Whistling Up Some Summer Values

SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS JUNE 2006 Once the Winter Olympics concluded in Turin, Italy, earlier this year, sports fans began to anticipate 2010, when the Games visit the snowy slopes of Canada's British Columbia. For savvy meeting planners, however, the games begin every summer, when the posh village of Whistler goes on sale.
For groups, the best incentive begins on the greens (pictured, with glaciers in background). Golf Whistler, a collective of signature courses, includes Nicklaus North Golf Course, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Golf Club (which features Arnold Palmer's first Canadian course), and Big Sky Golf and Country Club. (In the Canadian Rockies, the ball travels 50 percent farther than it would at sea level, ensuring that the duffers will be happier than usual.) For the adventurous, there's heli-golf, as well as mountain biking and hiking.

The TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, which underwent a multimillion-dollar modernization project in 2003, now has 40,000 sf of rentable space and is close by the courses as well as the hotels of Whistler Village.

A welcome addition to the summer experience is the new Whistler Mountaineer train route, which started in May, making the three-hour trip between Whistler and Vancouver daily.