Lifestyle & Travel

Sep 1, 2015

Whistler is unique

British Columbia has ten mountain ranges that push west from The Rockies in a crowded parade until they fall into the Pacific. Thousand year old trees that deftly divide the light falling on an impossibly green forest floor. Glacier-fed streams that pour through steep valleys to join swollen rivers.

<

Higher up, mountain passes link whole ecosystems, and watersheds. It's a wild place where Mother Nature creates the boundaries. Not man. And while she demands respect, her handiwork offers massive rewards for those wild at heart. Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Get the latest reports, weather forecasts and live conditions to plan your day.

This abundant, nurturing landscape has sustained our ancient societies for 10,000 years. And today, some of those settlements have grown into cities that cling to the edge of wilderness, and won't let go. Because the people here, are here for a reason: to live within arm's reach of nature's richness. To ski world-renowned resorts, surf Pacific swells, swim in shockingly clear mountain lakes, hike to a glacier and back in a day. And all that activity breathes energy into our culture of hospitality.

Culture & History

In a land of remote wilderness, the Coast Salish inhabited much of the area in and around Whistler. They criss-crossed the landscape via an overland route, the basis for today's Highway 99. Before the world-famous slopes, resorts and high altitude action, Whistler Valley had a fascinating pioneer history.

In the 1860s, British Naval Officers arrived to survey the area, and gave Whistler Mountain the original name of London Mountain. In the early 1900s, the region became a base for trappers, loggers and miners. They named the area "Whistler" because of the shrill whistle sound made by Hoary Marmots living among the rocks.

The area would take on a new dimension with the arrival of two fearless pioneers, Myrtle and Alex Philip. When the couple arrived at Alta Lake, site of present-day Whistler, there was no road and no railway. The couple made their way by ferry, two-horse buckboard stage, and on foot.

They settled near Alta Lake, bought 4ha/10ac of land, and built Rainbow Lodge on the lake's shores in 1914. The "Whistler dream" began to take shape. The first tourists drawn to Rainbow Lodge came to cast for trout.

Two years later, railway expansion helped link Whistler Valley to the outside world. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway (now BC Rail) was built to Alta Lake in 1914. By the early 1920s, Rainbow Lodge became the most popular summer destination west of the Rocky Mountains. Trace Whistler's fascinating history, from early pioneers to the present day, at the Whistler Museum.

Hitting the slopes

In 1962, Vancouver businessmen launched plans to develop Whistler Mountain as a potential site for the Winter Olympic Games. Roads to the region were extended, and after the construction of a four-person gondola, a double chairlift, 2 T-bars and a day lodge, Whistler was officially opened for skiing in 1966.

Through the years the resort expanded with additions to Whistler Village. In 1980, Blackcomb Mountain opened, making Whistler Blackcomb one of the largest ski complexes in North America. Some 25 years later, Whistler would be considered among the top ski resorts on any continent.

In July 2003, Vancouver was named the host city for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; a number of venues for the games were located in Whistler. That same year, Whistler Blackcomb was voted the "Number One Ski Resort in America" by Skiing Magazine.

Skiers and snowboarders from around the world continue to descend on these pristine peaks and their two mountains, three glaciers, 12 magnificent bowls, 200 marked trails and 3,306ha/8,171ac of skiable terrain. From its origins as a wilderness summer resort, Whistler has transformed into a world-renowned, four-season resort destination.

More Articles

FeaturedArticles

  • vegetacion_del_mundo_212903380_1200x803

    Science & Nature

    Aug 1, 2017

    THE TREE OF LIFE

    The Baobab embodies the African spirit. Tree of life, fertility and medical solution for many diseases, the Baobab has a unique importance for entire communities. There is a legend in Senegal (the image of this tree is part of the...

  • 2013_Tokyo_Motor_Show_Toyota_iRoad_002

    Mechanics & Locomotion

    Aug 1, 2017

    FUNKY DNA

    What happens when a Prius falls in love with a Yamaha? You end up with a Toyota i-Road. It may sound like a joke, but the feeling about this vehicle is nothing like a joke.

  • Camarao02

    Business & Industry

    Aug 1, 2017

    MATCH THE MEAT

    The world already has an acquaintance as far as Argentinian beef goes. It's one's of the main products exported by the South-American nation and its quality stands out while served on the popular Argentinian and Brazilian barbecue...


  • Savory14

    Science & Nature

    Mar 2, 2018

    THE ULTIMATE WEAPON

    The large pastures can be an answer to end the areas of deserts and ameliorate the effects of global warming, defends environmentalist and Zimbabwean farmer, Allan Savory who once was responsible for the slaughter of 40 thousand elephants.

    ...

  • lilium-jet-flying

    Mechanics & Locomotion

    Jun 1, 2017

    THE FUTURE'S LAUNCH

    Meet the Jetsons. They're back from the 1960's into the recent future. Suddenly, the imaginary world of William Hannah and Joseph Barbera became rather realistic. Does it seem too fantastic? That's probably because, it really is!

    ...

  • Hotel-deserto-Marrocos

    Lifestyle & Travel

    Jun 26, 2018

    TEA IN THE DESERT, MY DEAR?

    On these modern times, adventure tourism in exotic far away places became exotic, but on Southeast Morocco there is a small oasis amongst the dunes that will delight even the most otiose and adventure hostile tourist


  • Photo: Barbara Schneider

    Lifestyle & Travel

    Dec 31, 2015

    One of Africa's Jewels

    Tanzania is one of Africa's hidden jewels. Worldwide renowned wildlife reserves and sanctuaries are huge tourism attractions of this African nation, but there's so much more to do in Tanzania than you might think.

  • Manufacturing

    Luxury & Fashion

    Jan 1, 2015

    Portuguese do it better

    Despite the doom and gloom, there is one Portuguese industry that's making great strides: Shoemaking, one of the most traditional and oldest industries in the country, mapping out a new future by exporting its way out of the crisis.

    ...

  • 01

    Mechanics & Locomotion

    Jan 1, 2017

    SUPERSONICS FIGHT BACK

    November 2016, thirteen years after the last trip performed by a Concorde aircraft (with British Airways, 24th October, 2003), north-american company Boom Technology showed the world the final version of its prototype for...