Best of Whistler 2012: Sports & Recreation 

Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

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Other areas to get significant votes include the Rainbow Trail and sections of The Flank Trail.

Best Thing To Do While Injured

Whistler is all about physics and testing the laws of gravity and motion on a regular basis. But what goes up must come down, and ligaments and bones can only take so much.

So what do you do if you have four to eight weeks, or longer, to heal and recover from your injuries? How do you pass the time?

The top entry on the list was to get drunk , always one of the most entertaining things to do while couch-bound, although it's a little more challenging with the NHL lockout still in effect. But as long as you have the Discovery Channel and it's Shark Week, you'll be well entertained.

Number two should really be number one, and that's read. Lots of great thinkers did their best work while incarcerated or laid up with injuries, and reading is a long and distinguished tradition for the injured.

If you have weeks on your hands and are looking for good, long reads, try The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, the Dune series by Brian Hebert, the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, the Discworld collection by Terry Pratchett, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams and anything by Bill Bryson, Herman Melville, Dostoevsky, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Dickens, etc.

Third on the list was the Scandinave Spa, which isn't an option for all injuries but if you're walking and bones aren't held together by plaster then it could be just the thing.

Best Trail Running Trail

Trail running is hugely popular in Whistler, with its massive network of biking and hiking trails and some of the best off-road and mountain running anywhere.

Top of the list was  Lost Lake Park  and all the crushed gravel trails like Tin Pants, Molly Hogan, etc. The new section of Sea to Sky Trail from Lost Lake Park to Wedgemount opens up a lot of new possibilities and some breathtaking views of Green Lake as well.

Second on the list are the Riverside Trails. One staple loop is up to the suspension bridge and back down again, although there are lots of great options if you're looking to go a little further — upper Farside Trail, upper Riverside Trail, Loggers Lake and the Crater Rim Trail, and more.

Third on the list was the Valley Trail, which we'll disqualify because it's mostly paved. That brings us to fourth on the list, which is the 24km Comfortably Numb Trail. With the addition of Yummy Nummy, Jeff's Trail, the Golden Door and other modifications, there are a lot of different options available to runners apart from going the full and punishing distance. If you like to run this trail, then you might want to sign up for the Comfortably Numb Trail Run in June.


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