Two members of the current council, including the mayor, are out of the race altogether. Three more are vying for the mayors spot, along with other outside candidates. That leaves only two councillors to try and win their seats back. Amid all this uncertainty one thing is for sure change is on the way.
Many voters are hoping the fractured council of the last three years, the council that overtly struggled to work cohesively as a team and failed to deliver some of its key mandates, such as employee housing, is a thing of the past.
They are looking for strong leadership a group of seven that can help Whistler out of its current economic woes, bring back some vitality and excitement to a town feeling a little sorry for itself and set the stage for the biggest event in its history, the 2010 Olympic Games.
No one believes its an easy task.
"In a way I pity the council," said local parent Cathy Jewett. "Its like being on a whitewater raft ride everythings been happening so fast and youve been going through absolutely crazy class 4 rapids and all of a sudden you get to a place where it just slows right down, to where youve got to get your oars in the river and start paddling."
The question is: what direction are we paddling in and are we all heading in the same direction?
In some ways Whistler has taken its success for granted, it has come so easy. Throughout the boom years of the 90s, development was fast and furious and business was flush. Whistler was the "it" spot in ski and snowboard magazines and there was a contagious buzz around town.
But in recent years the buzz has fizzled out.
"Business (throughout Whistler) is down for the fourth year," said Scott Carrell, who owns Affinity Sports. "I dont think anybodys having any fun."
Carrell has lived here for 28 years. He remembers when Whistler strived to become the number one resort in North America. He also remembers that when Whistler reached that goal it failed to set a new goal.
While the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, Whistlers new visioning document which took three years to complete and cost more than a million dollars, is a worthwhile document, said Carrell, it doesnt have any economic legs.
The new council must develop a new common vision and goal to help kickstart the economy. Then they must unify the community around this goal.
Carrell has his own idea of what that goal should be.