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Whistler - Father & Son Trip

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

We're doing a father / son trip this season, and I was considering whistler as a destination.

 

I'd really like some help here, as I have no clue where to start other than the flights. We will be flying in to Seattle.

 

-We are both intermediates and ski the same terrain

-We are looking for apres

-Clean hotel/lodge, but not the Ritz (within 30 minutes of mtn preferably)

 

post #2 of 10

There's plenty of intermediate terrain, so you are good there. There is a free mountain tour every day, and as long as you are solid intermediates it would be really helpful for you to take that, since Whistler is so big. There's plenty of bars and restaurants--the nice thing about Whistler is that it's so compact, you can basically wander around the Village and see what looks like your kind of place. The Garabaldi Lift Company is a favorite of a lot of people, and it's right at the gondola. The Whistler Brewhouse is another popular place, and there are many smaller places with outdoor seating (and heatlamps) right on the main "village stroll."

 

Since it's so compact, you won't need to stay anywhere close to 30 minutes away. I always rent condos through alluradirect.com. Condos are usually a much better deal than the hotels, though you can find decent package deals on Whistler hotels through the official Whistler website. The book early deals end tomorrow--that goes for lift tickets too. There are good maps of accomodations on the website. You will either be able to walk, or take a short bus ride, to the lifts from most anywhere in Whistler. I've never stayed in a hotel there--only condos--but all of the hotels will be within walking or easy shuttle distance of the lifts. Whistler doesn't sprawl out for miles like some places.

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To Piggyback on Christy319, you won't have need of a car when you're staying in Whistler. Since you're flying to Seattle, you'll need to figure out what to do about transportation, but having a car while you're there is expensive and there isn't anywhere to drive.  The public system is all that might be needed, and it's free.  If you stay in the village you won't need that, either.

 

If you're the kind of skiers who like a challenge and would like some adventure on your way to Whistler, you could stop at Mt. Baker on the way north from Seattle.  You can find out about the ski area through the link in my signature line.  PM me if you're interested and I'll see if I can shake free to give you a tour.

post #4 of 10

Why are you not flying into Vancouver?????????

 

Seattle is a long way from Whistler.

 

But aside from that Whistler is great, the others above are right.  The village is right there and "walk to the lift" accomadation is plentiful.  Alluradirect is a good tip.  There are other sites too.  Even if you stay out of the village the farthest "suburb" is less then 30minutes away.

 

Tons of apres in Whistler...it is all good:

 

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Originally Posted by rayl1964 View Post

We're doing a father / son trip this season, and I was considering whistler as a destination.

 

I'd really like some help here, as I have no clue where to start other than the flights. We will be flying in to Seattle.

 

-We are both intermediates and ski the same terrain- above

-We are looking for apres- Whistler is a good choice- stay in the village or nearby to stagger home if that is an appeal

-Clean hotel/lodge, but not the Ritz (within 30 minutes of mtn preferably)- start here and filter by distance, price, etc  The ratings and reviews will help you to find what you are looking for and show who has the best price.

 


 

 

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post

Why are you not flying into Vancouver?????????

 

Seattle is a long way from Whistler.

 

But aside from that Whistler is great, the others above are right.  The village is right there and "walk to the lift" accomadation is plentiful.  Alluradirect is a good tip.  There are other sites too.  Even if you stay out of the village the farthest "suburb" is less then 30minutes away.

 

Tons of apres in Whistler...it is all good:

 

It's 2.5 hours longer and often hundreds of $ cheaper to fly into Seattle vs Van, which may be part of the answer.

 

The other, often part for me is that you have to change planes in Seattle (Delta anyway), so I'd rather be on the road, saving a bunch of dough and driving up, versus waiting for a connection in Seattle.
 

 

post #7 of 10

This is a TR of my Son-Dad trip to Whistler-Blackcomb for 10 days of non-stop skiing. Lots of details are provided about our experience.

http://www.epicski.com/t/103559/an-8-year-old-finds-the-biggest-ski-area-in-the-americas-whistler-blackcomb-10-full-days#post_1339682

 

Before we left, many folks on Epic gave us counsel at this link:

http://www.epicski.com/t/101832/april-15th-to-april-25th-squaw-alpine-meadows-vs-whistler-blackcomb-vs-mammoth-mountain#post_1337459

 

and Whistler-Blackcomb is reviewed at this spot on Epic:

http://www.epicski.com/products/whistler-blackcomb

 

Not sure why you are headed to Seattle but from Louisiana, am sure you have good reason but flying into Vancouver is a much better idea. Lots of places to stay slopeside in Whistler/Blackcomb/Creekside, not all super-expensive, so pretty reasonably priced. Check out WB website, call them, they are pretty helpful on all fronts, price and convenience.

 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks Guys,

 

A lot of good reading here.

As far as flights, I have several free flights left (rewards) with Southwest (earned before they went to the point system), so flights into Seattle would be free.

 

I'm still weighing our options, but need to pull the trigger quickly in order to pick up some rebates.

 

Again , thanks to all for the help.

 

Ray

 

post #9 of 10

Just remember to check out parking rates if you plan to keep your car.  They can add up fast and nobody will tell you about them until you're there and stuck with paying or going home.

post #10 of 10

good advice from posaune: by the time you rent a car,  pay for fuel, insurance  and add in possibly parking fees at Whistler hotels, it could very easily be cheaper just to pay for the short extra flight to Vancouver and catch one of many shuttles from the airport. You don't need a car at Whistler. It is a beautiful drive that I enjoy up the Sea to Sky highway in daylight hours. But I wouldn't think you get much snow and mountain driving experience in Louisiana. It might be more enjoyable to let someone else drive it and just relax and enjoy the views. P.S recent hysteria can make crossing the border via car take much longer that you would reasonably expect.       

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