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Whistler Mountain
Whistler Skilift 040.jpg
The peak of Whistler Mountain as seen in the summer of 2007. The chairlift pictured is the Peak Chair.
Elevation 2,181 m (7,156 ft)
Location British Columbia, Canada
Range Fitzsimmons Range
Prominence 471 m (1,545 ft)
Coordinates 50°03′33″N 122°57′25″W / 50.05917°N 122.95694°W / 50.05917; -122.95694
Topo map NTS 92J/02
Easiest route Ski lifts

Whistler Mountain is a peak in the Fitzsimmons Range on the northwestern edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park, and the location of the ski resort and the town of Whistler, British Columbia.

The original name of the mountain was London Mountain, named after a mining claim in the area,[1] which in turn was named for the heavy fog and rain of the area. The locality was called Alta Lake before the creation of the Resort Municipality of Whistler in the 1970s, but the mountain's name had already been changed in 1965 as the associations with London's bad weather were deemed to be bad for advertising purposes. With the advent of the ski resort in the late 1960s the name was changed to "Whistler" to represent the whistling calls of the marmots, which are also known as "whistlers", that live in the alpine areas of the mountain.

Because of the mountain's proximity to Garibaldi Provincial Park, ski lifts are regularly used to quickly access the alpine, and ski tour into the park. The summit is home to the Whistler Peak chair, and this makes it one of the most traveled summits in BC.

The mountain forms part of a major ski and snowboard resort. More than 1.1 million people go to Whistler each year.


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