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Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard Magazine
Reader Offer to Whistler - 6th December 2002
Friday 6th December 2002 Heathrow-Vancouver 1635/1815 (British Airways – direct)
Transfer to resort
7 nights / accommodation choices as below
Saturday 7th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff
Evening Welcome Reception
Sunday 8th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff
Monday 9th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff.
Optional ‘Extremely Canadian’ 2 day clinic.
Optional group dinner.
Tuesday 10th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff
Wednesday 11th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff
Optional Heliski Day
Thursday 12th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff
Evening prizegiving party
Friday 13th December 2002 Free morning to ski or shop
Transfer to airport
Vancouver-Heathrow 2040/1405 (British Airways – direct) arrives Sat 14th into UK
(A) Brio Haus Chalet £579 pp / double or twin room (single supp £269) Chalet Board
Brio Haus is a 4 bedroom/4 bathroom catered chalet with private hottub and sauna. Room 1 - Queen ensuite shower, Room 2 – King + bunks shared bathroom, Room 3 – Twins shared bathroom, Room 4 – Queen ensuite bathroom. One further bathroom on main floor for shared use by all guests.(3 star) approximately 1km from Whistler & Blackcomb gondolas on regular shuttle (small charge).
(B) Coast Hotel £619 pp / ‘standard’ room (single supp £199) B&B (Continental)
‘Standard Room’ can be either 1 king bed or 2 double beds.(3 star) 250m from Whistler & Blackcomb gondolas.
(C) Listel Hotel£619 pp / ‘standard’ room (single supp £199)Room Only
‘Standard Room’ are 2 queen beds.(3 star plus) 100m from Whistler & Blackcomb gondolas.
(D) Delta Whistler Village Suites£679 pp / ‘1 bedroom suite’ (single supp £279) Room Only
‘1 Bedroom Suites’ have a separate bedroom with 1 king or 1 queen or 2 twin beds. The separate living room has a double sofabed, full kitchen, dining area, fireplace and full bathroom (4 star) 400m from Whistler & Blackcomb gondolas.
(E) Westin Resort & Spa£739 pp / ‘junior suite’ (single supp £349)Room Only
‘Junior Suites’ have a 1 king or 1 queen or king-split beds plus sofabed, fireplace, full gourmet kitchen, full bathroom, dining area.(5 star) At the base of Whistler Mountain adjacent to Whistler & Blackcomb gondolas.
Return flights from Heathrow to Vancouver with British Airways in ‘World Traveller’ (economy) on the dates detailed above, return private charter coach transfers between airport and resort, 7 nights accommodation as described on the dates detailed above based on 2 persons sharing a room, welcome reception, ski or board with Daily Mail Ski Magazine staff, fun race and race party/prizegiving (conditions permitting), taxes, services of Ski Independence in-resort staff.
Vancouver airport departure tax of C$15 per person which is paid locally
Optional extras (Book in advance):
Discounted lift tickets6 day £100 pp, 7 day £115 pp
Discounted daily Heliskiing‘Base Day’ package £270 pp
Discounted daily Heliskiing‘Base Day’ package including ‘Powder ski’ rentals £289 pp
Discounted ‘Extremely Canadian’ clinic£130 pp
Lowcost UK add-on flights to Heathrow£44 rtn from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle
Lowcost upgrade to ‘World Traveller Plus’£165 one-way supplement (can be booked outbound or inbound)
Optional extras (note interest):
Group dinner (first week)note interest / pay in resort
Ski/snowboard rentalsnote interest / pay in resort
Discounted Fresh Tracks Breakfastnote interest / pay in resort (subject to conditions and service start date)
Lift tickets represent a substantial discount off the normal retail rate and include all taxes.
Ski & Snowboard rentals will be offered at discounted rates locally through Summit Ski, who offer a full range of top quality ski and snowboard equipment and have outlets at the Delta Whistler Village Suites, and in the basement of the Delta Whistler Resort (ultra-convenient location for all other accommodation, at the base of Whistler mountain. You can also leave your rental equipment at this location overnight free-of-charge)
Daily Heliskiing is offered at a small discount through Whistler Heliskiing. The ‘Base Day’ package includes: professional heliski guide with each group, avalanche transceiver and powder tracers, on-mountain lunch, return ground transportation from Whistler village to the heliport, 3 runs (approximately 4500 – 7500 vertical feet), all taxes, designed for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, photo and video service provided for 1 run (view & purchase at apres-ski party), extra runs available locally for C$85.60 per run. The Heliski day is tentatively set for Wednesday 11th December and is weather and snow dependent – the day can be altered in resort
‘Extremely Canadian’ 2 day ski clinic - Extremely Canadian, for the past eight years, has been specializing in all-mountain guiding and coaching on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. With a combined 7,000 acres of sprawling terrain, it takes a local's knowledge to really get the most out of these mountains. Extremely Canadian’s elite coaches will show you the ropes on some of the best terrain North America has to offer. Clients are placed in small groups of similar ability to work on a range of ski techniques, which coupled with a serious amount of vertical guarantees improvement and an unforgettable ski experience. Their effective two-day Clinics are about improving and refining your skiing technique. They are also about helping you find exciting terrain for each ability level, as well finding optimal snow conditions. After a few days with them you’ll know more secrets about the mountain than some locals. The Clinics are geared to a variety of ski levels, for those interested in an all mountain experience. Their coaches, handpicked in Whistler to ensure freshness and reliability, exude a contagious passion for skiing. Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Clinics feature Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains on alternate days. Clinics include perks such as lift-line priority, T-shirts, video analysis and a decompression session at Merlin's Bar & Grill. Clinics also include phenomenal coaches such as Peter Smart, Wendy Brookbank, Chris Eby, Rick Lewon, Cara Dolan, & Joe Lammers - to name a few. The special Two-day Clinics for the Daily Mail readers group will be Monday-Tuesday December 9th & 10th, 2002. Cost: Two day Clinic £130 pp including taxes (20% Discount)
‘World Traveller Plus’ represents a substantial discount off regular fares and can be booked either outbound or inbound or return. World Traveller Plus = a separate premier economy cabin, larger seats with 7” more legroom than World Traveller (economy class), seat back video with 12 channels of entertainment, twice the World Traveller hand baggage allowance (12kg), in-seat ‘phone and power point and meals served in advance of World Traveller.
Fresh Tracks Breakfast is discounted and subject to snow conditions and service start date – basically the Whistler gondola opens at 0715 to allow Fresh Tracks skiers and snowboarders early access to the mountain and best snow. After an all-you-can-eat breakfast, ski patrol will open the top slopes and lifts for some amazing skiing and riding on fresh snow!
Group dinner will take place on Monday 9th December. Venue and costs will be available in resort on arrival.