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Whistler over MLK weekend?

post #1 of 11
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Does Whistler get more crowded over MLK weekend? I've trained myself to avoid taking any trips over any holiday period. However I figured maybe in Canada, since they don't celebrate that holiday, and since Whistler gets a large # of non-US visitors, it doesn't make much difference.

Anyone have any experience with that weekend?
post #2 of 11
Holiday weekends at ski resorts = me in turtle shell.
post #3 of 11
I can never remember the dates for MLK weekend. That said, I don't think Banff is ever especially busy on American Holidays.

Whislter attracts more tourists though. And it is sort of close to Seattle and busier in general.
post #4 of 11
A few years ago I was at Whistler over Presidents' Day weekend. Crowded and they were charging "holiday" rates. I tried to point out to them that it was not Presidents' Day in Canada! Still got charged higher rates.
post #5 of 11
Traditionally Whistler is busy over MLK, lots of 'mericans from WA and Oregon. Still, it is (or I should say "they are" to acknowledge B-Comb) big mountains that take lots of people.

The worst lift lines are typically in the AM just to get onto the mountain.

I will be curious to see how many people drive North this winter from the Seattle and Portland area's given : A: the economy, B: the price of gas, C: The exchange rate. Whistler ain't cheap anymore!

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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Pwdrhnd View Post
A few years ago I was at Whistler over Presidents' Day weekend. Crowded and they were charging "holiday" rates. I tried to point out to them that it was not Presidents' Day in Canada! Still got charged higher rates.
I lot of schools in canada have a break that weekend.
post #7 of 11
Yup. Busy.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Pwdrhnd View Post
A few years ago I was at Whistler over Presidents' Day weekend. Crowded and they were charging "holiday" rates. I tried to point out to them that it was not Presidents' Day in Canada! Still got charged higher rates.
Thats smack dab in the middle of Holiday SEASON. Rates go up in December before Chriastmas and don't go back down untill March.

Whistler is pretty much at the same level of "busy" from Christmas to mid Feb then again in March for school holidays. If the weather happens to suck during MLK weekend the Vancouver skiers might not be up and it will seem slow, if it pukes and all the Vancouver powder hounds go up it will seem busy. Just don't upload at 10 am with the idiots and you won't really notice if it's busy or not if both mountains are open to full capacity.
post #9 of 11
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I will be curious to see how many people drive North this winter from the Seattle and Portland area's given : A: the economy, B: the price of gas, C: The exchange rate. Whistler ain't cheap anymore!
I wouldn't be surprised if they picked UP business from us PNWers--it's a lot cheaper and easier to drive up there than to fly to CO or Utah, given higher plane fares, flight cutbacks and new baggage fees!

I don't know why people whine about the exchange rate--they aren't on the pound for god's sake. Now that the US and Canadian dollars are equal it's not a BAD exchange rate, it's just not a bargain anymore.

We have a Whistler trip planned for February. If they get enough snow early we many try to get up there late Nov/early Dec too.
post #10 of 11
Whistler is busy all winter. I've been there on MLK weekend and it didn't seem more crowded than usual, but that's not saying much.
post #11 of 11
Been there a 3-4 times during that weekend.

Lodging? Not really much harder to get or more expensive.

Skiing? A bit crowded, especially heading up. I've found myself in lift lines at Harmony Chair that were ~15-20 minutes around midday during that weekend, i.e. out to/past the end of long corrals/rails on each side. Our solution was to start early, take a bunch of runs off t-bars, hike around a bit, and stop at smaller lodges at off hours, i.e. Crystal at 11 or 2...

Bars/restaurants? It's busy/crowded with lots of U.S. college students on a long weekend, but if you make reservations at the restaurants and enjoy dancing with young people at the bars, then it's fine...
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