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Best Bike Tech
Keeping your wheels true, your brakes buffered your shifters shifting, your cranks turning and your suspension rebounding is hard, incredibly technical work. Anyone who has ever tried to do any of these things themselves can appreciate how important it is to have a good bike mechanic.
Our voters picked FanatykCo's Kevan Kobayashi as the top wrench-man in Whistler this year, followed closely by James Barrett at The Fix.
Best Adventure Tour / Best Activity Provider
Ziptrek Ecotours was once again voted Whistler's Best Adventure Tour, for its 10 lines and over 2.3 kilometres of cable to fly on. It also got the most votes in the Best Activity Provider category.
In fact, the tour is so popular that there are franchises in New Zealand and California, and Ziptrek regularly branches out to host zip lines at events like the Grey Cup in 2010 and has been running a line in San Francisco the past two summers.
Following ZipTrek in the Best Adventure Tour category was Canadian Snowmobile Adventures, which operates sled tours, ATV tours, snowshoe tours, dogsled tours, jeep tours, canoe tours and dinner/fondu tours using snowmobiles and snowcats. They also play host to avalanche, snowmobile, first aid and guide courses.
In the Best Activity Provider category, Whistler Blackcomb placed second to Ziptrek, while Canadian Snowmobile Adventures placed third.
Best Heli-Ski Run
As big as Whistler Blackcomb is — and it's the biggest mountain resort in North America — the entire resort could fit inside the tenure of our local heli-ski companies. The backcountry is vast, providing endless lines in snow that's almost always fresh. Add in all the Crown land outside of parks where you can charter a helicopter drop, and the appeal of a chopper is obvious.
This year voters split their vote between drops on Mt. Currie and drops on Rainbow Mountain , with Mt. Currie winning by a few votes.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Best Health Trend
Eating eight grapefruits a day is a health trend. The Shakeweight is a health trend. Yoga has topped this list so many times that it stopped being a trend five years ago and segued into a full-blown lifestyle.
Ditto for Crossfit, which was number two on the list this year. In the seven years since the first CrossFit gym was established in 2005 the movement has spread globally, with over 2,000 gyms around the world. Under Jordan Glasser, CrossFit Whistler got into the game early and has only grown since the gym was established.
Other trends to get multiple votes include Boot Camp, road cycling, roller derby, Zumba, the raw food diet, herbal teas, climbing and the Mila chia seed supplement.
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