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Whistler, it’s a town with a heartbeat. A place where the people and the landscape become one. The mountains are reborn with the seasons, each offering a unique method to explore and appreciate them. Shaped by ancient glaciers and the power of the ocean, Whistlers deep valleys have beckoned adventurous souls here for over 60 years. These like-minded individuals have made their mark on the community, in the hearts of others and left footprints in the mountains we call home. There is a shared love for this place by all that live here, but their individual personalities couldn’t be more different. We want to celebrate these individuals that are shaping and leading our community. There’s no denying that mother nature carved this wildly beautiful place with her power, but it’s the people that give this town a heartbeat.

Join us as we celebrate the souls that are intertwined with the identity of Whistler as we roll out our Characters of Whistler series. This collection of residents believe pushing the limits is the norm, they aren’t content with the status quo. They strive for excellence, see the big picture and know how to instill change. They’ve each found their own way of showcasing what they love – our town – and sharing it in a unique way.


Artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, motivators, movers and shakers, creators, innovators and those who foster growth in others – these are the people we celebrate. These are the people that love our town, the mountains around it and the people in it. These are the people that are making the future Whistler. Living legends. The characters of Whistler.

Follow along on Gibbons Whistler Facebook for the full episodes and teasers on Gibbons Whistler Instagram and Apres Lager Instagram. For further exposure on each Character of Whistler, we’ll be doing a blog feature to dive even deeper. 


Johnny “Foon” Chilton, a man’s name that is interchangeable with the concept of being connected to where you live and how you play. Johnny Chilton is the man behind the local Pemberton based company Foon Skis, but he’s so much more than just a man that makes skis. He’s a man that knows the calculated impact of every action he takes or deliberately chooses not to. He is inspirationally intune with mother nature and over time has developed a sustainable relationship with her. Watch Johnny’s Character Video below and read this article about him to try and wrap your head around just how incredible he is for the Whistler community. here.


A humble soul, Kris Kupskay – or “Kups” as most know him – is constantly surprised when people want to purchase his work despite nearing a decade of doing exactly that. Infused with wit and oozing with grace, any interaction with Kups is as memorable as his artwork. Bigger than his biggest mural is the collection of community project’s he chooses to pursue and a big part of why we choose him as a true Character of Whistler. Not only is he a visionary in the arts, but he is all about sharing his talent and marrying it with the mountains we love so much. Read on about Kups here. 


Abby Cooper

A lover of all things outdoors, Abby Cooper is a splitboarder, hiker, adventurer, year round snow seeker, photographer and writer. She's living life one adventure to the next with her dog by her side.