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FAQ

An incomplete guide to things you’ve been dying to know about Whistler, but were too polite to ask.

How do I get around if I don’t have a car?

Buses run throughout Whistler. You can get to all the neighbourhoods in the valley. The main transit hub is at the base of the mountains. It’s called Gondola Exchange. There is also a free shuttle to whisk you around the village. There’s also the taxi loop, close to the Visitor Information Centre.

What Visitor Information Centre, you ask?

Lots of info here! Everything you need to know from accommodation to booking activities. It’s right in the heart of the village - see the map in the back cover.

Which one is better — Whistler or Blackcomb?

That’s a tough one. It’s so hard to pick the best one out of two equally epic choices. Truth be told, it’s simply a matter of personal preference — the mountain you know best, the mountain with the best memories. You’ll be hard pressed to pick one over the other!

How can I find out more about Whistler’s history?

There’s a little museum close to the library. There you can step back into Whistler’s history and learn about this out of the way fishing spot long before there were any ski runs. Learn about the push to develop Whistler and then Blackcomb. And of course, don’t forget to learn all about Whistler’s connection to the Olympics. Don’t forget there’s the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for even more local history.

What is the name of the giant column sticking out of the mountain south of Whistler?

That’s Black Tusk. An appropriate name for the distinctive black spire formed from volcanic activity. It is a member of a chain of volcanic peaks that run from southwestern B.C. to northern California and it’s located in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Did it really dump 20 cm?

Call Whistler Blackcomb’s Snow Phone 604-932-4211 for a daily weather report. Or check out www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

Why does everyone sound Australian?

Whistler loves Aussies, which is why so many of them come for working holidays. It’s also why so many of them stay and make their homes here. There are probably more Aussies here per capita than anywhere else outside of Oz. So don’t be worried about throwing out the occasional “G’day Mate.” There’s also a fair share of Brits, Germans, Czechs. Well, pretty much anyone from around the world who loves to ski.

And First Nations?

Yes, they were here before skiers and snowboarders, before the fisherman and the miners and the loggers too. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre documents First Nations history here. It’s a beautiful facility where you can learn fascinating stories.

Where’s the health centre?

We were wondering when you’d ask that question. The Whistler Health Care Centre has a fully staffed emergency department with top-notch doctors and nurses who know about torn ligaments and broken bones. And more. It’s on Lorimer Road. You can’t stay overnight. But it’s open ‘til 10 p.m. And there are doctors on call throughout the night.

How old is Whistler?

Whistler, that is the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is turning 40 years old in 2015. The RMOW was incorporated on September 6, 1975 as the first designated resort municipality in Canada. At that time less than 1,000 people called Whistler home. Today there are roughly 10,000 permanent residents. That doesn’t include the thousands of seasonal workers who flock to Whistler every year for a season... or two.

When were the Winter Olympics?

Yes, it’s true. It was a 50-year dream that became a reality when Whistler, and Vancouver, hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. In its wake we have the sliding centre, the Nordic centre in the Callaghan Valley, the athletes centre and village and much more. It was a defining moment in Whistler’s history.

Is it really just as good here in the summertime?

Let’s just say that summer is non-stop action in Whistler. There is always something going on, from athletic events like Ironman, to musical nights with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Don’t forget the mountain biking, swimming in the local lakes, the hiking, golfing and more. Whistler isn’t just a ski resort anymore. If you do one thing when you’re here this winter skiing, it’s to start planning your warm-weather Whistler vacation.

If it’s raining in the valley, should I even bother going up?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Don’t let the rain put you off. Embrace it. It means it’s snowing up above. Some of the best days on the mountain are days that looked like you would be better off in bed with a good book. Don’t turn the page. Turn back the covers.