Whistler B.C.

On August 5 we left our Dundarave home in Vancouver to head into the mountains of British Columbia. We stayed for a week in the quiet Nancy Greene neighborhood of Whistler in a duplex Airbnb. Whistler is home to the large Whistler Blackcomb ski area. The base is a bustling chalet styled village full of restaurants and shops, and was a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Since Whistler is a short drive from Vancouver, it’s an easy getaway for the local population. But wait, Whistler is an international hotbed of activity and is a popular destination. People from around the world visit here to take part in the year-round recreation and just hang out in the mountains. 

Did you know Whistler Blackcomb is a world renown mountain biking and bike park location? That would be what brought us here this time of year. We skied here on a few occasions many years ago but we would end up skiing in the rain, so it wasn’t a destination high on our list of places to ski. It now has 200 runs and 37 lifts and is considered the largest ski resort in North America. Interestingly enough, in recent years mountain biking has become a bigger draw than skiing! This is the home of Crankworx, an international mountain biking competition. Whistler Blackcomb early on in mountain biking saw they could really do something here and have built what D says is something quite extraordinary. While other ski areas open-up for mountain biking in the summertime to help offset the costs of maintaining a ski area, this place rocks mountain biking. As we travel from place to place we often end up in the midst of some sort of event or festival. We just happened to be here during the stopover for the international Crankworx competition. And no, D didn’t plan this stop, I did!

We both enjoyed the area but had no idea we were going to be having 90-degree days in the mountains. Most homes, condos, and hotels don’t have air conditioning because they don’t normally need it. That made for a very warm stay. D took in a lesson at the bike park and found some dirt outside of the park. I enjoyed runs from our home on the Lost Lake trails. Whistler has a year-round population of over 10,000, so that means lots of neighborhoods on the outskirts of the village and allowed a much more low-keyed visit for us.

Before wrapping up this post, I have to take a moment to talk about recycling. Everywhere we went in the Province of British Columbia recycling is very big. When we left Whistler, we took our big bag of recycling over to the local drop off center. This was the most amazing recycling facility we’ve ever seen. It was highly organized into specific bins and took just about anything anyone might want to get rid of. And it was ultra clean, helped by the fact that it was staffed by very helpful uniformed personnel. The facility itself was something to see, but I’m sharing this because we were amazed at the one-stop aspect to getting rid of anything, I mean anything you may no longer want. This facility included a clothing drop-off storefront, items that can be reused storefront, and an animal shelter in case you need to get rid of your dog, cat, or whatever! Now, that’s a recycling facility!

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