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Whistler Village!! March 7, 2010

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We LOVE Whistler!




Here’s a replica of the torch!

The village was hopping with all the nations. I particularly loved the Swiss House… that thing was made out of chocolate!

How funny is this! That’s Janie and Irving!

I fell in love with these Ice Wine Truffles!
The sliding center was kind of hidden in between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain valley, but we hiked up a trail to try to see some of it.



We weren’t able to see any of the track, but we did see the Bobsleighs all crated up ready to get shipped to their home countries. I thought this was so neat!

This was one of the bobsleighs!! We were so close to it!

We were really sad to see this Memorial for Nodar Kumaritashvil (The luge slider who died during a training run before the Olympics).

One day, we walked about 5 miles from Whistler Village to Creekside Village. It was a gorgeous walk around some frozen lakes to get there.

So much better than taking the bus there.

It was cold though. Good thing we had our mittens!
  
Creekside is where most of the alpine events take place.

 


Whooo Hoo!! Athletes Village!


At Creekside, we took the chairlift up to the finish line of the Downhill Ski events. So cool!!!


It was so weird to get off the chairlift without skies on. haha

These were the grandstands for the crowds watching the skiiers finish!

This is the finish line where all the skiers came in!


 
We thought this was funny. The sign says "Snow Tools".

And then we rode the chairlift back down! (Those are Irving’s gloves and shoes. haha)

Our hotel was the home to "Camp Norway". The Norway support team was there. We thought that was pretty cool. 

We made sure to show our American Spirit in our room…. so our room went from this:

To this! PERFECT!

We TOTALLY lucked out. Our hotel was slopeside on Blackcomb Mountain. This is the view from our room… you can see the chair lifts! (Click to enlarge!)
 

We literally had to walk DOWN the ski slopes to get to the village. The road wasn’t really an option. haha It was awesome!


The village is great during the day, but really comes to life at night! They had these awesome "Fire and Ice" shows at night where snowboarders and skiers jump through a ring of fire. So fun!



Check out that moon coming up over the mountain! Those lights on the mountain are snow cats grooming the trails!

Good night!

 

The Road to Vancouver/Whistler

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On Friday, we woke up in Los Angeles, had breakfast in Seattle, lunch in Vancouver and dinner in Whistler! It was a long, but beautiful gorgeous day.

We met up with some of Janie’s family in Seattle and had breakfast at a cute diner called Endolyne. It used to be an old train stop that was at "The End of the Line". Get it? I wish I had pictures, it was a cute place.

As we got on the road, I got my first glimpse of the Seattle Needle as we whizzed by!

We were really excited once we got closer to the Canadian border. We started to see signs for the Olympics!


We stopped for an hour in Vancouver to explore some of the Olympic areas. Obviously first on our list was the Cauldron. It was fairly easy to find (follow the crowds!) Even in the rain, it was beautiful and impressive.

Hi Jake!

We love all the gorgeous blue/lime logos that were everywhere!



We battled the crowds to get a glimpse! 



We even found a bobsleigh to try out! HAHA



The highway from Vancouver to Whistler was closed to the public. You had to have a special permit to be able to drive up to Whistler. Good thing we had one! We felt special. 🙂

 
Next stop….Whistler!

 

 
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