Explore Whistler This Winter- Celebrating 50 Years!
November 3, 2015
The Whistler Ski Resort Celebrates its 50th birthday this year!
How Whistler Began…
Back in 1965, Canada was bidding to be the site of the 1968 Winter Olympics and proposed the construction of a resort on Whistler to be the site of the alpine skiing events. Although the bid fell through, the resort was built anyway and opened for business in 1966 and the rest is history.
The 2010 Winter Olympics
When Vancouver won its bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler was used for the alpine and Nordic ski events, as well as luge, skeleton and bobsledding. The Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic Park, built specifically for the Olympics, continues to host local events. And then there's Whistler Olympic Plaza, an integral part of Whistler's culture today. It’s a gathering place where visitors and locals can enjoy live music and theatre. The buildings constructed for the Athletes Village are still in existence and, now called Cheakamus Crossing, providing homes for many Whistler residents.
Merger with Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb is still the largest ski resort in North America and is still over twice as large as its nearest competitor. This was accomplished when Intrawest, the developers who owned the Blackcomb resort, purchased Whistler in 1997 and merged the two, giving Whistler Blackcomb over 8,171 acres of terrain to be enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders. (Today, Whistler Blackcomb Holdings owns 75% of the resort.)
Travelling Between Whistler and Blackcomb – the Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are separated by a valley and Fitzsimmon's Creek. Skiers and snowboarders can travel from Whistler's Roundhouse Lodge to Blackcomb's Rendezvous Restaurant and back again via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Each of the cabins can hold 28 people, so it can transport over a thousand people per hour. The gondola is in use year round, as a matter of fact, it provides spectacular views of the valley and the mountains to all riders.
Whistler – the Resort Town
Whistler, or Whistler Village, located 125 kilometers north of Vancouver, is situated at the base of Whistler Mountain. Most people drive here from Vancouver via the Sea to Sky Highway, but there's also a shuttle service from the Vancouver airport. There are plenty of lodgings at Whistler to suit almost every budget.
Whistler – the Skiing and the Snowboarding!
Whistler's motto is: “Big terrain. Big snow. Big vibe.” and it certainly delivers.
Whistler's summit elevation is 7,165 feet and it has a total vertical drop of 5,020 feet. Skiers and snowboarders have 4,757 acres of inbound terrain in which to play, and plenty of lifts to get them up the mountain. (Of these, two are gondolas, seven are high-speed detachable quad chair lifts, two are fixed-grip chair lifts, and two are T-bars.)
Whistler offers 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, and world-class terrain parks for snowboarders.
Anyone who gets hungry doesn't have to go all the way down to Whistler Village – there are four restaurants on the hill!
If you enjoy the snow, Whistler is a must see and is every skier and snowboarders’ dream. With winter just around the corner, make sure you rent your chalet today!