The weather was absolutely fabulous up here at Whistler/Blackcomb today! And the gay boys, and a few girls, are beginning to collect for what's expected to be a fun, exciting week. In just minutes, a western gay night will start at Buffalo Bills. I find the locals, who I'll refer to as Whistlers, to be quite friendly and helpful.
For those who haven't been to Whistler, it's a two hour drive or bus ride from downtown Vancouver. Whistler Village, where the majority of hotels are located is where most gay visitors are staying. It's a small resort town, but filled with great boutiques, specialty restaurants, cafes and of course, ski equipment rental and sales shops.
Whistler is pricey, and skiing as a sport isn't cheap so expect to spend some cash. But you can cut costs in several ways, most notably by eating in vs. eating out. The IGA grocery store has everything you need, fresh produce, meats, prepared food, bakery, and it even has a Pizza Hut inside that offers $4.79 personal pan pizzas. You'll also find McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks here. I ran into two gay couples at the IGA who taught me something new about bananas. Hmmm...
Besides skiing (I'm actually not a ski lover), you can roam around and shop, go to a movie ("Brokeback Mountain", "Capote", "Good Night, and Good Luck"" are all playing here), visit the library, go for scenic walks, go ziptreking (an outdoor activity for anyone not afraid of heights), OR you can cruise the hot looking men - straight, gay and everything in between. I'm smitten at the moment with a young Australian attendant working in my hotel. By the way, there are a lot of young Australian men here - and they're all beautiful and friendly.
On tomorrow's agenda, aside from snow activities, is an after-ski social at Maxx Fish and a late night party at a yet-to-be announced location.