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Whistler Day Trip

Discussion in 'Canada' started by gareth_oau, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    we are in Vancouver for a few days in early December and thinking on popping up to Whistler for a day trip.

    Wr probably won’t ski/board and was looking to do touristy things

    We willprobably try out the peak to peak gondola and would love to see the glacier.

    My question, is it possible to get up high enough to see/visit the glacier without skis on?

    Is it worthwhile?
     
  2. The Plowking

    The Plowking Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Might as well ski.
     
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  3. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    We might too but looking for options. Early december may not be ideal
     
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    northsail One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    What about a couple of days on Vancouver Island?
     
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    We arrive 28/12/18, and have 6 nights in Vancouver before heading to SP. I am planning a day trip up with my 2 kids leaving at 6:30am to ski/board the day, then come back around 4:30pm. You can do it!

    BTW, the glacier has snow all year long. Get the early bus up (you can sleep on the ride up as it might be dark most of the way). Head up for a day and do the glacier, peak to peak, and if you have time, peak to creek. That would be a massive day, early in the season. Maybe forget the peak to creek...

    Good luck mate!
     
  6. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its an option and will decide when we know the weather. Unlikely ad we already have vancouver accommodation paid for and wo that’s extra costs
     
  7. northsail

    northsail One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Did you do the Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish last trip?
    Better still just walk up from the falls.
     
  8. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    We are over there for 8 weeks sobhammering every day isnt needed, hence the idea of some touristy things
     
  9. blowfin

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    A few things:
    - Blackcomb (the entire hill) may not even be open at that time of year. Whistler tends to open first.
    - Yes you can access it, but some walking would be required.
    - I'd take gear and use it as an excuse to get some turns in.

    IMO it's worth waiting until you can ski all the way down through Blackcomb Glacier, for the best experience.

    Peak to Peak is well worth doing and should be operational that early in the season.

    I'd also suggest Sea to Sky in Squamish if you haven't done it yet. Maybe hiking the Stawamus Chief (weather permitting) or trying to spot some Bald Eagles too?
     
  10. robbo mcs

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    New lifts are open this year. There will now be a gondola from blackcomb village to rendezvous on blackcomb mountain. That means tourists / foot passengers will be able to do a loop, catching 3 gondolas. Whistler gondola up to roundhouse, peak to peak over to rendezvous then the new blackcomb gondola down. I think the resort will be heavily pushing that. If it is a clear day, it would make a good trip. However, if it is very foggy or cloudy, you might not see anything. If you can see the peak to peak from the valley, then you can be pretty sure the views will be worth it. There is an expensive type restaurant in the roundhouse (need bookings), or just standard ski lodge food in roundhouse or rendezvous

    There are 3 main glaciers inbounds in the resort. Whistler glacier, which is not far from the roundhouse, where the t-bars run. There is the horstman glacier, which is over the back of the top of 7th heaven, between that and top of glacier express. Then there is blackcomb glacier, which is right over the top behind the the top of the horstman glacier.

    When people talk of "the glacier" they usually mean the blackcomb glacier. That is impressive to see, just for the sheer size of the valley that the glacier lies in. Snow quality is always good in there are well. You can't access that without skiing or boarding. There are also days where you can't see your hand in front of you.

    Lots of other touristy things to do in town, but pretty limited in one day.
     
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  11. gareth_oau

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    I’ll be taking the good camera for sure

    Did seas to sky a few years ago and lucked the perfect day for it.

    Will probably do that as well


     

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    Gareth, you should check out the sliding centre and take a bobsleigh ride. It's pretty safe, no one has died there for a quite a while now.
     
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  13. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    looks like fun LOL

    $189/person is a little bit exxy
     
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    The ziplining at Whistler is also good fun, and not affected if there's snow or fog.

    If the weather is good, then definitely do the sea to sky gondola.

    I also second the suggestion of Vancouver Island. It's terrific. Victoria has some lovely sights, and the Butchart Gardens Christmas lights kick off on 1 December. They are absolutely brilliant.

    Similarly, all of the Vancouver Christmas lights will be underway. Have you been before? I think Van Dusen Gardens is the best for sheer lights overload. Stanley Park lights are quaint and the Christmas train is something that a lot of Vancouverites do year on year (my Vancouver inlaws are amongst them, and therefore it's now become one of my own Vancouver Christmas traditions). Capilano Canyon is good for the combo of lights, suspension bridge and tree walk. I think it is worth getting up there during daylight and sticking around until the lights really get going after dark.
     
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    Definitely do the luge at the sliding centre. Awesome experience
     
  16. Crystal

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    Seeing the glacier is not very exciting...it covered in snow so just looks like another massively long wide run in places. If you want to experience it....ski it. It's a fun thigh burning run top to bottom :)
     
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  17. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cheers Chalkie this is my 5th visit to Vancouver so mostly sorted there.

    The ziplines interest me but Nikki wont do it so gotta think of things we can both do
     
  18. Harper11

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    five trips to vancouver and no whistler?

    why do you want to visit the glacier particularly? in december it looks like any other ski bowl

    best way to see whistler in winter is with skis on
     
  19. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Believe it or not...not everyone who skis Canada does Whistler :)
     
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  20. Harper11

    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I know, theres a support group thread every year for such people
     
  21. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    No, but they should.
     
  22. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    We tried to get thereone year but our whole family were rejected under a ‘style fail’.
    We went back to sunpeaks where they weren’t so snooty. :)
     
  23. Harper11

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    skiing in jeans is cool, don't listen to the naysayers
     
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  24. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    If I could find ski boots that mimicked uggies,I would wear them. With pride.
     
  25. Sbooker

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    But if you've been to BC 5 times it deserves a chance.
    Even if you don't like the brand (understandably so now that Vail owns it) you've got to love the terrain.
     
  26. gareth_oau

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    Been to Whistler twice and thought I was wandering through the Hong Kong CBD on a busy day
     
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  27. Harper11

    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think you may have been lost
     
  28. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Quite likely in that ridiculous village! Big design fail.
     
  29. hpsauce

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    Its probably not going to be mad busy at that time.....so defo worth a visit. Super drive....sea to sky highway, through horseshoe bay etc. You should also consider the Squamish gondola. I havent been on it but looks spectacular.
    I wouldn't bother with Blackcomb glacier if I wasnt skiing it or heading over the back somewhere.
    A lot of people rubbish Whistler.......but there is a reason it has won best Nth American resort multiple times. Its immense. Massive vert. Has terrain for everyone....even inbounds.
     
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    hpsauce A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    ....also, as an alternative day trip, you could do a lot worse than a sea plane day trip with picnic lunch in the mountains. Departs right downtown at Harbour airport.
     
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  31. Sbooker

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    I've skied Whistler late March twice and 'crowds' have been fine. I think I lined up for a few minutes at 7th Heaven lift or whatever it's called.
     
  32. gareth_oau

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    I’d love to do that but my wallet is squealing
     
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    I don't recall a flight being that expensive.
    I've been on a bunch of seaplanes in the area and I can't think of a better and more readily accessible way to see glaciers, the islands etc. Weather dependent though
     
  34. Harper11

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    Cheaper the better when it comes to sea plane flights
     
  35. gareth_oau

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    Its a few hundred each for 30 minutes

    But my whole holiday is already topping $30k

    Your suggestion is on my list for consideration though
     
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  37. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Family of 4 yes ?
     
  38. Harper11

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    Astro could do it for 9k
     
  39. gareth_oau

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    Just Nikki and me
     
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    But that's the whole family sleeping in a single bed.
     
  41. gareth_oau

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    Astro has a close-knit family
     
  42. gareth_oau

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    Out trip is 2 months anf the car hire alone is $4k
     
  43. Harper11

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    Have you considered an e scooter?
     
  44. gareth_oau

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    Says he who pays $700 on top of prem econ to fly...
     
  47. gareth_oau

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    $63 per hour versus about $570 per hour ;) LOL
     
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    I can tell you from experience that Canada is way cheaper than Europe. Everyone talks about the reasonable lift tickets but the accommodation costs are eye watering from my experience . . . .quoted from a quote above . . . . .
    Heat is getting to me and airfares to Vancouver are cheap (circa $1100) so thought I might suss out Whistler for a week or so. Airfares tick, shuttle tick, lift tickets tick (with Epic Pass) but Accommodation; Oh my goodness. Over $2500 for a single room, $1000 for a box (called a pod) bloody nora! Jindabyne looks far too cheap. Even the tourist parks were booked solid at $200/night for basic huts without toilet/shower! Now looking at Japow or Europe again. Sigh.
     
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  50. Crystal

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    Yup Whistler has priced us out of the market for a family holiday, that's why we head interior instead. Even some of those hills are pricing us out as they join the big tourism machine.