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Whistler parking recommendations (driving from Squamish)

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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?  

 

Recommendations?

 

Thanks.

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I live in Squamish and do the drive up on weekends and the occasional weekday. I pretty much always park at creekside unless I plan to be in the village after. Whether it fills up quickly or not will depend a lot on whether it's a weekend and/or a powder day. If you get there by 9am you should be fine. The only downside to parking at creekside is that if you plan to ski all day and you're on blackcomb, you have to give yourself enough time to get back to whistler so you don't get stuck in the village after the lifts close.

 

Make sure your vehicle has proper snow tires (snowflake symbol or M+S marking) or you may get turned around by the police north of squamish as they do occasional tire checks.

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A 9am arrival on a weekend is a bit late. Much more traffic on the road by then plus by the time your geared up you'll be in  the crowd. Weekends I arrive at Creekside by 8 so I always get my favorite parking spot, plus have time for a coffee and be geared up before the first upload. The best runs of the day are 8:30 to 10 and then good timing when the other lifts start running      

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I usually try to arrive between 8-8:30 wherever I'm going, just wasn't sure if there is a mad rush of day trippers and the parking fills up early. I like the idea of parking at Creekside.

I will either be driving a Subaru Forester AWD or Toyota Highlander 4WD, both with decent M+S tires, also have chains (never used them). Thanks for the advice though.
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