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Whistler in April - Take an early booking deal or wait?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Recently I posted asking for opinion regarding a ski vacation in mid April. Thank you to all those who replied. It's looking pretty certain to be Whistler.

 

Now I have a specific question - Is it better to go for the early booking specials (closing today) or wait for even better deals to come available closer to the time?

 

Dates are 4th to 14th of April 2012 I guess that is Low season at Whistler?

 

Cheers All

 

 

post #2 of 11

Probably depends on how good a deal you can get now and how much you like the specifics.  Not sure if you are talking airfare, but usually makes sense to do that in advance.  

 

April deals are pretty common, but when booking last minute, it helps to be flexible in terms of lodging as your top choices could sell out.  Your dates include Easter, so while April tends to be lower season than earlier in the Winter, might not be completely empty at that time.

post #3 of 11

Look at when the Telus festival is going to be, as that tends to make prices a little higher, although the attendees generally look at snatching up the low end hotels and rentals (with 20-25 to a room).

 

I often go in April, but would wait and see how the season plays out before committing $ to anywhere for April. Better to go to your second choice with great snow than your first with marginal conditions - not saying that will be the case, but they're looking for bodies to fill rooms in April.

post #4 of 11

I doubt you will find a hotel that considers those dates as 'low' season

 

Easter is April 8th

Ski and Snowboard Festival is 13th - 22nd

 

If you wait until 'last minute' - you *might* get a deal .......

 

 

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by wbsr View Post

I doubt you will find a hotel that considers those dates as 'low' season

 

Easter is April 8th

Ski and Snowboard Festival is 13th - 22nd

 

If you wait until 'last minute' - you *might* get a deal .......

 

 


Well, my favorite, the Hilton Whistler is $419 a night on the weekend of 20-22 January, but $179 on the weekend13-15 April. If that's not "low season, it's SURE a lot lower. So anyway, there's one hotel who seems to consider it low season.

 

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

The early deal is pretty darn good compared to the prices quoted in these replies. And the tow tickets work out at about $50/Day so thats good enough - I took the deal from Powder Rangers who I found on this site.

 

Regarding the risk of finding poor snow conditions - Remember it doesn't have to be that great to impress us Kiwis
 

Regards

 

Baldrick

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Well, my favorite, the Hilton Whistler is $419 a night on the weekend of 20-22 January, but $179 on the weekend13-15 April. If that's not "low season, it's SURE a lot lower. So anyway, there's one hotel who seems to consider it low season.

 



 

post #7 of 11

again watch out for the telus festival - fun time to be in town as there is lots going on but the village bit can get pretty noisy if you need sleep to get up on the hill early. For some reason some idiot always wants to let you know the bar has shut down at 2:am, and you might not like the music band plays in front of your room. Try Creekside for accommodation, the best ski out and bus/taxi to the village for drinks and entertainment as you like . But that's just my preference. Skiing will be good. Most major and local craft ski companies will have tents set up in the alpine so a smorgasbord of equipment will be is available to demo.     

post #8 of 11

The upper village is quiet during Telus too.  It's dead as a doornail around there in April but the big party is a short, pleasant walk away.  The distance seems to increase though, when you stumble home at 3 AM.

post #9 of 11

Snofun3,

 

I stand corrected. I just did some inquiring myself and the rates are cheaper across the board - however the Hilton is more like $300 -> $150. Most of the 'big' hotels are the same (ie around $100-$150 per night cheaper) which is quite a bit.

 

The savings are not quite the same in some of the lesser known places (which are cheaper overall anyway) - eg places under the ResortQuest banner.

 

Surprised me, so thanks!

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by wbsr View Post

Snofun3,

 

I stand corrected. I just did some inquiring myself and the rates are cheaper across the board - however the Hilton is more like $300 -> $150.

Look again: For the weekend of 20-22 April -

 

QUEEN JR SUITE W/KITCHEN Non-Smoking Room

The Queen Junior Suite combines the comfort of the Hilton Room ... Room details
Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa Hotel - 1 Queen Bed with Kitchen
RATE PLAN Price Per Night (CAD)
Best Available Rate Rate details C$179 Select
ADVANCE PURCHASE Special offer FULL PAYMENT REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION. CREDIT CARD ... Rate details C$152 Select
AAA STAY AND SAVE AAA STAY AND SAVE VALID AAA I.D. CARD REQUIRED AT CHECK-IN SECOND... Rate details C$161 Select


 

 

post #11 of 11

?

 

Like I said. Hilton is $300 for first weekend and $150 for second......

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