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McIvor said it was tough to accept the Favourite Pemberton Athlete award as she's been going back and forth between Whistler, Pemberton and Vancouver constantly and hasn't spent too much time in her cabin - her dad has been living there and finishing it up.
"Pemberton is an amazingly beautiful place to live, especially when your front porch faces Mt. Currie," she said. "Stack that scenery on top of some of the best mountain biking in the world and the best athletes to get out there with, as well as the long summers with the low elevation, it really is an outdoor sports lover's dream come true. I hope all the Pemby kids realize how lucky we are to have access to all the fun things we can do in town to stay active and healthy and live happily. And that I grew up doing all the same things they're doing now. And look where it led me!"
Freeskier Mark Abma was the top male athlete, a few votes behind McIvor, while multiple votes also went to big mountain man Ian MacIntosh, freestyler Kristi Richards, snowmobiler/freeskier Dan Treadway, mountain biker Jesse Ballhausen, freeskier Laura Ogden, freeskier Eric Pehota and paddler Aleea Dahinden - not a bad showing for a town you could fit into the Whistler Conference Centre.
Best Outdoor Sport
There aren't many towns in the world that are Pemberton's size and boast so many kilometres of bike trails, which is one of the reasons that mountain biking was once again voted Pemberton's Best Outdoor Sport.
And as good as it is - and with a season that's two or three months longer than Whistler's - it's getting better with new trail projects opening up more terrain all the time. A visit to the Pemberton Valley Trails Association (pembertontrails.com) tells the story, including the expansion of the organizations' range to the Duffey Lake Road and the Wild Bill trail. The new Jack the Ripper trail (named after Jack Hannan, which is a rework of the neglected Titties and Beer trail) is now complete, as is the Chain Link Trail connecting Little Owl Lake to Birkenhead River Road. Let It Go and Gravatrout have both been given facelifts.
Golf is number two on the list, which is a natural considering that Pemberton probably has more golf holes per capita than any town in the province (45, including Big Sky's Academy course, or 46 including the helicopter-accessed 19th Hole by Big Sky).
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