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2017 Epic Gathering - Whistler/Blackcomb - March 5 - 11, 2017  

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It's my pleasure to announce the 2017 Epic Gathering will be held at:


Whistler Blackcomb - Sunday March 5 to Saturday March 11th, 2017


Why Whistler Blackcomb, other than it's truly Epic?


The Whistler Blackcomb website answers this question as well as I ever could right here:



Follow down that link and it explains all the reasons to go there and doesn't exaggerate and will show it is, truly epic.


Why only 1 resort?


Follow down that link and you will see that the terrain at Whistler Blackcomb is equal to more terrain then we normally cover going to several.

I'm sure those of who go will wish they had more than a week when they are done.


If this doesn't convince you, a few photos might.


The artwork....

Looking down Ruby Bowl after climbing Spanky's Ladder

Great snow.

Yes there can be awesome snow, opening weekend 2013.

Rated a top 10 ski slope restaurant, don't miss out on waffles at the Crystal Hut.

Come for the views.

Facebook photos from the Crystal Hut Deck.

Directions to Everywhere you might want to go.

Skiing down Ruby Bowl.

Skating and shopping in the Olympic Village.

Cool pictures with your friends in the Olympic Rings.

Walking up to the Blackcomb Glacier



This thread will be locked and used by myself to place helpful links (passport renewal) and information on meet ups.  There will be a General Info post for all to post questions and knowledge they may have on lodging, tickets, etc and a roll call thread.

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Also you will need passports.  My first post is the link to Canadian and US passport renewal and applications.  Send in early to have it in lots of time.  They expect US and Canadian  passport renewals to get backed up this year as so many applied for passports 10 years ago when it became mandatory for flying or driving to Canada.


US Passport Renewalhttp://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/us-passport-renewals.html

New US Passport:  http://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/obtain-a-us-passport.html


Canadian Passport Renewal:  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/passport/apply/renew/apply-how.asp

New Canadian Passporthttp://www.cic.gc.ca/english/passport/apply/new/apply-how.asp

Simplified Form Canadian Renewal Passporthttp://www.cic.gc.ca/english/passport/forms/pdf/pptc054.pdf


If you are driving across you need a passport or Enhanced Drivers licenses, offered by some states. (http://www.ezbordercrossing.com/the-inspection-experience/documentation-needed-to-cross-border/types-of-documentation/#enhanceddl).  If you are flying you must have a passport.


Flying into Vancouver is the closest airport, about 1.5 hours from Whistler.

Seattle Airport (SeaTac) is 4.5 hours from Whistler if you want to drive across the border.  There is also Bellingham Airport,

 though smaller is a US international Airport and about 2.5 hours from Whistler but you must drive across the border still.



SAVE MONEY Reserve Accomodations Early:  http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/lodging


Whistler Lodging from their main site above rents most condos no matter who or how they are owned from their site and offers competitive pricing along with early booking incentives.  Book before August and you put down one night and resort fees with the rest not due until 45 days prior to arriving.  Reserve early to get the best pick of available lodging and to find what you are looking for.  Use Trip advisor for reviews.


Hostel anyone? https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g154948-d219677-Reviews-Whistler_Lodge_Hostel-Whistler_British_Columbia.html

Hotels?  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g154948-Whistler_British_Columbia-Hotels.html

Ski in Ski Out? https://www.tripadvisor.com/Search?q=ski+in+ski+out&geo=154948&pid=3826&typeaheadRedirect=true&redirect=&startTime=1460421433693&uiOrigin=MASTHEAD&returnTo=__2F__Hotels__2D__g154948__2D__Whistler__5F__British__5F__Columbia__2D__Hotels__2E__html&searchSessionId=9C834FB1FA07404D92B4A690CAA360701460406992187ssid




Other options are AirBNB, Expedia.com and many other travel sites.


Book early to find what you are looking for.  Ask in the General Info Thread about locations you are considering and I will answer with what information I know, such as pros and cons of different villages (Creekside Village, the Village, Upper Village) or near by areas.


Whistler might take more planning than some past gatherings but it is well worth the extra planning. Side note; an impaired charge or any criminal conviction in your past can prevent you from being able to cross the border to Canada.  Just something to keep in mind.

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Only one thing to say :



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I just wanted to bump this (locked) thread for the @Gathermeister and also mention that Vail announced last week that Epic and Epic Local pass holders will get 5 days at WB this season. It's got some blackout days, but I don't think that will impact any of the days of the gathering. 

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