Resort Municipality of Whistler – A Press Release

High energy. Action-packed. Exhilarating. Spectacular. Welcome to Whistler.

Nestled in the Coast Mountains, only 40 kilometres inland from the Pacific Ocean, and 120 kilometres from Vancouver, one of Canada’s largest urban centres, Whistler provides a Canadian west coast mountain experience with snowy winters, beautiful summers and moderate temperatures.

The passion that has gone into making Whistler one of the world’s premier mountain resorts is the same passion that brought the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games here. The Olympic vision, along with community and tourism development visions over the past 100 years, helped to set the stage for the dream to build Whistler. Today, Whistler is a place where people are proud to live, work and play. Whistler2020 encompasses the community’s shared vision to become the premier mountain resort – as we move toward sustainability.

Leading the way towards our vision of success is the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), Whistler’s municipal government led by an elected council and administered by an executive team and staff on behalf of 9,824 permanent residents (2011 Canada Census data) and two million annual visitors.

Whistler is becoming known around the world as a destination. The resort offers activities to suit every taste and ability, and is equally as busy in winter and summer. Consistently ranked the number one mountain resort in North America, Whistler features two majestic mountains, epic skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, more than 200 shops, 90 restaurants and bars, accommodation galore, hiking and biking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world.

In 2010, Whistler had the opportunity to become Host Mountain Resort for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This was the realization of a dream nearly as old as Whistler, and the basis for early development. Today, there are more than 25 different Olympic legacies that directly benefit this mountain community. Some of these legacies, will provide directs benefits; others will be indirect. Some are yet to be realized, while others are already providing tangible benefits. The legacies are everywhere and visitors are encouraged to experience legacies such as the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Olympic Plaza.

In short, Whistler has everything you will ever need to have the time of your life—and so much more.

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