Originally Posted by lady_Salina
Whistler Blackcomb really is my favorite resort of all time and EVERYONE should go there some time in an off week (not the busy ones). It's like Vail on steroids. It's got it all, it's got out back, it's got single day Heliskiing you can book at the resort to go for a day, it has the Extremely Canadian Steep Ski clinics that I'm really dying to book and try http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/lessons-and-rentals/lessons/adult-camps/extremely-canadian-freeskiing-clinics.aspx You can take a weekend outback trip with the experts here.
It has Spanky's Ladder, nothing like that at Vail... Climb up in your ski gear to ski Ruby's bowl, it's awesome. The Blackcomb Glacier rocks too.
You can't ski it all in a week, it will just wet your appetite to go back for more.
It has nightlife for those that have legs left at the end of the day and it has accommodations of all types in all price ranges. You can stay at the Creekside village in off time for great rates. My brother lives in Victoria and often gets ski and stay deals for weekends for under $100.00 a night and takes off solo for the weekend.
The Vancouver airport has bus access to the slopes if you don't want to rent a car, especially for people travelling single, and when you get to the village, getting around via ski lifts is really not difficult. I usually park our rental car the day we arrive and don't see it till we leave. I do recommend buying groceries and booze on Squamish on the way up and don't forget you American will have heart attacks looking at the price of booze in Canada so bring your duty free limits with you.
Whether we do a gathering there or not, everyone should ski Whistler Blackcomb. Blackcomb tends to be my favored terrain but there's some pretty nice stuff in Seventh Heaven areas of Whistler also.
I'll make my brother be the gathermeister by the way, he's kind of local out there LOL. And no one knows him.
Oh yea, and they have the first tracks program, you sign up the night before and get first lift up and breakfast for a good price before the lifts open.
Lets go there.
If you are renting a car you can fly into Seattle much cheaper than Vancouver, if you plan ahead, meet up with 4 people and split the car rental. The drive is about 4 hours with getting out of Seattle being the worst part and the drive is beautiful; but there is downsides to flying in to Seattle. You will need to be sure book a latish flight home so you have time to get across the border and to your flight in lots of time, the border line up can be crazy sometimes.