Whistler Wonderland

Ski resorts review

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

Despite being young and vibrant, Whistler is as far from a country village as it gets with fine dining almost as advanced as the French billionaire’s nest Courchevel, although I felt somewhat astray when I showed up to dine in my fancy fleece; no one in Courchevel would have thought about wearing anything else on a ski vacation, including to a place that charges $30,000 for New Year’s Eve. It’s kind of mauvais ton to dress in “civilian” there. Whistler’s upscale Araxi, however, seated women in pearls and hair done not by the mountain peak blizzard, like mine was. Though I should give Whistler distancing itself from Aspen’s nonsense exhibitionism; trophy wives wearing ski boots with Hermes purses were not spotted.

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

The other unique trait, one I liked better, was that nowhere else in the world have I seen an offering of “skiing with an Olympian.” For about $850 you can have up to five people skiing all day with one of the elites. Olympian Davey Barr, a Whistler home boy, invented this program last year and since then he and his girlfriend, an Olympian too, and others have been booked for months ahead. Davey is just one of those “crazy Canadians” as he chuckles, who can take you to peaks freshest powder in the faraway bowls, guide you through the forest or just coach on racing on a groomed Olympic downhill run. Davey showed me the race’s run he won last year—down hilling from top to bottom—breaking the local record of five minutes.

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

- What’s different about Whistler, Davey?
- It’s less competitive here.
- ?
- In Europe it’s more about sport, people training more than skiing for pleasure. Here it is more about powder, heli-skiing, wild and crazy stuff.

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Peak 2 Peak

At 4.4 kilometers, Peak 2 Peak gondola joins Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, doubling skiable area and breaking world records. Peak 2 Peak is an attraction even if one doesn’t ski.

•World record for the longest free span between ropeway towers at 3.03 km (1.88 miles)
•World record for highest point above ground at 436m (1,430 ft)
•Was built by the Doppelmayr Garaventa Group in 2007 and 2008 for a cost of CSN $51 million
•Total Length: 4.4 km (2.73 mi)
•Capacity: 4,100 people per hour
•Line Speed: 7.5 m/s (16.8 mph)
•Ride Time: 11 min
•Peak 2 Peak cables use four stationary ropes (two in each direction) that act as rails for the cabins and a single haul rope that pulls the cabins.
•Track rope weighs 90 metric tons each
•Haul rope weighs 80 metric tons
•Total of 26.5 km (87,000 ft) of cable
•Cabins hold 28 people each (22 seated and 6 standing)
•Gondola is designed to operate in winds up to 80 kph

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

Whistler Wonderland, Aida Poulsen, Lifestyle, Healthy Living Magazine

To be continued—read Ski Resorts Review in coming issues

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