Not long from now, we’ll be counting down to midnight and ringing in another new year with our loved ones – but before to jump ahead to 2017, let’s take a moment to remember some of the highlights from 2016.
There is never a dull moment in Whistler, and the past year was no exception. Here are a few ways that 2016 left its mark on our town.
Welcoming the Audain Art Museum
With great anticipation, we watched for months as the angular building began to take shape alongside Day Lot 4 in the Village until finally, the Audain Art Museum opened its doors in March. The verdict? It was well worth the wait. If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit, make a point of doing so – the art within its walls is a visual reminder of why the West Coast is, indeed, the Best Coast.
Whistler Blackcomb Made Headlines … Again and Again
There were a few notable changes on the mountains in 2016 (A new grilled cheese food outlet! A revamped waffle recipe at the Crystal Hut!), but the biggest headlines happened off the mountain. Vail’s takeover of Whistler Blackcomb was met with mixed reactions, as locals attempted (and, in some ways, continue to attempt) to determine what, exactly, this entailed. Before the Vail announcement came Renaissance: a tale of a multiyear, multistage project encompassing everything from luxury accommodations to a water park at Base 2. There’s no doubt that Whistler Blackcomb was the talk of the town this year.
A Celebration for Sellers
In the world of Whistler real estate, the key buzzwords of 2016 were “inventory” and “seller’s market”. Just when we thought inventory couldn’t possibly dip any lower, it did – and it continues to do so as we prepared to enter 2017. As a throwback to ECON 101, decreasing supply paired with increasing demand results in a bump in prices. Those who sold their Whistler properties this year reaped the benefits of a seller’s market – but perhaps the buyers are the true winners, since they get to have a home base in Whistler!
The New Pot of Gold in Rainbow
For a while, Rainbow was the new kid on the block, nestled between established the neighbourhoods of Alpine Meadows and Emerald Estates. With its new retail additions, Rainbow is now a destination in and of itself. No more trekking to Creekside to fill up on gas, and no need to head to Squamish to pick up your favourite President’s Choice products! Life north of the village has never looked so good.
Best. Opening. Day. Ever.
The mountain only opened a day early this year – but what an opening it was! The first few laps of the year took place in knee-deep powder, and we all have stronger thighs to show for it. Opening Day 2016 is the kind of opening day we’ll still be talking about a decade from now.
Indeed, 2016 was a year for the books. Feel free to let me know if I missed your most memorable moments of 2016, and I wish you all the best as we enter the New Year. Have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you in 2017.