Whistling Whistler

My next stop after Vancouver, was Whistler, a small-ish resort town ~120 km from Vancouver, which was a key host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It’s a picturesque town surrounded by beautiful mountains:

Of course, it’s been chosen to take part in the Olympics not only because of the views. It offers all sort of thrills, even without snow:

As I was visiting before the skiing season, most of the lifts were not running. However, the one going to Whistler Mountain was still operating – probably because from Whistler to Blackcomb there’s the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Supposedly, it holds three world records:

  1. World’s longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind at 3.024km/1.88miles.
  2. World’s highest lift of its kind at 436m/1,427ft above the valley floor.
  3. World’s longest continuous lift system: Connecting 2 high speed chair lifts and 1 gondola.

It really is an amazing experience – especially since both mountains are already very high, with some even more impressive ones in the distance. Not to mention that this is an outstanding feat of engineering.

It’s probably obvious by now that I’ve really enjoyed my stay in Whistler and I’m happy that I’m coming back there this year too – hope to explore the area more or even go to the same places and try to experience them again in a different way.

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