I've stayed in the Village before, so I'm aware you don't need a car once you get to Whistler/Blackcomb, if you're staying in the Village/Upper Village/Village North or Creekside. Which I'm not.
I decided to do Whistler on the cheap. For New Years'. Impossible, you say? Ha! I can drive there from home, 4-5 hours away (so close, yet so far away). I have my Mountain Collective Pass, which will be utilized for the Jackson Gathering, and Alta/Snowbird just before the Gathering. With crazy expensive accommodations in Whistler for New Years, I found a hotel in Squamish (surprisingly affordable). I really don't mind a 45 minute-to-an-hour drive; and I'll plan to make another trip in the spring when accommodations at Whistler are more reasonable.
So my questions are about parking for day-trippers. I know there are paid lots 1-2-3 near the Village, plus free parking lots 4 & 5 near Whistler Village, plus a couple more lots up near the Base II Gondola station at Blackcomb, and also the parkade at Creekside.
Which lots fill up early, and how early should I plan to arrive each day? I'm thinking that I'd rather use the Creekside parkade since it's the first exit and less driving around on winding roads that say the Blackcomb Base II lots. Do the 1200 or so spaces in the parkade fill up quickly?