TRIVIA: Whistler

 

Test your knowledge of Whistler.

  • You can travel to Whistler in a fun, unique and dramatic way by taking the three and a half hour premier train trip from Vancouver to Whistler, BC onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Whistler Sea to Sky Climb train. As the train hugs the oceanfront, winds through canyons and climbs the steep grades of the BC Coast Mountains, you’ll have front row seats to the endless array of breathtaking views.

 

  • This resort area was originally known as “London Mountain​” and only officially became Whistler in 1965. So why the name Whistler? The name originates from a hoary marmot that’s native to these hills. A marmot is a cute little critter which emits a high-pitched whistling noise, so the area became known as Whistler Mountain​.

 

  • Beware!  An estimated 50 black bears live on the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and can often be spotted from the gondola. The good news? The community of Whistler pays special attention to ensure bear safety, including bear-proof litter bins and educational signs.

 

  • Whistler hosted the 2010 Olympic games, and with the games came the newly-finished Whistler Olympic Plaza was left behind for all to enjoy. Formerly (and confusingly) known as Whistler Celebration Plaza, this central Whistler Village locale was the epicenter of celebration during the 2010 Winter Games, where Whistler crowned their Olympic royalty and watched amazing performances from A-list entertainers.  Go here to check out upcoming performances.

 

  • Whistler ranks high!  It was rated the Best Place to Ski and Stay in North America by the Conde Nast annual readers poll for the 2010/2011 year (ranked best Aprés and Dining too!).  Whistler also ranked as the #1 top resort in North America by Freeskier and Outside Magazine

 

  • Whistler Blackcomb was recognized for its green efforts when awarded the Golden Eagle Award in April for Overall Environmental Excellence by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).

 

  • Whistler / Blackcomb local rider Ross Rebagliati became the world’s first snowboard gold medallist at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.  Rebagliati began competing as a downhill skier, but took an interest in snowboarding and, at age 16, taught himself to snowboard. His crowning achievement was his Olympic gold medal at Nagano in 1998 in the first-ever snowboarding event held at a Winter Games.

 

  • Whistler came into existence in 1914 as a base for logging and mining when Myrtle and Alex Philip bought ten acres of land and built the Rainbow Lodge (named for Rainbow Trout) on the shores of Alta Lake. The Great Pacific Eastern Railway (now BC Rail) was built to Alta Lake and linked the valley to the outside world. Whistler didn’t officially open for skiing until 1966.

 

  • There are 38 lifts, 200+ trails, 8171 acres and 61,407 skiers per hour at Whistler / Blackomb combined. There’s also 17 restaurants on the mountain when you need a break from all the fun (not to mention the 93 restaurants and bar in Whistler village)!

 

  • In December 1995, a lift operator on the Quicksilver lift pressed the button to make a routine stop to allow a fallen skier to get out of the way of the unloading ramp. Instead, the emergency brake activated, sending shockwaves down the cable. Grips on at least two of the chairs slipped, and caused chairs to slide down the cable and slam into each other. In all, eight were injured, and two were killed in one of the worst ski lift accidents in North America.

 

  • The Whistler Mountain Bike Park, built in 1998, is an absolute blast, especially if you enjoy hurling yourself down 1,507 metres of vertical bike trails!  If you want to rip it up in the Bike Park, be sure to check in for Bike Park 101.  The Bike Park sees an average of 100,000 bikers each summer.

 

  • In 2008, the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains were linked with the opening of the brand new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. This multi record-breaking lift allows skiers, snowboarders and, in the summer, hikers, faster access to the award-winning terrain on both mountains.  Peak 2 Peak holds records for the highest and longest unsupported cable car span in the world.

 

  • Do you want to work in Whistler? You better get certified! If you want a job serving alcohol, you’ll need a BC Serving It Right certificate. You can take the course online at www.servingitright.com. If you are working with food you may need a FoodSafe certificate…and many jobs will require that you have First Aid training.

 

  • Whistler and Blackcomb were originally separate resorts, until they merged in 1997. Intrawest, the BC real estate firm that developed Blackcomb, purchased Whistler and merged the two operations.

 

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