Hey guys, heading to Whistler for the first time ever next Wednesday. I couldn't be more excited, but I'm looking for some advice from you Whistler vets.
We are a group of intermediate skiers. We really enjoy the long blue cruisers, steeper (for us) black runs, and a few adventures into to the trees.
We'll be skiing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We're staying in a ski-in/ski-out condo near Creekside Gondola; we're told it's just off the Homerun and Lower Peak to Creek runs. My specific questions are:
First Tracks Breakfast?
Is this really only accessible by the Whistler Village Gondola, and more importantly, is it worth it?
Driving from Creekside to Whistler Village in the morning really ruins the appeal of our Creekside ski-in/ski-out condo. (And I think it's $8 a day for parking?) From reading some previous threads, it sounds like they don't actually open the runs, even for the First Tracks ticket holders, until about 8:00 AM.
That said, we absolutely always ski from the first chair until mountain close, and always wish the days were longer. The added time would really be appreciated, but I can't decide if First Tracks is worth it given our situation...
Getting Around the Mountain?
Lastly, any tips for most efficiently getting around the mountain and avoiding crowds would be awesome.
We want to see the whole place, but the mountains are huge and the days are short. Any advice on how to best beat the crowds for a group of people looking for some blue/black cruisers, tree runs, and any other can't miss spots?
Last year we skied Park City/Canyons. We studied the trail map, but between taking the inter-mountain gondola, battling some crowds, trying to find runs we liked, and then making sure we were back to the Gondola before closing, it seemed like we hardly got any time to explore the Park City side of the mountain. Would love to avoid that this year, if possible.
Thanks for any help.