Ariakas - welcome as well from the closer to the Eastern Seabord of the US.
Each poly story is different, and has it's own quirks and twists, as I'm sure you have found. I hope your path towards what you seek is a smooth one.
I got the privilege of visiting Whistler earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed it, and everything else BC had to offer. I'm sure you are all gearing up for the Olympics - have they finished the road yet?