph: 604-932-5131, ext. 232 include Plaza Galleries. Star picks for the podium F a x : exhibition 6 0 4 - 9 3of 2 -the 2 8amazing 62 a special Olympic paintCell: 604-932-1672 ings of Kal Gajoum on Jan. 23. 2010. This is a must-see show, as the gold-medal artist never disappoints. Also in January, look for some spectacular new mountain and ocean scenes from Gary Aylward and colourful, Olympic-themed wood wall sculptures by Alan Boileau. In the Hilton Whistler Resort are four renowned galleries. The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery is planning many Olympic-inspired events with highlights including the 16th annual Spirit of Winter Show on Nov. 29, 2009, and the Toller Cranston extravaganza on Jan. 16. Come and meet this legendary Olympic medalist and worldacclaimed artist. The cool, chic and contemporary Whistler Village Art Gallery welcomes the Olympics with an Olympic Art Show featuring specially created paintings by eight gallery artists. In December 80

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there will be a retrospective Jimmy Wright exhibition showcasing some of his much-loved polar bear and abstract paintings. New works by Cybele Ironside, Alexander Sheversky and Craig Alan, among others, round out a truly extraordinary season and promise great viewing. Next door is the Black Tusk Gallery, full of some of the best Northwest Coast Native art. Emerging and established artists are represented here with superb examples of jewellery, totem poles, masks, paddles and limited-edition prints. The gallery is browser friendly (as are all Whistler galleries) and enjoyable for the whole family. Mark Richards is the artist/photographer/owner of the Mark Richards Gallery, whose brilliant works meld tradition with high tech-innovation to create gold-medal memories. Come and meet the artist and experience his very special ambience. You can soak up the Olympic vibe at the Mountain Moments Gallery, located in Mountain Square, where longtime locals Pat and Greg Griffith have must-see Whistler photography, art and frames — perfect souvenirs and mountain moments for the savvy art lover. Over at the Westin Resort and Spa, the Blake Jorgenson Gallery welcomes visitors with images designed to keep the adrenalin pumping long after the Olympics are a distant memory. The

award-winning photographer captures mountain action sport and scenic images that will leave you breathless! The Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont is located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the Upper Village. A visit to this fabulous gallery is truly a gold-medal event. Be ready to spend some time here viewing the amazing Canadian art on display. New works by Jane Ash Poitras, Nicholas Bott, Gail Johnson, Brian Atyeo, Michael Downs, Nuna Parr, Alan Wylie and local artist Joan Baron will celebrate the Olympics in grand artistic style. A roster of special shows and exhibitions will be ongoing all season long. Across the hallway is Gallery Luminaura. This superb gallery, devoted to glass art and exquisite jewellery, enables the visitor to literally “catch a star.” Glowing and glittering…the stuff of dreams is on display. A special treat for visitors is the glorious glass art by Dale Chihuly, agruably the greatest contemporary glass artist in the world today. While in the Upper Village, be sure to visit the landmark Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which encourages visitors to embrace the art, music, language and ceremonies of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations artists who are an integral part of these Olympics. ➤

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Just eight kilometres south of the Village is Function Junction. Art Junction has called this location home for many years and has a devoted following of art lovers who appreciate the fresh and exciting mix of established and emerging artists. New works by Vicki English, Gloria Masse, Ellen Mahon, Gary Haggquist, Jason Cyr, Jean Lee and Tassila Elizabeth will be on display this season. Contact the Whistler Arts Council at (604) 935-8232 or to help you make the most of your stay in Whistler. Find out about the many cultural and artistic events planned for this very special winter season. W

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ast aside your immediate impressions. The Olympic Games are not only about speedsuits and muscleflexing. They’re an iconic cultural experience, and culture and the arts have been embedded in the Games from the beginning. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who founded the modern Olympics in 1896, worked to officially add fine arts competitions in architecture, sculpture, music, painting and literature to the Games as early as 1906. From the 1912 Games in Stockholm to the 1948 London Games, 145 medals were awarded in Olympic arts competitions. The Baron even won a gold medal himself, in poetry. His “Ode to Sport” was submitted under a pseudonym. The trouble was, as much as someone could outrace and out-slide a fellow athletic competitor, it was hard to judge when someone had been out-prosed, or out-symphonied. Beginning with the 1956 Melbourne Games, arts and culture at the Olympics were more on the order of a festival or exhibition, and less of a last-manstanding poetry slam. At the 2010 Winter Games, the arts and culture component comes in the shape of the Cultural

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Olympiad, a 58-day program of genre-bending theatre, virtuoso dance, public installations, live music, visual and digital art, taking place at 60 venues throughout Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor. In total, more than 600 free and ticketed performances and exhibitions will be on offer. While heroes are made on the slopes and the ice, the Winter Games experience in Whistler crowns a host of cultural icons as well. Canadian and international musicians, including Europe’s Valerie Sajdik, Quebec’s Misteur Valaire, La Volee d’Cators and Karkwa, Alberta’s Corb Lund and Canadian roots icons Blue Rodeo will join local characters, First Nations dancers and drummers, and imagined creatures in the spotlight with the athletes. Free concerts will occur nightly during the Olympic Games in Whistler Village Square. While the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics take place in Vancouver’s B.C. Place, more than half of the winning athletes will be crowned at the Whistler Medals Plaza, a specially constructed outdoor amphitheatre tucked between Whistler’s Marketplace and the Village Creek in the heart of Whistler Village. The Medals Plaza will host the nightly headliner concerts, as well as the Closing Ceremony for the Paralympics on March 21, 2010. The plaza anchors the 27-day Whistler Live! experience, ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


a non-stop flow of cultural programming at six live sites located throughout the Village, that is being co-produced by VANOC, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Whistler Arts Council, as Whistler’s part of the Cultural Olympiad. The six live sites, a network of outdoor stages, screens and performance sites throughout Whistler Village, will provide eddy-out spots for a river of 20,000 people, hosting a mash-up of virtual and actual entertainment, with live streaming of broadcasts of Games

events on 12 massive screens, plus live music, film screenings, street performances, and visual arts. Much of the entertainment will be free of charge, and run daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. through the 17 days of the Olympic Games (Feb. 12 to 28), and the 10 days of the Paralympic Games (March 12 to 21). Whistler Live! organizers say it will be like having “one foot in the stadium” for the entire Olympics, as athletes and international visitors congregate, creating a palpable kinetic ripple. The Whistler Arts Council is also

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bringing its signature summer ArtWalk to GamesTown, with ArtWalk Inside, a Village-wide “pop-up” exhibition of Sea to Sky corridor artists. Artists will be showcased in any venue with wallspace in this non-traditional exhibit designed to entice visitors to roam, ramble and duck into Whistler’s cozy cafés, bars, and local businesses and discover fresh talent. Also exclusive to Whistler, presented as part of the Cultural Olympiad, is a site-specific piece of theatre taking place at Lost Lake, entitled NiX. NiX is a love story set in a future ice age. Hailed as “Cirque de Soleil with snow,” the show is staged in a geodesic dome carved from winter’s own building blocks, more than 200 tons of snow and ice, and runs every evening from Jan. 22 to Feb. 27. An extreme theatre event for extreme winter sports people, it’s one more gold-medalworthy experience awaiting this winter, at the arty-party of Olympic proportions. Also buzzworthy is the Whistler Museum and Archives’ new comprehensive exhibit, Whistler’s Journey to 2010, which pays tribute to the trailblazers who brought Whistler to this moment in time. Among them were the Royal Engineers who built the Pemberton gold-rush trail in the 1850s, the pioneers who built Whistler’s first holiday lodge in the 1900s, and the visionaries who sought to bring the Olympics to a remote, then-undeveloped mountain in the 1960s. The exhibit offers a chance to travel back in time to the Ice Ages that etched out a landscape that would become this playground, or to stroll through the Hall of Characters and share the tales of Whistler icons like Franz Wilhelmsen, Dave Murray and Nancy Greene. Tallying up encounters with iconic characters and iconic Canadian winter experiences offers once-in-a-lifetime bragging rights — the chance to claim, “I was there,” feeling the rush of wind as a Canadian downhiller arced through the super G course chasing a world record… Watching the gold medal ceremony for ice hockey on the big screen among a sea of cheering people… or snuggling into a warm blanket to watch Canada’s first theatre of snow and ice at Lost Lake. So, where are you planning to get your next culture fix? For more information, go to or W

2010 Cultural Olympiad Events Whistler Live! Corb Lund

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Corb Lund, a third-generation Alberta rancher, is a musician/cowboy who has crafted an exhilarating style of Western music all his own. He has been singing about his rural upbringing for more than a decade on critically acclaimed albums such as Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer (2005). His latest release, Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!, is propelled by a galloping stand-up bass, telecaster guitar and Lund’s yarns about down-and-out cowboys, whisky and ranching. 2/19/2010 Whistler Live! Whistler Village Square

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Bundle up and enter Canada's first theatre of snow and ice, constructed at Lost Lake in Whistler. This theatrical adventure, a BC première, follows a few survivors and an arsonist through the fireworks at the end of the world. NiX is a frozen fantasy, complete with a flaming tuba, a snowman death scene and an explosive love story that will melt the coldest of hearts. Tickets on sale for: 1/22/2010 - 1/24/2010, 7:30 pm 1/26/2010 - 1/31/2010, 7:30 pm 2/02/2010 - 2/07/2010, 7:30 pm 2/09/2010 - 2/14/2010, 7:30 pm 2/16/2010 - 2/21/2010, 7:30 pm 2/23/2010 - 2/27/2010, 7:30 pm No Monday Performances. Lost Lake, Whistler

Raven, a magical creature of impulse and curiosity, hatches a scheme for stealing the stars, the moon and the sun — and ends up bringing light to the people of the world. In Raven Stole the Sun, Red Sky Performance blends theatre, dance and humour to tell the family-friendly tale of a delightfully mischievous bird that plays a central role in the Aboriginal view of our natural world. 2/23/2010 - 2/25/2010, TBC Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

Whistler Live! Blue Rodeo Whistler Live! Karkwa An indie-rock sensation from Montreal, Karkwa makes feisty yet introspective music, earning favourable comparisons with Radiohead. The band burst onto the music scene in 2001, reaching the final round of the Francouvertes competition, and won four Félix Awards in Quebec for its third album, Le volume du vent, which was released in 2008 to glowing reviews across Canada and Europe. 2/14/2010 Whistler Live! Whistler Village Square

Whistler Live! Valérie Sajdik The enchanting European singer splits her time between Vienna, Paris and Berlin, recording French and German pop songs tinged with soothing jazz and electronica. Formerly of the band Saint Privat, Sajdik has won two prestigious Amadeus Awards in Austria, including national single of the year for Mädchen in 2008. 2/15/2010 Whistler Live! Whistler Village Square

An enduring roots/rock band that still surprises. Blue Rodeo’s 12th studio album, The Things We Left Behind, will be released in November, and principal songwriters Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy have managed to keep things fresh and their fans happy over 25-plus years of making music. 2/28/2010 Whistler Live! Whistler Village Square

Whistler Live! Volée d’Castors Irresistibly fun. The Quebec band blends contemporary musical arrangements with traditional reels and call-and-response vocals. Violins, accordions, group harmonies and stirring songs — just try to keep your toes from tapping when La Volée d’Castors take the stage. Date and Time TBA Whistler Live! Whistler Village Square

Whistler Live! Misteur Valaire Canada’s best super-electro-jazz band. This quintet out of Sherbrooke, Quebec releases its music for free over the internet, relying on merchandise sales and energetic live shows to pay the bills. And what a live show it is: keyboards, hand shakers, trumpets, saxophones, a turntable, a notebook computer — and five young guys who never stop moving. Date and Time TBA Whistler Live! Whistler Village Square For up-to-date information, go to

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rom the flash out of the start gate to the final push to the finish line, Olympic ski racing places extraordinary demands on an athlete’s well-trained muscles. But you don’t have to be a world-class competitor to know that playing in Whistler’s winter mountain paradise often results in sore legs, feet and other body parts. ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


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Whistler’s spas and treatment centres will leave Olympians and non-Olympians alike feeling rejuvenated

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Previous page: a new signature treatment at taman sari combines massage and Jamu herbs applied to the skin through steamed bundles. above: stacey Gaff of Whistler Mobile spa brings the spa to a client in a private home in alpine Meadows.

That’s where the resort’s spas come in handy, help to revive tired muscles, ease tension and bring true relaxation to a Whistler getaway. The wellness offerings are plentiful in Whistler, and with two new spas opening this year there’s more choice than ever. It can be tricky to know where to begin, so in honour of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Whistler The Magazine has selected a handful of gold-medal treatments to help get you started on the road to spa bliss.


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Vacationing in Whistler is all about the outdoors — recreation, clean alpine air and connecting with nature. Thanks to the brand new Le Scandinave Spa, the relaxation of a spa experience is also available outside. Based on the age-old tradition of Finnish saunas, Le Scandinave specializes in alternating hot and cold water, and dry and steam saunas, to release toxins, free lactic acid from muscles after exercise, and provide a general feeling of well-being. Le Scandinave offers all this — and a range of complementary massages — in a three-acre forested area with mountain views. Allow at least two hours for the affordable baths experience — you’ll need time to wander along the heated paths beside the flowing stream, sit by the fire pit, or perhaps nod off in the solarium. Le Scandinave gets the gold medal for best couple’s treatment for the baths followed by a dual Swedish massage. Designed by men, the rugged spa set in natural elements boasts a 50 per cent male clientele in its three existing locations. Picture this: You’ve just come off the hill after a fantastic day of skiing or riding and you pry your feet out of

You’ll need time to wander along the heated paths beside the flowing stream, sit by the fire pit, or perhaps nod off in the solarium.

your boots for the first time in hours. Multiply that sense of toe-wiggling relief by about 100 and you’re getting an idea why the new On the Podium treatment at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler gets the gold medal for best après-ski treatment. No fewer than three exquisite foot massages are part of the 110-minute treatment, which also includes a fullbody massage, deep tissue work for sore areas, stretching, and hot stones to warm and sooth tired muscles. Endorsed by Olympic skiers, the massage is truly customizable whether the back, legs or other areas need special attention. The Spa at the Four Seasons gets extra points for its luxury, its unhurried attitude and full-service approach. Arrive early and hit the gym or stay after for the steam room and hot tub. There’s a reason the resort is the only one in Canada with a fivediamond rating. You might notice the word spa doesn’t appear anywhere in Loka’s name or description. The owners of the new creation at Nita Lake Lodge call it a “wellness and yoga destination” — something of a re-invention of the North American spa concept. Rooted in traditional healing with Australian Aboriginal and Canadian First Nations influence, plus Ayurveda from ancient India, Loka offers a holistic approach to wellness. Yoga, Pilates, physiotherapy, acupuncture and off-site activities such as forest walks to gather healing herbs are offered in addition to a full suite of spa treatments. Bring a friend or partner and have fun slinging mud on each other in a self-guided treatment for two. Indulge in pure pampering with the Mala Mayi treatment, which includes full-body exfoliation, healing mud wrap and hair mask, all followed by a decadent full-body massage. Or join a local First Nations practitioner for traditions such as smudging, part of the Aboriginal Healing Ceremony. Loka wins the gold medal for the most unique and innovative treatments in Whistler. Don’t make plans immediately after undergoing the Extreme Muscle Relief treatment at Solarice Wellness Spas. Chances are you’ll be so blissed out that you’ll need a little more down ➤ Whistler [Winter/Spring 2010]


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time to enjoy the serenity. Though most areas of the body get a taste of the Extreme Muscle Relief TLC, the focus is on releasing tension and stress from the back, neck and shoulders. Aromatherapy oils encourage relaxed, deep breathing, while the therapist’s hands coax muscles to loosen. Moor mud is applied to the back to infuse heat into muscles while simultaneously detoxifying. Just when you think you’ve reached the pinnacle of relaxation, a foot massage deepens the experience. It’s no wonder Extreme Muscle Relief gets the gold for extreme relaxation. With two locations in Whistler and a range of offerings that blend Western science with ancient Eastern therapies, Solarice is a place to seek both inner and outer wellbeing. Winter wind and cold can be harsh on skin, and it’s most often the gentle skin of the face that bears the brunt. The microdermabrasion treatment at Whistler’s Laser Centre is the goldmedal winner for facials. Actually, you could say it’s the diamond standard for facials, considering it’s a diamond-tip applicator that exfoliates to reveal fresh, bright and clear skin. The Laser Centre’s medical-grade microdermabrasion machine removes dead skin and impurities while infusing the face with essential moisture. Fine lines are diminished, blemishes reduced, and skin becomes radiant and soft. Though the treatment includes other aspects of a traditional facial, such as a soothing mask, the results last much longer and skin continues to improve for days after. Microdermabrasion

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njoy the Royal treatments from the only authentic Indonesian Spa in North America.

Based on the age-old tradition of Finnish saunas, Whistler’s brand-new Le scandinave spa specializes in alternating hot and cold water, and dry and steam saunas to release toxins.

Inspired by the ancient art of Body and Beauty rituals from inside the Royal Court of Java and Bali. Our products are made from the island’s exotic herbs and spices. Chosen as “Best Traditional Spa” and “100 world-class spas in the world,” by Spa Asia “My massages were fantastic and I love Javanese Lulur,” Beau Bridges, Hollywood, CA


is suitable for all skin types. The Laser Centre offers a range of treatments such as Botox, IPL photorejuvenation and laser hair removal, and carries high-end skin care products and makeup. The final gold medal of winter 2010 goes to Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa for most exotic spa experience. All the treatments at Taman Sari come from royal palace traditions in Indonesia, and stepping into the spa’s two Whistler locations is like becoming royalty for the day. Many treatments incorporate herbs, spices and fruit that have healing properties such as lemongrass, ginger, cloves, coconut and papaya. The smells are heavenly, and massages and body treatments leave skin incredibly soft and fragrant. The herbal medicine is called Jamu, and a new signature treatment at Taman Sari combines massage with Jamu herbs applied to the skin through steamed bundles. You can almost feel the skin drinking in the healing herbs as alternating sensations of hand massage and warm pressure from the bundles rejuvenate muscles. Whether you’re an Olympic athlete, an amateur with dreams of the podium, or even someone whose idea of extreme sports is the bunny hill, Whistler’s spas will help you achieve new heights of relaxation, pampering and revitalization — all the hallmarks of a gold-medal vacation. W

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Your Table awaits Three local chefs prepare for Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest winter ever

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ome to a vast array of chefs, boasting a multitude of accolades, awards and skills that would make any Olympian proud, Whistler is here to feed the world and satisfy appetites of Olympic proportions. With dining options matching those of a large city, Whistler has something for everyone. From a casual après with friends to the most intimate of fine dining experiences, you’re in good hands, with local chefs always dishing up a memorable experience. We recently had the chance to catch up with three local chefs who couldn’t be more excited to be part of Whistler’s biggest winter ever.

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xecutive chef at one of Whistler’s premier fine dining restaurants, James Walt has been cooking since the tender age of 12, having gotten his start at a family friend’s restaurant in Kanata, Ont., near Ottawa. After graduating from the prestigious Stratford chef school, Walt went on to work in restaurants as far-flung as Switzerland and Los Angeles before finding himself at Araxi in Whistler. “I came for the job but I always did want to live in a ski town,” says Walt, looking back to 1997, when he first came to Whistler. Later, taking a year and a half working sabbatical from Araxi, Walt took on the role as head chef at the Canadian embassy in Rome, cooking for world dignitaries and prime ministers, while being fully immersed in Italian culture. The experience instilled in him ideas that helped shape his current cooking style. Producing modern Pacific Northwest cuisine, Walt’s food philosophy is simple: utilizing the best regional products. Up to 70 per cent of his ingredients are sourced from local farms in the summer months. “I’ve always been kind of a purist and try not to handle things too much, just letting the ingredients speak for themselves.” Walt says he hopes the attention that the 2010 Winter

Olympic and Paralympic Games brings will help put Whistler more on the map as a food destination. “Hopefully there will be a greater focus on the food in Whistler showcasing some of our great local products and fisheries.” With more than 2,000 reservations (at press time) already booked for the 2010 Olympics, Walt and his highly skilled

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team of 27 cooks, including David Levey, the winner of the recently completed season of the reality TV show Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are looking forward to a very busy winter. Outside the kitchen, Walt has had the pleasure of rediscovering skiing with his four-year-old son as he learns the slopes of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier ski resort.

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effery Young, executive chef at Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mountainside Westin Resort and Spa, has travelled a culinary journey spanning Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast expanse, having worked coast to coast from Tofino to Halifax and several locations in between over the past 23 years. As a culinary veteran, Young has earned a vast array of awards including several gold medals from a variety of competitions. Most notably, he has been crowned British Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chef of the Year,â&#x20AC;? captured gold at the prestigious Escoffier competition in Toronto and won a high-stress Las Vegas culinary challenge in front of a live audience. Although classically trained in French cuisine, Young has been influenced tremendously over the years by his world-class colleagues from several backgrounds. He mixes together those influences to create his own variation on West Coast flair. As for ingredients, Young likes to â&#x20AC;&#x153;keep it within B.C. and support the local agriculture whenever possible,â&#x20AC;? noting the importance of getting back to a more sustainable way of producing and consuming food. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have so many great products here and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to showcase them.â&#x20AC;? When asked about the 2010 Winter Olympics, Young simply $!#$" ('  )%&  )( ($  says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just all about the excitement of everyone being here â&#x17E;¤

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and the energy that is building for an event that comes around once in a lifetime.” Young and his team of more than 20 chefs are looking forward to welcoming guests from around the world when the spotlight focuses on Whistler and Vancouver. “It’s a great opportunity to be in Vancouver or Whistler; we have a lot of great stuff planned for this season.” Outside the hotel, in Whistler’s limitless playground, Young loves to cruise around Blackcomb Mountain’s long, world-class runs on his skis, and in the summer months he swaps mountains and skis for two-wheeled fun in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

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aving had his first taste of Whistler life back in 1988, Grant Cousar has been a full-time Whistler resident since 1996, having honed his skills in several kitchens around town, including the food-andbeverage operations at Whistler Blackcomb. Owner of Whistler’s premier catering company, which includes daily operation of Whistler Olympic Park’s on-site restaurant, there is no typical day at Whistler Cooks. “We could be doing anything from a nice quaint chalet diner for six to Olympic-sized venues with everything in between.” The team at Whistler Cooks successfully catered World Cup events at both Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Sliding Centre last season and is looking forward to taking on the Olympics, feeding a wide range of international guests as they come to watch the events in Whistler. Cousar, who is trained in classic French cuisine, likes to let the food speak for itself, and he can’t live without good-quality sea salt. Cousar emphasizes local products and regularly sources ingredients from the Pemberton Valley, including the famous potatoes and beets, and also loves a good piece of wild salmon from the nearby Pacific Ocean. Looking back over the years, the highlight for Cousar has simply been keeping his nose to the grindstone and working hard, getting him where he is today. “I have to emphasize how much of this is all a result of the great team we have at Whistler Cooks and how they are the reason we get to do this.” Away from work, Cousar loves finding fresh lines in Whistler’s big powder bowls and lacing up his skates for a good old game of ice hockey. W

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Come and enjoy the freshest steak, chicken, seafood and sushi theatrically prepared at your table by our expert Teppanyaki chefs. All dinners include soup, salad, Teppan shrimp, three types of sauce, fresh vegetables and steamed rice with your choice of entrée. With a unique and comfortable atmosphere, Teppan Village is the perfect place for an evening of superb dining and great entertainment.

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Best of the pacific northwest “It’s hard to top Araxi.” Chicago Daily Herald “The food was so beautifully attuned to its locale and served in expertly cooked combinations that this was the culinary pinnacle of my trip to BC.” The London Times “Whistler’s culinary star is Araxi.” Seattle Metropolitan magazine “Will keep your mouth watering for weeks after you’ve returned home to real life.” Saturday Night Magazine, L.A. ‘Best of’ Award of Excellence Wine Spectator, 2009 (tenth consecutive) Best Whistler, Gold Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2008 (ninth consecutive)

Araxi Cookbook Now Available “What a book to have! Inspiring and creative—a must-have ingredient in any kitchen.” Chef Gordon Ramsay “This book is full of the attention to detail, freshness and passion that makes eating at Araxi so special.” Chef Heston Blumenthal



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Kindling the Flame Whistler’s vibrant nighttime scene has a flavour for every mood at Games time and all season long


verybody knows the Olympics are about extraordinary achievement in sport, but the Games are also a massive celebration of nationalism, spirit and humanity. While Whistler is already well known for its steaming hot nightlife, you can bet the winter of 2010 will go down in history as the biggest party the resort has ever seen. The Village will be alive with entertainment, concerts, bigscreen coverage and a celebratory atmosphere for 27 days and nights during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Whistler’s dance clubs, pubs, lounges and nightspots will no doubt add to the festivities, both during the Games and the whole season through. From big-name band and DJ performances to specific countries and teams having booked out restaurants and nightclubs, the Games will be a catalyst for exciting additions to Whistler’s already world-class nightlife scene. Get a taste of the spirit at the Four Seasons’ Fifty Two 80 Bistro Bar, where the unique 2010 Torch cocktail will be turning heads all winter long. The cognac-and-ice-wine creation is served flaming in a copper-coloured flute, delivered in relay fashion from bar to table. During the Olympics, stop by the Mountain Club restaurant and lounge for a fix of Swiss culture. The modern eatery will be transformed into the country’s gathering place. Meanwhile, the GLC will host Canada’s music TV channel, MuchMusic, which will be broadcasting live during the Games. Combat the winter chill with an infusion of island heat at the Savage Beagle nightclub, where the Jamaican bobsleigh team plans to set up house for the duration of the Games. The club’s lounge is planned as a VIP section where ticket-holders can mingle with the athletes, while the downstairs nightclub area will be business-as-usual — with a distinctly Jamaican vibe. 104

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Other dance clubs in Whistler are bringing in the big guns for the Olympic winter season, with some of the top DJs and bands rumoured to be en route to perform here. Garfinkel’s continues to make a name for itself as both concert venue and club, hosting hip-hop and other talent. Operators at Maxx Fish are planning some industry parties, while Tommy Africa’s is known for its roster of hot international and local DJ talent. DJ Peacefrog, longtime resident at Buffalo Bill’s, will be cranking out the dance-floor hits all winter. Moe Joe’s features a variety of theme nights, live bands and DJs. Whether you’re looking for a quiet glass of fine wine, a casual beer après ski, or a trendy martini, Whistler’s nightlife scene has it all. On the more casual side, check out the Longhorn Saloon, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Black’s Pub, Amsterdam Pub, Citta’, Tapley’s, Crystal Lounge, the Brewhouse, Merlin’s, Dusty’s Bar and BBQ and Roland’s Pub. And while most Whistler establishments welcome a comeas-you-are approach, these are a little more upscale: Elements, Bearfoot Bistro, Araxi, Cinnamon Bear Bar and Grill, The Mix, Mallard Lounge, Monk’s Grill, Brandy’s at the Keg, 21 Steps “Attic,” Firerock Lounge, Player’s Chophouse, and the Lounge at Nita Lake Lodge. No matter where the night takes you, the Olympic energy will be flowing in Whistler this winter. Get out there and soak it in. W

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The Olympic Shopping Trip Going for gold in Whistler’s varied retail terrain requires stamina, finesse B y Kim V anlochem


f shopping was an Olympic sport, I would be a gold medalist and Whistler would be my competition venue. After all, I’ve been training for shopping supremacy my entire life. Now, someone pass me my Visa, because I’ve got a competitive challenge to tackle. You’ll find your official 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games gear at the VANOC Olympic Store, where you can stock up on everything from themed sweaters to stuffed mascots. Training is an important part of becoming an elite shopper and I don’t mess around. I don’t recommend doping, but a little sugar to get you going never hurt anyone. The Great Glass Elevator offers plenty of sweet treats to fuel your quest for gold. Speaking of the sweet stuff, Whistler has plenty of stops to keep you going. Marathon runners have water stations, but shoppers have “treat” breaks. Whether it’s ice cream from Cow’s, truffles from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, or a snack at Marketplace IGA, Upper Village Market, Nesters or The Grocery Store, it’s important to keep your body fueled. Not unlike alpine skiing, the sport of shopping has many different types of gear. You need to be powerful and quick because some of your gear purchases won’t be light. With the mountains as a backdrop and skiers as lab rats, Whistler has the


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latest technologies in stores such as SnowCovers, Street to Peak and Merrell as well as all of the Whistler Blackcomb shops. The fashion discipline is a distant cousin of figure skating because you need poise to pull off that one-piece spandex suit. Whistler was literally born to host a “fashion” competition with stores such as Billabong, Amos & Andes, Hatley, Inside Out, The Beach, Open Country, Snowflake, Roots and Comor. If shopping were really an Olympic sport, we would skip those large medals and opt for something a little more discreet like a diamond ring or necklace. A good place to stop for diamonds and more is Keir Fine Jewellery. Ruby Tuesday is another great spot for funky rewards and unique pieces. The Love Nest offers a full range of adult toys, and try Lush for handmade cosmetics. While some specialize in other disciplines, the endurance

From top: Jenna wears 2010 Olympic argyle sweater, collegiate scarf and brush beanie all from the Kootenay Knitting Co., found at the Olympic store in Town Plaza; Keep toasty this winter in hand-sewn moccasins made on Vancouver Island exclusively for the Inside Out Boutique; The women’s Nicolette boot from the Merrell store.

sh O p p i n g shoppers gravitate toward home furnishings. Some take years to finish their projects. Whistler is the perfect training ground for home furnishers and decorators with stores like Mario Marble, Mountain Decorating Centre, Patina Home Interiors, Mountain Moments or Whistler Kitchen Works. Every Olympic podium needs a little bubbly to get the party started. In the sport of shopping, anything goes, from a bottle of official Olympic product Jackson Triggs Esprit Wine to good, old-fashioned champagne. Check out the Blackcomb Liquor Store or any of the three B.C. Liquor Stores around Whistler. Becoming an Olympic shopper requires training. At the end of a successful shopping training session or competition, you can unwind with the sweet smell of a Cuban cigar and a book from Armchair Books. The Whistler Cigar Store in the Town Plaza has everything for the cigar aficionado. So go for gold in 2010! W

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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 397 inches/ 33 feet/ 10 metres 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 38 Gondolas 3 Quad Chairs 13 Triple Chairs 5 Double Chairs 1 15 surface lifts T-Bars 4 Tows 8 Magic Carpet 4 Hourly Lift Capacity 65,507 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 Consistently rated as North America's #1 ski and snowboard resort, Whistler continues to raise the level of mountain excitement for its guests. Whistler Blackcomb is anticipating a very exciting season as we realize a five decade-long dream of being the Official Alpine Skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With the mountains open 100 per cent before and after Games Time, and 90 per cent during the Games, this season will be an amazing experience not to be missed. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which opened December 12, 2008, unites the two mountains by a gondola that sets world records for length and height while providing an unmatched experience for winter and summer resort guests. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola travels 4.4 kilometres in just 11 minutes, transporting winter and summer guests from Whistler's Roundhouse Lodge to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, giving them unprecedented access to both mountains' expansive and unique high alpine terrain and spectacular vistas. In total, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer 13 alpine bowls, three glaciers and more than 200 marked trails. The resort has the most terrain (8,171 acres) in North America and a mile of vertical (5,280 feet/1,609 m). The varied terrain is ideal for the resort's multi-faceted children's programs, adult clinics and on and off-piste guiding services. It has the world's most advanced high-speed lift system, with 17 express lifts and a total of 38 lifts. With the longest ski season in North America –


from November through May, with summer glacier skiing on Blackcomb Mountain from June through July – Whistler Blackcomb receives an average annual snowfall of 10.09 meters (33 feet). Besides downhill skiing and boarding, Whistler Blackcomb is home to a variety of other activities for the whole family including; exploring the Magic Castle on Blackcomb Mountain, or the Tree Fort on Whistler Mountain; and tubing in the Coca Cola Tube park located at Base 2 above the Blackcomb Gondola mid-station. November 26, 2009 marks the official opening day of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games take place February 12–28 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games take place March 12–21. For information about mountain operations, transportation around Whistler and general experience questions during Games time as well as all season long, check out

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.

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.

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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


tours and evening fondue sleigh rides amongst starlit mountain vistas. A truly unique Canadian experience for everyone! Call our friendly and professional staff today. Two locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Whistler Blackcomb PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience 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.

WildPlay Element Parks


Experience the thrill, fun and personal reward of “Monkido”, 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. Cougar Mountain, Whistler.

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.

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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 this year – 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.

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 this year – 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

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre 1-866-441-SLCC (7522)

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The Squamish and Lil'wat people welcome you - experience our legends, oral history, art, food, language and culture, in our traditional territory, in a spectacular building, in a magnificent forest and mountain setting. The centre is located in Whistler's upper village at Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way. This world-class attraction is a must-see for anyone visiting Whistler. 4584 Blackcomb Way or

Experience the history, feel the passion, know the story. Visit the Whistler Museum’s new “Journey to 2010” exhibit that chronicles Whistler’s remarkable

journey from a quant fishing resort to Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 4338 Main Street, Whistler.

Dog Sledding Outdoor Adventures Whistler


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! Two locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Cross-Country Skiing Cross Country Connection


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! Find us at the trailhead next to the ticket booth off Lorimer Rd.

Whistler Olympic Park & Callaghan Country 604-964-2455 Toll Free: 1-877-764-2455 Discover your own podium! 70+km of ski trails, 10+km of snowshoe trails. Plus lessons, rentals, tours, ski shop and more.

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.

Flight Seeing Tours Glacier Air

604-898-9016 Toll Free:1-800-265-0088

Enjoy a birds-eye-view of the Sea to Sky region. Spectacular towering snow-capped peaks, ancient glaciers, cascading ice falls, lush rain forests and turquoise alpine lakes await you. A breath taking airplane mountain flying adventure for all ages. Open 7 days a week, year round. Serving the Sea to Sky for over 35 years.

Golf Furry Creek Golf and Country Club 604-896-2224 Toll Free: 1-888-922-9462 Best known as B.C.'s Most Scenic Golf Course, Furry Creek offers an unforgettable experience for any level of player, and provides the perfect location for a first class tournament, corporate event or special banquet. Open seasonally, March – October. 150 Country Club Rd, Furry Creek, BC V0N 3Z2

Heli-skiing/Heli-Tours Blackcomb Helicopters 604-938-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-330-4354

Since 1989 Blackcomb Helicopters has been providing services and packages that allow a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking views and beautiful landscapes of the Coast Mountains. From helicopter sight-seeing tours to city transfers, landing on remote glaciers to heli-picnics and heli-weddings, skiing/snowboarding to charters and group events, come and experience Whistler from our perspective. ABOVE! 9990 Heliport Road, Whistler

Whistler Heli-Skiing Ltd. 604-905-3337 Toll Free: 1-888-HELISKI Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

Outdoor Adventures Whistler


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. Two locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

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Go where you want, when you wantâ&#x20AC;Śfaster. 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

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.

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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 three-course fondue dinner accompanied by entertainment awaits your return. Call our friendly and professional staff today. Two locations; across from the Whistler Village Gondola and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Whistler Air Services Ltd. 604-932-6615 Toll Free: 1-888-806-2299 Charter (air taxi) service is available to or from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. Three sizes of aircraft to choose from.

For all your cleaning and property maintenance needs within the Sea to Sky corridor. We use only natural & biodegradable cleaning solutions. Specializing in high-end luxury properties, move in/ out, nightly rental and post construction cleans with full laundry services. Be it your home, condo, rental unit, cottage, luxury home or office we will clean your property to Olympic standards! Locally owned and operated, fully bonded and insured.100% Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Burrowes Huggins Architects 604 730-8100 A medium-sized but very experienced architectural practice, which offers a high standard of design,

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Integra--Dale Staples and Duane Siegrist. The architects share a belief in client-centered architecture, teamwork, and long-term working relationships. Projects experience include residential buildings, mixed-use projects, as well as renovations and seniors housing. 416 West Pender Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1T5 Dale Staples: Duane Siegrist:

Peak Ventures

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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 Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Function Junction

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Canadian Snowshoe Adventures 604-938-1616/Toll Free: 1-877-938-1616

Whistler Cooks Catering Company 604-938-8835

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 areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional uses with tea from the forest. Back at the Caboose enjoy a light snack and rejuvenate by the fire.

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Day and evening tours and fine dining atop the mountains. All instruction, clothing and gear provided. Inside the Carleton Lodge.

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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.

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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 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

Immigration/Investing HSBC Global Investor Immigration Services Jenny Perez 604-722-6554 Discover how we can help. We simplify the acquisition of Canadian residency for business professionals and their families and arrange complimentay legal, tax and financial guidance every step of the way. We can meet with you in Whistler or Vancouver.

Interior Design Cabin Fever Interiors Inc


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, Whistler

Calvert Design Studio Ltd. 604-924-4034 We are a small, innovative, highly focused, full-service Interior Design firm. Our team’s combined 46 years of design experience, attention to detail and passion for what we do, has won us numerous awards. We would love to work with you on your next project. Contact us today for a free estimate.

Elaine Rempel Design


Elaine Rempel Design Whistler, specializes in interior design, renovations, project management, furnishings, accessories and color consultation. Take the stress out of your renovation experience and upgrade your Whistler home or condominium to maximize its beauty, livability and overall value.

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 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


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

Northface Kitchens & Bath


Authorized Nickels Dealership. Granite Countertops, Silestone, Soapstone, etc. Member NKBA, Member Home Builders Association. Certified Kitchen Designer Builders Line, Custom and Environmental Lines available. Showroom in the Industrial Park in Squamish

Patina Home Interiors


Custom furnishings, antiques and reproductions, folk art, unique accessories, renovations, project management and decor consultation and home staging for resale. 1072 Millar Creek Rd. Function Junction

Whistler Interior Design Ltd., Debbie Evans, IDD, CKD 604-938-3389

Interior Designer for Whitewater and Riverbend neighbourhoods and show homes at Whistler Athletes’ Village. Total Project management, Acad Drawings, for Residential and Commercial Furniture packages, hard and soft furnishings, accessories, complete turn key. Hubbardton Forge Lighting, Mitchell Gold and Lexington Furniture. Member Seattle Design Center, Interior Designers Assc of BC, Home Builders Assc, NKBA

Media/Advertising Mountain FM

604-892-6383 Toll Free: 1-888-429-2724

Official Radio Station of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Mountain FM is the only local radio station with Sea to Sky traffic and weather together every 20 minutes. Mountain FM plays your favourite hits. Squamish 107.1/Whistler 102.1 With offices in Squamish and Whistler.

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 them enjoy their stay: up-to-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

Mortgage Services The Mortgage Centre Downtown Michele Ellis, Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) Whistler: 604-905-9063 Squamish: 604-892-4647 Vancouver: 604-612-7772 Negotiating your best mortgage today can be a complex process. Use my access to over 70 lenders and 20 years of financing experience to your advantage. Be assured of your best interests and security through my Canadian Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation requirements. Highly regarded by all financial institutions, I will help you tailor your mortgage to your own priorities and goals. Call me to access your best options.

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 world-class mountains, golf courses and beaches. Be a member!

Millennium Water


Home of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver. With its achievements in sustainable design, Millennium Water will remain a community after the Games. Presentation Centre, 212 West 1st Ave, Vancouver. Open daily 12-5, closed Fridays.

Whistler The Magazine 604-932-5131 Toll Free: 1-877-419-8866

Playground Real Estate

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 including Kadenwood and Evolution. Sales Centre at Franz’s Trail-Whistler’s Creekside

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!

604-935-4545 Toll Free: 1-877-771-6767

Elaine Rempel Design

Project Management Renovations Onsite Consulting Furniture 604-905-8220

2549 bendale road ph: 604.924.4034 north vancouver, bc fax: 604.924.4035 v7h 1g6 “We are proud to be a part of the design team that made the Whistler Athletes’ Village for the 2010 Olympic Games a reality!”

Specializing in custom Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring and Fireplaces. Supplies and installation of stone products: s Granite s Marble s Limestone

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Macdonald Realty Whistler


Shauna O’Callaghan is an agent with over a decade of experience and one of Whistler’s top five real estate agents for both sales results and service. For your real estate transactions there is no better choice than Shauna O’Callaghan and her team at Macdonald Realty, with over 65 years in real estate. Shauna is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Affiliated with Luxury Portfolio and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Whistler Luxury Portfolio


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


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. Above Buffalo Bill’s, in Whistler Village and #17-40775 Tantalus Road, Squamish North.

Creekside Dental


We want to make you smile! 209-2011 Insbruck Drive, Whistler’s Creekside. New patients and emergencies welcome.

Doctors Whistler Medical Clinic


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.

Laser Treatments Whistler Laser Centre


Need a swimsuit — it’s your swimwear store and tanning salon. Located on Main Street beside Ruby Tuesday.

Le Scandinave Spa


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 away from Whistler Village, nestled beside Lost Lake.

A cosmetic medical practice in a comfortable setting. Offering state of the art laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation techniques, including Microdermabrasion, Thermage, Botox, Photorejuvenation, Restylane and Artecoll injections and exclusive skincare products. Located in Whistler Village, across from Araxi restaurant.

The Spa at Four Seasons


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 604-935-1222/604-966-0888 Toll Free: 1-888-935-1222

Now with two locations in Whistler! 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

PEAK PERFORMANCE Physical & Massage Therapy

Massage & Physical Therapy

Centrally located in the Crystal Lodge

Peak Performance Physical & Massage Therapy 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.

MRI Whistler MRI Clinic


Medical Imaging Specialist providing high quality MR Images of the knee, ankle, foot, elbow, wrist and hand. Doctors referral required. Located above 7-Eleven. 218 - 4368 Main Street, second level Market Pavilion

Spas & Tanning The Beach/Beach or Bust Tanning Salon 604-932-7503 Retail 604-932-7505

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We want to make you smile! New Patients & Emergencies Welcome

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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wraps, yoga and Pilates. Whistler Village and Whistler Town Plaza.

For the best in beverage alcohol selection, visit a B.C. Liquor Store in Whistler.

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa 604-938-5982/604-938-9381

Situated next to the legendary Showcase Snowboards, the Burton store features a huge selection of boards, boots, bindings, outerwear, casualwear and accessories. Sundial Hotel, Whistler Village

From Javanese massage to a full esthetics menu, enjoy our royal pampering treatments. Now with two locations: Summit Lodge and Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.

Whistler Mobile Spa


We bring the spa experience to you! Sit back and relax in the comfort of your home while we take care of all your spa needs. This option is excellent for groups of 2 or more people.

RETAIL Amos and Andes


Amos & Andes is the locals' favourite year-round sweater shop located in the heart of the Village. Offering unisex, cozy and hand-knit sweaters including Dale of Norway and Icelandic Design.

Armchair Books


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

The Beach/Beach or Bust Tanning Salon 604-932-7503 Retail 604-932-7505

Need a swimsuit — it’s your swimwear store and tanning salon. Located on Main Street next to Ruby Tuesday.



Outerwear, street clothing, beach and swimwear, accessories, footwear and skateboards. Whistler Town Plaza, 4314 Main St.

Blackcomb Liquor Store


Sommelier owned and operated, the Blackcomb Liquor Store carries over 100 different colds beers, nearly 400 wine listings including Whistler's largest selection of BC wines, a variety of premium spirits, soft drinks, cigarettes, cigars, snacks and more. At the base of Blackcomb Mountain across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the Upper Village. Open everyday from 9am to 11pm.

B.C. Liquor Stores Village Square 604-932-5050 Marketplace 604-932-7251 Creekside 604-905-4927

Burton Store


Can-Ski 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.

Comor - Go Play Outside


BC's premier ski and snowboard retailer features alpine skis, snowboards, outerwear, footwear and afterwear. Brands include Burton, Dynastar, Atomic, Ride, Volkl, Oakley and The North Face. High performance demos available. Free delivery to all Whistler hotels. On Village Stroll across from the Olympic Celebration Plaza.



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 and more. Have a candy adventure today! 115-4350 Lorimer Rd. in Whistler's Marketplace.

The Grocery Store




Full line of groceries, fresh deli counter, meat, fish and bakery. We deliver! Open 8 am to 11 pm daily in Whistler Village Square.

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

IGA Marketplace


Olympic 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.

Inside Out Boutique


Whistler Town Plaza (Deer Lodge). Inside Out Boutique features an extensive array of fine domestic and European lingerie. Casual streetwear and yoga gear. Loungewear for both men and women. There's something for everyone. They offer over 20 years of personalized fitting experience.

Keir Fine Jewellery


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 as featured in this magazine. Be sure to visit Whistler's premier jewellery store located opposite Cow's on the Village Stroll.

L’Occitane en Provence


L’Occitane en Provence offers natural beauty products for skin, body, bath and home, created with authentic ingredients from the South of France. Unit 200-4293 Mountain Square

Love Nest Whistler


Romantic Accessories for all of your intimate, playful and passionate moments. #102-4338 Main Street, Whistler in the Tyndallstone Lodge on the Village Stroll. Near Marketplace next to Blenz and Starbucks coffee shops. Discreet online shopping

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics 604-932-5445 The self-proclaimed beauty deli uses loads of fresh fruits, vegetables and the finest essential oils in its wide selection of luxurious bath and body products. Made in Vancouver, BC everyday. 4308 Main Street, Whistler Town Plaza.

Gallery Luminaura


Mark Richards Gallery




Whistler’s only gallery dedicated to contemporary art glass - featuring the Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly, exclusive Luminaura Crystal Collection and distinctively unique jewelry. Retail Arcade, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village An artist owned and operated gallery featuring original west coast works. Meet the artist daily. Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, Whistler, B.C. 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 Moments Art & Photography 604-932-3274 Fine art black and white and colour photographs of Whistler's beautiful places by Greg Griffith. Paintings and giclees of Whistler Village and vintage-style posters by Pat Griffith. 4258 Village Stroll – Mountain Square

Mountain Decorating Centre


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


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


The Olympic Store


Open Country


The Path Gallery


Patina Home Interiors




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 Village Gatehouse, across from Cow’s. Bring the Games home with you with official Vancouver 2010 merchandise! The 4,500-squarefoot Olympic Store carries Olympic and Paralympic products from clothing to collectibles to the adorable mascots. We have something for everyone who wants to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 experience. The store has merchandise to fit everyone’s taste and budget; including mascots, Aboriginal design items, ski accessories and merchandise exclusive to Whistler. Visit today and become a part of 2010 Winter Games! 4253 Village Stroll in the Deer Lodge

Whistler's Premier Clothing store featuring the finest men's and women's fashions, ranging from daytime casual to evening wear. Offering exclusive brands such as Michael Kors, MYNK, LTB, Lacoste, Kenneth Cole, Bugatti, Sandwich and many others. Adding those final touches, you will also find specialty handbags, footwear, jewellery, scarves, hats, and neckties. Located on the lobby level of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Showcasing beautiful artwork selected from the Pacific Northwest, created by First Nations artists. Amazing totem poles, jewellery, masks, carved panels, paddles and drums. Enjoy a huge range of limited edition prints. A museum grade collection. On the Village stroll steps from the 2010 Olympic Celebration Plaza.

Custom furnishings, antiques and reproductions, folk art, unique accessories, renovations, project management and decor consultation and home staging for resale. New location 1072 Millar Creek Rd. Function Junction Surf-inspired, Quiksilver has had a natural progression into the ski & board world. Also stocking Roxy and DC, whether it is casual clothing or technical outerwear, the Quiksilver store has you covered! Located in the Crystal Lodge.


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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.



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

Ruby Tuesday


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.

Showcase Snowboards Sundial Hotel, Whistler Village: 604-905-2022 Marketplace, Whistler Village North: 604-932-2526 1766 W4th Avenue, Vancouver: 604-731-6449 The most recognized retail brand in Whistler, Showcase has now expanded to three locations, taking its 20 years of experience to Vancouver. An innovator and the eternal focal point of the local snowboard community, Showcase epitomizes an entire sports universe in a retail store.

Snowcovers Sports


Specialized ski shop offering custom boot fitting, high end ski demos, tuning service and the best selection of skis, apparel and accessories in the village. 126-4340 Lorimer Rd. in the Marketplace



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.

Street To Peak - Street, Surf and Snow Inc. 604-935-9600 Street To Peak is Whistler’s premier lifestyle retailer hosting a unique collection of west coast brands. We feature complete travel collections from Dakine, Patagonia clothing, Prior Skis and Snowboards and accessories from Spy, Olukai, and more. #4-4573 Chateau Blvd. in the upper village.

Upper Village Market


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


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.

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 Residence Inn by Marriott 604-905-7019 Whistler's premier rental locations. Leave your equipment at home and try the latest gear at any of our locations. Seven locations throughout Whistler Village, Blackcomb Base and Creekside. Tuning and Service available on mountain.

The Whistler Village Art Gallery Hilton Whistler Resort 604-938-3001 Four Seasons Resort 604-935-3999

Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub 604-905-4047

A showcase of fine Canadian and international paintings and exquisite sculpture in marble, jade and bronze.

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.

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


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 Marketplace


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 manufacturers suggested retail price. Located in Squamish, off Highway 99 next to Canadian Tire.


Araxi Restaurant/Seafood & Oyster Bar 604-932-4540

Named 'Best Restaurant in Whistler', by both Vancouver Magazine for the past six years 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

Brandy's Lounge


At The Keg. 'Your Sports Connection.' A great place to meet your friends and watch all of your favourite sports on 10 plasma screens and one jumbo screen. Après ski appetizers, ice cold draught, NHL and NFL package, great people, good times, stay late for casual comfort and great tunes. Located in Whistler Village Inn & Suites, opposite Village 8 Cinemas.

Buffalo Bills Bar & Grill


Restaurant and Nightclub. Bills offers one of Whistler's most unique catering venues, accommodating group from 15 to 335 guests. At night join us for mainstream 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 Telus Conference Centre on Golfers Approach. or email us at



A great menu, cozy atmosphere, and stunning views of Whistler valley. Full service dining for skiers and sightseers located in the Rendezvous Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain. 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


Whistler's original après ski bar, known for its award winning BBQ-style menu for lunch and dinner. Featuring live music, sports on the big screen TV and two amazing patios. Located at the base of Whistler Mountain in Creekside.

Fitzsimmons Pub and Blackcomb Liquor Store 604-932-9795 Whistler's coziest pub with organically inspired cuisine. Sommelier owned and operated, the Blackcomb Liquor Store carries over 100 different colds beers, nearly 400 wine listings including Whistler's largest selection of BC wines, a variety of premium spirits, soft drinks, cigarettes, cigars, snacks and more. At the base of Blackcomb Mountain across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the Upper Village.

FireRock Lounge


Leather couches, cozy stone fireplace and a wonderful selection of food and drinks will lure you into this amazing local lounge. The friendly staff, pool-side patio and funky tunes will keep you there! Located in the Westin Resort & Spa at the base of Whistler Mountain

Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain across from the Wizard Express Chair.

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.

Steeps Grill


No skis required gourmet dining at 6,000 feet. Indulge and discover BC wines and local cuisine in a spectacular alpine setting. Casual, full service dining for skiers and sightseers located in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain accessible via Whistler Village Gondola or PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Tapley's Neighborhood Pub


Cold draught and Whistler's local choice for all the sports action. Come and join us for a real Whistler experience! Located beside the Telus Conference Centre on Golfers Approach or email us at goodtimes@

Tommy Africa’s


The Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) 604-905-2220

Whistler Club Crawls


A unique fusion of ultra-lounge, restaurant and bar. Featuring a tapas-style menu, imported beer, and exotic martinis with vinyl spinning DJs bridging the gap between après and late night. Located above the Whistler Village gondola building.

Turn any night into the most awesome party! Get to know dozens of cool people from all over the globe. Play fantastic party games at the clubs! Perfect for bachelor(ettes) and birthdays.

Lakeside Lounge



The Lakeside Lounge is part living room and part library, carrying with it an air of refined relaxation. Sink into one of the leather armchairs in front of the magnificent fireplace and the breathtaking views of Nita Lake. Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Rd, Creekside, Whistler

Longhorn Saloon


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


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.



Blackcomb's après ski headquarters and locals' living room. Home to the infamous Guitar Doug & the Hairfarmers. Merlins features burgers, beer, sports on the big screen TV and the best patio in Whistler.

“Best place to dance in Whistler” as voted by the locals. Located in the main village square beside the taxi loop.

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