Trawling through facts and figures on official websites will only tell you so much about a place; to really get a feel for a town you must go there and talk to a local, and Whistler is no different.
Local folks, local knowledge
For those living around the world who are yet to get into town, that is near impossible, so WhistlerSeason.com set out to provide the next-best thing. We asked Queensland native Joel Walker a few quick questions about life in Whistler from the perspective of a four-season ‘local’.
WS: As someone who has done multiple summers and winters in Whistler, punctuated by a year back home in Australia, what is it about the place which brought you back, and makes you want to stay?
JW: The mountains are the main thing that continue to draw me back here. The type and style of terrain, and the sheer amount of it are what keep me coming back season after season, summer and winter.
WS: For a Whistler winter season worker who hasn’t considered staying for the summer, what’s great about it in your view?
JW: Summer is not just about riding bikes. You get a lot more “non-sport tourists”. There are plenty of lakes, hikes, fishing and other leisurely activities to undertake. Not to mention the days last a lot longer so you have plenty of time to fit everything in.
WS: Any ‘local knowledge’ style tips for life in Whistler?
JW: Do a bit of research in your first few weeks. Figure out a budget quick and find the best places to shop. Most importantly, start talking to anyone and everyone, as the people in Whistler are your best resource for absolutely everything you need. (WS: We can’t stress this enough!)
WS: So the terrain is awesome and the people are great, what about the town? Specifically, any special advice for your countrymen?
JW: Bring more money than you think you’ll need! If you’re just coming for a season you can still work, but you will want to party, go exploring, etc. Unfortunately Whistler is a tourist town, especially in summer, and in a tourist town, those things cost the most money. Other than that; have fun, stay safe, and don’t EVER say “Whis-tralia”.
Cheers Joel, top advice for everyone looking to visit Whistler!