Whistler Travel Guide

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Whistler Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great skiing/boarding, Party town 

  • Con
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     Expensive; touristy; busy 

  • In a nutshell
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     A PREMIER SKI RESORT IN BC, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT ON HIGHWAY 99 

Whistler Things to Do

  • Peak 2 Peak

    One of the most spectacular gondola rides around, the Peak 2 Peak gondola links Blackcomb Mountain with Whistler Mountain. The two are separated by a deep valley and each contains a large and separate skiable domaine. Catch these red Peak 2 Peak gondolas in either direction from Rendezvous Lodge in Blackcomb to Roundhouse Lodge in Whistler...

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  • Views

    Much like other ski resorts, Whistler is graced by magnificent views. They are made even more stunning by majestic peaks and the deep U-shaped valleys between them. Because the climate here is more humid, fog often lingers at lower altitudes, making it even more scenic. Attached are a few photos.

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  • Blackcomb Glacier

    One of the most challenging experiences in Whistler, skiing the Blackcomb Glacier must not be missed. Beware though: not only is it reserved for the experienced skier, but it also requires a fairly onerous hike up from Showcase T-Bar, at an altitude well above 2000 metres! The descent is quite steep at first but then gradually flattens into a bowl...

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Whistler Restaurants

  • Delicious italian

    One of Whistler's most popular Italian restaurants, il Caminetto di Umberto offers tasty Italian dishes in a cosy atmosphere. The restaurant is divided into two section, a proper "white table cloth" dining room and a more casual bar area with live piano playing in the background. We sat in the bar area because the main dining room was full, but...

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  • Broad menu

    Araxi is considered one of a handful top fine dining options in Whistler. The restaurant has a large and beautiful dining room with attentive wait staff. It serves a menu with wide options from multiple cuisines, and a broad wine selection. While normally I shy away from such restaurants (e.g. that serve Sushi and Italian on the same menu),...

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  • Excellent Sushi

    Recommended by our hotel, Satchi Sushi was a great option for Japanese food. Tasty dishes served in a small and cosy dining room area. The restaurant is located in the main village, but on the outer side (not the main pedestrianised area).

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Whistler Nightlife

  • Rockin' good time

    The actually advertise themselves as a steakhouse and oyster bar but I never ate there so it gets put in the nightlife section. However they do advertise themselves as "High energu seafood experience"...whatever that means. The main feature is a live band "Whole Damn Country" that plays on Sundays, which is there big night (cheap wings and beer)....

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  • Apres

    First things first! What I consider to be nightlife after every other activity is different from nightlife after a full day of snowboarding/skiing. I want... no, I'm lying, I NEED to sit down for the better part of the night. I want a place where the food is good and the beer and drinks flow easily. Dubh Linn's fit the bill every time. Also, I want...

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  • Inside /Outside

    The Amsterdam Pub always seemed to be filled with a young crowd enjoying the evening festivities, both on the inside and outside.

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Whistler Transportation

  • Quickest Way to Whistler

    For 2012/2013, The Whistler Shuttle offers the most departures out of Vancouver Airport. I was greeted at the airport, and left yvr in 10 minutes. There is a 1 hour maximum wait guarantee and if it takes longer you get a free ride. [http://www.ridebooker.com/shuttle] . This company also offers shared taxi rides for late night travel, suv, limo and...

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  • Getting to Whistler

    To get to Whistler one must fly to Vancouver, a major city with direct flights to many global destinations. Hourly shuttle buses (by www.perimeterbus.com) connect the Vancouver airport to Whistler, in about 2.5 hours door-to-door. The drive on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, however, is incredibly spectacular! This road travels along a sound that reaches...

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  • Vancouver to Whistler

    On the 11th we collected our car and said goodbye to Vancouver (see photo of Ethan and Ted). We then had a leisurely trip to Whistler. We arrived at our hotel and found we had been upgraded to a mountain view suite - yay. That evening we had dinner and Sam and Ethan stood outside in the snow!!

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Whistler Shopping

  • Uber Chocolat Shop

    The chocolates at Rogers' were excellent. A little on the pricey side but not bad. The rum cream and the ginger were excellent. There is quite a selection so you need to allocate enough time to choose wisely.

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  • Cheap skiing in BC

    I've tried to figure out how to whistler on a budget for a while now and every year it gets a bit cheaper. Buy your gear used or in the sales. Before you get here check out the Vancouver craiglist. After around 10 days or boarding/skiing you'd have paid off most of the gear you bought if it was new, probably half that if it was used. There are lots...

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  • The Grocery Store

    This shop is pretty much the only grocery store in the area and caters to the tastes of visiting travellers (HAS VEGEMITE!!!!) but it is seriously expensive. If at all possible, try to buy your groceries somewhere before you get to Whistler, it will be much cheaper.

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Whistler Local Customs

  • Inukshuk

    The Inukshuk, aside from being the mascot of the 2010 winter Olympics has great significance to native peoples of the Canadian north. Translated, Inukshuk means “in the image of man” and it was in that image that native Inuit people built these stone structures. The structures were constructed and used for hundreds, if not thousands of years as...

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  • Apres Ski

    For later in the evening there's one of the many clubs in the Whislter area (jnlcuding those mentioned in my nightlife section). But for those of you craving a pint or other refreshments fresh off the hill then you are in luck as there are many restaurants with patios waiting for your arrival at the bottom of the main gondola area. Th best place...

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  • Olympic Fever

    The 2010 winter Olympics will be--in part--held in Whistler. In 2003 the venue was touted as the next Olympic city. Whistler will hold the Skiing, sledding, and jumping events. And many of the indoor events will be held in Vancouver.The Olympic mascot the Inukshuk (explained above) has been constructed in multiple places on the mountain and the...

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Whistler Warnings and Dangers

  • No Out of Bounds

    Yes Whistler is a world renowned resort, but it still has its dangers. Before you decide to venture out of bounds, get to know the mountain, go with someone who does know the mountain , and never ride alone. People just need to be aware, and ride within your limits. Avalanches are common, especially in the backcountry, trust your instincts, and...

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  • Highest Level Terrain Park - Need...

    A separate pass is now required for entrance into the area and helmets are mandatory. For riders under 19 years of age, the release agreement must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian. The photo ID pass is available from Guest Relations for a $15 fee and will be valid for the entire season.

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  • Corkage - Verbotten

    It is illegal for you to bring your own bottle into a resto and have them serve it. Hence the restos pretty much get to charge what they want of good bottles of wine. In fact, even mediocre bottles of wine are generally priced at a price that can only be said to be a "rip off".

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Whistler Tourist Traps

  • People Everywhere

    If you are planning on a trip to Whistler be aware that if there is any kind of holiday or school break during that time, the mountain will be extremely busy. On these weekends you may find that the crowds are more sparse on the back sides of the mountains. Lift lines are typically not tremendously bad since there are 38 different lifts but...

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  • Pricey Shops

    Many shops in the Whistler Village sell the same or very similar merchandise. The prices are typically quite high and being an American the exchange rate gets pretty confusing. Knowing the exchange rate and setting limits will help to keep you from overspending. For any merchandise that catches your eye, if you are not in a hurry, look at other...

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  • something to think about

    I met up with this chick while snowboarding down the hill, apparently she works for the whistler tourists group. she mentioned it would be cheaper for ppl to NOT reserve the hotels in advance. i paid 300$ for the hotels (2 nights), and she said it would only cost 100-150ish had i just show up asking for accomodations. double check for the price,...

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Whistler What to Pack

  • Canadians Think it's Warm When it's...

    When we were in Whistler in July it was generally in the high 60's (F) and the one day it got into the mid 70's all the Canadians were going around talking about how hot it was. They were wearing shorts and tank tops when it was clearly leather jacket weather. My point is, bring something warm to wear even if you are visiting in the summer.

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  • Fleece, Lycra, Polypro..must have

    If you're staying in a hotel and have car standard suitcases. If you are at a hostel or lodge type thing and well you are a backpacker...then bring your backpack. Ski Gear: Snowboard (or skis),Helmet (they're cool now), water proof ski pants, ski jacket, ski goggles, water proof gloves (mitten style is annoying if you are boarding).Underneath...

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  • bring food!

    It depends upon the time of year - during winter, obviously, winter clothing is necessary. I was there in May and wasn't skiing, so I didn't need heavy jackets. It did rain alot, so a raincoat was needed. Hiking shoes helped with all the walking that I did. In Vancouver, I had heard that there weren't many grocery stores in Whistler or that they...

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Whistler Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking Black Tusk

    Most people who visit Whistler-Blackcomb never leave the village or the ski hills. But more adventurous folks take advantage of the incredible hiking Southwest B.C. offers.One popular hike is to Black Tusk, near the north end of Garibaldi Lake.Take a look at my Black Tusk travelogue to get more details.Photo courtesy of Peter Matter

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  • Brandywine Falls

    Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is a very well known attraction in British Columbia most likely because it is about 13 km (8 mi) south of Whistler. The waterfall is quite impressive though and it deserves its reputation. It is a 66 m (216 ft) drop from the crest of the falls to the canyon below. Brandywine Creek then flows a short distance into...

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  • Whistler Backcountry - Fissile Mountain

    If you're a hardcore skiier/rider then you'll want to test out Whistler/Blackcomb's backcountry. To give you an idea of the geography concerning my particular trek: Singing Pass trail leads from Whistler village, between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, all the way back to Overlord glacier, continuously climbing in elevation along the way. In the...

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Whistler Sports & Outdoors

  • Whistler Blackcomb

    Whistler Blackcomb is one of the worlds best mountain resorts. It offers up a huge variety of terrain and a tonne of snow. This mountain is a must if you are in the area and enjoy skiing or snowboarding.Halfpipe? Yes - A few including a fullsized super pipeSnowboard Park? Yes - Some say the best in the world.

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  • Terrain for everyone

    Whistler/Blackcomb has lots of terrain for all different levels. We spent a week there, and were not able to cover even half of these colossal mountains and their trails.People have different opinions about which mountain is better, but we just tried to follow the sun. Some areas have deep powder up to your knees and no one around... if you are not...

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  • Whistler Golf Club

    Let me first just take this opportunity to apologize to the fine people at the Whistler Golf Club for all of the huge divots I made in their lovely grass. Yes, you can already tell by that last sentence that I am not a golfer and so you may ask, what was she doing at this gorgeous, Arnold Palmer designed golf course, backing up tee times for hours...

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Whistler Favorites

  • 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...

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  • Stop for Beavertails on the Hill

    For a quick break and a great way to add back calories during a day's ski-ing, try the Beavertails at the Olympic station - halfway up Whistler mountain. They're freshly made and have a variety of toppings available. At Easter 2010 they cost $6 each. The vendor did not take credit cards so make sure you have cash. It was great to sit outside - I...

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  • WHERE TO STAY WHISTLER OR BLACKCOMB

    There is no problem moving between mountains. You can ski one area in the morning and the other in the afternoon bur you have to come down to the base .As a rule you ski one mountain one day and the other the next day and alternate. This will all change Nov 2008 when the Peak to Peak Gondola starts up. There are three genreal areas in which you can...

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