Whistler

Leaving Vancouver we headed headed inland to the infamous Whistler village. The scenery as we moved from the city deeper into the mountains was picture perfect. After a few hours in our "new home" aka 24 seater bus with our tour guide Greg from Thompson Rivers University (www.tru.ca) we arrived at Whistler Sliding Centre, the venue for the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton events from the 2010 winter Olympics (http://www.whistlerslidingcentre.com/). Whistler Sliding Centre This sliding track is the fastest track ever constructed and is 1450m in length with a 152m vertical drop from top to bottom. The track has 16 corners with the maximum vertical drop being 20% at corner 2. We had a tour of the facility to learn all the ins and outs of the tracks construction, cooling system and how the venue has been used commercially since the Olympics. Whistler bobsled Another highlight for our trip to the sliding track was our first bear sighting!  Black bear in Whistler We headed further down into Whistler Village and jumped on a gondola that took us to the top of Whistler mountain, we were then lucky enough to take the peak 2 peak gondola to Blackcomb mountain (http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/p2pg/) which is the longest unsupported gondola in the world with 3.024km of cable between towers. There was snow on the mountain tops, though the temperature was relatively hot.Whistler transport The afternoon comprised of zip lining with ziptrek (Www.ziptrek.com) who run ecofriendly tours in the rain forest at Whistler. Not only did we have amazing fun zipping across the forest, we also gained knowledge of how this large adventure sport company minimises their impact on the environment and educates their customers sbout sustainability. The companies commercial manager also spent some time with us discussing risk management issues of working in this environment, how he deals with guides training and turnover, along with how the company assists their staff both in and outside of work.  This has been the longest, most adventurous, fun filled day so far. 

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