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Will Whistler be busy on New Year's Day?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I've never skied at Whistler and I'm thinking that New Year's Day might be a good day to check it out for the first time.  The weather will be quite favourable (good visibility,) and all the chairs and runs should be open from the get-go (no big dump of snow,) so it should be a good day to explore the mountains.

However, I don't want to deal with lines.  I'd be just as happy taking a day off work mid-week if it means there will be less traffic.

 

I can't predict if it will be very busy or not.

 

On one hand:

- Locals: Will be hungover

- Tourists:  Will be packing up to travel home

- City people:  Won't bother making the drive up to Whister for a single non-powder day after staying up to midnight

 

One the other hand:

- It is a holiday and it will be a pleasant day to be on the slopes

 

Does anyone with more experience have a guess?  Is it going to be a zoo or will it be quiet?  I could see it going either way.

post #2 of 7
Of course not . Lol
post #3 of 7

if you have never been why wouldn't you go? Sure its the busiest period of the year but at Whistler if you pay attention to the sign boards you should be able to skip the biggest lines. If it's your first time any place on the hill should be good for you. Do the areas with big lines next time. Just be sure to time the drive to arrive in the parking lot by 8am. Road traffic gets busier later and you don't want to wind up with the late arrival upload masses. 

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks both.

 

Re the reasoning:

I'm in Vancouver.  I have a seasons pass elsewhere.  Therefore, I will only go to Whistler once or twice/year.  It's not cheap.  I want to go on a day with short lines.

Based on some logic, New Year's Day could be a zoo or it could be very quiet.  I'm interested in hearing from anyone with first-hand experience.

post #5 of 7

My informants tell me that it's a zoo.

post #6 of 7

if you are basing your decision on no crowds, never ski over the holidays anywhere.

post #7 of 7

It's still Xmas break. I bet next week, midweek, will be sweet.

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