Welcome to Whistler

THE WORD IS OUT — Whistler is busier in the summertime than in the winter, and everyone wants to know why.

Truth be told, it’s something the locals have known about for years; there is so much more to Whistler than just being the Number 1 ski resort in North America.

More than 2 million visitors come here every year and slightly more choose to come in the summer sun. Here’s a little insight into why they’re coming when the only snow to be seen is on the peaks.

There is more than 550 hectares (1,360 acres) of parkland in Whistler. There are five lakes in the valley and six major parks on the water. Add in the verdant west coast forest and the fresh air and you have a picture perfect backdrop for anyone looking for fun. What kind of fun are you after? Fishing, canoeing, paddleboarding, swimming, sailing… the list goes on. There’s more on all of these things within the pages of FAQ.

But that’s not all.

There is, of course, the biggest and best bike park in the world on Whistler Blackcomb with its 1,175 metres (3,855 feet) of flowing vertical. Not to mention the more than 200 kilometres of maintained double and single track cross-country trails throughout the valley. There are trails for every level so no excuses if you’ve never been on a mountain bike. There’s nothing stopping you in Whistler.

Don’t forget the four signature golf courses in the area — three in Whistler and one in Pemberton.

And that’s just a sampling of what’s in the valley floor. There’s a whole alpine world to discover too.

Now, let’s talk about the things that give a little added sparkle to the Whistler summer season — the festivals, the events, the music, the markets.

There is always something happening in Whistler. Just check out our events section for a little taste of what’s in store this summer from Tough Mudder to Wanderlust and all the action in between, like the free village concerts and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Here’s where FAQ comes in handy and this is why you should keep this pocket-sized guide close during your stay in Whistler.

There are helpful tips within these pages as well as fun facts about Whistler. There are maps and a Frequently Asked Questions at the back — the section that gives us our name.

But more than the practicalities of FAQ — where to shop, how to après, the best parks, the top trails — there is another part to this magazine that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. FAQ is a little book that gives you a look into Whistler’s soul, the very things that make this town tick.

It’s right there in the stories of our local insiders. In this edition we have the best bartender in Whistler, as voted by Pique Newsmagazine readers in its annual “Best of Whistler” survey; there’s a business owner running all kinds of activities in town; a husband and wife restaurant duo; an artist finding his own niche here; the Mountain Safety Manager at Whistler Blackcomb; and an Olympian who now runs indoor training and cycling classes, priming Whistler for every season.

Find out why our insiders moved to Whistler and what it is about this magical place that keeps them here. Careful though… it may just keep you here too.