'''Whistler''' [http://www.whistler.ca] is in the province of [[British Columbia]] in Canada. Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near [[Vancouver]]. The official name for the municipality is the '''Resort Municipality of Whistler'''.
[[Image:Whistler_2005.jpg|thumb|600px|The Coastal Mountains during ski season in Whistler]]
[[Image:Born_for_the_games.jpg|150px|thumb|Whistler has nurtured Olympic hopes since 1960.]]
Before the skiers and boarders came, Whistler was a logging town with the name Alta Lake
. The area was known for its snow and a group of investors hatched a plan to build a ski resort in the hopes of attracting the 1968 Winter Olympics. The Olympic dream didn't come through immediately, but the first ski resort opened in what is now the Creekside area in 1967 and a second resort opened on Blackcomb mountain in 1980. The two merged in 1988 and full-scale development of Whistler Village began shortly after.
Whistler got its Olympic
wishes in 2010, as it hosted the sliding & some of the ski events for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
=== Climate ===
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Not surprisingly for a ski resort, Whistler gets its fair share of snow and cold weather. Typical
Winter temperatures average about 0°C during the day and -6°C overnight in the Village, but on rare occasions it approaches -40 Below F° /C°. Snow typically on the ground from Dec into April. Summers days can be quite warm, with temperatures reaching the high 20s C°- 70 F° , but nights tend to be cool. As with the nearby Fraser Valley or [[Lower Mainland]], there is significantly more precipitation from Nov through April than other times of the year . Warm wet air from the [[Lower Mainland]] makes its way to Whistler along the Old Squamish Highway along the back side of Seymour Mt., Grouse Mt., & Cypress Bowl Vancouver Ski Areas. The later another [[Vancouver]] [[Whistler]] 2010 Olympic ski venue . At the Garibaldi Range(s) the warm damp air cannot make it up & over the mountains, so it forms snow over the southern Slopes but precipitates out on the western slopes of the Caldera on Whistler & Blackcomb because of air pressure dropping as the wind blows over the Bowls. Canadian, American, & EU media roasted Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch for referring to Whistler as the Rockies. Which ironically the Media all erroneously called the alternate names Coast or Cascade Range. The Garibaldi Range(s)including Whistler & Blackcomb are surrounded by the Coast/Cascade Range but are much younger Volcanoes thrust up through it. The greater Range was traditionally named the Rainer Range but has been re-named the Cascade Volcanoes ''(a way to falsely create out of date text books in order to sell replacements)''. The Range extends from Northern [[California]]’s Crater Lake, through [[Oregon]]`s Mount Hood, [[Washington]]`s: mostly cratered, shadow of its former self Mount St. Helens, Mount Shasta, Rainer, Baker, & BC`s Whistler/Garibaldi & [[Vancouver Island]]'s Mount Washington.
=== By car ===
Whistler is connected to the rest of British Columbia by the '''Sea To Sky Highway''' (Highway 99), a beautiful but
windy and, at times narrow, road. The highway was significantly upgraded and widened prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics and is now much safer compared to the past, when it had a slightly dangerous reputation, but care should still be taken when driving, especially in winter conditions. The section along Howe Sound between Vancouver and Squamish is probably one of the most scenic routes to be found anywhere. Typical driving time from Vancouver is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. There are a number of rideshare sites available [http://www.hitchwhistler.com] where you can find people to share the drive or find a ride for anything from $0 to $20 .
* '''Greyhound Canada''', 1-800-661-8747, [http://www.greyhound.ca/en/products_services/ski_whistler_schedules.shtml] offers coach service from their Vancouver bus depot at Pacific Central station (1150 Station Street, near Main Street-Science World SkyTrain). Greyhound allows bicycles unboxed on this route. They charge $10 for a bicycle. A bus ride generally takes 2-2.5 hours each way. $28 one-way.
* '''Perimeter Bus''', 1-604-717-6600, [http://www.perimeterbus.com/]. Runs direct from YVR airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler Express service. 6 daily departures in winter. 5 daily departures at other times. $84 single trip.
RideBooker.com operates shuttles between between Vancouver International Airport and Whistler.
If a number of people are travelling together it is possible to go by Limo for $ 350- 400 with room for between 6 and 10 people.
=== By Plane or Air === '''Vancouver International Airport (YVR )''' is the nearest major airport; from there, you can rent a car ( In winter always request snow tires & inspect vehicle to confirm they were installed) take a bus or book one of the Whistler shuttles. Tickets for Snowbus (Tourism BC Visitor Centre) and Pacific Coach Lines (SkyLynx counter) can be purchased in the arrivals hall.
Visitors arriving from the United States may find flying domestically to '''Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)''' & '''Bellingham International Airport (BLI)''' and taking bus services across the border to be a cheaper option. The bus journey will be upwards of
5 hours. '''Quick Shuttle''' [http://www.quickcoach.com] offers bus services. Cheaper flights also fly into '''Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) '''near [[Vancouver]][http://www.abbotsfordairport.ca].
* <see name="Air: Helicopters & Sea Planes" alt="land at both nearby Whistler's Heliport & Whistler Airport" address="" directions="" lat="50.15" long=" -122.96667" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
Direct Flights to [[Vancouver]] & [[Victoria]]. See [[Whistler]] for details about connections '''Bus/Air''' via [[Whistler]], [[Vancouver]], or [[Seattle]].
* <see name=" Pemberton
Areodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS: Heli-Skiing, Charter Prop & Jet Planes & Helicopters." alt="Web Cam" address="" directions="45 min North" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.metcam.navcanada.ca/hb/player.jsp?id=64&cam=148&lang=e" hours="" price=""></see>* <see name=" Pemberton Areodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS" alt="local airport, regional airport" address="" directions="45 min North" lat="50.3025" long="-122.7378" phone="604 894-6135" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pemberton.ca/business/pemberton-regional-airport/flying-into-cyps-pemberton/" hours=" Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment " price="></see>
Tie-down Accommodation Fees:
Aircraft Weight < 2,000 kg 2,000 to 5,000 kg
The town of Whistler sprawls out around the valley, but the heart of the Whistler experience focuses on the European-style villages built around the base of the gondolas. Most of the accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and the Blackcomb and Whistler gondolas are in '''Whistler Creekside (Old Alpha Lake)''', '''Whistler Village''' and '''the Upper Village''', at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb. Village North (Blackcomb Village), built around the old base of Blackcomb, is smaller but still has a number of restaurants and hotels. Whistler Creekside is built around the original gondola on the south side of Whistler Mountain. There is a new
Southern town site at the former '''Olympic Village''' Site called '''Cheackamus''' location of the Whistler Hostel. Pemberton is only 20 min. north of the Whistler town limits and is a quieter bedroom community for a large number of the Whistler Workers.
The easiest way to get around most of Whistler is '''
by foot'''. Whistler Village and the Upper Village are mostly pedestrian walkways and small enough that you can walk anywhere. A short trail (5-10 minutes) links it with Village North and there is also an extensive system of trails that links Whistler Village with many of the parks, golf courses and beaches in other parts of the valley. Whistler transit or Cars are best used if you're trying to reach some of the outlying areas. If you do use a car, the main road through town is Highway 99.
Operated by BC Transit, the '''WAVE''', (604) 932-4020, [http://www.transitbc.com/regions/whi/] is Whistler's public transit system and is considered very good for a city of its size. It runs regularly from 5:30AM to 3AM all year. Commuter services are also offered to Pemberton. Flat fares are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors over 65 and students up to grade 12,
although there are some routes which are free services. A book of ten adult tickets can be purchased for $20, or a day pass for $7, from the visitor centre and other authorised outlets like 7-11 . A transfer is available on request from the driver for connecting buses. Being that Pemberton is a bedroom community of Whistler it is tied into the Whistler transit system too; fares $4.50. Greyhound Commuter to Pemberton $8- $13.
In the summer months there are many bike rental outfits. A valley trail connects 99% of all areas within and around Whistler. This is a paved 2 way - 1 lane trail system that is very pleasant and fast to get around on,
yeild to Pedestrians & wildlife including bears. More advanced trails head north to Pemberton and south to Squamish,for those who may be more adventurous and experienced. End of Summer '''Grand Fondo''' 7000 plus riders, runs from Vancouver to Whistler.Transit will carry the 1st 2 bikes on the front bumper - Whistler Transit bus drivers have refused to allow boarding with even a very small child's bike or scooter (even when folded. On Greyhound bikes below for an additional fee , even though its a commuter service ...from Vancouver they usually demand the bike be boxed.
=== By taxi ===
*'''Whistler Taxi''' 604-932-3333
*'''Whistler Resort Cabs''' 604-938-1515
*'''Pemberton Taxi''' 604-894-1111
All the taxi servies have small Vans that can seat up to 6. So a big trip to or from the outlying area can be split 6 ways if you request a van.
[[Image:Canada whistler slopes.jpg|thumb|300px|Excellent skiing]]
[[File:090215-IMG 0678-AtTheTop-Whistler.jpg|thumb| 300px|View from the Roundhouse Lodge terminal for the Whistler Mountain Gondola]]
If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with '''Whistler
-Blackcomb''', 1-800-766-0449 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134, [http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com]. With 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs on two mountains and a vertical drop of over 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), Whistler -Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and consistently ranks as one of the top three ski destinations in North America. The variety of terrain is huge — ranging from beginner areas to chutes and trees and groomed cruising runs to alpine bowls heaped with powder after a fresh snow fall — so there should be something to suit everyone. On the freestyle side of things, it has four terrain parks, a snow cross track and a superpipe.
If you are staying in Whistler Village or are parked in the day lots, the closest access point for both mountains is the two gondolas from Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village. The ride up takes 20-25 minutes and lineups can be long during the morning. Whistler Creekside has a gondola that accesses the southwest side of Whistler Mountain . This is a long walk from the Main Village so if you are are staying in the Creekside area have a car, use the transit system, or you are be an avid biker. Village North has a couple of lifts that access Blackcomb Mountain and a beginners area. The gondolas start operation at 8: 30AM and stop between 3PM and 4PM, depending on the time of the year. Snow conditions are available from the Snow Phone at 1-800-766-0449.
Both mountains open the fourth weekend of November and the main season runs until late April. Conditions permitting, the resort will keep one of the mountains open until early June for spring skiing. An adult lift ticket costs $89 at peak times of the year (typically over Christmas and during March), with slightly cheaper rates at other times. Spring skiing tickets are cheaper at $47. You can also purchase your lift tickets at the 7-11 convenience store in Squamish ( on the drive up from Vancouver) , where they are sold at a small discount.
Glacier opens for a few hours a day from mid-June to early August, but the number of runs are limited as most of it is used by summer ski and snowboard camps .
=== Other activities ===
[[Image:Cheakamus lake whistler.jpg|thumb|300px|Alpine hiking delights]]
[[File:Lost Lake.jpg|thumb|300px||Lost Lake]]
* '''Backcountry skiing''' and '''cross country skiing''' are popular in Whistler as well. There is cross country skiing around Lost Lake, including night skiing if the conditions are right, and Backcountry Skiing throughout the valley, particularly off of the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb. The Callaghan Valley is just south of Whistler (turn left before Function Junction) and will host the Nordic Skiing events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Callaghan Country hosts guided ski touring, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing tours in this region. '''Heliskiing''' is an expensive but worthwhile
endeavour if you crave making tracks where few others do. Several operators make Whistler's miles of backcountry terrain available to visitors.
* <do name="Whistler Mountain Bike Park" alt="" address="access from Skiers Plaza" directions="" phone="1-866-218.9690 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134" email="" fax="" url="" hours="10AM - 5PM daily mid-May to mid-Oct. Open until 8PM during summer" price="Lift tickets regularly $51, $44 early season">During summer, the skiing paradise turns into a biker's paradise with a handful of lifts carrying bikers and bikes up the mountain. There are over 50 runs and 4,900 feet of vertical catering to all skill levels. Tracks include single trails and fast race tracks with spectacular jumps and some Northshore elements have been built. Bikes can be rented at the base of the Whistler gondola.</do>
* <do name="Lost Lake Park" alt="" address="turn-off near the end of Blackcomb Way" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="50.12669" long="-122.93553" email="" fax="">Lost Lake is a great place to relax in the summer and is a popular spot with the locals. There's a beach, the water is warmer than the other lakes in the valley and there are miles of trails for walking or cycling. It's also a popular spot for cross-country skiing in the winter.</do>
*'''Golf''' is a popular activity in Whistler and it has three
championshp caliber courses.
** <do name="Nicklaus North" alt="" address="8080 Nicklaus North Blvd" directions="" phone="1-800-938-9898" email="[email protected]
" fax="" url="http://www.golfbc.com/courses/nicklaus_north" hours="" price=""></do>
** <do name="Chateau Whistler" alt="" address="4612 Blackcomb Way" directions="" phone="+1 877 938-2092" email="[email protected]
" fax="+1 604 938-0368" url="" hours="" price=""></do>
** <do name="Whistler Golf Club" alt="" address="4001 Whistler Way" directions="" phone="1-800-376-1777 (toll-free)" email="" fax="" url="http://www.whistlergolf.com/" hours="" price=""></do>
* There are a number of '''hiking''' trails in and around Whistler. For the casual walker looking for a pleasant walk through an ancient grove of cedar trees, Cougar Mountain provides an easy hour loop. More aggressive day hikers might head to Brandywine Meadows, a six hour trip up much steeper terrain. And multi-day backpackers also have a variety of options including the Helm Creek trail to Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk. Of course, the ski lifts and gondolas of Whistler Blackcomb
operate in the summer to offer hikers a relaxing short cut into back country.
* Whistler also offers some excellent sport and trad/gear '''[[rock climbing]]'''. Within the city limits there are several small, single pitch crags collectively known as Nordic Rock. The area offers 23 vertical routes, most of them sport, up to 20m long ranging in difficulty from 5.8 - 5.13a (French: 5 - 7c+). For more information on the routes in Whistler and area, check out any of the quality guide books describing the climbing in the [[Sea_to_Sky|Sea to Sky]] corridor.
As is common to tourist-centric villages and towns, Whistler
village has a number of shops awaiting you. In general, the shopping is better and you'll find more variety in nearby Vancouver, so if you're on a budget, your money is likely to go farther in Vancouver. On the other hand, many of the stores in Whistler village are a pleasure to visit and the outdoor setting makes browsing (or shopping ) more enjoyable than the large malls found in Vancouver .
*'''Whistler Ski Butlers Rental Delivery''', Learn to ski or snowboard or re-visit the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb mountains again in style with this equipment rental service company. , [http://www.skibutlers.com/whistler-ski-rentals/]
village has a variety of restaurants ranging from very cheap fast food to expensive, and covering a number of styles. Regardless of what type of food you're looking for, the best way to find good food in Whistler is to take a walk around the village.
Whistler's on-slope food is surprisingly good and varied. Though you'll pay a small premium for the high altitude service, your udon bowl ($10) or salmon steak ($12) is similarly priced to the village below and though the seating arrangements may be less comfortable than what you'll find in the village, the dining views can't be beat. One special on-hill treat
is the enormous waffles topped with berries, cream, and chocolate at the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain.
=== Budget ===
* <eat name="Teppan Village" alt="" address="301-4293 Mountain Square" directions="" phone="604-932-2223" email="" fax="" url="http://www.teppanvillage.ca" hours="5:30PM - 10PM daily" price="">Japanese teppanyaki.</eat>
*<eat name="Whistler Tasting Tours" alt="Whistler Restaurant Tours" address="4111 Golfers Approach Suite #201" directions="" phone="604-902-8687" url="http://www.whistlertastingtours.com" hours="9AM-7PM Daily" price="" lat="" long="">Walk-about dining tours, guiding groups to several gourmet Whistler restaurants for a delicious multi-course dinner paired with fine BC wines. </eat>
One of the true joys of Whistler is to go to one of the many bars after a long day of skiing or outdoor activities. The bars are where many of the visitors gather and the atmosphere is laid back and easygoing.
You'll find almost any type of drink at the many bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs in Whistler. If you like beer, try a local "micro-brewery" beer at one of the pubs in the village.
=== Splurge ===
*<sleep name="The FireRock Lounge" alt="" address="4090 Whistler Way" directions="Located on the Westin Shops level" phone="+1 604-935-4345" url="www.firerocklounge.com" checkin="11am" checkout="1am" price="$6 - $40" lat="" long="">This quintessential mountain lounge is your cozy and intimate getaway. Located inside the Westin Resort & Spa, the low leather couches, stone fireplace, dim lighting, eclectic music, great ambiance and service will keep you relaxed all day & night.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Four Seasons Resort Whistler" alt="" address="4591 Blackcomb Way" directions="" phone="1 888-935-2460 (toll-free) or +1 604-935-3400" email="" fax="" url="http://www.fourseasons.com/whistler" checkin="" checkout="" price="$395 and up in high season">Located in the Upper Village, walking distance to Blackcomb Wizard lift and to main village.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner" alt="Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner" address="100 to choose from" directions="" phone="1-888-205-0649 (toll-free" url="http://www.whistlerbyowner.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$99 and up, depending on season and length of stay" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">From budget to luxury, ski-in ski-out, golf course, Upper Village to Creekside. Many rentals with hot tubs.</sleep>
=== Apartments ===
* Heading North on Highway 99 will take you past
* Nairn Falls Provincial Park- just south of Pemberton.* [[Pemberton (British Columbia)]] - A quaint village. The alpine beauty of '''Joffre Lakes Provincial Park'''. Hiking,
Skiing, & Snow Shoeing (see [[Pemberton (British Columbia)]]for more details).
* Heading South on Highway 99 will take you past
* [[Squamish]], the self-styled Adventure Capital of Canada, is 45 minutes from both [[Vancouver]] & [[Whistler]] on Highway 99.