Lounging with Locals: Chantal Limoges
1. Tell us about yourself.
My heart has always belonged in the mountains. It began when my parents took me camping in Kananaskis when I was a wee little one. The love grew more when I started learning to ski at Wintergreen and later when I learned to snowboard at Sunshine, Kicking Horse and Fernie. I LOVE WINTER, A LOT!!!!! I love spending my days with friends playing in the snow, then enjoying evenings filled with delicious food and libations, and going on about the outstanding moments we shared together throughout the day. Dancing, snowboarding, laughing and accepting any kind of crazy adventure is the only way to live in my books. I am but a humble local living the BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD.
2. Tell us an interesting Whistler story.
Oh man… where do I begin. I guess I ‘ll start with what brought me here. I was debating which ski resort I wanted to move to. During my reading week in 2005 I came out to Whistler to visit my good friend and see if this was where I could see myself living. Two days after I returned home, I received an email in my inbox from the administrator at Snowboard.com who told me I was the winner of the TWSSF contest they hosted! “NO WAY!” I thought. These were a scam and no one ever actually won these things. But it was legit! I managed to somehow come inbetween my final exams with my best friend for five days. Six days after my last marketing final, I packed up my car and moved to Whistler. Now I have the most incredible job where I’m the one calling people to tell them they won a trip to Whistler. I get to inspire people to come and briefly enjoy what we experience on a daily basis.
3. What makes Whistler Awesome?
It’s everything including the spectacular scenery, incredible snow, beautiful summers, lakes, rivers, trees that never seem to end, fresh air, incredible tasting water, a Village like no other, food that will blow your taste buds into the new millennium, all kinds of unique and fun events, and most of all the locals. Seriously, Whistler consistently inspires all kinds of artists and athletes in ways that are beyond comprehension, but it’s the locals that really make Whistler what it is. Each person that comes to live here brings a special and unique energy that leaves an imprint that will forever change this town for the better. Whistler is awesome because of the jaw-dropping inspired beauty combined with the local flavour.
4. What is Whistler’s best kept secret?
The “Holy F” moments! We all have them. The moments where your life feels like it just came out of the most epic movie. It’s that time you are at some peak/lake/river/trail with your crew and for a brief moment your life seems to slow down. You can’t help but smile and feel like the richest person on the planet. Cherish these moments. We, Whistlerites, are spoiled with them.
5. What do you really want to say to the world? To Whistler?
To the World: Please come and enjoy our home, but please do so with the same respect you would like to have in your own home. Let yourself be swept away by the magic that is this place. There are all kinds of adventures to be had, go, explore and be inspired.
To Whistler: It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of living here, but remember why you live here. Keep exploring so that you can share your stories and continue to inspire both our guests and other newbies that come here. NEVER forget the passion!!!!