7-11 has discount lift tickets but if you can broker a deal with group rates/multiday passes that is the way to go. Contact your local ski travel agent or book a land only trip via daman Nelson.
The local's recommend for casual dining,
Zeuskis (sp?)(if you like ethnic Greek)
I ate at the first three and all were very good.
If you like soup for lunch, Blackcomb Rendevous lodge. It's cheap, good and self serve so you can dredge the bottom for stuff and not end up with only broth(other locations were served for you). Also it was the least salty of all the locations we tried on the hill. (whistler and blackcomb)
Great Glades, Take the Crystal Chair, head out the "ridge runner", and get into "the outer limits".
For fun stuff with the kids, try "Twist and shout" or Rock 'n Roll" just past "outer limits" and Arthurs Choice"
Only a few choices for Groceries. IGA (in the marketplace area of the village)and Hearthstone (right near the Whistler Gondola/clock tower). (I guess there are some smaller little stores) but the village shuttle stops right behind the IGA and they have everything you could want. Great selection of just about every type of groceries. (you can even find all the fixing to make Thai food or Japanese food)
Boot fitting, Wild Willies.
Tuning, Carleton lodge Repair shop or Blackcomb Day Lodge. They both have those multimillion dollar computer controlled stone grinders. The price is right, they can do overnight tunes and grinds and if you have a discount card (check with your travel agent or lodging company) I think they will give you another 10% off.
By the way, if you do get a discount card, flash it everywhere you shop. Even if the shop is not a participant of the card you are holding, they will often match the discount or give you a small break.
Make sure you get the Government GST form. (I believe it has the Canadian flag on it) not the Maple leaf ones or other ones. They take a commission on any refunds you get. Also when you purchase items, Keep in mind there is a minimum "per reciept" of 50.00 CDN in goods purchased. If you purchase $49.99 (before taxes) you can not claim a refund so if you are shopping with friends pool your purchases to get them over the 50.00 minimum. The items have to be hard goods you are returning to the states with or short term lodging. and you need a minimum of 200.00 total in purchses.
Although the forms say you must get the receipts stamped at customs before you leave the country, The customs agent tells me you can send them in without the stamp and they will process. it just takes longer. If you plan to have them stamped, do this before you check in. If you are going through Vancouver, the customs office is way down at the end of the terminal. Once you get passed Check in, there is no turning back. you must proceed directly through immigration, customs and to the gate.
Also since 9-11 you now can not check in too early. 3 hours max. I had to go through the line 2 times
: because we were at the airport 4 hours before our flight time.
Save 10.00 CDN if you are flying through Vancouver for the airport tax. And use a Credit Card for everything you can. You get the best rate with the CC. (they will take Credit cards at the on hill restaurants with no minimum. we charged all our lunches as low as 10.00 CDN!)
That's most of the wisdom I learned in my 2 trips there this winter...
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