An Account Of My First Months in Whistler
01.11.2002 - 10.12.2003 0 °C
I grew up in the sleepy town of Squamish, which is the town 45 minutes from Whistler. I had worked in Whistler before but had never lived there. I transferred from a hotel property in New Brunswick to Whistler because my sister was getting married. The accomodation was a 10 minute walk and cheaper than anything I could get in Squamish so I decided to live the Whistler lifestyle. I was 27 at the time so a bit old for the scene, which made me kind of miserable the first few months I was there. I did meet some amazing new friends but I just felt somewhat different from everybody else. I didn't look at things through virgin eyes like they did and I didn't want to do the things everyone else wanted to. I did get my snowboarding in and the lift was 30 seconds from my front door so that was amazing.
One of the first items you will need if you are planning to live and play and work in Whistler is black shoes and black pants (if work is not supplying your uniform.) These are hard to find items in Whistler and will be super expensive if you do find them. Best bet is to work for Whistler Blackcomb or one of the larger hotels that offer subsodized accomodation. It can be tricky to find a place up there for a price that doesn't cut hard into your drinking fund. One of the easiest things I found about Whistler was making friends, when you're smooshed up against that many people you have to get along. But seriously, Whistler attracts fun loving travel young at heart-ers and the backdrop is so magnificant you can't help but be happy. You are living deep in a valley with mountain ranges all around you. The village and the municipality in general is just neat and tidy with an air of wealth to everything.
After a while I did start to settle in to the scene and look at life more like a tourist. Mostly we just worked our asses off and dealt with extremely rich people at our hotel.