Whistler BC Canada
Whistler, located in British Columbia is a Canadian resort town known for its incredible skiing and snowboarding opportunities. During the summer mountain biking, skateboarding, and ziptreking are available as alternative sports. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, and it is continuously voted a top destination in North America for skiers. The city is well known for hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics where they had alpine, Nordic, luge, skeleton, and bobsled events. The statue of Llanaaq, mascot of the 2010 Olympics continues to be located on Whistler Mountain for all to see. At the height of the games the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village housed around 2,400 athletes, coaches, trainers and officials. After the games finished the site has since been turned into a new residential neighbourhood. Many travel to Whistler through the well known “Sea-to-Sky highway”, a road that travels along the coast approximately 36 miles north of Squamish, and 76 miles from Vancouver. Until the 1960s there was no infrastructure located on Whistler, but all that changed when skiing was introduced to the area. In 1962, four Vancouver businessman helped transform the area into Whistler Mountain, and in 1966 it was open for the public. Skiing continues to be the main attraction of Whistler.
Whistler Blackcomb is the major ski resort in Whistler, it is the largest ski resort in North America and one of the most visited in the world with 2 million visitors a year. It also has a Peak 2 Peak Gondola that moves between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The Peak 2 Peak holds the record for the highest and longest unsupported cable car span in the world. It has the most runs for more advanced skiers with 110 blue runs, 35 black diamond runs, and 20 double black diamond runs. It includes inbounds backcountry, wide-open glaciers, powder-filled bowls, and secluded glades. For freestylers there are six terrain parks offering challenges for beginners to elite athletes alike. For the 2010 Winter Olympics they hosted the alpine skiing events, including the men’s and women’s Olympic and Paralympic alpine skiing disciplines of downhill, Super-G slalom, giant slalom, and super combined. Unfortunately during this time there was a lack of snow which made it rough during qualifiers. Usually the mountain averages 462 inches of snowfall each year.
There is plenty to do at Whistler if you won’t be skiing during the winter season. For starters anyone can enjoy the Peak to Peak Gondola which is a nice eleven-minute ride with a great view of the mountains. A unique experience in Whistler is Ziptreking, an exciting activity which offers spectacular views. It is the longest zipline in Canada and the USA and gives the possibility for dual ziplining. Whistler is also home to the second largest skatepark in Canada with over 50,000 square feet of skateable area. The park is open daily from April to November and is located between the village and Fitzsimmons Creek. Whether you decide to cater to your urges involving skiing or take some time off to enjoy the views of the Olympic village where history was made. This incredible Canadian town is one you don’t want to miss. Here is an interesting fact to leave you with, Windows XP was codenamed “Whistler” because of how many Microsoft employees skied at the resort during the development of the operating system.