Powder, pow, champagne powder … whatever you call it, skimming through the soft, deep snow is what most skiers and snowboarders live for.
Gillian Gowling gets almost as much of a kick out of seeing youngsters succeed in the Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) biathlon range as she does competing in the sport herself.
While skiing or snowboarding is often No. 1 on any winter visitor’s to-do list, Whistler has a lot more to offer than just sliding on the resort’s massive slopes. There’s no need for your day to end by mid-afternoon, as many of Whistler’s activities and adventures can be enjoyed after the mountains close.
Winter is a magical season in Whistler, and not just because it’s home to North America’s leading resort for skiing and snowboarding.
Whistler has some incredible art galleries to discover, with each one showcasing incredible artistic talent and an openness that invites you in to appreciate it. From iconic Canadian wildlife and landscapes, to internationally renowned contemporary works, to graphically enhanced photographic pieces, the full spectrum is yours to explore.
Hosting the Olympics is a big job, but in 2010 Whistler’s long-sought-after dream became a reality when Vancouver won the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As the Host Mountain Resort, several of the snow sports and all the sliding sport events were held in Whistler, which spurred the construction of new facilities like Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Sliding Centre.
What could be better than summer in Whistler: afternoons by the lake, hiking in the alpine, a barbecue and drinks on the patio? Less than 90 minutes from Vancouver, with options for dining, shopping, galleries and public art, and outdoor adventure, Whistler is at the top of the list of North American mountain towns as a summer destination.
Getting there is half the fun — or perhaps more than half. That is certainly true of the drive up the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler, which ranks consistently as one of the world’s most scenic drives.
In wintertime the occupying passion of locals and visitors alike is to ski and snowboard the vast terrain of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. While it’s true that downhill snowsports are considered the main menu, Whistler has a tantalizing cornucopia of other winter activities to try. This coming winter, why not expand your tastes and sample something new?
In the summer months, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy in Whistler. But in recent years, one sport in particular has caught the attention of ladies: golf.