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Whistler Blackcomb Recommendationspost #1 of 169/27/13 at 10:12amThread StarterI just booked our flight to Vancouver for our April vacation and am looking for suggestions on lodging at Whistler Blackcomb. It will be just my 2 kids (10 and 7) and I. We don't need anything fancy, but would love something relatively convenient. I am thinking that we want to stay in the main Village, particularly since the trip is in mid-April. Does anyone have any thoughts as to where to stay?
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Depending on your exact dates you may be there during what used to be the "Telus" Festival. It has changed sponsors, and therefore its name (World Ski and Snowboard Festival, April 11 - 20), but it's the same crazy, high energy, party-'till-you-puke-and-drop event that it has always been. If you don't want to be in the middle of that and your dates are at the same time I would suggest staying either in the upper Village or at Creekside where it's nice and quiet. Search for lodging using WB's website and you should be able to find some reasonable rates for condos at that time of year. I'm sure others will have places you can look as well. There are lots of deals at that time of year.post #3 of 169/27/13 at 11:02amThread Starterpost #4 of 169/30/13 at 10:45amThread StarterI can get a 1 BR at the Carleton, which is incredibly convenient, but I am definitely concerned about the noise during the Ski and Snowboard Festival. Does anyone have any experience with Glacier's Reach, Glacier Lodge or the Gables? Glacier's Reach would appear to require bus ride to the lifts, but I am not sure if that is so bad. Glacier Lodge and the Gables are ski in/ski out by Blackomb.
The Glacier's Reach rooms look like the nicest of the bunch and most have private hot tubs. For the price of a 1 BR at the mountain, you can get a 2 BR. But that is because they are not ski in/sk out.
I would appreciate any thoughts from any members of the forum.
Thanks.post #5 of 169/30/13 at 11:11am
I've been there 3 or 4 times during Telus, and always stay at the Hilton which is right in the village, and haven't been bothered by the noise. You're right that the Carleton's right in the village at a good spot. Take it and enjoy.
Whatever, be sure to get ski in/out. Life's too short for bus rides when there's so much slopeside lodging.post #6 of 169/30/13 at 1:36pm
I've stayed at Glacier's Reach. It wasn't my favorite place for other reasons, but I think the location is fine. The bus stop is right across the street but since there are snowbanks along the road (hmm, maybe there won't be in April though) you have to walk down to the next intersection and use the crosswalk. It's right across from the grocery store and an easy walk to everything in the village. I've heard complaints it can be noisy because of those hot tubs--so many people are outside using them. But it wasn't noisy the one time I stayed there. If you don't want noisy, definitely avoid Carlton Lodge.
I don't see how the Gables can be ski in/out since it's across the road from the base. The website I just looked at says it's a 200m walk to the Blackcomb lift. I am also wondering if Glacier Lodge really is too--isn't the Fairmont between it and the slopes? Though admittedly it would be a short walk to the lifts since it is truly at Blackcomb base.post #7 of 169/30/13 at 1:41pmThread StarterWhat didn't you like about Glacier's Reach? Some of the places have been nicely updated and they are quite spacious. I don't care about housekeeping or other hotel amenities. It does seem like a lot of the places have hot tubs, but I think I can deal with that bit of noise.
Is there a way to store skis at the mountain so that we would not have to deal with them on a daily basis? The price difference is significant -- almost 2X to stay right at the base. And for what seems like an inferior room.post #8 of 169/30/13 at 2:02pm
Glacier Lodge is about average for Whistler as far as rooms go. That means good quality. I don't know much about amenities, but it has at least one public hot tub. The walk to the lift is maybe 100 yards and it's over a flat, paved surface, no roads to cross. You're at Blackcomb base, but you can access Whistler by using Peak to Peak. Very easy.
The bus system is free, quick, and easy. Just walk to the nearest stop and wait. All buses take you there and their drop off point is as close as you can get. The bus stop is ski in ride out.
In April there will be no snow banks on the roadside. Everything is usually free of snow or ice at the Village level. The weather at the base will probably be spring like, but in the Alpine it should be winter. On my first visit I skied in a May snow squall while watching the sailboats on the lake at the base of the mountain. When I got on the lift joggers in shorts and golfers were heading out. In April we got 17" of new one morning with sunshine in the afternoon. It's an interesting time of year there.
I've been at Whistler in the Village with my room facing the Village interior during Telus, and the noise didn't stop until 4 am. Just saying.post #9 of 169/30/13 at 3:10pmQuote:
What didn't you like about Glacier's Reach? Some of the places have been nicely updated and they are quite spacious.
My complaints have more to do with the particular VRBO unit we rented as opposed to the complex as a whole, so I wouldn't discourage you from staying there. Also I am fussy. I didn't like the layout, the way you walk in the door and immediately have to go upstairs and there's no real room to leave your wet ski stuff, but I don't know if they are all laid out like that. I had some other quibbles but I won't bore you with them because I am pretty sure I am fussier than you. And I really do like the location, since it's close enough, but not so close you hear the partiers. It is nice that you have your own hot tub there, because the shared hot tubs at most condo complexes and even the nice hotels are always too crowded. We stayed there as part of a mission to find that perfect (dog-friendly) condo we could make our regular spot--we go 4x/year--but I abandoned that mission once I stayed in (dog friendly!) Nita Lake Lodge, which I think is nearly perfect.
You can check your skis in either the basement of Carlton Lodge at Whistler Village or in the basement of the day lodge at Blackcomb (where they rent skis). It's $5/night.post #10 of 1610/1/13 at 7:30amThread StarterThatks for the advice. For the price, it seems like Glacier Lodge is very good value, quite a bit cheaper than the hotels, with no added fees typical at hotels and with 3X the space. My friend went last year and the Westin charged his family for checking their skis (which was mandatory). At some point, that sort of nickle and diming is ridiculous.
Ski in/ski out would be nice, but it really makes a minor difference if we can check the skis overnight. That makes dealing with the bus a piece of cake. I suppose we won't go back to the room for lunch if we were planning on doing that, but with the money we save on the room, we can spend that money on a nice lunch each day. I'd rather do that and then get away from the crowd and soak in a private hot tub.post #11 of 1610/1/13 at 8:07am
Glacier is fine - but plan on taking the shuttle both ways, don't do the walk it's longer than it looks and will be warm in spring with your gear on the way back. It's close access to marketplace is a bonus.
Another option to consider is Creekside (as long as your dates don't extend past Whistler's last day of operations) Often can be a bit cheaper to stay right beside the gondola. It''s quiet at night (maybe too quiet for some) but when we head out for apres it's easier to shuttle from there to the village without the gear than it is to shuttle with. Most interesting ski out on either hill I always come down that way when possible. If the conditions on the lower hill are decent you can ski down to your room for lunch.post #12 of 1610/1/13 at 8:29amQuote:
Doesn't the Wizard Express run in April and isn't the Glacier at Blackcomb Base? If so, the walk to the lift is minimal if you take the chair instead of the gondola. If not, then I see your point.
To the OP, when you get on the mountain you'll see why few people go back to the room for lunch. It's a bit of an inconvenience because you're so far up the mountain that the time it would take to go to the bottom just isn't worth it, especially in April when all of the good skiing is up high.post #13 of 1610/1/13 at 9:15am
There are a lot of different "Glaciers" the one he's looking at is the one across the street from Marketplace.
Agree base is a long way to ski just for lunch but when April stays cool you still can get decent skiing to the base. Often Ive have hit untracked down on the lower hill that late in the season. Plus you get it all to yourself.post #14 of 1610/1/13 at 9:16amQuote:
Thatks for the advice. For the price, it seems like Glacier Lodge is very good value
To clarify--You know I and noncrazycanuck were talking about Glacier's Reach, right? Glacier Lodge is the one at Blackcomb base and I've never stayed there.post #15 of 1610/1/13 at 9:33amThread Starter
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