The year started off with Canadians going to the polls to choose a new federal government and wrapped up with… rumblings that another election may be imminent.
Locally there was no election but a new council got down to work, a new lift was installed on Whistler Mountain, the Paralympic sledge hockey and curling were moved from Whistler to Vancouver and epic winter and summer seasons were enjoyed by all.
Whistlerites did get another chance to vote in 2006 — in Pique Newsmagazine’s annual Best of Whistler survey. From best restaurant to best quote to best use of money, the responses poured in. The data has been analyzed, the hanging chads scrutinized and some of the spelling interpreted to determine the Best of Whistler 2006. The people’s choices are…
Best Way to Spend Your Last $10
When there’s only $10 left in your bank account Whistlerites overwhelmingly agree on how it should be blown. Quite simply the top answer was beer. And while most picked beer no matter what the flavour, the locale, or the time of day, others were a little more specific — we’re talking about your last $10 after all.
Votes went to drinking at beer at the Longhorn, others at the Amsterdam, at Merlin’s at Dusty’s, at Black’s, at the Crystal, at the GLC, at Moe Joe’s. Then of course there were votes for après beers, which arguably taste a little better than regular beers, particularly after a powder day.
Food and coffee also ranked high on the list. Tastes ranged from black bean wraps to sushi, lattes, wings, burgers, Dusty’s wedges with butt rub mayo, and almost everything else in between.
Interesting to note that even with 20 feet of snow falling in Whistler this season, diehard mountain bikers are still thinking about the day they can get back on their bikes. They’d spend their money at five Loonie races, which actually gets you beer, food and a mountain bike race — a wise way indeed to spend your last 10 bucks!
It’s worth mentioning that there were a few voters out there who thought about spending their last $10 on somebody else. Among other things they said they would donate the money to the local animal shelter (WAG), to the local food bank and to a friend in greater need.
Most Extreme Thing to Do
When it comes to extreme in Whistler, two activities continually come to mind in the Best of Whistler competition — ziptrekking and bungee jumping. They’ve been vying for the top spot in this category for years and in 2006, by just one vote, bungee jumping takes the top spot over ziptrekking. You be the judge. Head south of Whistler, strap a bungee cord to your feet or chest or both and toss yourself off the bungee bridge over the rushing Cheakamus River. If your heart can withstand more thrills it’s time for ziptrekking — literally zipping across the sky over the Fitzsimmons Creek in between Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains.