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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

IF you have a DUI or any other offense on your record, apply to visit before you try to cross. Go to the Canadian Government visitor site and get a form filled out or you very well might be skiing Mt Washington instead.

This also applies to Canadians going into the USA.


They won't be skiing Mt. Washington.  It's on Vancouver Island.  Maybe Mt. Baker, though.

 

post #32 of 46

You can see border wait times at the WSDOT site. Say you are going up on Thursday night and coming back Sunday night--you can keep an eye on times during the weeks prior for those days, and plan travel accordingly. I always use Pacific Hwy/Truck Crossing. I've made it from Seattle (Phinney Ridge) in 4:10 at best. Coming back Sunday has been very quick this season--I've only waited a few cars. Going north has been longer--30+ minutes. We just applied for Nexus passes--$50 for 5 years of no lines? Yes please.

 

They change lane configurations but this season, avoid the left lane both directions. The right lane splits and moves faster while the left either doesn't split, or doesn't split as much.

post #33 of 46
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They won't be skiing Mt. Washington.  It's on Vancouver Island.  Maybe Mt. Baker, though.

 



Actually the REAL ( wink.gif ) Mt. Washington is in New Hamster.

post #34 of 46
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Actually the REAL ( wink.gif ) Mt. Washington is in New Hamster.


Oh, yeah.  I've heard of that one, though I doubt that it's any more real than the one over here.  And the one in our region is an actual ski area as well as a geographic place.  http://www.epicski.com/products/mt-washington

 

post #35 of 46
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Oh, yeah.  I've heard of that one, though I doubt that it's any more real than the one over here.  And the one in our region is an actual ski area as well as a geographic place.  http://www.epicski.com/products/mt-washington

 


It's a (sorta) actual ski area on the least coast too (ever heard of Tuckerman's Ravine?), the highest ice coast peak 6,288 (right, no "1" in front) and for 76 years, the summit held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mph.

 

post #36 of 46

I just got back from whistler, and we opted to fly into seattle and take the train from seattle to vancouver and then a greyhound from vancouver to whistler. (the greyhound terminal is in the amtrak station in vancouver) Roundtrip, the train and bus ride cost $115 per person (booked through amtrak). The train ride is about 4 hours and the bus ride is around 2 hours. Doing it this way made getting to whistler take a lot more time but it did save us a lot of money.

post #37 of 46
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One good thing about SEA and driving - you can plan a one day stopover at Baker, which is better than Whistler anyway.


I wish more people shared your sentiments!

post #38 of 46

All I know is that I had a silly little offense on my record (not a DUI) that was 22 years old. It cost me 200 canuckians to get in the country.

 

To the OP, I've done both, driving from Seattle and shuttles from Vancouver. My only beef with the shuttle is that you kill two days. When i drive from Seattle (or rent a car in Vancouver) I'm able to squeak half days in on both ends. Also, if you need a hotel in Vancouver try priceline. I've been able to get some really nice prices and some really nice hotels in Vancouver, which is a fun city btw.

post #39 of 46

LOL Boot meant Mt Baker.  My Brother skis Mount Washington all the time since he lives on the Island.  He also takes the shuttles up to Whistler once in a while as he doesn't have a car but he'd pay for someone's gas if they were going instead as he is then hauling his gear to shuttle pick up and drop offs (not flying in to one).  The car vs shuttle  thing probably depends on your preference.  I hate to add the cost of eating out or buying groceries in Whistler to my trip, especially since I'm not a fan of fast foods that might be a little cheaper.  I like the convenience of a car and Boot is crazy if he thinks I'd haul all my skis on to a shuttle and gear lol (with both of us the car would always be cheaper anyhow).  I also always plan to either pick up my brother or visit Victoria on the way home for a night or two. As I said before... for me, Seattle is usually three to four hundred cheaper and I would rent a car from either place.  I get to fill up on US gas for the first half the trip but border crossing can most definitely be a pain and timing of them really has to be considered.
 

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post


They won't be skiing Mt. Washington.  It's on Vancouver Island.  Maybe Mt. Baker, though.

 



 

post #40 of 46

I just got back from Whistler Sunday. We flew into Vancouver and arrived there at 12:50, it took about 1/2 hour to go through customs and pick up our ski bags, the Pacific Coach bus was waiting and 2-1/2 hours later we were at the front door of the hotel, the bus stopped once in Vancouver and once in Squamish, the bus driver did leave some guy at the airport that got off bus to go get some coffee, when 2:00 Oclock rolled around he shut the doors and drove off and said he can catch the next one. The bus fair is done through Perimeter, they now do all the booking for Pacific Coach. All in all the bus ride up and back was quiet and scenic. They were 15 minutes early at the hotel to pick us up when leaving and got us to the airport two hours before our flight. On the parking issue I did hear a lot of people bitching to the front desk about the cost of parking there cars, where we were at it was $25 a day. The cost for my daughter and myself was a little over $200 round trip.

post #41 of 46

huckster's post is the one to look at. If you are planning on coming to Whistler to ski and then going home. It's the easiest way and probably cheapest way to do it. If your have a large group,  plans to visit somewhere else such as Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle or even hit other ski areas then it would makes sense to get a car. There are all the items you need in Whistler. They might be a bit more expensive than a lot of stores in B.C. but all are in walking distance and I doubt the increased price in shopping there would amount to as much as a parking pass for a week.. 

post #42 of 46
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Thanks to all that replied.

 

I tried every which way to just fly in Vancouver but couldnt get the costs even close. So Seattle it is,even with factoring in 30 a night to park at Whistler, fuel and cost to rent a car, its 300.00 + plus per person to go into Vancouver and shuttle in.

 

Our arrival is 11am on Wednesday so we should be able to get through the cities pre rush hour, and will be coming back down the mountain Sunday night to spend the night in Seattle for a early morning Monday departure. I'll keep my eye on the website for the border crossing wait times. Thats exactly the type of info this forum is great for, would have never figured it out starring at a google map.

 

I guess getting into Canada and back into the US isnt like it was back in the early 90s when I lived in northern Maine and often had to beep the horn to wake the border guard.

 

What is all this talk about licnese checking and DUI's?  I have neither a DUI or moving violation on my license but is there a way to pre check my license number, I dont like surprises.

 

I am sure I'll have more questions as the trip time nears. I'll be sure to post them.

 

If you will be there from the 2/22 - 2/27 and see a guy wearing a black helmet, blue ish gray jacket, and grey ski pants say hi,....... or drinking a pint followed by a shot, its probably me.

Or one of the other 1000's of people there that happen to dress the same or enjoy a beer and shot.

 

Once again thanks,

 

 

 

 

post #43 of 46

 

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even with factoring in 30 a night to park at Whistler

I have rented condos in Whistler VIllage and never paid for parking. A hotel will undoubtedly charge, and condos at the Blackcomb base charge for some reason, but in Whistler Village and Village North, free parking for condos is the norm. Go through alluradirect.com.

post #44 of 46

I've stayed in the Montebello (map: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/accommodations/map/villagenorth/index.htm) and there was no charge for parking.  It was a very short walk to a bus stop for a  5 minute ride that dropped you off right at the Blackcomb gondola.  If you wanted to invest 10-15 minutes, you could easily walk to the base from there.

post #45 of 46

Re: entry to Canada with a DUI.

 

Talked to the Canadian border folks today, so straight from the horse's mouth - if you have a single conviction more than ten years past, you will be deemed "rehabilitated" and allowed entry. If you have a second DUI conviction (or another conviction for anything else) you will need to provide documentation proving that all time/probation/fines have been satisfied and fill out a serious PIA form.

post #46 of 46

I have been flying into seattle, renting a car and driving to whistler the last few years (ever since flying into YVR - became prohibitively expensive). Yes - check the WDOT for wait times. You can check for the same dates - the previous year - to find out how it will be that day. They do ask some tough questions at the border. Don't get too cute with them - else they will pull you aside and 

go thru all your bags. Especially if you are driving alone - be prepared to answer why you flew into SEA and not YVR. If you are taking kids without their MOM - make sure you get a letter authorizing you.

 

And don't carry anything - that dogs can sniff out. You can get it easily in Whistler anyway yahoo.gif

 

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