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Heading to Whistler April 9, 10, 11.

post #1 of 11
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Hi, my brother just talked me into coming to visit him in Victoria for a week and heading to Whistler with him for the weekend of April 9th 10th and 11th.  I hope the snow holds.....Nice way to extend my ski season!

If anyone's skiing out that way, let me know, especially someone with local knowledge! 
post #2 of 11

Looks like you're going just before the TWSSF-Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival (much like Spring Back to Vail). There will definitely be snow to be found, but the key is the elevation.

I was there two weeks ago for five days during the lull between the Olympics and Paralympics, and it was fine, and it even snowed one day we were there (raining below 2nd level though).

However, as a general rule, do not ever ski down the first 1/3 rise of either mountain in Spring - it's usually slush or simply dirt. For simplicity, think of both mountains having three levels/tiers:

Blackcomb - 1st: base up to Solar; 2nd: Solar up to Rendezvous Lodge/P2P station; 3rd: base of Glacier Express/7th Heaven and up.

Whistler - 1st: base of village up to gondola midstation/base of creekside up to top of gondola; 2nd: up to Roundhouse Lodge/P2P station; 3rd: base of Harmony/Symphony/Peak chairs and up.

You will always want to stay in the 3rd level for much of the day, MAYBE do a little of 2nd level (usually icy around April) towards the end of the day; and you always download and NOT ski the 1st level.

Only drawback is visibility - it's usually very foggy and almost white-out conditions up top if it's not clear skies.


Enjoy your trip! See also the following link - some pretty good deals. Definintely stay in Village - better nightlife and things to do.

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/twssf/index.htm

 


Edited by jkc22 - 3/17/10 at 4:04pm
post #3 of 11
 There will be lots of snow.  You should have a great time.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I'm kind of hoping I find some less expensive lift tickets.  You think there would be a deal this time of year......My brother may have a lead on some lift tickets though, being as he is a lot closer to local ;0).

If anyone will be skiing that weekend, meeting up with someone that knows the mountain well would be a plus too.  I am a solidly advanced skier (any run comfortable, as i my brother), but we are older... no cliffs.
post #5 of 11
Shell ski free coupons!!! Apparently they are valid for Whistler/Blackcomb-no Saturdays. I'll check restrictions, but are valid in April (blacked out Feb-Mar). Also, the 7-11s in Squamish on your way up has discounted tickets (~$70CAD).
post #6 of 11
 The Shell deal would be great, but they tend to have quite a few restrictions.  Maybe you'll get lucky.  The usual deal is to buy them at 7-11 on the way up at Squamish.  It's right along the highway, you can't miss it.  It's not a huge discount, however.
post #7 of 11
This year the base is deep and we should have a really good Spring. However, the base at the bottom is thin, and you will be downloading from mid-station for sure - no big deal though as the ski out runs are pretty plain (easy) terrain.

I wouldn't worry too much about foggy / white out conditions, as that is more of a winter thing (we also have plenty of good tree skiing to do during those days). Any water vapor in the air burns off quite quickly in April.

Cheap lift tickets, if only I knew I would be a rich man - as that is the most commonly asked question. Since you are only skiing 3 days, it is probably cheapest to buy from a 7-11 as mentioned by others (Squamish is easy to stop at, but any in Vancouver can sell them too.)

I believe that Shell deal is valid in April, but make sure yourself.

I have no idea what my plans are then ( I don't know what I am doing tomorrow ), but you can contact me through my website, and if free I could show you a run or two.
post #8 of 11
 The snow is great on the upper parts of the mountains, and spring skiing at Whistler is always awesome. I had some of my best days on the slopes in April last year. Make sure you get up into the alpine on both mountains (above the Roundhouse on Whistler, and above Glacier Creek on Blackcomb) - that's where you'll find the best snow. Unfortunately I blew my ACL  two weeks ago, or I'd be happy to hit up a few runs with you. 

7-11 is the easiest way to get cheap tickets - you save about $25 on the on-mountain price. It would be worth checking out that Shell deal, too.

Have a wonderful time, and make sure you let us know what you think of it! I don't think I could ever get enough skiing at Whistler (which is going to make my recovery time from this injury really hard...)
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice.  I'll be sure and let you know what I think.  I have skied lots of BC resorts but tended to avoid Whistler due to the expected crowds at the busy times I'd ski...Nice to finally get a chance to check it out and extend my season a little.  Now that my brother has moved to Victoria, I can see I'll have the chance to hit it again for longer next time.

I looked into the shell deal...I'm renting a car in Spokane...heading to Vancouver from there, but you need to purchase a minimum purchase of 10 gallons of gas.  I'm not sure I'll use 10 gallons between spokane and Vancouver unless my rental car isn't full and there's no participating Shell stations in Canada so I have to fill up before I cross the border.  For a 2 for 1 lift ticket it might be worth putting a little gas in someone else' car....."Excuse me sir, could I pay for a few of your gallons of gas?".....

It looks like a good deal and I'll bring the information on the participating stations and if i can put in 10 gallons before I cross the border I will certainly take advantage of it.  If not, the 7/11 sounds easy.

Thanks

 


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Originally Posted by kcxd View Post

 The snow is great on the upper parts of the mountains, and spring skiing at Whistler is always awesome. I had some of my best days on the slopes in April last year. Make sure you get up into the alpine on both mountains (above the Roundhouse on Whistler, and above Glacier Creek on Blackcomb) - that's where you'll find the best snow. Unfortunately I blew my ACL  two weeks ago, or I'd be happy to hit up a few runs with you. 

7-11 is the easiest way to get cheap tickets - you save about $25 on the on-mountain price. It would be worth checking out that Shell deal, too.

Have a wonderful time, and make sure you let us know what you think of it! I don't think I could ever get enough skiing at Whistler (which is going to make my recovery time from this injury really hard...)
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by lady_Salina View Post

 I'm not sure I'll use 10 gallons between spokane and Vancouver unless my rental car isn't full and there's no participating Shell stations in Canada

You would have to get 36.4 miles per gallon in your car in order to burn only 10 gallons between Spokane and Bellingham.  So if you get worse mileage than that you won't have any trouble burning the required amount of gas.  You have to climb over a mountain range along the way, so you'll get worse mileage than usual.  There are Shell stations in Bellingham and the one off of the Samish Way Exit from I-5 participates. At least it did about 3 years ago.
post #11 of 11
 You could always give the rental company a call in advance and ask them if they'd rent you a car with an empty tank. ;)
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