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A writer’s confession: Ten reasons for loving Whistler

click to enlarge Whistler Style Many an exhibitionist has called Whistler home. Chili Thom doing his part during one of many legendary parties
  • Whistler Style Many an exhibitionist has called Whistler home. Chili Thom doing his part during one of many legendary parties

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Meanwhile here are my 10 reasons for loving Whistler:

1) The geography : We are blessed with a chain of coast-hugging mountains that have no equivalent anywhere else on earth. Glaciers, snow, granite and vast temperate rainforests: the geographic mix is truly stupendous.

2) The weather : Forget Colorado and Utah. I love it thick. I truly enjoy those big, honkin’ storm systems that come whirling down the Alaska Panhandle, stacking up against our coast like commuters at rush hour. Snowbird can keep its ‘lightest snow on earth’™, I prefer mine with a little gravitas.

3) The terrain : There’s nothing on this planet like hitting Peak-to-Creek when it’s just been groomed to the valley and there’s no one in sight and you can let it go for 1,500 vertical metres; similarly, few resorts anywhere offer the buzz of climbing over Spanky’s Ladder and hitting Diamond or Ruby Bowl with 60cm’s of fresh on 60cm’s from the day before.

4) Garibaldi Provincial Park : What can I say about a place that leaves me breathless every time I venture into its domain? Looking down from Fissile Peak unto a face that is more Alaskan in stature than most of the big-name Chugach runs, I am instantly reminded of just how special it is for Whistler to abut such an easily-accessed mountain wonderland.

5) Sea-to-Sky : Whistlerites forget sometimes just how far their community extends. Whether living in Squamish or Pemberton — and yes, even reaching out to those poor abused weekenders from Vancouver — the group of folks who consider Whistler “their community” stretches far beyond the municipality’s physical boundaries. And what a lucky thing that is: from tidewater to cloud-scratching summit, Whistler life is unique for its range of activities and interests.

6) Arts & Culture : Whether Writers’ Festival or Film Festival, works by Chili Tom, Cori Ross, Michele Bush or Stephen Vogler, the burgeoning arts scene at Whistler is becoming both entertaining and wildly diverse in its offerings. It’s at this point, say many resort-community thinkers, when a place really begins to thrive.

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