Contrary to popular belief, Whistler Blackcomb will stay open—and skiable—when the Olympics hit this February. Only 10 percent of the mountain will close to the public, leaving, oh, 7,500 acres for non-elite athletes. “Most of the major chain hotels are already near capacity,” says Breton Murphy of Tourism Whistler. “Look for condos and town houses, or lesser known chalets. Everything in Whistler Village is within walking distance of the lifts.” A good thing, given all that’s in store: Downtown events will range from ceremonial (performances at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center) to crazy (concerts every day). And if you’ve ever wanted to party with the Jamaica Bobsleigh Team, they’ve named the Savage Beagle their official headquarters for the Games (whistlerblackcomb.com).
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