I really should have made the point that all the Canadians I encountered were really nice. It would just have been nice to see some more of them. Maybe I had unreasonable expectations from all the hype. I mostly do ski groomer, with some powder, but it was very rocky from the mediocre snow in places and the trees are very tightly packed, so I thought a lot of tree snowboarding was above my level.
I wanted to share my experience as I think most other Americans are similarly accosted by the media proclaiming Whistler the greatest ski mountain on earth. Funny, the one negative that people report, the fog, wasn't too bad, except a few times. However, given the higher price for Americans (plus the current negative exchange rate), the average-to-poor Whistler Mountain (the vertical drop is useless since you really can't find good enough conditions top-to-bottom all at once), the hard coastal snow (felt like Sierra Cement only harder on my ass), and lack of anything resembling "local," I don't think I will try that again. Also, I must say the signage was not very good, more like a European mountain (i.e., they don't ID runs).