Living Legacies from the 2010 Games

New 2010 Games Experience self-guided tour coming to Whistler

While the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were just 27 days in 2010, the magic and legacies it brought to Whistler will support a vibrant community for generations to come. This season, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is pleased to launch a new 2010 Games Experience guide and map.  The self-guided tour is a starting point for visitors to learn Whistler’s story of the Games, relive the moments and create their own 2010 Games Experience.

Just a few weeks into the opening of the 2012/13 winter season, Whistler residents and visitors have been able to get an experience reminiscent of the Winter Games.  The Whistler Sliding Centre kicked things off with national and international bobsleigh, skeleton and luge events.  Whistler Olympic Park opened its biathlon range and over 50 km of Nordic recreation and competition trails groomed for classic and skate skiers.  Whistler Blackcomb’s Wonder Routes were launched featuring the Gold Medal alpine runs. Rounding out the sporting events, the Whistler Presents concert series added live performers to entertain along the Village Stroll. 

According to Tourism Whistler research, many visitors want to visit Whistler’s Games venues to catch a glimpse of what they were like during the Games.  Whistler Blackcomb’s Guest Services team is frequently asked how to get to the Olympic course on Whistler Mountain. There is rarely any downtime from the stream of impromptu photos snapped at Whistler Olympic Plaza’s iconic rings.

Working with resort partners, the municipality developed a new map and guide that outlines 13 main points of interest including plenty to see on the Village Stroll and Games venues within 20 minutes of Whistler Village. Each highlight offers beautiful photo opportunities any season of the year and some have interactive experiences to share the great stories about Whistler's Games history.

Whistler's Olympic and Paralympic story began with visionaries whose dreams culminated nearly five decades later in 2010. Many say that Whistler was ‘Born for the Games’ since the Whistler valley as we know it would not exist without the vision and dream of hosting a Winter Olympics. In fact, it was only after five failed attempts to host the Games that Whistler became the Host Mountain Resort with Vancouver for the 2010 Games, affirming the community’s belief in the power of a dream.

The 2010 Games Experience guide will be introduced on December 20, 2012 at the re-opening of Whistler Olympic Plaza. The RMOW is in the process of transforming Whistler Olympic Plaza’s Great Lawn and Pavilion into an outdoor skating paradise for the winter season. With room for up to 150 skaters at a time, skating at the Olympic Plaza will be as intimate as it is spectacular.  Visitors can also get copies at many outlets including Municipal Hall, the Village Information Centre, Village Host, Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Centre, Whistler Museum, Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler Arts Council.

For more information on the 2010 Games Experience, click here. Additional Whistler Games-related highlights and memories are documented online at:

Tourism Whistler
Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Museum     
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Whistler Sport Legacies Society
Whistler Arts Council