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post #1 of 104
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Mothers, lock up your daughters.

Just had it confirmed today:

I will be staying at the Coast Hotel in Whistler from Friday 6th December for 7 nights

If anyone else in the UK is interested, it is costing £619 for flights and accomodation. Lift pass will be at a reduced price (not sure what) as will the Heli-skiing, Ski School, and Extremely Canadian.
Let me know if you want to go. The trip will be announced to about 100 people next week, then to a further 100 the following week, then it will appear in a magazine at the end of August. For the last 3 years it has been full before it made it to the magazine, so let me know if you want to go!

post #2 of 104
Originally posted by Wear the fox hat ?:
...I will be staying at the Coast Hotel in Whistler from Friday 6th December for 7 nights...
Phooey - there is no possibility of overlap. If I go at all, I'll be arriving on Dec. 12, attend meetings on 12/13 and 12/14, and finally start having serious fun on 12/15.

So it goes. Have loads of fun & don't use up all the snow.

Tom / PM
post #3 of 104
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(to the tune of 007)...
bump diddly bump bump, bump bump bump
bump diddly bump bump, bump bump bump

(just thought I'd bump this up as a definite date when I will definitely be skiing, and prepared to share a drink (or gondola, Jane ) with any of you)

post #4 of 104
"a" gondola as in only one ? mate I thought we said all or nothing

alas, you'll have to find someother chicky babe to share such a marvelous experience with. I'll be soaking up the sun in Oz.
post #5 of 104
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I've no idea what you're talking about, but I do know that the last few times I've been there in December, only two of the gondolas will be running. Would that satisfy you?

post #6 of 104
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And I'm going to bump this thread every day until 6th December, that's about 128 posts from me, just to keep this in today's active topics...

At this rate of going, there will be so many bumps in this thread that it could be used for a mogul competition.

post #7 of 104
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Got the "official" pre-release of the magazine offer today...

so, here is the deal:
- 7 or 10 nights
- direct BA flight Heathrow-Vancouver
- £579 for 7 night in catered chalet (£689 for 10 nights)
- £619 for 7 nights B&B at the Coast or Listel (£699 for 10)
- £739 for 7 at the Westin Resort (£869 for 10)
- £75 discount off the 6 day lift pass
- Discount of heli-skiing
- Ski/board guiding every day
- 2 day Extremely Canadian steep & deep clinic at reduced rate
- Half day lessons at reduced rate
- Chance to meet me

They are also ding a trip to Vail & Aspen at £999 for 10 nights, a weekend in Aosta for £295 and an end of season bash in Val d'Isere for £399.

PM me for more info.

post #8 of 104
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post #9 of 104
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Here are the official details (PM me if you're interested)...

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
Free evening
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
Free evening
Wednesday 11th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff
Optional Heliski Day
Free evening
Thursday 12th December 2002 Ski or board with DMSM staff
Fun race
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
Insurance£54 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.
post #10 of 104
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No new info today.
post #11 of 104
What, no bumps for 2 days!

what's going on?? ....don't tell me i'm gonna have to bump for you
post #12 of 104
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New info:
The trip is filling up.

post #13 of 104
Wow! Nice prices on the infernal single person supplements.... I'm sick of them. Anyone want to start a campaign against this blatant rip off exercise?
post #14 of 104
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As a single person you can request to share with another single, if another one books.
But I would agree with you, it is one of the biggest rip-offs around.

post #15 of 104
Aye, I'd probably end up with a 17 stone cross dresser from Birmingham...

It does sound like a good trip. But what ammount of the resort is open that early? I know the conditions last year were excellent, but I wouldn't want to spend all that money to find only 25% of the resort open.
post #16 of 104
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Let me reassure you...
Last year Andy D was the 17 stone man, and he is from Manchester.
Kevin was the cross-dresser. Or, at least, he wore his girlfriend's LBD for the race, and it was very little on him.

As for % open, Two years ago you could ski top to bottom, but near the bottom it was a bit rough (the odd gully jump was required on Blackcomb!) Above midstation, most was open, certainly more than enough for me, or any better skier than me.
Last year was a powderfest Most of the resort was open, and the home runs were in good shape (my new skis still looked like new at the end of the week)
I spent a lot of time in the trees and in powder last year, and a few minutes enjoying the odd drink...

Anyway, bottom line is I would thoroughly recommend it!

post #17 of 104
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Interest is growing among us native non-Americans, now, any of you Yanks or Cannucks going to join us for a few turns?

119 days to go!

post #18 of 104
Well I was thinking of going cos I just got all excited about skiing for a few minutes but then saw the prices and I can book two ski holidays here for that price including ski pass and food.
It's a shame cos I was quite looking forward to sharing with Mark!!!
That is an amazing amount of money to go skiing. I am not excited about going skiing again now (well no more than usual!) but I'll keep you all posted on the mood changes!
post #19 of 104
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I actually think it's pretty good value!
Yeah, compared with Andorra, etc, it's a lot more, but for what the trip is, I think it's well worth it!
Sell the bike. Come skiing!

post #20 of 104
I have no doubt that it will be value for money its not the value I have a problem with just the money bit!
It's totally possible that I will be doing a season again by then anyway so I don't think I will be going but thanks anyway. Maybe next year.

Why do Friday's take so bloody long?
post #21 of 104
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Latest update...
At least two of us will be there.

Skierdude are you going too - let's make it three!

post #22 of 104
I've looked long and hard into the depths of my wallet, but it seems its not happening.
Gotta find the dough for new boots as well this year...
However, I do read the magazine Fox so i expect some crazy pictures and antics from the Fox. Is the first issue out in August?
post #23 of 104
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I've won a prize each of the last three years, but managed to avoid getting my photo in the mag (I smile, and it breaks the camera's lens). I shall do my best to avoid it for another year, but any photos I take will be posted here.

post #24 of 104
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OK, two from the forum and two friends are going, and still no word from skierdude!

post #25 of 104
Hey Fox, am I the only other brave soul who's coming then???

have just sent you a PM with all the info...

cheeky J
post #26 of 104
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Yeah, Cheeky,
You're the only one from here (at the minute), but Skierdude should be signing up, and maybe €uro if we ask her nicely!!!


P.S. Over 50 signed up already, and it isn't due for release for another 10 days!
post #27 of 104
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Oh dear, I forgot to bump this thread yesterday!

Come on British bears, get booking!

post #28 of 104
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109 days to go, not that I'm counting or anything

post #29 of 104
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Hands up who's going to be in Whistler in 117 days!

post #30 of 104
Originally posted by Wear the fox hat ?:
Interest is growing among us native non-Americans, now, any of you Yanks or Cannucks going to join us for a few turns?

119 days to go!

Definately under consideration!
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