Nestled in the southern Pacific coastal mountains north of Vancouver is the resort town of Whistler. The community hosts alpine skiing in the winter and mountain biking on the summer. The village itself is a pedestrian community. It served as one location for the 2010 winter Olympics along with Cypress Mountain. The resort sits in a natural pass between the Garibaldi Ranges and the larger group of Pacific Ranges that are part of the Pemberton Icefield. The name Whistler is due to the call of the Hoary Marmot that is native to the area. Summer activities include boating, fishing, and hiking. Since the late 1960's winter activities have included skiing. Although developed late because of the terrain the location has hosted or been offered hosting choice for three different Olympics, 1968, 1976 (which it declined), and 2010. Today visitors to Whistler can hike, horseback ride, boat, fish, golf and explore the mountains in the summer. Or there are wonderful options for indoor activities like rock wall climbing, indoor swimming and skating, a gym with classes and squash court, and even a spa or two located in the heart of town. There is also access to year round skiing on the Horsteman Galcier. The town offers over two hundred shops, dozens of dinning options, and even a great nightclub crawling pass for fifty dollars a person. Local lodging includes hosting a number of seasonal workers from all over the globe. Wintertime activities include many things like bobsledding, snowboarding, snow showing, sleighing, and even ice fishing. Everyone can bungee jump, snowmobile go tubing and tour the Olympic village.
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