Named after the furry marmots that populate the surrounding mountains and whistle like deflating balloons, this pretty alpine village is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts. Co-hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics (www.winter2010.com) with Vancouver, Whistler is expanding its facilities and amenities to stage biathlon, bobsleigh, luge, alpine skiing and ski jumping events, so don’t be surprised to hear construction workers hammering outside your hotel window.
But it’s not all about winter activities here. Once little more than an off-season afterthought, the area has seen summer visitor numbers leaping in recent years, with many people dropping by to try mountain biking, alpine hiking and a full roster of adventurous outdoor activities. And if you still have time (and a serious amount of money) during your stay, pick up an ultraglossy real estate magazine and choose which multi-million-dollar gabled lodge you’d like to buy for your next visit.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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