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No, that’s not a typo. The Games are notoriously poorly attended. For 2010’s events, just 12 of Whistler and Blackcomb’s 200-plus runs are closed. Better still, Whistler insiders told Skiing that January bookings are lagging, meaning for several weeks leading up to the Games you won’t be fighting for first tracks. Lucky you. Plus, Whistler won our Best Overall Resort in our 2010 Resort Awards.

7 Reasons to Ski Whistler During the Olympics

Unless you live in Whistler, you wouldn’t know that a certain segment of the community is opposed to hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. Some locals have decided to leave town for two weeks, rent their houses to “some rich Americans,” and go surfing in Mexico. Let them. Here are seven reasons why the 2010 Winter Olympics are the perfect time to hit Whistler.

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Ski Bums Never Say Die

Salomon Freeski TV follows a group of ski bums in Whitewater, B.C. as they hunt for powder, drive with their boots on, and make sidecountry laps. Sound like your ski buddies? Probably, except these guys are all over 70.

Over the course of three days, guide Karl Salter is able to serve up a smorgasbord of terrain to guests of all abilities. Runs transitioned from open, alpine bowls, to steep tree runs. For the adventurous in our group, Karl delivers big-mountain lines and spines that are reminiscent of  coastal British Columbia and Alaska. There are open powder runs, huckable cliff drops, and plenty of tree jibs to keep the youth in the group stoked.

K3 Cat Ski, BC

Previously called Monashee Snowcats, British Columbia's K3 Cat Skiing is back with a new name and all the same features, including 50-degree pitches, 33,000 acres of terrain, and piles of fresh powder. Here's how to plan a trip there.