Up here they go by the metric system, which is why it's called the 20-centimeter Rule. If 20 centimeters of new snow has fallen overnight, a lot of people in Whistler are going to be late for work.
If the locals seem especially cheerful and healthy, says Lynn Gervais, director of public relations at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, "it's because almost everyone you see moved here for the same reason. They wanted this lifestyle."
This lifestyle is...not sedentary. This becomes obvious after 15 minutes with hotel "Gold Supervisor" Melanie Bigney, who serves as a kind of adrenaline broker at this property, the largest ski-in, ski-out resort in North America. A big part of Bigney's job is informing guests of the recreational activities available to them.
It's not a short list. The hotel has its own mountain biking park. Not far away, there's whitewater rafting, kayaking and fly-fishing.
There is ATVing and summer skiing. You can hike or make your way around the resort's Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course. Just take care not to rile the bear who spent much of last summer frolicking with her cubs around the 13th green.
Of course there is also a spa to die for, a superb health club, five restaurants and a bobsled in the lobby. But in Whistler the star of the show is always going to be the great outdoors. "Around here it's not if you're going to get out and do something," says Gervais. "It's what."
Some mornings you're going to be late for work.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler