Update: This sweepstakes is now over, but stay tuned for more great giveaways on our Facebook page!
In November, we played Whistler Chairlift Trivia on our Facebook page. Every couple days, we asked questions about Whistler, from its storied history to its recent updates, including the two new chairlifts that debuted this season. Here are all the questions we asked during our month-long trivia game (the correct answers are in bold font):
When development of the Whistler ski area started, what event were the owners aiming to host?
- A snow ballet exhibition to celebrate the first mass-produced epoxy skis
- The 1968 winter Olympics
- Johnny Carson’s televised ski lesson with Austrian ski instructor Kitty Falger
- A ski-wear runway event to launch Bogner’s trend-setting stretchy ski pants
What was Whistler named after?
- The shrill whistle sound made by local alpine marmots who live among the rocks
- The sound the wind makes when howls between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Glacier
- The steamship that delivered Myrtle and Alex Philip to Vancouver, the couple who built the Rainbow Lodge on the shores of Alta Lake in 1914 and transformed Whistler into a tourism destination
- The lunch bell that called in loggers and miners for their daily meals
If you’re taking a day off of skiing/snowboarding, you could find yourself doing this in Whistler:
- Suspended on a wire cable 180 feet above the ground
- Warming up in a Eucalyptus steam bath and (seriously) cooling off in a freezing Nordic waterfall, all for the therapeutic effects
- Snowmobiling through old-growth forests and across frozen lakes, miles away from civilization
- Sampling 7 dishes from 7 restaurants on a progressive lunch tasting tour and finishing with a beer tasting flight at Whistler’s local brewery
- All of the above
In the 1980s, what did it mean if you asked “Where is Dual Mountain?
- You were poking fun of an enclave of haughty second homeowners who split time between Vancouver and Whistler.
- You were a snowboarder looking for the unofficial but popular gathering spot for other early adopters of the sport.
- You were a first-time visitor. In the 1980s, Whistler and Blackcomb were under different ownership; skiers could buy a Blackcomb Pass, a Whistler Pass or a Dual Mountain Pass, but many tourists took the name to mean a specific location within the resort.
BONUS ROUND: How many MORE skiers/riders will the new Harmony 6 Express lift be able to handle per hour?
BONUS ROUND:What is the smell that wafts from the Crystal Hut located at the top of the Crystal Chair (soon to be the new Crystal Ridge Express High Speed Quad!)?
- Fresh, homemade Belgian waffles
- Gunpowder from mortar rounds used for avalanche control
- Stinky cheese melted for fondue
- Wood smoke from wood-fire pizza ovens
What records did the Peak2Peak Gondola break when it was unveiled in 2008?
- Longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometers
- Highest lift of its kind at 436 meters above the valley floor
- Completes the longest continuous lift system on the globe
- All of the above
What was the snowiest month on record?
- November 2006
- February 1978
- March 2012
- November 2009
Now that you’ve proved your Whistler trivia prowess, wouldn’t you like to take a spin on those new chairlifts? The Crystal Ridge Express, with its terminal location along the Blackcomb Glacier Road ski-out, allows skiers and riders to lap the entire Crystal Zone with quicker access the to Horstman Glacier, Blackcomb Glacier and Spanky’s Ladder. On Whistler Mountain, the new Harmony 6 Express shortens upload time to the Harmony Zone’s powder-filled bowls, steeps and cruisers and dramatically improves the uphill capacity, carrying 1,200 more passengers per hour than the old lift.