Best of Whistler 2012: Quintessential Whistler 

Best of Whistler 2012 - Quintessential Whistler

Best of Whistler 2012 - Quintessential Whistler

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Pique asked well-known local architect Brent Murdoch about the choices.

"(The library) is the building in Whistler's history that's probably been in the news the most," he said. "It's the one everyone knows most about historically-wise, process-wise and may not have actually been inside but probably have most recollection of.

"...I think the other two are excellent choices. They are representative of a different part of the community and equally representative of what Whistler is all about... A large dose of fun andwhimsy, a high degree of craftsmanship, totally responsive to the setting and environment... They represent Whistler not just in how they look in a physical sense, but also represent the essence of what it's like to live up here on the edge of the coastal rainforest. If the library represents the overly wrought, scholarly approach to how you might build in Whistler, the other two represent the organic, natural, grassroots approach and equally representative of the culture of Whistler (locals vs. weekend warriors!)."


In a town known for its parties, it's always interesting to find out which one takes the top spot — the one that partied harder than the rest, shook up the town better than the rest, left us woeful and wanting more when it was all said and done. 2012 belongs to... Crankworx . In its ninth year, Crankworx took it to new heights with some amazing record-breaking stats: the GLC had its best day EVER during the 10-day festival, there was the biggest jump EVER in a slopestyle competition at 60 feet, the number of unique viewers to see live webcasts and replays were higher than EVER, and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park beat the 10-day visit record.

But record-breaking stats aside, mark your calendars for Aug. 9 to18, 2013 — the 10th annual. It's sure to knock your socks off.


This could make you never want to après again. Then again...

"Did you go up today? Are you ready to go down?"

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