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One Week at Whistler

post #1 of 10
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Ive got One Week at Whistler coming up in One week. This will be my first time there. My group (8 guys in their 30's) and I are all advanced skiers and make a trip every year to a major area, (Big Sky, J Hole, Vail, Tahoe areas, etc). I'm looking for tips on what to Ski, See, Do, and where to Apre and eat. Also looking for recommendations on Heli ski companies. In summary i'm looking to find out what are the must see and dos of Whistler.

 

Thanks for the advice in advance.

post #2 of 10

Love Whistler. Going in March.

 

If your first time and there are eight of you.  I'd hire a private lesson instructor for the day and have him spend the day showing your group around the mountain.

 

People don't get the size of Whistler until they are there.  There's an interactive size comparison map for Whistler vs. other ski areas on the website.  Vail comes closest at 5000 but that's still 2000 short of Whistler's 7000 acres.

 

http://media.intrawest.com/whistler/flash/trailmap/compare_acre.swf?width=740&height=510

 

Use the "private lesson" as an intro tour to the mountain.
 

After that, just go skiing. 

 

The night life will take care of itself.  Village is great with good shuttle service all around.

post #3 of 10

I just got back from a week in Whistler.  For Heli, I would reccomend these guys Coast Range Heliskiing  I had an excellent experience with them.

 

If you guys really want to ski the best that Whistler has to offer and get some instruction along the way, you should check out this clinic.  http://www.extremelycanadian.com/  They gave me the two most challenging 2 days of skiing in my life.  Look for a thread I started with a review of my experiece with them.

 

Whistler is awesome, you will have a blast!  But be prepared for a day or two of iffy weathter.  Always happens, always will.  But that is Whistler and when it is good, nothing is better.

 

Rick G

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Ive got One Week at Whistler coming up in One week. This will be my first time there. My group (8 guys in their 30's) and I are all advanced skiers and make a trip every year to a major area, (Big Sky, J Hole, Vail, Tahoe areas, etc). I'm looking for tips on what to Ski, See, Do, and where to Apre and eat. Also looking for recommendations on Heli ski companies. In summary i'm looking to find out what are the must see and dos of Whistler.

 

Thanks for the advice in advance.


If you want to heli then ring now before you arrive and book. The operators get pretty heavily booked.

 

If you have never skiied Whistler before it is important to remember that it has way more vertical than any other mountain, which means conditions vary at different levels on the mountain. If it is cloudy and raining in the village it could be anything at the top from bluebird sunshine to a white out blizzard. Often you only end up skiing a certain elevation on any day where the weather conditions are best. There is often a band of fog mid mountain, but you can usually get above or below this.

 

If you get a clear bluebird day make sure you go into the high alpine, as you may not get another chance! Often the high alpine is fogged out.

 

The mountain has a good phone app that is worth checking out.

 

Weekends are busy. On busy days if you are planning to ski the harmony or 7th heaven chairs then ski them early before the crowds hit. When it gets busy try the crystal chair on blackcomb or garbanzo on whistler, usually you can avoid the crows there.

 

If you are lucky enough to get a big powder day go and check out the peak chair when it opens, even though there will be an enormous queue. Watching the "peak chair madness" when it first opens is something everyone should tick off their skiing bucket list. Nothing like watching some of the best skiiers in the country hucking off some of the best in bounds terrain in the world, while all the time the crowd waiting in the line yells and cheers!

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If your first time and there are eight of you.  I'd hire a private lesson instructor for the day and have him spend the day showing your group around the mountain.

 

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If you guys really want to ski the best that Whistler has to offer and get some instruction along the way, you should check out this clinic.  http://www.extremelycanadian.com/  They gave me the two most challenging 2 days of skiing in my life.  Look for a thread I started with a review of my experiece with them.

 

 

 

 

Book your private from Extremely Canadian.  Their instructors are on a whole nother level than the regular ski school.

post #6 of 10

I just returned from a week at Whistler/Blackcomb. Dittos to all previously said adding unless new snow stay on north facing steeps to avoid "scary" ice. So much to ski - so little time. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

Falcon_O aka Charlie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #7 of 10

The Glacier area of Blackcomb is personally my favourite part of the mountain. You can only really access it via the chair and then T-bars, but you can do a short hike to your own line on a nice powder day.

 

It's really a huge place. Pick one mountain a day, and stick to it. Don't worry about the peak-to-peak, you will have so much to do on each mountain each day.

 

On Whistler, stick to the peak stuff, or the Creekside part of the mountain, the rest isn't as good. Blackcomb is the better mountain for advanced terrain, but Whistler has its good bits.

post #8 of 10

Looks like your going to hit a great week, storm fronts moving in.  Visibility can be a challenge if its snowing, like everyone else has said the mountain is huge there are also free mountain tours if you dont want to hire a guide/instructor for the day, if there is fresh powder check out first tracks only available at Whistler
 

post #9 of 10

Enjoy the trip. The advanced/expert guide book will help you uncover lots of terrain: http://www.quickdrawpublications.com/Whistler%20Advanced.htm  The Whistler Blackcomb 3d map for iPhone/Android is also phenomenal if you need to figure out how to get to an area on the fly. 

 

 

Some famous runs are Dave Murray DH (an olympics run) on Whistler, Sudan Couloir/Couloir Extreme (steepest named run, in theory) on Blackcomb, various bowls in Spanky's Ladder (I strongly suggest going with a guide) on Blackcomb. Blackcomb seems to get about half or a third of the skier traffic as Whistler, so I'd spend weekend days on Blackcomb, and explore Whistler midweek. 

 

Peak2Peak is the longest hanging structure in the world. You can take a car with a glass bottom--just wait in the separate lineup. There are two of them, so they should cycle through every 11 minutes or so. 

 

Araxis is the premiere restaurant if you want to blow lots of money. Rim Rock is also nice if you don't mind riding out near creekside. Furniture Warehouse might be the cheapest restaurant now, barring specials elsewhere. 

 

For lift tickets, buy an EDGE card if you're Canadian or a resident of Washington state. 

 

While this specific advice won't help you (and if you get a storm front it's a moot point! Let's hope for the best!), I recommend people book vacations in Jan or March, as Feb is historically a low snowfall period. Alternately, book for mid-April and take advantage of their late-season deals including unlimited ski passes at highly discounted rates. 

 

Have fun!

post #10 of 10

Merlin's has an excellent Friday happy hour - located at Blackcomb base. Can you say "dancing on the bar ???"

 

Also, the Peak to Peak is not a bad option if having trouble finding your way out of the fog on one mountain. Cars load every 49 seconds and the ride is 11 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Longhorn's at the base of Whistler also has good happy hours

 

 

 


Edited by falcon_o - 2/19/13 at 4:27pm
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