Groceries are about 30% more in Whistler than elsewhere in the Lower Mainland (ie: the area including and surrounding Vancouver). If you are driving, the IGA in Squamish (on the way to WB) is where we usually go. Locals shop at Nester's, about 1 or 2 km past Whistler. Choices for meals in town without breaking the bank would be the chains: Earl's, A&W, McYucko's, or Boston Pizza (Creekside). More unique include Splitz Grill (awesome burgers), and Chef Bernards (upper village). Chef Bernard was head chef at the Chateau Whistler before he opened his own funky eatery across the street. Lots of pub grub around, though nothing special. For a great steak, go to The Keg rather than paying double at white-tablecloth joints for the same quality. I think at least one of the two govt liquor stores are open Sundays, and if not there is the Glacier Lodge Beer & Wine store (that now sells liquour too) in the Upper Village, but its not cheap.
Best deal on the hill for lunch is a bowl of soup at the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb; about $4. Very tasty, and thick, like stew. A glass of water is free. Our favourite apres ski place is the patio at Merlins at the Blackcomb Upper Village base. Nachos are inexpensive, legendary, and one plate will feed four hungry people.
I assume you're a Canadian, from your signature line. Whistler caters shrewdly to Americans and Euros who think they're getting a good deal, but prices are definately inflated by Cdn standards. Probably no different than Tremblant, Intrawest's Eastern Cdn resort.
It's dumping right now... best conditions this season. Hopefully that keeps happening when you are here. Have a great time!
[ March 08, 2003, 02:33 PM: Message edited by: JR ]