Best of Whistler 2012: Quintessential Whistler 

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Best of Whistler 2012 - Quintessential Whistler

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"Aside from that, I'm just excited to hopefully have lots of great days on the hill with my family and make the best of it and try and find a way to achieve happiness."

We second that Mike!

BEST EXAMPLE OF WHISTLER STYLE

Ah, the toque . Need we say more? We do. Because you did, dear readers. Toques all year round, toques and boots, toques and hoodies, toques and Lululemon, toques and puffies, toques over bedhead. Whistler — this is your best style. Though toques took the category, our favourite suggestion for best Whistler style goes to: "Old people skiing harder than people in their '20s." Now that's style.

WORST EXAMPLE OF WHISTLER STYLE

It's called "sagging" — "a manner of wearing trousers below the waist, revealing much of the underwear." That's according to the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia. What did we do before Wikipedia? But, we digress.

 Sagging pants  in all their forms, from where the crotch hangs down to the knees to the ones that go below the butt, once again take the cake for worst Whistler style. Wikipedia says that "sagging" was adopted from the United States prison system where belts are prohibited. "It has since become a symbol of freedom and cultural awareness among some youths or a symbol of their rejection of the values of mainstream society." For crying out loud, Whistler youth, find a Che Guevara T-Shirt, put it on, and pull up your pants already.

BEST PLACE TO TAKE A FRIEND OR RELATIVE

Do your friends or relatives ever question why you live in Whistler? Why you work long resort hours for non-city pay?

Why you live in a smaller house? Why you choose a place where job opportunities are limited? Silence the critics. Take them on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola . They'll never wonder again.

The Peak 2 Peak is the jaw-dropping gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. "We are thrilled to hear Whistler Blackcomb's Peak 2 Peak Gondola won this accolade from the readers of Pique Newsmagazine," said Michelle Leroux, WB's communications manager. "We agree, whether you are showing the best pow stashes on both mountains to visiting friends or playing tour guide for family in town, the P2P journey is unforgettable no matter the season or the weather."

Give your friend or relative the whole Whistler package though — dinner at the second best spot, the Rim Rock, and relaxation at the third best spot, the Scandinave Spa.

BEST LIE TO TELL TOURISTS

If ever there was a window into the collective Whistler psyche, here it is. Anything goes, even little white lies, when it comes to getting more powder, more turns, more sweet, sweet snow. Take these generally accepted fibs: "the mountain is too busy Christmas day", or "the mountains are only good on weekends", or "the lift opens at 10 a.m. on powder day as they have to make the mountain safe from avalanches", or "Khyber sucks." They're lies, to be sure, but we have no troubles getting to sleep at night, dreaming of that sweet, flawless, floating ride down the mountains, not a soul in sight to poach your line. Your secrets are safe with us, dear readers. See you early Christmas morning. Shhhhhh.

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