Whistler is truly a unique spot, and those lucky enough to call it home are blessed with four seasons of action packed adventure, breath-taking scenery and a world-class town that attracts over two million visitors each year (yet somehow remains tight knit). The locals in Whistler are just as diverse as the activities and adventures on offer which is what makes Whistler such a remarkable place. So who are these people that call Whistler home? Let’s look at five types of Whistler locals.
The Old Timer
The Whistler old timer is easy to spot. He or she has all the best equipment, knows everybody on the mountain and has a laid-back ‘life-is-good’ kind of vibe. Can life get any better for these locals? They have been skiing and riding Whistler Blackcomb since Whistler Village was a garbage dump. They remember the old rivalry between Whistler and Blackcomb before they merged into one resort and they can recall when Rob Boyd won the World Cup Downhill Race in 1989 like it was yesterday.
Over the last few decades Whistler has been transformed into Whistralia as Aussies come for a season, and end up staying for a lifetime. Go to any pub, shop or hotel in Whistler and you’re likely to be greeted by a friendly, “how you going mate?” Yes, Australian’s have surely made their mark on Whistler which is apparent by items such as Vegemite, Tim Tams and Barbeque Shapes now staples on grocery store shelves.
Whistler weekenders may only live in Whistler on sporadic weekends throughout the year, but they have been coming for decades and are just as local as anyone else. Usually residing in the Lower Mainland or Washington State, these mountain enthusiasts are addicted to Whistler’s offerings, so endure the Sea to Sky commute each month to enjoy some play time on the mountain. You will recognize this group, as they fly into town in their 4WD’s with a smorgasbord or boards, bikes and skis secured to their vehicles and huge grins spread across their faces.
The Adventure-driven Family
These families take living life to the fullest to the next level. Their kids go to school at Spring Creek, Myrtle Phillip, Waldorf or Whistler Secondary. In the winter the kids are ski schooling, and conquering black diamond runs before their 5th birthdays. In summer the family is hitting the trails on their bikes, spending long days at the lake and attending every festival and event in town. Outsiders are envious of this lifestyle- these families live and breathe adventure.
The Digital Entrepreneur
Running their own company online or freelancing is the way many Whistler locals work. From coffee shop, to co-working space, to home offices, digital entrepreneurs are location independent and set their own schedules. These lucky locals have hit the lifestyle jackpot, able to ski every powder day and attend every event. Whether they own a software company, are freelance bloggers or web designers, digital entrepreneurs have designed their life to work hard and play hard in Whistler.
Do you fit into one of these categories? No matter which type of local you are there is one thing consistent about living in Whistler and that is the mutual love of everything outdoors. With all locals fiercely sharing this common value the community maintains an amazing connection and unspoken bond which sets Whistler apart from anywhere else in the world.