Nestled in the Coast Mountains, only 40 kms inland from the Pacific Ocean, and 120 kms from one of Canada's largest urban centres, Whistler Resort provides a Canadian west coast mountain experience with snowy winters and moderate temperatures.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer the highest lift-serviced vertical and the largest terrain of any ski area in North America, with large alpine bowls and forested glades, expert grooming and ski runs that last forever. Check Whistler-Blackcomb.com for all the details.
And there are plenty of other activities year round to entice the visitor, including hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking, golf, tennis, in-line skating and sailing in summer to snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating, hockey and, of course, skiing and snowboarding in the winter, along with fine dining and shopping in award-winning Whistler Village. Whistler's range of accommodation and conference facilities make it an ideal choice for meeting planners spring through fall.
Many visitors are surprised to find that Whistler is a lively mountain community of nearly 9,500 permanent residents. The sense of community is very strong here in Whistler, with a passionate commitment to protecting the natural mountain environment surrounding us and moving to become a sustainable resort community.
In addition to permanent residents, Whistler is a part-time home to approximately 9,100 second-home owners from around the world, and 4,500 seasonal residents. With overnight and day visitors, our per day population averages 31,351 in winter and peaks (usually around New Year's) at approximately 45,000.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is the local government and provides local services and community infrastructure including water, sewer, roads, fire protection, bylaw enforcement, law enforcement through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, parks, conservation and protected areas, recreation and cultural programs, and resident housing. They also legislate and enforce land use and development and maintain all municipal property, including Whistler Village.
Tourism Whistler, incorporated under the Resort Municipality of Whistler Act, is the local tourism bureau, an association of land owners and business operators to promote facilitate and encourage the marketing of the resort. They offer central reservation, activity booking and information services to Whistler visitors.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is a member partner of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and will host the Nordic, Alpine and Sliding events of the Olympic Games from February 12 to 28, 2010 and all the Paralympic Games, from March 12 to 21, 2010.