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Whistler on the Cheap? Is it possible?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I can get great last minute ticket prices out to Seattle and was hoping to drive up to Whistler/ Blackholm for a four - five days of skiing. Is it possible to go to this area on the cheap though.

I have been finding:
tickets - $84
hotel - at least $270

I don't mind staying at other towns within 45 min drive.
are there other nearby areas I should check out instead (Expert skiier, looking for steeps and pow).

thanks,

asland
post #2 of 16
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s it possible to go to this area on the cheap though.
not really I do it on "the cheap" every spring by sleeping in my car and buying discounted tickets and it still end up being expensive
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are there other nearby areas I should check out instead (Expert skiier, looking for steeps and pow).
Still fly into seattle but ski the seattle areas. Stevens, Alpy, Baker, etc...

Cheaper lift tickets, stay in a motel for cheap, less gas.
post #3 of 16
Don't forget to figure in GST and PST. Yes, we tax lift tickets.
post #4 of 16
How cheap is cheap? You can get discounted tickets at the 7/11 in Squamish and you could get a room in Squamish as well (about a 45 minute drive) for less than at Whistler. But cheap? It depends on your definition.

If you're looking for really cheap, PhilT has the ticket. Though the ski areas around Seattle are not in the same class as WB they do have some challenging terrain and can have lots of new snow if you catch them at the right time weather-wise.

I vote that you spend more and head for Whistler anyway. It's easy for me to spend your money.
post #5 of 16
I suppose the answer depends on your definition of cheap.

You can get discounted lift tickets, as mentioned, in Squamish or multi-day lift tickets at a discount when you book your accomodations.

Accomodations don't get much cheaper then what you quoted, but look into Market Place and Glacier Reach for base area, Creekside, Upper Village, or for the best rates staying in Whistler but not at the base areas. The local bus system in Whistler is great.

Most of the accomodations are condo units so you can eat all of your meals in. Since you are driving from Seattle picking up your food and beverages while in Vancouver saves money.

Is it cheap? No, probably not, but these steps make it cheaper. If you want much cheaper then I would recommend staying in the U.S. and going to a resort closer to the airport. It is a long drive from Seattle to Whistler so your car rental will be expensive; and don't forget about the border crossings.

It is sure nice to for us Canadians to finally be able to discuss going to the U.S. for our ski vacations b/c of exchange rates!
post #6 of 16
We were just there and "cheap" is not in the cards. Some family discussion revolved around the "value" of Whistler as compared to other in-State resorts ... SLC, Colorado, etc. It's one thing to pay $87 for a lift ticket ... it's entirely another to do the same and have to stand in the lift lines we stood in.

Overall we sorta felt like Whistler was overpriced, overcrowded and too expensive for the skiing experience. And that our money was better spent elsewhere. Not to say that we'd not go back ... rather we'd do it when/if the $$ regains some strength and brings the cost more in line with other in-state locations.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the info. several people have mentioned discounted tickets at the squamish 7-11. What is the ticket price from there?

thanks,

asland
post #8 of 16
You can also get discounted tickets, if they still have any (call first) at the Seattle REI store-$73. I got some last week. I was told the Squamish prices were $69 but I don't know if that is pre tax or not.

Hotels in Whistler are outrageous but condos are not (this is also what we found with a fall hiking trip to the Canadian Rockies last year, so it's not just Whistler). We have a condo for our trip next week that is $140 night with no tax, since we booked through the owner (via Allura Direct). We did book a while ago so if you're booking last minute and coming at peak time, well, you might have to pay more. Look at the Alluradirect.com site. This is the first time I've used it but it has been recommended to me by quite a few people. It's like VRBO but with more security, since you have recourse if anything goes wrong with the Allura Direct organization. I've always found resort food (no matter where I am) to be bad and overpriced so I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything by cooking in the condo, plus it's a big cost saver.
post #9 of 16
Shell gas has a 2 for 1 deal on lift tickets (with gas purchase). Info

Significant blackout dates, however. Blackout: February 2 thru April 13, 2008
post #10 of 16
The Pemberton hotel as room for 1 person at 68$ per night including taxes. It's not fancy, old, but clean. I stayed there last year when I moved back here. Their phone number is 1-604-894-6313. Pemberton is only 20 miles from Whistler and as a friendly vibe with a fews good affordable restaurants and even entertainement on the week end. Great little village !
post #11 of 16
I went last year and stayed at the UBC hostel. My friend and I booked the only private room, which was $70 a night. Otherwise, dorm beds are under $30. The place has a well equipped kitchen so you can cook all your own meals. It also has a hot tub and sauna, which is nice post-skiing treat. We were there during the week so there was plenty of space, but you need to book well in advance on weekends.

It's about a 7 minute walk to the Creekside base, or you can hop a bus to Whistler Village. It cost $1.50, and it dropped you off right where the two main gondolas load.

There's another hostel right in the Creekside village, but it gets booked up faster.
post #12 of 16
Before George Bush, you used to be able to ski Whistler really cheap.
post #13 of 16
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Don't forget to figure in GST and PST. Yes, we tax lift tickets.
We charge sales tax on tickets here in the states too.
post #14 of 16
lol at volklskier1 - sad but true - is it related? no official comment from me....

dorm57, sorry to hear you think whistler is overpriced due to (amongst other things) lift lines. You should be here now, I am skiing onto every chair with no wait. guess if you go skiing at holiday times, you will get big lines. if you avoid holidays, Whistler offers a lot of great terrain with no lift lines.
I realise work and school holidays times make it hard for some people to avoid the busy times

I can't really advise any cheap accommodation, not sure it exists. but
I have heard http://www.goldendreamswhistler.com/ is a decent place for a decent price.
post #15 of 16
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Dorm57
Overall we sorta felt like Whistler was overpriced, overcrowded and too expensive for the skiing experience. And that our money was better spent elsewhere.
I just came back from 10 days at Whistler and I didn't find it overpriced or overcrowded. Even on the weekends I found the slopes to be quite clear and uncrowded. The lift lines weren't that long and went quickly and orderly. A very pleasant experience. We'll be back for sure!

As for on the cheap? Probably not, but good deals are abundant, check out Skican too. Also great skiing is available in spring as well.


Who said Whistler was crowded?



post #16 of 16
Nice to see people who know how to appreciate quality holiday and skiing .....

Whistler and Blackcomb are so big that their is always a way event in the worst busiest time to reduce and avoid crowds and big line ups.....

Any locals or Mountain hosts can informe you on how to work your way around and where to go on the hills.....
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