Best of Whistler 2012: Quintessential Whistler 

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Best of Whistler 2012 - Quintessential Whistler

Best of Whistler 2012 - Quintessential Whistler

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There you have it folks — El Furniture Warehouse.

Honourable mentions for second and third place for Best New Business go to The Mexican Corner and the Royal Taste of India respectively. How's that to tempt your taste buds?

BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT IN A BLIZZARD

Home sweet home . In front of a roaring fire. You just can't beat it, although if you are going to venture out of doors, readers picked Dusty's and the GLC as the second and third choice. Still, it would seem they don't come close to the comforts of home, at least in the minds of our voters. Whether that's "with wine," or "with a few good movies," or "with scotch" or "with treats from Purebread," Whistler wants to wait out the storm at home obviously counting down the minutes before they can hit the slopes.

RAINY DAY ACTIVITY

The muni gets props here with Meadow Park Sports Centre . It's the runaway winner for the best thing to do on a rainy day. And we have our share of them here, rainy days that is. This is why MPSC wins: where else can you skate, swim, lounge in the sauna, play squash, work out with weights or on the cardio machines in one clean, friendly facility? It's $8 per adult, $5 per youth, $4.25 per child and $16 per family. Meadow Park is well worth the trip to Alpine, rain or shine.

FAVOURITE WHISTLERITE

He's got one more moniker to add to his long list of impressive creds — Favourite Whistlerite. It's somewhere behind dad, husband, godfather of freeskiing, driving force behind the creation of the first twin-tip skis, visionary for his film company Switchback Entertainment, and local legend.

Mike Douglas is both honoured... and a little embarrassed at the news.

"One of the things that I like about Whistler is there's a lot of what I would consider to be quite extraordinary people in this town and I think in general we don't make too big a deal about it," said Douglas who has called Whistler home for the past 24 years.

He finds himself in good company on the Favourite Whistlerite list that over the years has included Whistler visionaries like Ken Melamed, legends like John 'Rabbit' Hare, and gold medal Olympian Ashleigh McIvor, who claimed the spot last year,

The future is looking bright for this father of two having just signed on with Whistler Blackcomb to do a whole new batch of Wonder videos next year, continuing to work with Salomon Freeski TV and concentrating on a feature documentary due out in 2014.

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