The Lowdown on W/B
Kevin, This info is from '02. My last trip to W/B was my first totally researched/booked using the 'net. I live in SoCal so my deals will be based on that. Lodging: I highly recommend the Crystal Lodge(used to be the Nancy Green Lodge) for its location and price but it might not be suited for your group size. Dining/overall lay-of-the-land: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/piq...ew=bestresults
. Hoz's for BBQ is my recommendation and a pasta place(name escapes me, in village in a stand-alone building). Transportation: I've flown into Vancouver the two times I've been to W/B. I think a car in W/B is a waste of money, shuttle and local buses are adequate. http://www.translink.bc.ca/ http://www.whistlerbus.com/details.html
. Again, the size and attitude of your group is everything. Me and my bud had to take a local bus from the airport(Airporter?) to the Greyhound terminal to board the Greyhound to W/B. Look at the prices, a cheap option. Lift Tickets: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/tic... Findex%2Ehtm
During the time we went (Jan.-Feb.), these tickets were available at SportsChek(local sporting goods store) only. I needed to take a bus to Landesdowne(sp) Center for the nearest store to the airport. I did this while we were waiting for the bus to the Greyhound terminal(I allowed plenty of time to coordinate this, scheduling is everything if you want to be a cheap-ass like I am!). I was able to purchase two "Gold Express" passes cheap. Definitely worth the effort. I think we got a 2 or 3 day. We skiied for four days, would have been better to buy more days 'cause they had a "buy 5, get two days free" deal. Supposed to be for WA or BC residents only but they didn't check with me. Currency: http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html
Right now, not as good as in '02(.75US to 1.00CAN). One last thing, W/B had a real bad year last year or the year before. There is a weak El Nino this year that could affect the snowfall(Might want to check that out, great for us in CA, though). You will have a blast with that many people 'cept when you go out to eat/drink(big group). About all I got for you, PM me for any other Q's.