I think there may have been some misunderstanding about the best time to find bears; we found I believe one bear on Whistler Mountain in over an hour of searching; then we drove over to Blackcomb Mountain and found four of them - two hanging around the luge track (Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics)! Wilderness bears, right. Nonetheless, it was a very interesting afternoon, Mr. Allen was extremely knowledgeable about bears, and we saw places we'd never ordinarily get to.
This is the best bear photo I got, if not the most handsome bear:
This scruffy soul was foraging around uphill from the luge track - in fact, on the luge track platform. The photo is sharp because we were only about 20 feet from him; he never even looked at us.
It's harder than you think to photograph bears, especially on an overcast day. You have to use telephoto, which reduces the light available for the shot, which makes it grainy; and you're pushing the limits of the image stabilization (I refuse to carry a tripod around), so it's also kind of fuzzy. This one, of the "matriarch of Blackcomb Mountain," came out pretty well:
The rest of my bear photos are at my gallery Bears!.