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Best of Whistler 2002 Part 1


Best of Whistler 2002

Invited to choose who and what is best for their town, Whistlerites got out and voted in 2002. And they’ll do it again in 2003.

We’re not talking about municipal elections here but the sixth annual Best of Whistler readers’ choice poll. From sushi to make out spot; from favourite musician to favourite excuse for being late, Whistlerites have spoken. Have a listen.


Place to spend the last $10 in your savings account

If there’s one thing that Whistlerites know how to do well it’s to survive on limited funds. And in order to survive they need just the basic elements of survival – snow, food and beer. Nesters topped out as the best place to spend the last part of a pay cheque, with the liquor store coming in a fast second. And those with the sweeter tooth picked the Great Glass Elevator, with all those flavoured jellybeans, to last until the next pay day.

One poor voter chose to spend his/her last few pennies on a phone card, presumably to call home and beg for some money ASAP.

Most extreme Whistler thing to do

There’s a new thrill in town that tops the list for the most extreme thing to do. Forget the thrills of skiing the Couloir, hitting the backcountry or racing the Dave Murray Downhill. Bungee jumping has arrived. Since it got here this summer people have been throwing themselves off a bridge over the Cheakamus River with a mere bungee cord attached to their feet, and by all accounts they’re loving it.

Highway 99 also got votes on the extreme list, whether it’s crossing it, biking it or driving it. And doing things naked also got a fair share of votes, including partying naked, skiing naked or strolling through the village naked. One obvious newcomer felt that dodging bears was the most extreme thing to do in Whistler.

Best Use of Public money

We use it for biking, jogging, walking the dog, getting into the village or taking an after-dinner stroll. The Valley Trail is the preferred method of getting around town in Whistler. What would we do without it? The thought of having to use the highway sends collective shivers down our spines. Kudos to the municipality for giving us a network of trails to get about town.

And although the library might be in a trailer at the moment, it takes second place for the best use of public money. In the future it might just make it to number one when it’s housed in a $10 million building. Or it might then be top of the next list.