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Whistler - 1st Time - Feb 2013

post #1 of 23
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Hello All !

 

Ok, I know, this is not new !  I've read several other threads about Whistler. But, some looks like old stuff and I think things should be different !

 

So, I'm looking forward for information on lift tickets and rentals as for condo/hotels.

 

Any information is absolutely welcomed!!!! icon14.gif

 

We are 3, flying up to Seattle, driving up to Vancouver(2 days) and Whistler for 5 nights 4 days of ski.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Eduardo

post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by edlam View Post

Hello All !

 

Ok, I know, this is not new !  I've read several other threads about Whistler. But, some looks like old stuff and I think things should be different !

 

So, I'm looking forward for information on lift tickets and rentals as for condo/hotels.

 

Any information is absolutely welcomed!!!! icon14.gif

 

We are 3, flying up to Seattle, driving up to Vancouver(2 days) and Whistler for 5 nights 4 days of ski.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Eduardo

 

Nothing... frown.gif


About next 15 Feb

post #3 of 23

check Whistler web site central accommodation lots of info, room /lift ticket combos are your best bet for lowest price on lift tickets for <5 days. Village can be noisy at night but it is where most things are, Creekside has best ski out free local transportation between the two. With Peak to Peak where you stay as opposed to where you want to ski makes no difference. 

post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

Thanks noncrazycanuck!!

 

This is the kind of information I was looking for. You know, some times prices are better from outside the resort Webpage.

 

In time: Since we're 3 and coming straight from Seattle, with a lot of baggage. So,  car seems to be our best choice. Bus could be a bit stressful and not so cheap, indeed.

There are some place to free parking ?

 

Thanks again!

Eduardo

post #5 of 23

check if there will be any cost for parking before you book it. There is free parking at the day skier lots but you can't leave a car there over night. Once the car is in the parking lot you don't need it again. The drive from Seattle Whistler is nice but allow extra time if you will hit the border at peak periods. Try to do the Sea to Sky in daylight its pretty. 
 

post #6 of 23

Don't leave Seatac at the height of rush hour!  Seattle traffic can be brutal!

post #7 of 23

and so is Vancouver's rush hour - don't get into the downtown core. 
 

post #8 of 23

Parking is usually an extra charge, and it's expensive.  This past April I stayed for a couple of nights at the Aspens at Blackcomb and there was free parking on the street that I used.  However, it probably won't be there in mid-winter because there will be snow piles along the road where the parking is.

 

Here's a second for making sure you drive the Sea to Sky in the daylight.  The trip from Seattle to Vancouver is a simple freeway drive but once you reach Vancouver things get much more interesting.  The Sea to Sky is very curvy and even if you're not interested in sightseeing it's a lot easier to navigate when you can see rather than with rain/snow and oncoming headlights blinding you.

post #9 of 23

It's true that there is usually a parking fee for hotels and for condos on the Blackcomb side, but I've never paid for parking in a Whistler condo in the Village or Village North--it's always been free. Creekside condo units seem to usually have free parking, too. I don't know why this is, but it is.

 

Look at condos at alluradirect.com. I've used it dozens of times and it is very reputable, and prices are very good. You can buy discount lift tickets from that site when you book a condo. If you choose not to buy lift tickets with your lodging, you can buy them at a discount through the Whistler website, but do that as early as possible--there are discounts for buying early.

 

I second the suggestions to make sure to avoid rush hour in both Seattle and Vancouver, and to drive up in daylight.

post #10 of 23

Or forget the rental car.  There are buses from Seatac to Whistler.  for example:  http://www.ridebooker.com/book/airports/seatac/whistler/bus-scheduled

 

Oh wait, you're going to spend a couple of days in Vancouver.  In that case you can take a bus to Vancouver from Seatac, and from Vancouver to Whistler.  Or the Whistler train (more expensive).

 

Or, take the Sound Transit light rail from Seatac to the Amtrak station in downtown Seattle.  You can take the train to Vancouver and then a bus to Whistler.

post #11 of 23

I didn't know there was bus service from Seatac to Whistler so I looked at that webpage.

 

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Overall the trip is approximately 7 to 8 hours. 

 Yikes! You transfer at the Vancouver Airport, which accounts for much of the delay. I think if someone were determined to not have a car and were considering this, I'd advise them to just fly to Vancouver and take the bus from there. The extra cost of flying certainly can't be worse than the cost of the bus+the time spent on the bus.

 

 

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Or the Whistler train (more expensive). 

That's summer only. 

post #12 of 23

$129pp each way * 3 = $780, or more than a rental SUV by probably a factor of 2, and it'll only take 2-3 hours more - What's not to like!

 

Whistler parking has gone crazy. Hilton now charges $35 / day, and most areas in town have recently found this "revenue enhancement". Even the formally free lots at the base now charge since they got paved for the Olympics.

post #13 of 23

Well, given that, I think the best option is take the Amtrak to Vancouver, then take the bus from downtown Vancouver to Whistler, expecially considering Eduardo and company are staying in Vancouver for a few days. 

 

Better, yet, Educardo could arrange for an extra bed and maybe a lift ticket or two and I could pick them up and drive them myself. wink.gif

post #14 of 23

if your staying downtown Vancouver hotels there also charge for parking. 

post #15 of 23

The main Whistler Council Day Lots charge like $8/day now (have since the Olympics).  But there is free parking in the WB owned lots.  However the bulk of parking at the village is Whistler Council parking, so expect to pay.

 

Allura Direct is great advice for accomadation.  Lift ticket deals come and go often. 

 

Good programs are things like Ski Esprit to learn the mountains and have fun with others.  Excellant value, and will guarantee to make your trip better.

 

If you are staying in one of the Villages (Main/North/Blackcomb/Creekside) you dont need a car.  Anywhere else, you also dont need a car...but nice to have.

 

Rentals - shop around, lots of choice....they are all pretty good.

post #16 of 23

Well, here's my 2 cents.  I've made about a dozen trips to Whistler.  The best website for condo rentals I've found is alluradirect.com.  It has a good selection, a good search engine for pinpointing the amenities you want, and I've found the prices are less than other sites.  I like staying in condos because I like the extra room, having a kitchen and many condos in Whistler have private hot tubs. I think one of the better values is Glacier's Reach.  It's not the nicest development in Whistler but it's not bad and a lot cheaper than slightly closer-in options.  I've stayed there 6 or 7 times.  It's in the north village area so while it's not slope side, it's an easy walk to the village proper and you can catch the shuttle across the street when you head for the lifts in the morning. It also has free underground parking, and it's across the street from the grocery store.  You can also purchase discount lift tickets from alluradirect if you book a condo but I have an Edge card so I never have.  The 7-11 in Squamish also sales discount tickets. It's on the left as you get into Squamish.  I stopped there last spring so my sister could buy lift tickets but I don't remember how much the discount was.  Finally if you drink alcohol, buy before you cross the border. While not particularly cheap in Washington, the prices in BC are very expensive.

post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post

Good programs are things like Ski Esprit to learn the mountains and have fun with others.  Excellant value, and will guarantee to make your trip better.
 

 

Better yet take the 11:30 Mountain Host tours that are 2+ hours, and free.

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 

Better yet take the 11:30 Mountain Host tours that are 2+ hours, and free.

The Mountain Host tours are popular...but there is a big difference between the free complimentary tours and the paid SS programs.  There is a reason that even though programs like Ski Espirit cost money, they still get 10Xs the number of participants on any given day as the free tours.

post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 

Well,

 

 

THANKS YOU ALL FOR THE WHOLE INFORMATION.

 

We are now race against time to define the date and be able to get some promotional fares!

 

BTW, we recently consider SLC. But probably will head up to Whistler

 

Feb or March.

 

I 'll be in tune!

 

Once again Thanks!

 

Eduardo

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Fairdog View Post

Finally if you drink alcohol, buy before you cross the border. While not particularly cheap in Washington, the prices in BC are very expensive.

Don't buy booze in WA or BC.  Buy it at the duty free store as you cross the border.  When you get to Blaine take the exit for the TRUCK crossing (State highway 543), not the freeway crossing, and you'll find a duty free store (actually two) right next to the road just about on the border.  Prices are the best anywhere.  After you've crossed the border you can get back on the freeway, if you choose, by going to the first stop light, turning left, and following this road a short distance until you hit the on ramp for the freeway, now Highway 99.

 

The other option is to follow the road you're on (now Highway 15) straight north until you get to an intersection with Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway, and follow it west until you hit Vancouver.  It depends on where you're headed as to which route you would take.  Heading to Whistler is much easier if you take 15 to 1 than if you take 99 and plow through all of the surface streets in Van.

post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 

Posaune,

 

Thanks for the hint.

On the last time on Canadá we've crossed the border from Can 15 to US 87. That time Canada still have the tax refund. It brought us 1L of Amareto.  Good times...beercheer.gif

post #22 of 23

I have visited WB for many seasons.  AluraDirect is great for condos, also VRBO.  Village is noisy at night.  Some people like CreekSide , but the sightseers will prefer being closer to the main village.  I'm a BIG fan of "Glacier's Reach" condo complex in the just across the road from the main Village.   Can walk to grocery and other stores, and to the Village Walk.  Condo is also adjacant to free shuttle for for rides to/from the lifts.  A LOT cheaper than the the slopeside condos, and avoids the nighttime noise of the village.  Also offers underground garage parking.

 

Canadian groceries are expensive, especially at the montain.  Try stopping for groceries in Washington state.  Surprisingly, eating out at WB is affordable - even at the mountain top lodges.  I still tend to pack lunches for most days, which is allowed.

 

WB has no base lodge for dressing/changing.  Plan to arrive at the lifts dressed to ski. 

 

If days are warm, pass on skiing down to the base, and ride one of the gondolas from mid-mountain. 

 

Best ski runs for the "better" skiers/boarders are on the Blackcomb side; Whistler has the best bowls, but has a lot of flat stuff that boarders hate.

post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanks Moysian!

 

I do agree with all your considerations.

 

"...Avoids the nighttime noise of the village & stopping for groceries..." We'll take a close look at Glacier's reach, for sure!

 

Since we're looking for condo or hotel with kitchen, and with all that salmom they have there, cook some pasta and salmon, drinking a good glass of wine, after a full day  at the slopes... is a must. Good, health, cheap, and fantastic to keep the family together!!!!

 

Thanks again!

Eduardo

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