I''ve also been there at that time,no problem:
1. Be at the lower lifts before 8:30, earlier on a powder day.
2. Eat before 11:30 am (or don't eat at all
) Explore some of the smaller on hill eateries,plces like horstman hut (Top of 7th heaven chair), crystal hut (waffles, oven roasted meatloaf), Chic Pea (subs). The smaller ones get really busy at lunch, but if your're there outside of the peak times can be pretty empty.
3. Harmony chair tends to get some of the biggest crowds at Whistler. Usually Blackcomb has more choices and shorter lines. (But I like Whistler better YMMV).
4. Fresh tracks tickets get you up high earlier.
5. Once you're up there, stay up high.
6. As far as restaurants, reservations are good, but you can always find something. If you're into the high end, places like Rimrock, Umberto's, Araxi, Bearfoot bistro really need reservations anyway, Rimrock particularly is sometimes hard to get into. When I'm there alone I usually go for Splitz (best burgers) or Dusty's (at Creekside for that local ambience).
Besides,crowds are a good time to chill, talk to other people in line, remember that this is a vacation. [img]smile.gif[/img]