Development in the late 1900s built this tiny logging town -- once known as "Alta Lake" -- into a full-scale ski resort area. Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, is considered the top skiing desination on the continent.
Warmer temperatures bring their own excitement, like mountain biking at Bike Park, biking or jogging along the scenic 19-mile-long Valley Trail, and taking in the scenery at nearby parks (like Lost Lake Park). The Peak 2 Peak Gondola allows visitors to take in the landscape from breath-taking heights.
Of course, we can't leave out Whistler's rockin' nightlife -- a vital part of the snow sporting culture. After a long day on the slopes, skiers and snowboarders can be found in the many bars, restaurants, cafes, and clubs in the village. The atmosphere is laid-back and easygoing, and most bars close around 1 a.m.
Many resorts require minimum stays, especially during the winter season. Prices are super expensive during the winter and spring break, but they drop considerably during the summer. If you're looking for the party scene, book a hotel in Whistler Village. This is a loud and exciting area of Whistler, and it isn't recommended if you're seeking some seclusion and peace. If you happen to be looking for a serene getaway, aim for one of the residential neighborhoods just outside of the Village, like Whistler Creek or Village North, where several nice resorts can be found. Nicklaus North, also called Green Lake, attracts many summertime visitors who want to access some of the area's best golf courses.
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