Discover the Olympic Legacy in Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler was already a world-renowned ski resort, but the 2010 Winter Olympics put Whistler, as the host mountain, even more decisively on the map.
Famous for its record-breaking peaks, exhilarating skiing, and all-round superb holidaying experience, Whistler is now also recognised for its Olympic history; history that is remembered through the sculptures and remnants which still exist in Whistler today.
The Olympic Legacy
There were two main icons from 2010 were the Olympic Rings and the less famous Games logo – Ilanaaq the Inuksuk.
An Inukshuk is a landmark created from stone and seen all over the Arctic expanses of North America, a symbol easily identified with Canada.
Ilanaaq is the Inukitut word for friend, the combination truly represents what the Olympics are all about.
The Olympic rings greet you
Statues of Ilanaaq and the Olympic rings can now be seen all over Whistler.
As you drive up the Sea-to-Sky highway from Vancouver, the Olympic rings on the final stretch of the Dave Murray Downhill stand out as reminder of the 'blue riband' event.
Ilanaaq welcomes you to Whistler Village
A little further up the road at the entrance to Whistler Village, you meet Ilanaaq for the first time.
His statue is located just after you turn into the centre.
Discover the Olympic rings at night
A stroll through the village reveals a second set of Olympic rings located outside the Brew House and in front of the Olympic plaza.
These are definitely worth a visit, and are often lit up at night to provide an even more impressive spectacle.
Olympic memories on the mountain
The Winter Olympics are remembered on the mountain as well.
Take the Whistler Gondola up to the Roundhouse and you'll find another Inuksuk that overlooks the valley and Blackcomb mountain.
Secondly, a set of Olympic rings looks towards Air Jordan (a well-known cliff drop).
Save the best till' last...
Lastly, to truly save the best until last, take a ride up Peak Chair to reach the highest point on Whistler to find the final, largest Inuksuk.
At the peak of Whistler Mountain there is a spectacular 360-degree view of the whole mountain range, with Ilanaaq standing tall in the centre.
It really is a fantastic experience and the best news is, despite this being the summit, there is a straightforward blue run to take you back down that is accessible to all but complete beginners!
Get the most out of your ski holiday in Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler is a boutique ski resort with some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world, and is now also part of only a handful of resorts to have co-hosted the Winter Olympic Games.
It provides yet another kind of uniqueness for the village and mountain, and is an extra reason among many for choosing Whistler as a holidaying location.