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Whistler Area Profile

Whistler regularly gets rated as one of the top five ski areas in the world. Whistler also gained worldwide fame as it was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and also hosted the Nordic, alpine, and sliding events of the Olympic Games and most of the Paralympic Games. The Whistler area truly has one of the most beautiful landscapes in skidom; rushing waterfalls, jagged, snowy peaks, lush vegetation, and European-style hamlets combine for a taste of pure paradise. The mountains do get crowded on the weekends, as Vancouver locals make the ninety-minute drive to sample the skiing. The area is not susceptible to unpredictable weather because it is protected by the Japanese current. Extreme temperatures and snow blizzards are rare. Currency can be changed at most hotels, and many merchants accept U.S. dollars.

Whistler Area Winter Activities

The resort is physically similar to Mammoth Mountain in Southern California. Together Whistler and Blackcomb have the second greatest vertical drop in North America (see list here – MountainVertical.com). With over 8,100 skiable acres, Whistler has a 5,020-foot vertical drop and Blackcomb prides itself on 5,280 vertical feet. It is said that if you ski nonstop from the top to the bottom of these mountains, your ears will actually pop from the pressure change. The area has labeled 25 percent of its runs beginner, 55 percent intermediate, and the remaining 20 percent expert. In addition to downhill skiing, there are fifteen kilometers of cross-country trails in Lost Lake Park for all levels, as well as over fifty kilometers of trails located 20 minutes outside of Whistler at the Callaghann Valley.

Whistler has heli-skiing, cat-skiing, snowmobile tours, dog-sled rides, a tube park, ice skating, and many other activities available throughout the peak winter months.

Whistler Area Summer Activities

Scenic flights, helicopter hiking, downhill and cross-country mountain biking, golf, river rafting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and swimming are just a few of the activities in the area. Call the Visitors Bureau for information.

Whistler Après-ski

With over 100 Whistler restaurants and fine dining options within Whistler Village, there are countless apres options to choose from. A variety of restaurants & pubs offer flavors from around the world, and all priced to suit a variety of budgets. After 9 pm, find rock music or reggae playing at Buffalo Bill’s or mix with the younger crowd at Tommy Africa’s. The parties are always right in the ski village or in Whistler Creekside, a short ride away.

A stand-out restaurant is the Rimrock Cafe, consistently rated as one of Whistler’s top restaurants and fine dining establishments; it is a must for all visitors to Whistler.

Whistler Transportation

Travel to Whistler/Blackcomb is quite easy due to its proximity to Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is served by many major U.S. and Canadian airlines such as Air Canada, United, and American. The resort is seventy-five miles north of the airport. Ground transportation between the airport and resort is available from a number of providers including Whistler Shuttle, for about $75 Cdn one way and Epic Rides.

Due to the fact that 80 percent of Whistler/Blackcomb’s accommodations are ski-in/ski-out and everything seems to be in your lap, a car is not needed to get around the area.

Whistler Housing

Working and living in Whistler can be the experience of a lifetime. Once you are here you can look forward to hard work and lots of fun. However, if you are coming from out of town or out of the country, it is always best to do a little research before you arrive. Accommodation can be difficult to find in the winter season, so the earlier you arrange your accommodations, the better. You may also wish to look for accommodation in Pemberton (30 minutes north) or Squamish (45 minutes south).

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Searching While for Housing while at Whistler

Check for bulletin boards around the village, in various coffee shops, or at WERC. Also, network and ask around.

Employee Housing

During the winter season, Whistler Blackcomb (604-938-7500) offers staff housing for first-year employees. They have approximately 1,300 beds available for reasonable rates.

Other employers also offer staff housing.

Whistler Area Employment

Most winter hiring at Whistler is done at the end of September and early October. Summer hiring starts in February/March for outdoor work and in late April and early May for indoor work, such as hotels and restaurants. Visit Whistler Employment Resource Centre’s website at www.whistlerchamber.com for helpful information and listings of current openings. The Whistler Chamber of Commerce also has an online Business Directory that may be helpful for job searching. Also, note that any American citizen wishing to work in Canada must obtain a work visa or written consent from his or her prospective employer. Another option is to check out student exchange programs through local universities or colleges, or the school’s student travel center.

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