Best of Whistler 2012: Sports & Recreation 

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Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

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Best Coach

 Cat Smiley  of Kick Ass Workouts and the Original Boot Camp is not an easy coach at times, but there's no denying that she gets results. She's tough but fair, and knows how to motivate people.

She's also a highly certified trainer with a variety of credentials and awards to her credit, and can provide expert advice on diet and nutrition, women's health issues and more.

"I think the biggest selling point, and what has made my program so successful is the accountability and motivation, and the after workout support that's provided to keep people on track with a program," she said. "The Original Boot Camp is not just about showing up to class, there's a lot taken care of outside the class from sleep to nutrition to doing extra cardio. It's just the belief (among clients) that they are achieving bigger things than they thought they could achieve, and they're doing it safely and effectively. They trust me, because they can see that I'm taking care of the bigger picture, which allows them to push harder because they trust that whatever I'm asking them to do is achievable."

Second on the list this year Jordan Glasser of CrossFit Whistler. CrossFit recently opened a new facility on Alpha Lake Road in Function Junction with more space than before to deliver intense, all-around workouts.

Third went to mountain bike and freeski coach Jen Ashton, who always leads by example. She's a former world big mountain freeskiing champion and has been ranked among the top downhill mountain bikers in the country.

Best Cross-Country Bike Trail

 A River Runs Through It  is not the longest trail in Whistler but it's easily one of the most engaging — you're always doing something, whether it's popping your bike up and over some roots or riding one of the wooden bridges that made the trail famous.

Second on the list this year is Comfortably Numb, which weighs in at 24km from start to finish. There are a lot of different options to make the ride shorter or a little different — including short loops to the descent via Yummy Nummy, or backward rides to the Jeff's Trail cutoff.

The Zappa Trails in Lost Lake Park were third on the list, and are also a work in progress with constant upgrades and new sections being added to replace worn or damaged sections. When you include the trails around the White Gold Traverse, the trails on the far side of the park around Molly Hogan and all the old, weathered trails in the park, you can happily spend hours riding in Lost Lake Park without covering the same ground twice.

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