East coast family, ski the berkshires in MA and lower VT several weekends each year. Have taken one trip out west for the past seven or eight years. Snowmass (x3), Telluride, Deer Valley, Steamboat, Beaver Creek. Just returned from Snowmass over pre-Christmas week and it was amazing. Of the above, all were Christmas time with exception of Beaver and Snowmass over spring break...and they were absolutely fantastic. I've also skied many other CO and UT resorts over the past 25+ years.
Anyway, Whistler has been on my bucket list. Wife doesn't want the long trip, though from NJ it's really only an extra hour or two compared to Snowmass, and probably close to Telluride considering the connections and/or drives. But she and the older teen can't go in March, so I decided to take my 12 year old on a nice father/son quick trip. Here's what I've booked (and with exception of a relatively inexpensive night, I can change all of this if necessary)-
7 pm direct flight from Newark-Vancouver. I have oodles of miles from extensive business travel, so we're up front on the AC Dreamliner. Should be comfortable flight, though it tends to be late. Land in Vancouver, drive to Whistler.
Decided to stay in Creekside. I was advised against this by my CA friends who ski there all the time. Two reasons. One, we don't love crowds (another question below). Two, the two of us like to ski pretty hard, then collapse in a condo with decent space. We will go out to dinner most nights, but early and nothing too fancy. Probably eat in half the nights. Go to sleep early, especially on pacific time.
I'm obviously concerned about the weather and crowds. We've been very lucky on weather- usually bluebird or consistent snow (sometimes both), the last few years. I know Whistler is a "who knows!" situation, but what do people usually experience weather-wise in March? Am I more or less likely to get the pea soup/rain mid-level and higher? We're both good skiers, and usually spend our time on the more difficult blues and groomed blacks. He made his way comfortably down the groomed trails off of High Alpine in Snowmass last month, but anything more difficult is probably out of question. Along those lines...are we going to be dissapointed by long lift lines? Granted, Telluride and Snowmass have spoiled us and that's not our expectation, but in second week of March (arriving 10/10), will we see tremendous waits?
Has anyone done the night flight to YVR, then skied the next day comfortably from the east coast? Ideally don't want to waste a day, but a scheduled arrival just before 10 pm, customs, bag collection if we check, car pickup, etc... I can't imagine us getting there prior to 1 am (4 am my time).
Should we have just done an easy CO or UT place, or am I ok in thinking this was the time to hit Whistler?