Eight years ago, the Canadian resorts of Whistler and Cypress Mountain played hosts for the Winter Olympics. The venues stretched from Richmond through Vancouver itself and up to Whistler, with the snowboard and freestyle events taking place at Cypress Mountain, just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Whistler hosted Olympic and Paralympic Alpine skiing, cross-country and biathlon skiing plus Olympic Nordic combined and ski jumping. Compared to other North American resorts, Whistler has more of an alpine feel given its vast size, high bowls and glaciers. It’s woodland runs and excellent snow record make it a reliable option, but rainy conditions and crowded lifts and slopes can sometimes put snowsports enthusiasts off. The women’s Olympic downhill, known as ‘Franz's Downhill’, started on Wildcard slope on Whistler mountain and went down Jimmy's Joker before joining the Lower Franz slope and merging with the men's downhill course, ‘Dave Murray’. If you’re ever in Whistler, you should give it a go!
This season we have five Ski Club Leaders stationed in Whistler, ready to show you all those Olympic runs and hidden powder bowls. Get in touch to find out more.
Sestriere, Cesana San-Sicario, Sauze d’Oulx and Pragelato Plan, Turin 2006