Explore Whistler Canada, Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics

For those who love skiing and snowboarding, Whistler Mountain is a must-visit. One of the most popular and exhilarating ski-resorts in North America, Whistler-Blackcomb is just north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Andrew Rivkin has visited Whistler numerous times in his life, partaking in the outdoor athletics excursions, reveling in the history of the site, and embracing the scenic wilderness.

Andrew Rivkin and his family tackle Whistler

Whistler has been a destination spot for the world’s skiers for decades, but it gained even more fame in February 2010 as it hosted the alpine events of the Winter Olympics. And on February 14th, it was also the site of historic greatness for Canada. A day after skier Jennifer Heil was narrowly beat out in women’s moguls to earn silver, Alexandre Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win Olympic gold on home soil. Whistler would see many more medals as the competition went on, and despite early issues with the weather, athletes and spectators rejoiced the atmosphere and conditions.

Andrew took to the slopes not long after athletes from around the world competed in Canada, enjoying the same runs that the Olympians did. It is better than ever, according to Andrew, after the mountain received a huge boost in investments from VANOC, now featuring even more snow coverage and longer skiing seasons.

Andrew arrived out West and took the new and improved Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler, a simple and scenic drive through the British Columbia wilds.

A skiing enthusiast in his own right, Andrew stayed in Whistler Village at the Listel Hotel Whistler, only steps away from the slopes.  While it has all the amenities necessary for a warm and relaxing vacation, the hotel is in the heart of all the excitement, perfect for outgoing people like Andrew to get the most from a visit out west. For those who don’t need to be right on top of all the skiing action and are looking for something a bit more mellow, Whistler Creekside, the host of many of the Olympic events and fanfare, is but a five minute drive to the lifts. It’s a quieter alternative to the fast pace of Whistler Village, but still with all the convenience of a mountain-side resort.

Andrew was sure to take advantage of an experience of a lifetime offered by Whistler.  Heli-skiing and boarding offers a unique opportunity for thrill-seekers as Andrew and others were flown over glaciers and slopes to the ideal runs only accessible through the air.

As for the main trails, there is a myriad of choices and combinations of runs for skiers of every level so as to never be left bored or unchallenged. Blackcomb Mountain features many tree trails and tight runs, while Whistler offers more Alpine bowls and wide open skiing.  Andrew has enjoyed the forests and intensity of the trails on Blackcomb, while taking in the breathtaking scenics on Whistler.

Whistler activities aren’t solely resigned to the winter. In the summer the resort offers hiking and mountain biking trails, and the incredible PEAK 2 PEAK gondola that traverses the 4.4 kilometer span between Blackcomb and Whistlter, showcasing views unlike any other.

The Whistler experience is truly one to remember, and one that Andrew has always and will continue to enjoy right.

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