WhistlerSARWhistler SAR Can’t land a single engine helicopter at the medical clinic in Whistler. Instead they have to fly to the heliport, transfer to an ambulance, and drive the patient to the clinic.

This editorial in the local Whistler newspaper, the Pique, provides more detail on the issue. In cases where the subject of a search is gravely injured, the delay from transferring the patient at the airport before driving to the hospital can be life threatening.