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Whistler : A prized destination
In the middle of British Columbia, at the foot of the coastal chain, Whistler embodies the best seaside resort of the Pacific Nord- West of Canada. It is located approximately 125 km (78 mi) North of Vancouver’s metropolis, and 36 km (22 miles) South of the city of Pemberton.
With a permanent population of more than 10,000 inhabitants, the village adopts the name of Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). It also houses a larger population of temporary workers in rotation, coming from both British Columbia and oversea, especially from Europe and Australia
At its foundation, the village of Whistler in London Mountain had first taken the name of Alta Lake, because it embodied the highest peak of the area. The hoary marmot, nicknamed whistler, because of its whistling, has thereby inspired the popular name assigned to London Mountain. By extension, Alta Lake, took the name of "Whistler", which will be officially adopted in 1965.
In Salish territories, Whistler is implanted among the Squamish and Lil'Wat tribes of the Pacific coast.
It was only in 1880 that the first trappers have begun to establish themselves in the region. In 1913, the couple Alex Phillip and his wife Myrtle had built the first small hotel, the "Rainbow Lodge" to accommodate skiers.
They ignored that the little adventure would be crowned by the Olympics games.
A railway line was then connected Vancouver’s metropolis to Alta Lake, and the city also became a summer resort.
During the 1960s, the Vancouver's authorities made their choice of Alta Lake to welcome Olympic winter games.
In 1965, the name of Whistler will be definitively adopted by the city.
On 2 July 2003, the candidacy of the city was finally accepted, and will welcome the 2010 Olympic games.
Since the 1990s, major ski magazines, had elected Whistler as the main destination of Ski in North America. In winter, fans of alpine skiing and snowboarding give way to the summer mountain bikes. The pedestrian village for its part won many successes. Since the Olympic Winter games in 2010, the number of visitors is increasing. It exceeds currently two million tourists.
It is made of two mountains, Whistler Mountain of 2182m of height and Blackcomb Peak of 2440m above sea level.
It incarnates the largest ski area of America. Each year, colossal amounts of snow cover the mountains. Their slopes exceed those of Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy. Thirty-eight ski lifts allow serving the area. His climax of 2440m, offers a height difference of almost 1500m.The domain also offers the possibility of skiing in summer at Blackcomb Glacier.
Other leisure activities
In addition to winter sports, the resort offers much leisure, including the hiking. It is also known as the world capital of mountain biking. The leisure also includes golf, swimming, dog sledding, snowmobiling and fishing.
This Eden of skiers quickly became the privileged destination of North Americans.
Among celebrities of the city, Ross Rebagliati won the world championship of snowboard at Nagano in 1998.
In 2008 authorities had inaugurated the ski lift "Peak 2 Peak" that connects the two peaks of the resort. With a length of 4.4 km, it embodies the longest ski lift of the world.