MOUN­TAIN HIGH

ZOOMER Magazine - - ZOOM IN - —Tara Losin­ski

WHEN NANCY WIL­HELM-MORDEN moved from Kitch­ener, Ont., to Whistler, B.C., in 1973 there were no gro­cery stores or laun­dro­mats and a trailer housed the only bank for the town of 600. A lawyer and the Whistler re­sort mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s mayor since 2011, she says now its pop­u­la­tion can swell from 12,000 res­i­dents to as many as 60,000 with vis­i­tors. And al­though it’s among the world’s top ski des­ti­na­tions, De­cem­ber also draws a cinephile crowd, with the Whistler Film Fes­ti­val, while the arty crowd can get their fix year round at the Au­dain Art Mu­seum, which houses the largest per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of Pa­cific North­west In­dige­nous masks as well as the sec­ond most valu­able group of Emily Carr paint­ings in the world.

Trav­ellers aren’t the only ones tak­ing no­tice. Last year, U.S.-based Vail Re­sorts added Whistler Black­comb to its EPIC pro­gram; pur­chas­ing the sea­son lift pass also al­lows ski­ing any of the com­pany’s 14 prop­er­ties across the U.S. and Aus­tralia as well as limited ac­cess to more than 30 Euro­pean re­sorts. The side-by-side Whistler and Black­comb moun­tains fea­ture more than 200 runs over 8,000-plus acres and one of the long­est ski sea­sons – ad­vanced skiers and snow­board­ers ride area glaciers through to mid­sum­mer. It’s “the jewel in the crown,” says Wil­helm-Morden. www.whistler.com, epic­pass.com

War Ca­noes, Alert Bay, 1912

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