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post #31 of 40
I am planning a trip for 10 of us in January. Haven't booked it yet, but we found that taking advantage of Whistler's airfare discounts saved a lot of money and got us into the 1300-1400 range (flying from Washington-Dulles) for 5 days of skiing. The catch is that you have to stay at one of their properties.
post #32 of 40
That doesn't sound too bad, Phil. Is there a link for that, since I'm doing something similar. Under 2 grand for everything would be sweet.
post #33 of 40
Nobody should EVER book a ski vacation in August. Wait till the snow flies and see who's getting the goods....
post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post
That doesn't sound too bad, Phil. Is there a link for that, since I'm doing something similar. Under 2 grand for everything would be sweet.
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/get...avel/index.htm

For Washington at least, their published airfare is around $200 cheaper.
post #35 of 40
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Nobody should EVER book a ski vacation in August. Wait till the snow flies and see who's getting the goods....
Sounds like a fine idea, except EVERYTHING can change in a week (in a DAY in fact) as far as conditions from great to crap and back, and then all that waiting only gets you higher airfares (if the seats are available), lack of lodging, sold out rental cars etc.

I've done quite well booking in summer (4 trips already in the bag for next season), and most of time it works out just fine.
post #36 of 40
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For that price, I might as well go to the Alps.
QFT... I stayed in St. Anton for a week for about 30.00 euro a night. I brought my own food from a local supermarket in Munich, and brought my own skis to avoid rental cost. This was all for about ~1,600 with my girlfriend also included into the cost. Though I'm not taking my airline tickets into consideration which were about 1,000 with Lufthansa. A nice little vacation in a vacation when visiting her family.
post #37 of 40
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QFT... This was all for about ~1,600 with my girlfriend also included into the cost.
What does a "girlfriend" cost for a month? Any places to look for "specials"?
post #38 of 40
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http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/get...avel/index.htm

For Washington at least, their published airfare is around $200 cheaper.
One of our group members has a line on a 6 bedroom house in Emerald Estates - $595 a night. Supposedly that's 5 minutes from the Whistler base area. Is Emerald Estates a convenient location?
post #39 of 40
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A friend who's leading a ski club group trip to Whistler next Feb. 7-14 is trying to entice me to sign up, but I practically choked on the cost: $2180 from Ft. Lauderdale to Vancouver, staying in 2-2 condos in the village, and NOT including lift tix! Throw in lift tix and food and beverage and we're probably talking three grand.

I mean, I figured Whistler was pricey and the lousy dollar ain't helpin', but this strikes me as outrageous. Am I crazy to even consider this? Always wanted to ski Whistler, but its reputation for "variable" weather conditions is a concern. I think that at those prices, I'd be really bummed if the weather were anything less than Heaven-sent. Any advice?

BTW, another SoFla ski club is doing the same trip including a six-day lift pass for $1875. Which begs another question: How do I tell my friend to get out of the ski trip planning biz? LOL.
1. If you don't do it this year, you will be another year older when you do.

2. Uhm, maybe you should join that other ski club. That is unless their trip is planned to concide with a typical climatic rain period.
post #40 of 40
The problem isn't with Whistler, which I don't find particularly expensive compared to other large North American resorts. (I'm planning a CO ski vacation right now for next March and am having such sticker shock--if we weren't meeting family members from the midwest, I'd bag CO and just go to Whistler.)

The problem is that you live in Ft. Lauderdale. That's really, really far from Whistler (so high airline ticket costs). It's also a little early to be buying tickets for February--this isn't always the case, but often times, fares are higher 6 months or so in advance, and they come down closer to the date (not too close though).

I think you can do Whistler much cheaper, but this is what I'd do: Wait for a good airfare. Sign up for airfare alerts from Travelocity, emails from whatever airlline you'd fly to Vancouver, and search regularly on your own. Do a condo rental from alluradirect.com--it's like VRBO and has a great selection of Whistler properties. I guarantee you can come in well under what your club trip is.


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My concern with Whistler over the next few years is that if folks think it's expensive now ... just wait and see what the Winter Olympic thing is going to do to pricing !
I talked to a Whistler rep recently and they are afraid no one is going to visit all year 2009-10, because everyone thinks it will be so expensive and crazy (when it will really only be expensive and crazy for the 2 Olympic weeks). Apparently all Olympic cities have this problem--no one visits during the Olympic year because they think too many others will be there.
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