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Not a category that everyone filled in, likely because heli-skiing remains the domain of those who can afford it. That being said, Rainbow was at the top of the list. Mount Currie, which isnt a heli-ski run, also made the cut. No mention of the Bugaboos or Sylvan Saudans operation in the Himalayas.
A River Runs Through It, which is more a labyrinth than a single trail but which is easy to get to and everyone has heard of, was the clear choice. Given the technical level of riding required to stay upright on A River Runs Through It the trails popularity is a bit surprising. Perhaps its like skiing the Couloir Extreme: not that many people do it well but everyone wants to be able to say theyve done it.
Secret Trail was a distant second and Trespasser was third.
Hole on a local golf course
Surprisingly few entries in this category, maybe because everyone is out riding A River Runs Through It. Or maybe its that all the golfers had migrated to Arizona when we ran the survey in October and November. The only hole that received more than one vote was No. 18 at Nicklaus North.
Rainbow Park, with its views, expanse of grass, beach, parking lot and doggy-friendly attitude topped the polls. Lost Lake was runner up.
Way to stay in shape
Whistlerites like to pedal, at least those who like to stay in shape. Biking was the number one choice. Sex (see favourite indoor sport) was number two but there was no indication whether Whistlerites were using this for anaerobic or aerobic training. Hiking was a distant third.
Favourite Whistler athlete
Mountain biker Lisa Dickson (see favourite way to stay in shape) was the peoples choice this year. She beat out such perennial favourites as Ross Rebagliati (No. 2) and Rob Boyd (No. 3). Local athletes who could benefit from a little higher profile include former world snowboardcross champion Maëlle Ricker and mountain bike champion Chad Miles.
The peoples fitness facility: Meadow Park.
Well keep individuals names out of this, and the in-depth reasons for their nominations, and stick to the commercial operations. Whistler Physio was the top choice for caring hands, followed by the Spa at the Chateau Whistler. Blue Highways was number three.
Tammy Bexton wins the battle for the bicuspids, the clash of the canines, the mauling of the molars, the title of Whistlers favourite dentist. Dr. Roberts was runner up.