The Canadian resort town of Whistler, British Columbia, is beyond charming. If you’ve ever vacationed there, you may have fantasized about moving there permanently. Before you start browsing real estate for sale in Whistler, though, consider if such a place is really right for you.

You Don’t Mind the Cold

Canada isn’t called “the great white north” for nothin’! Seeing a cumulative 13 feet of fresh snowfall every winter, Whistler is a perfect example of that. In fact, out of all the months in the year, only June, July, and August are warm enough to have no snowfall. And while summer in Whistler offers a nice, warm change of pace, the other months can get downright frigid. In winter, temperatures often plunge to below freezing level, with the coldest temp on record being a frosty -20.6 F. Suffice to say, if you’re going to live in Whistler, you better bundle up.

You Cherish the Great Outdoors

Fortunately, for those who aren’t turned off by Whistler’s chilly weather, the region is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in all of Canada, if not the world. Located along the northern Garibaldi Provincial Park, the grounds around Whistler are a treasure trove of rolling forests, volcanic peaks, and stunning turquoise waters. One such body of water, Whistler’s aptly named Green Lake is an especially popular (and scenic) spot for swimming and boating during the summer months. Likewise, the surrounding woods are great for those who enjoy camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

You Like Meeting New People

In many ways, Whistler is a tourist town. Its snowy winters, gorgeous natural scenery, and towering summits have made it a can’t-miss destination for many vacationers. How many vacationers, you ask? Try an estimated 3 million every single year. Some come to spend the week in one of the town’s many luxurious hotels. Others visit for only a day or two, just long enough to visit the relaxing spas, delectable restaurants, and boutique shops. All of them, however, bring their own unique personalities, stories, and cultures with them, making Whistler an ideal place to make new friends.

You Love Skiing & Snowboarding

Aside from the beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and friendly locals, the number one thing that attracts so many visitors to Whistler is its ample skiing and snowboarding opportunities. In fact, Whistler’s world-famous mountainous terrain is so perfect for such activities that it was chosen to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. That’s right, the same slopes that the greatest athletes in the world competed on, Whistler’s locals get to enjoy just about whenever they want. And with nearly 10,000 acres of skiable terrain, there’s always more fun to be had.