Lindsay Graham knows well the lure of snow-covered slopes.
Growing up in the great outdoor playground of Claremont, Ontario, she spent a great deal of time shredding the powder on her snowboard.
That’s why she decided an alpine environment would be her long-term destination.
And close to a couple of decades ago, that led her to Whistler, where she now spends much of her time letting prospective homebuyers know how much there is to do away from the ski and snowboard runs.
“The alpine sports have made our town what it is. But there’s so much more to the picture now,” says Graham, who runs Lindsay Graham Whistler Real Estate.
“From a real estate perspective over the last 18 years in the business, people were predominantly buying property so they could ski. Then mountain biking increased in popularity, along with other summer activities.
“Now, we are seeing buyers of all sorts coming to Whistler for other aspects, such as the incredible culinary experiences we have in our fabulous restaurants.
“There’s also the live music venues, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra playing at the (Olympic) Celebration Plaza, and local bands such as Big Love Band, Marble Canyon, and Red Chair, which all provide a different night life experience.”
Then there are the arts.
“We have the Whistler Film Festival, the Audain Art Museum, and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre - all of these have brought not only a whole different flavour to our community but a different approach from homebuyers who appreciate a wider range of pursuits.”
The turning point for her came several years ago when a client asked her, “Which one (mountain) is Whistler, and which one is Blackcomb?”
“Here was a client who was willing to invest in the community, and their main interests had nothing to do with the outdoors,” she says.
“And while I still love getting up on the mountains, it’s the other components in the community that have kept me here,” she adds.
“There’s so much the community has matured and evolved into as a well-rounded, cultural place to be over the last couple of decades,” Graham says.
For more about how you can discover how much Whistler has to offer, visit Graham’s website at lgwhistlerrealestate.com.