Tourism and Collar Bones
I am writing from Chetwynd on my way back north.
Yesterday I started from Whistler and my goodness have they ever built a massive summer tourism industry. I couldn't believe the crowds in the village. I first skied Whistler in 1977 and it sure has changed. Back then it just wasn't much of a summer destination at all, and even the winter season wasn't that busy. Even 10 years ago it had some summer tourism, but it wasn't really crowded in the summer. It seemed as packed as a winter day.
They have developed these amazing mountain bike parks for the summer. They are total dust farms. If you are watching you definitely want to be on the right side of the wind. So, it is amazing to watch what these kids to on their bikes, and it must be totally nerve racking for parents, as it should be. My sister says there are about 4-5 broken collar bones per day with this sport.
They also have great mountain bike trails without the jumps for those of us that value our collar bones intact. You also can take the gondola up and ride down the mountain on the paths.