Whistler Village was Designed with Transportation in Mind
When Whistler Village was constructed in 1980, engineers put a heavy emphasis on urban transportation. The unique pedestrianized central village area is surrounded by vehicle roadways for an undisturbed flow of traffic. This means that driving around the resort is easy, but a car is really unnecessary for a trip out the shops, restaurants or lifts.
Getting to Whistler in 2010
Aside from taking a chartered Helicopter, the quickest way to get from Vancouver to Whistler is via Highway 99, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway. The newly expanded Sea to Sky Highway will offer drool worthy vistas en route to Whistler Blackcomb. The Vancouver Organizing Committee of the Olympics (VANOC) hopes to discourage people from driving themselves by promoting bus service for Games spectators and encouraging alternate methods of transportation such as group bus/coach service. This will cut down on highway traffic and make for a more relaxing journey for all involved.
Whistler Olympics – Transit Systems
A total of 120 buses will be added to the streets of the Whistler Blackcomb, Creekside, and the Squamish/Pemberton areas to help reduce the need for your own vehicle. The Resort Municipality of Whistler along with VANOC hope this will help reduce congestion throughout the Whistler area.
Guests staying outside of Whistler Village should note that a free shuttle service will be readily available to transport guests into the Village from the Blackcomb Benchlands & Creekside areas. This shuttle service will run until 3:00am and frequent every 5 to 10 minutes.
Whistler 2010 Parking Restrictions
Day Lots 1 to 8 at Whistler mountain base, which are normally available for public parking, will be closed off. This is a result of the increased operating space the Olympic Games Venues will require. Because of the shortage of available parking, only vehicles with registered parking spots will be granted access to Whistler Village. Most pre-booked Whistler 2010 rentals will have a reserved underground parking spot.