From hillbilly to rockstar, Canada’s spectacular ski resort’s West Coast location

Whistler, in the British Columbia of Canada, is a West Coast ski resort where six-foot-four men and oversized women enjoy an undulating selection of every activity conceivable. There is curling, snowboarding, soccer, “grand hot”…

From hillbilly to rockstar, Canada’s spectacular ski resort’s West Coast location

Whistler, in the British Columbia of Canada, is a West Coast ski resort where six-foot-four men and oversized women enjoy an undulating selection of every activity conceivable. There is curling, snowboarding, soccer, “grand hot” — shortboarding — and even lacrosse.

But there is also a complex jigsaw of other activities: tandem canoeing, pancake runs, the quintessential combo of doughnuts and cappuccino. Yes, there is also a Sundance-style ski resort, in a mountain where you can ski down, but you can also skate.

Which, to be honest, was something of a revelation. By now I had been skiing for a while, but until the night before I hadn’t been out so much as on the piste at the indoor beginner’s center. What I did on that night was go exploring.

What I discovered was that walking from street to street, out back into the mountains to try out a 360-degree “scramble” ramp and a series of climbing “rails”, I was truly introduced to the ways of Whistler Blackcomb. What I discovered was that on a night when too many people (myself included) had drunk too much of the Butterscotch McDougall, the descent to town was a vibrant celebration of place and spirit.

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