Here is a little bit of info - Whistler is a winter resort, complete with high prices, quality nightlife, a beer costing 9.25$, and, of course, ski lifts.
If you are from North Vancouver, you probably come here for the day with your skiing and/or snowboarding gear, get the day pass, and enjoy both the mountains - Whistler and Blackcomb. You probably even have a season pass. If you feel like splurging, you may stay at one of the many hotels in the Whistler village, let your aching muscles relax in a hot tub and the sauna, and then a grab a few drinks at the many bars in the village, and get back to wherever you are from on the following day.
If you are from Vancouver or Richmond, you probably are signed up for best deals mailing lists, and you find a good deal for one slow weekend, and come here to have a good time. I don't blame ya!
If you are newly married, resorts are where you will stay. Probably your wife loves snow, and you wanna have a good time with her, and you followed her here, despite the money the trip entails. She probably is a lousy skier, but you are skilled, and you grin and bear it, even when she slows you down.
If you are a backpacker, you probably stay at one of the only two hostels in Whistler area, take a shuttle to the ski lifts, pay through your nose the day fare, and get back to your hostel, earning another travel story to tell in your three month long across North America trip.
If you are me, you would start with lofty travel plans, and start from Victoria, with an idea to conquer the northern most parts of North West - Tofino and Cape Scott Provincial Park - and then you realize that you can go no further than Victoria, and that your experience in driving in snowfall is nil at best, and then you look at the map, you actually stare at the map, and think that Whistler is not a bad idea, as the Sea-to-Sky Hwy would be well maintained and plowed, and you think you could do this, and get on the highway without snow tires or snow chains kicking caution to the curb, and promptly realize that you are stuck, you experience your first car-skidding incident in life, your adrenaline kicks in, you stay alert, that's all you could do, you realize you can't turn around, turning around actually involves turning your wheels around which are skidding, all the exits are full of 2 feet snow and your car can't go through.. and your best chances of survival are to stay on the highway, go forward, and hope that you won't get pulled over, given a ticket, and wont be let to drive anyway, and you eventually make it to Whistler, thanking your lucky stars, and the invisible gods you agnostically claim you neither believe nor disbelieve in when times were good, check into a hotel, and wonder, "Now What?"