Sombre Reminder in Whistler
There is a simple but touching memorial to Nodar Kumaritashvili in Whistler village. Nicely done though it's a shame to see one or two inappropriate entries in the Memorial book. Overall, well done and worth pausing as you walk by to remember the lengths some people will go to be the best. We saw it in April 2010 - I don't know how long the authorities plan to keep the memorial there.
The best thing about this place is their fruit smoothies! Real fruit smoothies $5 each. Then sit at a table and watch the action in Whistler Square. They also have coffee, muffins, cinnamon buns, sandwiches, etc.
Hit the Slopes of course!
If you've come up during ski/biard season you are most definately coming up to ski or snowboard. Well you've come to the right place. The best thing about Whislter is that there are 2 mountains! Whistler mtn and Blackcomb mtn!
I like Blackcomb because it is a little more snowboard friendly. I am a beginner so I don't do any of that crazy back country stuff. Jersey Ceam is my favourite run area on Blackcomb.
If you're new and have trouble keeping speed stay away from the long, flat run leading to the 7th heaven express.
On Whistler I like emerald green, it's fun, easy and for those who are daring enough there is a small trick park and you can test yourself on jumps, rails and boxes!
Stawmus Chief, mmmm??? is this the name of an Indian Chief, NO!! .....It is a name of sheer granite monolith right alongside Highway 99 at Squamish.
It was located near Shannon Falls, so a chance for us to take a look at both.
The Stawamus Chief is the second largest granite monolith in the world.
No, I didn't climb it, I didn't have time, but I have read there are 180 different routes to reach the summit, where there are views of Howe Sound, Squamish and surrounding mountains. .
The routes all begin from from the base of this monolith, which is estimated to be 93 million years old. The climb is said to be a strenuous 7- to 11-km return hike, depending on which of three summit routes you choose. .
We drove to the base of the Chief, where we could look up at this huge monolith. Mountain climbers were there, putting on their gear.
Even if you don't plan to hike, be sure to stop at the Stawamus Chief Mountain viewpoint, where there are interpretive signs and a good view, it's located on Hwy 99 in Squamish.
Where the rich go to play!
Whistler is a bustling small town with a very rich and opulent feel to it. It's chock full of yuppies, seniors, snow-seeking kids and travellers from all over - especially from Australia! Whistler does have something for everyone - hiking, biking, snow sports and a thriving nightlife. It really does help to have a fair amount of cash, but it is somewhat possible to visit on a strict budget...