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Built on an Olympic Dream
And Hosted The Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games in 2010
When a group of Vancouver business men, lead by Franz Wilhelmsen, headed North over 50 years ago to find a a mountain suitable for hosting the Winter Olympics, the group stumbled upon London Mountain after spending 4 hours of logging roads to reach it. But the idea of hosting the Olympic Games in less than a decade was met with a lot of scepticism and very few believed it could be done. In the end those people were right and the bid for the 68' Games failed. But that didn't get the group down and Franz and his team kept going to open, what it is now called Whistler Mountain, in 1966 for skiing.
Over 50 years later since the first lifts in Creekside carried skiers up Whistler Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb and the highly influential group of icons and legends who've left their mark here, have constantly been pushing limits of what can be done on snow and in the resort business making it the #1 resort in North America today. From the development of Blackcomb Mountains, Whistler Mountains next door neighbour, to both mountains joining as one resort, to the development of the Guiness World Record Breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, to finally having the first dream come true of hosting the Games in 2010, Whistler Blackcomb is a resort that is untouchable and is the favourite place to ski and ride for millions globally.
But there is so much to the story, you need to watch it for yourself.
Watch The Free History Documentary Movie
50 Years of Going Beyond
ABOUT THE MOVIE
For the last five decades, Whistler Blackcomb has left its mark on those who are drawn to the mountains. What started as a single Olympic dream in 1966 has evolved into the largest ski resort in North America, with a slew of accomplishments and accolades to back it up. From the resort’s adventure-seeking founders to its freestyle heydays—and breaking Guinness World Records along the way—snowsport industry legends recount the contributions that Whistler Blackcomb has made to skiing and snowboarding and the significance of its golden anniversary. But while 50 Years of Going Beyond solidifies the resort’s legacy in the past, there’s no denying that the last 50 years is just the beginning.
The Complete History Of Whistler Blackcomb
Follow along with this interactive timeline and learn more about how Whistler Blackcomb was started and what made us the #1 Resort in North America today.