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Q. Do you want to think like a local?

A. Of course you do. Here’s your crash course.

Q. Whistler or Blackcomb?

A. OK, everyone has his or her favourite, one reason or the other why they prefer Whistler or Blackcomb. The trick is to find out for yourself. They’re both awesome.

Q. How do I find my way around on these massive mountains?

A. Yes, they are big. But don’t be intimated. You’ll know your way around soon enough! In the meantime, check out a free mountain tour. They start every day at 11:30 a.m. Ask at Guest Relations for more info. And don’t hesitate to ask a Mountain Host for help too.

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

A. 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.

Q. When’s the best time to ski?

A. Anytime. But, here’s a little tip. It’s best to get in line first thing in the morning, eat an early or a late lunch. That way you not only get the best lines, you avoid the crowds..

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

Q. Is there a 20-centimetre rule in Whistler?

Q. Where do all the locals live?

A. Right here. A huge percentage of Whistler’s workforce lives right here in town. That’s why it feels like a bustling little ski town. There’s a permanent population of 10,000+ and with visitors that swells to about 50,000 on busy weeks.

Q. Where’s the health centre?

A. 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.

  Q. Are helmets mandatory?

A. Not mandatory. But most people are wearing them these days. You can rent them or buy one.

Q. What if I want to find my own way?

A. Ok, we know things look similar and it gets a bit confusing as a pedestrian only village. Trust our handy map at the back of FAQ. Don’t leave home without this. Pop it in your purse or pocket and refer back often.

Q. Is this a kid-friendly place?

A. More than ever before! Check out our section on kids’ activities. But it’s not just the free skating, and the tubing, and the skiing that’s geared towards kids. You’ll find restaurants more than happy to feed your hungry brood. Don’t forget the playground at Whistler Olympic Plaza — the perfect place to burn off any excess energy. This is a winter wonderland for kids. Build a snowman. Make a snow angel. Catch a snowflake on your togue.

Q. Can kids go into bars?

A. Well… this is a funny one. It’s no secret that B.C. has some old-fashioned rules around booze and the province is working to bring these rules into the 21st century. In the meantime however, the simple answer to that question is that kids are allowed in some bars, and only then until 8 p.m., and not in others. Best to ask.

Q. Do you need to make reservations if you’re going out to dinner?

A. That all depends on when you’re visiting and where you want to eat. Some weeks are busier than others. Can’t hurt to call ahead.

Q. How do I get around town?

A. Public transportation is a cinch in Whistler. It helps that outside of the village you can only go north or south. The main bus terminal is just up the stone steps by the Excalibur Gondola at Skiers Plaza. There’s a free shuttle to get around the village that goes as far as the Benchlands. The taxi loop is close to the Visitor Information Centre. And if you can’t find any of those things, just ask a Village Host for directions — or a friendly local — We’re here to help..

Q. Where can I learn more about the history of Whistler?

A. It’s actually a fascinating tale, a true story of taming the Wild West. Before skiers and snowboarders there were fisherman, and loggers, and some miners round these parts. They’ve all left their mark in one way, or another. But Whistler, as we know it today, was a dreamed up in the 1960’s when a group of businessman decided this would be a good place for the winter Olympics. And so it began. If you don’t believe us, check out the local museum.

Q. And First Nations?

A. 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.

Q. When were the Winter Olympics?

A. 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.


Q. 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.

Q. The name Whistler, where does it come from?

A. It comes from the marmots that live in the mountains and whistle. Truly. They’re very cute.

Q. How do I know what’s going on while I’m in town?

A. A comprehensive guide for the weeks’ entertainment can be found within the pages of Pique Newsmagazine or at You can get all the local news here too. It’s a wealth of information for any traveller looking to get plugged in to the community. And, it’s free.

Q. Is it really just as good here in the summertime?

A. 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 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.

Q. How can I stay connected after I leave so I can plan when to come back?

A. Sign up for the Whistler Insider Newsletter at for accommodation offers, contests and upcoming festivals and events. Follow us on social media. Read what’s going on in the local papers. There’s always something happening in Whister. You don’t want to miss out!