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I am looking to book a condo for next January in Whistler. I am noticing that EVERYONE has January 4-31 as discounted rates. Why is this? Just because it's right after Christmas? Just curious if anyone knows why it's cheaper...thanks!

[ June 07, 2003, 01:50 PM: Message edited by: Spaceace414 ]
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That January bit after Xmas is generally very quiet at north american resorts. That's when instructors do their training, as there's not much work available. It starts to get busy by the end of January...from memory there's a holiday then? or early feb.
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So that may mean the resort will not be as busy? I'm not going to count on it....but that would be nice! I was there the week before Christmas last year and both mountains were packed. I still love the place though...hords of people or not.
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Originally posted by Spaceace414:
I am looking to book a condo for next January in Whistler. I am noticing that EVERYONE has January 4-31 as discounted rates. Why is this? Just because it's right after Christmas? Just curious if anyone knows why it's cheaper...thanks!
That's basically it, it's the post Christmas/New Year's period. It's not just Whistler, but you see this pricing pattern at other resorts, Tremblant in the East, Banff in the west. Prices start off low from season opening until the holidays, shoot up over the holidays, back down in January, start rising by the third week of February for the university study breaks and March for the high school March breaks, then back down in April until closing.

Unless you have a package with flight, accommodations and tickets already included, I have used this company to find a condo in Whistler, always cheaper when you rent directly from the owner. If you go that route, don't buy your tickets directly on the hill and pay the window or walk up rate, there are cheaper options in Vancouver, and the 7-11 in Squamish has cheaper tickets, but not the 7-11 in Whistler.

http://www.alluradirect.com/whistler/
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I actually have already booked a Condo using AlluraDirect. I agree...you cannot find a better deal than renting from an owner. We decided to stay at Creekside this time...MUCH cheaper than in the village...and you have your own Gondola to take you half way up.

I used to travel a lot in my job...so I had racked up lots of frequent flier miles. The wife and I are actually flying free this year. So this vacation is going to cost much less than last year's trip to Whistler.

I was planning on buying the Whistler Gold Express card. Gives you five days of paid skiing with the ability to purchase more days at a great discount. You guys ever used that before? I was told it was a great bargain if you were going to ski at least five days.

Thanks!
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I did the same thing last year. Free airline, great currency rate, and a super resort. A week of skiing, fun, food, and drinking for two people for about $1000. You can't beat it. : :
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Originally posted by Spaceace414:
I actually have already booked a Condo using AlluraDirect. I agree...you cannot find a better deal than renting from an owner. We decided to stay at Creekside this time...MUCH cheaper than in the village...and you have your own Gondola to take you half way up.

I was planning on buying the Whistler Gold Express card. Gives you five days of paid skiing with the ability to purchase more days at a great discount. You guys ever used that before? I was told it was a great bargain if you were going to ski at least five days.

Thanks!
I've stayed in that area too, about a 10 minute walk to the Creekside Gondola (never busy), the downside is that you have to ski to the bottom of Whistler if you want to go to Blackcomb.

I have not heard of the gold express card, I bought my tickets at the 7-11 in Squamish, it was mid April and they were around $30 or $32 (Cdn.) vs. the window rate of $50 or $60.
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I've been there in early/mid jan and it's not very busy at all (for whistler at least).

We didn't wait more than 5 minutes in a line at all, and most times was less then a minute...You could pretty much just get on the lifts...
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Yeah...it's a bit of a bummer to be so far from Blackcomb mountain...but it's only a five minute bus ride away. So I think we will just alternate mountains daily. Of course, the $100 difference in Condo rates surely makes it more bearable!

Only a five minute wait for lift lines? Ahhhh...that's heaven.
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