What were the circumstances of your
first visit to Whistler? What were your
initial impressions? Did you think you
would ever live here?
I was an exchange student in Vancouver
and came up to visit on the weekend. I
was amazed by the place and decided
that one day I will be back to ski in
Whistler. Three years later, after finishing
my master’s degree in tourism and
marketing, I arrived with a one-year work
permit and ready to spend the season in
Whistler. One season quickly became 12
years and still counting.
Whistler is marking 10 years since
the Olympics in 2020. What were the
Games like for you?
When I think back to the 2010 Olympics
in Whistler, I have many proud
memories. My family came from Sweden
to watch the competitions, and I also
had many of my friends competing and
winning medals for Team Sweden. My
role during the Games was to lead the
forerunning for cross-country skiing with
some of the best juniors in the country.
How would you characterize the role
cross-country skiing plays in the
community these days?
I have seen the sport grow and become
a well-established winter sport in our
community. Whistler Olympic Park has
put Whistler on the map for some of the
best skiing in B.C., and it has also been
a venue for several large ski events such
as Nationals and Westerns. We have
developed some of the best athletes
in the country in Whistler with athletes
selected on the junior national team. It
is becoming a natural choice for many
people who mountain bike in the summer
to keep their fitness through the winter
with cross-country skiing. Not many
sports offer a workout for the whole body
like cross-country skiing does.
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As a wife and mother of two, what do
you like about raising a young family
in Whistler? Are there challenges as
I feel very lucky to be able to raise our
children in this amazing town. Although
we still live in a small townhouse due to a
long wait for a single-family home, that’s
outweighed by the benefits of everything
Whistler has to offer as an outdoor
playground. With biking and hiking just
outside our front door, we find time every
day for fun activities.
Favourite (family) hangouts and
In the winter our favourite spot is
Whistler Olympic Park for the weekends
and Wednesday nights (locals’ night).
We also love going to Meadow Park for
swimming and skating. Our best dinner
spot is Samurai Sushi for the kids’
Favourite (adult) hangouts and
We love taking our friends and visitors
to Bearfoot Bistro for dinner, the vodka
room and the wine cellar; Cinnamon
Bear Bar & Grille for Swedish after-ski
on Tuesdays, and Scandinave Spa for
rest and recovery.