Skiers Plaza has always been a gathering place for those coming down from a day on the mountains, and 2010 was no different. During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Skiers Plaza was one of six Whistler Live! venues which, together, presented 18 hours of sports, arts, and entertainment every day for 28 magical days and nights.
During the day, Skiers Plaza attracted spectators to watch live broadcasts of the Games on a giant screen. During the evening, thousands more would gather here and on the surrounding patios to watch the Fire & Ice Remix, a spectacular live show which began with paintings by local artists projected onto the snowy slope, followed by specially-trained skiers and snowboarders jumping through rings of fire, and concluding with a live dance party with music from around the world.
Also located in Skiers Plaza is the entrance to the Whistler Village Gondola that, with a ticket, takes approximately 20 minutes to glide up Whistler Mountain to the Roundhouse Lodge. Inside the Roundhouse is Whistler Blackcomb’s Olympic Legacy Display, which includes photos and tales from the Games, as well as the actual skis used by Didier Défago of Switzerland to win the gold medal in the men’s Olympic downhill. Outside the Roundhouse is a large Inukshuk – the symbol of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – which overlooks Whistler Village and creates a marvelous photo opportunity.
Mountain Square is the next stop on the tour located 100 meters around either side of the building in front of you, the Carleton Lodge.