by Denise Brown
on Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 3:54pm.
When it comes down to it, the permanent residents of Whistler make up a small, tight-knit community and with the title of local, comes a certain set of benefits. Believe it or not, waking up to spectacular views, being surrounded by lush forests and having world-class terrain at your fingertips, is just a piece of what makes Whistler awesome. The perks of being a Whistler local extend beyond the obvious and into the very essence of community. We’ve gathered up a few of the not so obvious advantages of making Whistler the place you call home.
The Scandinave Spa
The perfect end to any day on the hill is soaking those tired muscles in a warm hot tub. The Scandinave Spa offers a more comprehensive experience that includes hot/cold baths, steam rooms, and saunas. To support the local community, the Scandinave Spa has a 1-month unlimited pass for $145 that is available during the offseason and a Locals Day every Tuesday. Make sure to bring ID to the Locals Day to show that you are a resident of the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Imagine you are sitting at a desk, watching the snow accumulate outside your window and wishing you could get out of the office to experience it. Well, in Whistler you can, providing it snows 30cm or more. This rule doesn’t apply to all businesses in town but many have adopted the 30cm rule, allowing employees to leave the office and enjoy the snowfall.
There are a number businesses in Whistler that offer a Local’s Discount. These companies range from physiotherapy clinics to restaurants. The discounts can be found in the form a set rate only for residents or a percentage off. If you’re heading into town, make sure you have your ID with you just in case you end up at an establishment that offers a deal for locals.
Whistler Experience Spirit Pass
Whistler Blackcomb has a discounted season pass for employers and employees of Whistler. It is a partnership with the Whistler Chamber of Commerce; Thus requiring participants to take a training course on safety, customer service and resort practices. This requirement is to ensure that Whistler employees can be part of creating a positive experience for resort guests.
We aren’t just talking about a local's night at the bar- Community centers, gyms, and yoga studios all have a local’s night which offers their services at a discounted price. Try Yoga a Luna on a Monday, climbing at the Core on a Tuesday and visit Meadow Park on a Wednesday for a reduced gym entry fee.
The small community makes for shorter wait times for doctors, dentists, and medical diagnostic work. What’s more, the health care requirements of the elite athletic community means that there is access to prominent specialists and higher levels of care than what is found other areas.
Whistler is an amazing place to live as well as play. The small community offers a number of benefits that can make staying healthy and living in a resort town even easier. Looking to become a Whistler local? Let's find your dream home and make it happen!