The dream of hosting the Olympics was
finally realized in 2010, when Whistler
served as “Host Mountain Resort” for
the Olympics and Paralympics. It was
the site of alpine skiing, the sliding sports
(bobsleigh, luge and skeleton) and the
Nordic sports (cross-country skiing, ski
jumping and Nordic combined). Locals
are justly proud of the role they played
in hosting the world, and you can find
the venues for the three disciplines still
in use, as well as several sets of the iconic
Olympic rings, around the community.
Today, more than 2 million tourists flock
to Whistler each year. The town’s main
hub, called the Village, is found directly
at the base of the mountains, Whistler
and Blackcomb, and holds many of the
shops, restaurants, spas and bars. Patios
spill onto pedestrian walkways in a similar
fashion to European mountain towns.
People carrying skis and snowboards pack
the walkways at the end of the day, usually
stopping at one of the many bars and
restaurants for après ski. At night, clubs
keep partygoers carousing until the wee
In mid-2016, U.S.-based Vail Resorts
purchased Whistler Blackcomb for $1.4
billion. Company officials fully support
a planned, $345-million, four-season
WB upgrade known as Renaissance.
For skiers and snowboarders, the deal
brings inclusion in Vail Resorts’ popular,
13-resort Epic Pass program.
Of course, Whistler boasts the largest
skiable terrain of any resort in North
America at 8,171 acres and is consistently
voted the top ski resort on the continent.
Postcard-perfect views and endless
stretches of ski runs keep powder hounds
fulfilled. The ski season here is the
longest in North America, running from
November to July. But eight months of
snow does not seem enough to appease
some winter-happy locals, though, and
praying to Ullr, an Old Norse god and
patron saint of skiers, has become tradition
to encourage more snowfall.
No matter where you are in Whistler,
breathtaking mountains and forests will
always surround you. Pack your camera
and be prepared to spend hours capturing
images of the beautiful landscape.
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