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Postcard: Whistler Olympic Park

Baseboard, bobsleigh, toboggan, snowshoe or simply sightsee.

pair of cross-country skiiers on trail at Whistler Olympic Park, picture
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Photo: Tourism Whistler/David Mccolm
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Years after the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park keeps the spirit alive.

Some Olympic venues lose their shine after the torch flickers out, but Whistler Olympic Park—home to ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and biathlon events at the 2010 Winter Games—keeps the spirit alive amid the soaring, snowcapped peaks 75 miles north of Vancouver, B.C.

Today, any visitor can strap on cross-country skis and follow in the tracks of Petra Majdič, the Slovenian skier who gutted out a bronze medal despite breaking four ribs in training. Those who want to chase Olympic velocity can try baseboarding: a lie-down, face-first, hang-on-tight sled ride that can reach speeds of 40 mph. If you'd prefer to admire the cedars, firs, and valley views at a more relaxed pace, you can snowshoe across the soft powder or ride a toboggan on a mellow hill just down the slope from the Olympic ski jumps, where elite leapers still take flight in occasional competitions.

Although the cheering throngs have departed and the medals have already been handed out, snow lovers of all stripes can still win the day.

This article was first published in November 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.