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Whistler - advantages/disadvantages staying in Creekside?

post #1 of 14
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Friends, 

Ms. D1 and I are looking at a trip to Whistler this February. We prefer a condo for the extra room and we like to prepare our own food. The best deals seem to be in Creekside. I have read that it is close to the Creekside gondy, but some distance from the actual village and other lifts. For those of you who know the area, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a property in that area. Is it difficult to get on/off the hill from that Creekside lift or is that side of the well-integrated.

Much obliged

D1

post #2 of 14

We stayed in the North Village last year in an inexpensive condo.  Creekside is nice for ski in and out, but it really was isolated from the main village.  I guess there are buses, but it is not something you would walk.  The North Village was great for walking into the main village.  It was a bit of a pain with skis and boots, but we could take the bus and also had rented a car and got dropped off (our condo had free parking underneath).  If you don't plan on eating dinners out or doing much après ski in the village, I don't think it should matter.

 

Getting to the main parts of the mountain is not bad from Creekside.  I had to do it several mornings as my kids were in lessons that started there.  I would just take the gondola up to the Big Red Express and ski Whistler from there.  It wasn't much different than taking the gondola from the village.  In my experience, once you went up to the main parts of the mountain, you didn't descend back to either village as it was a bit of a haul to get back down and the better skiing was up top (it was mid-April).

post #3 of 14

advantages -Much quieter. By far the best lower hill runs go to Creekside. In Feb often very good sking to base with no one else on the run  Fast access to Blackcomb via Peak to Peak 

disadvantages -Quieter need to use the transit to village, and recommend you ride Peak to Peak twice when skiing  Blackcomb    

post #4 of 14

I think the only real downside is that ir requires a drive or a bus to get to the main village. Not a big deal otherwise.

post #5 of 14
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advantages -Much quieter. By far the best lower hill runs go to Creekside. In Feb often very good sking to base with no one else on the run  

Good to know. If they are easier runs, that would be a very good area for Ms. D1 to ski.

post #6 of 14
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 If they are easier runs, that would be a very good area for Ms. D1 to ski

I don't know that they are easier, but they it's not quite the mayhem that you get on the runs leading to the village at the end of the day. Though I haven't had the experience of it being empty. Your wife shouldn't be afraid to download on the gondola to the base. The snow lower down is usually poor quality and skied out, and there are so many beginners down low, that I often skip it and just download.

 

I like Creekside, but I've stayed in the Village so many times that I don't really need to be there anymore. My favorite hotel (Nita Lake Lodge) is there, so that's where I prefer to stay now. We eat at the Southside Diner, Samurai Sushi (just a little order at the counter place locals go) and Cure Lounge at Nita Lake. Cure usually has a good apres deal (ie sliders for $5 and beer/wine deals). The grocery in Creekside is smaller than the larger IGA at Whistler Marketplace, but it's a good little store. The IGA has a parking lot, so as long as you have a car you can drive there for groceries. You can drive to the Village for dinner or whatnot too for that matter. We'll drive in if we have any kind of errand. Parking is pretty easy to find around the village edges, or you can always park for free after 5 pm in the big skier day lots. 

 

The only people I would recommend NOT stay in Creekside are the people that really want to party then stumble home, or people that need to be in the center of all the action.

post #7 of 14

It can be really loud at all hours in the Village.  Many people drive up from Vancouver to party only, no skiing, and they do it in the Village.  All night.

 

Creekside is quiet and convenient to the lifts.  If you like to ski all day, eat, and then go to sleep, Creekside is a good choice. 

 

It's not the only choice, though.  You can get away from the noise by staying anywhere away from Whistler Village, and particularly stay in places that don't face onto the pedestrian areas.  This is the only place that I can think of that I like to make sure that we face the street because it's quieter.

post #8 of 14
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Creekside is quiet and convenient to the lifts.  If you like to ski all day, eat, and then go to sleep, Creekside is a good choice. 

 

 

 

Bingo

D1

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post
 

My favorite hotel (Nita Lake Lodge) is there, so that's where I prefer to stay now. 

The place gets high praise, uniformly. I seriously considered it but can get a condo in that general area the same or less. And that is a more attractive option for the 10 nights or so that we will be there. Much obliged for the eatery/grocery details.

David

post #10 of 14

I second all the points above. The grocery store at Creekside is more expensive than the IGA at marketplace but has everything and the best butchery in town. The bus service to village is every 10- 15 mins. most of the day so no worries there. Creekside is great if you like quiet. The other advice I will give you is, if possible avoid the week of 14th to 21st Feb as it will be crazy combination of Presidents Day, Chinese New Year, U.K. school holidays and other various parts of the world. This week could well be busier than Christmas this year!

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I second all the points above. The grocery store at Creekside is more expensive than the IGA at marketplace but has everything and the best butchery in town. The bus service to village is every 10- 15 mins. most of the day so no worries there. Creekside is great if you like quiet. The other advice I will give you is, if possible avoid the week of 14th to 21st Feb as it will be crazy combination of Presidents Day, Chinese New Year, U.K. school holidays and other various parts of the world. This week could well be busier than Christmas this year!

Thanks for raising that point. That was the week I originally had in mind but will postpone a week to avoid the hoards.

post #12 of 14

Good choice. I live in Whistler and I think the best time to ski is late Feb early March. The days are longer, the snowpack is deeper and it is usually still  winter conditions and the crowds are less. For me Whistler usually gets better as the season goes on.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Cockalorum View Post
 

Good choice. I live in Whistler and I think the best time to ski is late Feb early March. The days are longer, the snowpack is deeper and it is usually still  winter conditions and the crowds are less. For me Whistler usually gets better as the season goes on.

Thumbs Up Perhaps we could make some turns together?

D1

post #14 of 14

Could be possible depending on work. P'M me closer to the time and we will try and work something out.

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