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Getting there & around

While most visitors arrive by car from Vancouver via Hwy 99, you can also fly in on a Whistler Air (603-932-6615, 888-806-2299; www.whistlerair.ca) floatplane to Green Lake ($149, 30 minutes, two daily from May to September).

Greyhound Canada (800-661-8747; www.greyhound.ca) bus services arrive at Creekside and Whistler Village from Vancouver ($18.80, 2½ hours, eight daily) and Squamish ($8.35, 50 minutes, nine daily).

Motor coach services from Perimeter Tours (604-266-5386, 877-317-7788; www.perimeterbus.com) also arrive from Vancouver ($67, 2½ hours, seven to 11 daily) and Vancouver Airport ($67, three hours, nine daily) and drop-off at Whistler hotels. Snowbus (604-685-7669, 866-7669-287; www.snowbus.ca) operates a November to April service from Richmond ($29, three hours, two daily) and Vancouver ($21, 2½ hours, two daily).

Train-spotters can trundle into town on Rocky Mountaineer Vacations’ Whistler Mountaineer (604-606-8460, 888-687-7245; www.whistlermountaineer.com), which winds along a picturesque coastal route from North Vancouver (from $105, three hours, once a day from May to mid-October).

Whistler’s WAVE (604-932-4020; www.busonline.ca; adult/child/one-day pass $1.50/1.25/4.50) public buses are equipped with ski and bike racks and are aiming to switch to a full hydrogen fuel cell fleet by 2010. In winter, buses are free between Marketplace and the Upper Village loop and in summer there’s a free service from the village to Lost Lake. Alternatively, you can grab a taxi from Resort Cabs (604-938-1515; www.resortcabs.com).