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Stylin' at Whistler

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I just got back from a weekend at Whistler. I do most of my skiing at Mt. Baker with a couple of days per year at Whistler on average. Admitedly, I am fashion challenged in the extreme, but I was really struck by the difference in how so many of the people at Whistler dressed compared with those at Baker.

Baker is a mix of function and grunge (not psudo grunge, the real thing) with a bit of duct tape thrown in.

At Whistler there were even pretty-boy snow boarders! At Baker they would be laughed off of the hill, but at Whistler nobody batted and eye.

What a culture difference!
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
There's a very limited number of people who are close enough to day ski there.
I imagine it has more to do with the high pricing of everything and the huge crowds and city-like conditions that keep some people away. There are a whole lot of people just down the road in Vancouver that can and do use Whistler as a day area. I've even done it from Bellingham, but that's a stretch.

I did see several pair of skinny skis when I was there. And a few neon fart bags too.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle

Whistler has a culture moat around it. There's a very limited number of people who are close enough to day ski there. So most of 'em are skiing from Whistler lodging, none of which is particularly inexpensive.

I don't have any duct tape on my ski clothes, but I have ratty ski boots. So I feel comfortable at either venue.
huh - what planet are you on? Its a 2 hour drive from Vancouver to whistler. Squamish 45 minutes.
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Originally Posted by LeeLau
huh - what planet are you on? Its a 2 hour drive from Vancouver to whistler. Squamish 45 minutes.
*shrug* I guess I'm on the slow driving planet.
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Don't mind me - Im bitchy because i've got a doctors appointment tomorrow or I'd already be up there in my million dollar shack getting into my arcteryx underwear and dreaming about the 15 inches new for tomorrow. A friend called me to say there's a foot on the ground already and still snowing 1 inch an hour.

and oh btw for all Americans - it is a hanging offence in Canada to speed up when you're in the right lane and someone is trying to pass you in the left lane and its a powder day.
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
Same thing with Crystal vs. Whistler. You see all kinds of crazy stuff at Crystal that you'd never see at Whistler.. like guys skiing in camo hunting suits, people with black stretch pants tucked into their boots, 100s of people on pensil thin 205cm skis, and so on.

Whistler has a culture moat around it. There's a very limited number of people who are close enough to day ski there. So most of 'em are skiing from Whistler lodging, none of which is particularly inexpensive.

I don't have any duct tape on my ski clothes, but I have ratty ski boots. So I feel comfortable at either venue.
What do you mean when you say "Whistler has a culture moat around it"?
This is because people don't ski in snowmobile suits?
I don't get it - how could a place as international as Whistler have a "culture moat" around it? Maybe I misunderstand.

And why do you think people don't use Whistler as a day area - 2 million people in the Greater Vancouver area would disagree.
post #7 of 13
I was there a week ago and I think I saw every conceivable fashion under the sun from expensive Bogner, grunge snowboarders, fart bags to 80's K2 pencils and stretch pants. Nobody seemed to bat an eye lid at what people were wearing or riding on. Maybe the problem exists only in your mind for I saw no sign of fashion snobbery. Sure you get the littl' rich girl wandering around the village in her furs but for the most part, people dressed in jeans for their apres hour rendezvous'.
post #8 of 13
Please forgive my post on this thread. I did not mean to insult our good natured friends to the north.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Blaise
Sure you get the littl' rich girl wandering around the village in her furs...
Those are old ladies and some Eastern Europeans - the lil' rich girls are more likely to be wearing JetSet, Prada Sport, Arcteryx ...
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
Please forgive my post on this thread. I did not mean to insult our good natured friends to the north.
Not insulted, just curious as to what you meant.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Not insulted, just curious as to what you meant.
What I mean is.. if you go to a place primarily frequented by locals, like Crystal Mountain, or Cypress, or Loveland Pass 9 out of 10 people you run into will have driven from their homes that day to ski at those places.

Whistler is not a 'local' spot in the same sense. There are people that drive up from Vancouver, sure, but driving for 4 hours to ski for 6 is something that requires a certain degree of dedication.

Destination resorts have crap like four star hotels and thirty t-shirt shops. Local hills have a 500sq/ft sport shop and a 10 room motel calling itself a "Lodge".

ETA: I don't mean "culture moat" in the sense that it keeps international and other traveling visitors out. I mean that it's insulated by distance from locals. And I'm presuming that there are a lot more skiers who would drive an hour than there are skiers who would drive two.
post #12 of 13
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I think a big piece of the difference is that day areas get everyone, the dedicated, the sloppy, those on an extreme budget. Everyone who skis or boards.

Destination resorts like Whistler get a much greater share of the rich and the dedicated whether they're local or not. The peanut butter sandwich-brown bag crowd who figure "the bomber jacket is fine since we go once a year" is not a group that will usually brave the expense and inconvienience of using a large, crowded resort for a day area. Neither is it a good match for those dedicated sliders who are on a Top Ramen diet and who's equipment is held together by hope and duct tape. Those folks come to Baker and places like it.

The guy who inspired this post was a boarder I'll call the Golden Boy. GB had bleached blonde hair, a gold colored Burton team jacket with matching pants that included some kind of design on the right leg which went right on into the gold accented binding on his matching snowboard and boots (more gold accents and leather). He wore a bright pink hat and by his behavior with his friends he seemed to believe that he was the reason for their being. It was amazing. After that I started to notice what people were wearing and it lead to the original post. Just an observation. Not a value judgement.
post #13 of 13
There's tons of "locals" that ski Whistler. Just take a look at the parking lots. Those folks driving up are driving up from Vancouver. When I ride the lifts at Whistler and talk to the skiers, more often than not they are from Vancouver. The occassional foreign accent or Brit is on the lift and of course the Japanese just love Whistler and they have a style all their own. I think it's great to go to such an international destination resort like Whistler and see all the different skiers. Who cares if they are wearing a $2000 Bogner fur lined flourescent ski suit or a $100 outfit from Sports Authority, as long as they are having fun.
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