Loading a chairlift in Whistler is like pulling up a chair to a stranger's table. Pro riders, movie stars, local legends... Who knows who you're riding with or what kind of awesome stories they have to tell.
Getting up to speeds so fast you appear blurry to a camera is just one of the many joys of ice skating in Whistler. The Insider delves into the Canadian tradition of teaching your kids to skate and which of Whistler's numerous icy venues is best suited for your needs.
Nothing can prepare you for that very first helicopter ride. The noise, the floating sensation, the excitment of flight. It's amazing. And then you get dropped a top a seemingly endless world of untracked powder snow and the real fun begins...
Whistler has a lot of Australians and every January 26 they don all sorts of wild outfits and take to the hills in a giant savage pack to celebrate their own national holiday, Australia Day. The Insider caught up with a few at the Longhorn Saloon to talk about celebrating so far from home.
You always hear about the lack of women in ski towns but here in Whistler we not only have lots, they all rip. The Insider chats with three homegrown Olympians about skipping school, riding pow and other joys of growing up in Whistler.
The Whistler Sliding Centre is much more than "Olympic Leftovers." It's a place designed to build stronger athletes and create brand new ones. And for the public it offers a chance to go really, really fast.
Anything can happen in Whistler and this week Insider editor Feet Banks takes it to the streets to find two random and deserving skiers who could use some relaxation at Avello, one of Whistler's top spas. Watch the video to see how it goes.
It's all fun and games until someone kicks off a class 4 avalanche, or ends up lost in a creek bed with no food or shelter, or breaks their femur or... It's all fun and games until it isn't... then it's time to call Brad Sills and Whistler Search & Rescue.