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STORIES BY DAVID BURKE - IMAGES BY JOERN ROHDE
GO DOWNHILL TUBING
Sliding downhill — fast! — on an icy path is the stuff of which
childhood memories are made, and you don’t have to be a skier
or snowboarder to enjoy that feeling. With a variety of runs
ranging from gentle to expert, some with more than 1,000 feet
of sliding bliss, Whistler Blackcomb’s Coca-Cola Tube Park
at the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb Mountain is a great place to
feel the wind in your face as you careen headlong downhill on
an overinflated rubber inner tube. After the run, ride the special
conveyor back to the top as you decide which lane to tackle
next. No previous experience is needed.
The entire park is fully lit in the early evening and has a great
sound system, so it’s a great place to take the whole family for
an hour or two of fun before dinner or warming up with a frothy
SHOP LOCAL FOR THAT ONE-
If you are in search of a place to browse unique, locally made
jewellery, pottery, fashion accessories and fine art and try
specially prepared, artisanal food items, all while interacting
with the folks who created them, look no further than the Made
in Whistler Market.
Co-managers Linda Davies and Carmen Craig Martin describe
Purchase tickets online a minimum of three days in advance to save up to 10 per cent or at the window for the regular rate. whistlerblackcomb.com
the market as a “small and carefully curated ‘Table Market’,” and
say Made in Whistler “presents an opportunity for artists from
the Sea to Sky area to introduce their work to both our visitors
and local Whistler residents.”
Now in its eighth year, the market, located at the Westin Resort
& Spa’s Level 1, is the place to shop for that special souvenir
mug of hot chocolate by the fire pit. Accessed from Whistler Village via a free ride on the Excalibur Gondola, the park is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and
weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with special hours during the holidays. Children must be at least three years of age and a minimum of 36 inches ( 91
centimetres) tall; and those between 36 and 41 inches may enjoy the two children’s lanes from the halfway point.
or gift. Endorsed by Arts Whistler, the list of market vendors includes a dizzying array of talented artisans, showcasing their unique offerings from ceramics and one-
of-a-kind jewellery to photography and delectable treats. Each market this season will feature the “Artisanal Experience,” which is a chance for guests to “enjoy an
instructive experience in jewellery, knitting and weaving and a particularly yummy class in cookie decorating,” organizers say.
The market runs Sundays from Dec. 15 to March 29 (with additional dates on Dec. 23 and 28) from noon to 5 p.m. For details, including profiles of the vendors and
their offerings, visit madeinwhistlermarket.com or follow them at facebook.com/madeinwhistlermarket.