Whistler, southern Canada, owes its international recognition to the Whistler Olympic Park, the host venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics alpine skiing, cross country skiing, bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competitions.
Heli-boarding is available, too, yet there is no real need for helicopters, as every morning Whistler greets you with a fresh snow of 20 to 50 cm. Hence Whistler visitors are keen early-risers, eager to enjoy supreme free rides down those vast slopes of yet unmarked snow.
Influenced by the closeness of the Pacific Ocean, climate provides this region with as much as 13 m of snow each season (estimation if snow wouldn't melt or get packed).
European mountain culture is much more conservative in comparison, with strictly outlined routes and pistes, making Whistler seem like a genuine free ride paradise. The resort if formed by two mountains that are connected by a cable car, reaching its highest point at about 800 m above the bobsleigh track, situated below.
While the winter resorts in the Alps have been forming gradually over the time, the ones in the USA and Canada were developed in the 50's and 60's specifically for winter sports industry. It's explains why the prevailing atmosphere in European ski resorts is different, self-contented and even smug at times. In Whistler, service jobs are occupied by young people, very open to communication, who have arrived for a seasonal work from across the world. All the mountain village facilities are fundamentally built and capable of receiving an extensive flow of visitors. Everything is running smoothly and there is nightlife to enjoy until 2 am!
Keywords: Whistler, Canada, free ride, skiing, snowboard