The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) was proud to be the Host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
In a community of adventure seekers and sports enthusiasts, hosting the Olympics was always part of the dream that inspired the evolution of the community of Whistler and development of the ski area. Co-hosting the Games with Vancouver was a once in a lifetime opportunity that surpassed every expression of what it might or could be.
While those 27 days were a defining moment in our history, the 2010 Winter Games themselves were a catalyst for accelerating the vision and goals identified in the community’s long-term strategic plan at the time: Whistler 2020, creating lasting legacies for generations to come.
The 2010 Games left countless legacies in Whistler, including the sport venues that are used today for the enjoyment of residents, visitors and high performance athletes.
Whistler Olympic Park | Whistler Sliding Centre | Whistler Olympic Plaza | Whistler Athletes Village | Whistler Creekside
As the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler had to review and improve its accessibility in all areas, with the community hosting approximately 90 per cent of the Paralympic events. This provided Whistler the opportunity to substantially build on its international reputation as an accessible destination and grow visitation with all athlete and visitors, including those with disabilities. It was crucial that Paralympic athletes and visitors were able to have a barrier-free experience.
The Athlete’s Village in Whistler is one of the most tangible legacies of the 2010 Winter Games. Not only was it home to more than 3,500 athletes and officials during the 2010 Winter Games, the neighbourhood now provides much needed affordable housing to Whistler residents as well as a world-class accessible training at the High Performance Centre.
Planning for the Games
Hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games required thoughtful and strategic planning, coordination and collaboration.
To guide the community in our role as Host Mountain Resort, the municipality prepared Delivering the Dream – The 2010 Winter Games Strategic Framework to ensure we leveraged Games-related opportunities for long-term legacies and successfully delivered on Games commitments in a fiscally responsible way.
Post-games, the municipality prepared the wrap-up Living the Dream report. Whistler’s Games journey – as outlined in this report – was realized through the power of partnership, the spirit of collaboration and the ability of the Games to rally individuals, organizations and the community to help create a defining moment in Canada’s history.