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THE WINTER 2015/16 WINTER SEASON is kicking off in true style.

Whistler, once again, has been named the number one ski resort in North America, according to the readers of SKI Magazine.

Whistler also took the top spot in several distinct categories: terrain variety, après, terrain parks and off-hill activities.

You couldn’t really ask for a better way for Whistler Blackcomb to usher in a 50th anniversary year.

This is a very special time in Whistler, a time of reflection and taking stock of how this place has grown in the last few decades, from a small summertime fishing haven to an Olympic dream to the number one ski resort.

As Whistler Blackcomb celebrates 50 years in business, the resort municipality is also celebrating its 40th anniversary — 40 years since

Whistler became the first resort municipality in Canada. It’s as though the politicians of the day had a crystal ball!

But really, who could have ever foreseen that this little ski outpost would grow to welcome 5 million visitors a year, that it would host international events with aplomb, that it would make a name for itself on the world stage.

This is Whistler — 50 years in and better than ever.

It’s a great time to visit.

And that’s where FAQ comes in handy. This little guide can help you make the most of your time in our town.

We know the questions abound: Whistler or Blackcomb? Both mountains in one day? Where do the locals ski? Where’s the best après? How can we entertain the kids? How can we get away from the kids?

There are the more practical questions too: Where is the health centre? How much should we tip? Can you dance in ski boots?

The answers to all those questions, and more, can be found in the following pages. This is a true insiders guide to Whistler. Keep it handy and refer to it often. There are tips and fun facts and maps to find your way around town.

But FAQ is more than that too.

The little pocket magazine also gives you an insight into the people that make Whistler what it is today, that make Whistler the best among all others. Who are the people that call Whistler home?

We call them our “Insiders” because they’re in here to give you the inside scoop. A heliguide, a snowboarding pharmacist, a bobsleigh pilot/realtor, an après expert, an artist, and the executive chef at one of the top hotels.

They may not seem to have a lot in common but read between their lines. There is something that links them all together. It’s a love of these mountains and this special place. This is the place they all chose to call home.

So, put aside any preconceived notions of what Whistler is all about. This isn’t just a playboy town for the rich and famous and you don’t have to be a big-mountain pro skier to tackle these slopes.

Whistler has so much to offer. Use this FAQ guide to help you figure it all out. You’ll soon realize yourself why we’re number one.

Isn’t it nice to know there’s nothing better out there?