Whistler Jan/Feb 2020 advice needed

Eros C

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Have locked in flights to Vancouver arriving late Jan 2020 for a 17 day stay. Considering at the moment staying 11 days at Whistler before moving maybe with car to explore the surrounding areas. Is 11 days about right to get a feel of the mountain or is it too long?
With respect to Whistler is it recommended to stay in main village area or upper village or would Creekside suffice. Are there free shuttle buses between the two areas in the evening to explore if staying at Creekside. If I had 6 days remaining after Whistler which resorts would be recommended to explore. Should I consider a car or can I transfer to other resorts by bus directly from Whistler. Any help would be appreciated. We have 2 travellers in the group myself and 19 year old son. Both advanced Skiers.
 

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Have locked in flights to Vancouver arriving late Jan 2020 for a 17 day stay. Considering at the moment staying 11 days at Whistler before moving maybe with car to explore the surrounding areas. Is 11 days about right to get a feel of the mountain or is it too long?
With respect to Whistler is it recommended to stay in main village area or upper village or would Creekside suffice. Are there free shuttle buses between the two areas in the evening to explore if staying at Creekside. If I had 6 days remaining after Whistler which resorts would be recommended to explore. Should I consider a car or can I transfer to other resorts by bus directly from Whistler. Any help would be appreciated. We have 2 travellers in the group myself and 19 year old son. Both advanced Skiers.
11 days should give you a reasonable introduction to WB.
 
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Have locked in flights to Vancouver arriving late Jan 2020 for a 17 day stay. Considering at the moment staying 11 days at Whistler before moving maybe with car to explore the surrounding areas. Is 11 days about right to get a feel of the mountain or is it too long?
With respect to Whistler is it recommended to stay in main village area or upper village or would Creekside suffice. Are there free shuttle buses between the two areas in the evening to explore if staying at Creekside. If I had 6 days remaining after Whistler which resorts would be recommended to explore. Should I consider a car or can I transfer to other resorts by bus directly from Whistler. Any help would be appreciated. We have 2 travellers in the group myself and 19 year old son. Both advanced Skiers.
11 days is loads...unless you go bc of course.
WB is expansive for sure. If you want a bit of an explore of western CA, suggest hedging more and spending less in WB and a few extra days for other places.
 
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I think 11 days will be sufficient, depending upon weather. Personally I’d stay in the village or at Blackcomb rather than Creekside (limited access and a little too isolated from restaurants, supermarkets, etc). We stayed at Coast Blackcomb Suites at the top of Blackcomb (now called something a little different) which offered ski in/ski out access to Blackcomb. A bus ride into the village and restaurants/shops, although the buses were sometimes less than reliable. Terrible internet, though, if that matters. As Legs has noted, there is a shuttle bus to Sun Peaks, although it only runs on certain days. If you have a car, note that you will have to pay for parking in Whistler wherever you stay (around $25 - $30 per day).
 
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I wouldn’t go to Sun Peaks after spending 11 days at WB. The terrain at Whistler will make the ‘flatter’ Sun Peaks an anticlimax. Perhaps Sun Peaks before Whistler would be better.
If you’re looking for somewhere after WB maybe a better option would be Red, Revelstoke or Kicking Horse?
 
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Whistler is not particularly close to any of the other mountains that excel for advanced skiers. Personally, I’d be looking at getting to Red and Whitewater.
 
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Apart from the daily cost of parking, having a car for the 11 days at Whistler would be a waste of money as you probably wouldn't use it once you were there. Better to bus it to and from Vancouver then pick up a car to try out your additional hills. Bear in mind the more challenging hills (Red Whitewater Revelstoke Fernie Kicking Horse etc) are in the more eastern part of BC so quite a drive from Whistler or Vancouver.
 

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for 11 days, you potentially use 2-3 days for checkout/driving etc, assuming no weather delays. So if you are focusing on skiing, then for a short holiday its probably better to stay in one place, but if the drive is part of the holiday (and yes the drive part is magnificent), then go for it
 
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Apart from the daily cost of parking, having a car for the 11 days at Whistler would be a waste of money as you probably wouldn't use it once you were there. Better to bus it to and from Vancouver then pick up a car to try out your additional hills. Bear in mind the more challenging hills (Red Whitewater Revelstoke Fernie Kicking Horse etc) are in the more eastern part of BC so quite a drive from Whistler or Vancouver.

But very doable anyway. And as Gareth says it's a lovely drive.
If you have a car and the weather doesn't look too dodgy take the Duffy Lake Road to Kamloops from Whistler. Awesome scenery.
 

Eros C

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Thanks all for your responses. Decided to book a condo just north of the main village which is on route 4 of the free shuttle bus. Would prefer to be walking distance to lifts but wanted a place with a sitting lounge area within my budget. Have booked 11 full days at Whistler for now, however have a further 5 days up my sleeve to either extend or move on. If a shuttle bus to another resort is available from Whistler will consider for a look further inland. Or alternatively rent a car to explore for 5 days. Need to consider distances in my planning and conditions of course before we head back to Vancouver for our return. Just need to lock in an Epic pass to cover my 10 days and I’m good to go.
 

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Thanks all for your responses. Decided to book a condo just north of the main village which is on route 4 of the free shuttle bus. Would prefer to be walking distance to lifts but wanted a place with a sitting lounge area within my budget. Have booked 11 full days at Whistler for now, however have a further 5 days up my sleeve to either extend or move on. If a shuttle bus to another resort is available from Whistler will consider for a look further inland. Or alternatively rent a car to explore for 5 days. Need to consider distances in my planning and conditions of course before we head back to Vancouver for our return. Just need to lock in an Epic pass to cover my 10 days and I’m good to go.

The next closest resort would be Mt Washington, on Vancouver Island, so take your car over on the ferry ($100ish), or drive to Sun Peaks over 2 different routes (depending on weather)
 
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Thinking about Sun Peaks for a Tourist drive inland. Leaving Friday early morn from Whistler and returning to Vancouver Airport on Wednesday late. Has anyone rented a car with ski racks as we have our own gear. Have enquires through Avis online, but no options available with roof racks with selections. Any tips on rentals would be great. Thanks
 

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Would love to do Banff, but will need to look at my budget and time. Getting there and returning.
 

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The next closest resort would be Mt Washington, on Vancouver Island, so take your car over on the ferry ($100ish), or drive to Sun Peaks over 2 different routes (depending on weather)
Yes Sun Peaks is on my radar atm. Just wondering whether you have any info on car rental companies that include ski racks on there options. Considering a Ford Escape as there are only two of us but don’t think skis can fit in car. Struggling to find a company online that offers racks within their booking app. Cheers
 

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Yes Sun Peaks is on my radar atm. Just wondering whether you have any info on car rental companies that include ski racks on there options. Considering a Ford Escape as there are only two of us but don’t think skis can fit in car. Struggling to find a company online that offers racks within their booking app. Cheers

you shouldnt have any problems putting skis inside your rental. We've rented a Ford Escape for 2 people, with 2x suitcases and 2 ski bags, plus groceries.

Hertz offers a ski rack option
https://www.hertz.com.au/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=skiracksUS.jsp

but you will "pay" by booking directly

Suggest booking via airportrentals.com or economycarrentals.com (both booking agents) and then try adding them directly trhough the hire company once booked
 
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Just booked return flight to Vancouver for late Jan to mid Feb 2020 for our honeymoon. Will also need to call on ski.com.au's members to help with planning/tips soon, thanks in advance! :D
 
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Just booked return flight to Vancouver for late Jan to mid Feb 2020 for our honeymoon. Will also need to call on ski.com.au's members to help with planning/tips soon, thanks in advance! :D

peak accommodation at ski resorts starts on 14th February, so ifyou are budgeting try and avoid that time slot
 

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peak accommodation at ski resorts starts on 14th February, so ifyou are budgeting try and avoid that time slot
thanks Gareth - what happens on 14 Feb - is that school holidays? Accommodation increases in price and harder to get?
cheers
 

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General January effect, coldest month and post Christmas broke syndrome. Feb days are nicely lengthening and snow base is healthy. Presidents day and Family Day holidays mid Feb roll into March and the next thing you know it's spring break school hols.
 

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for 11 days, you potentially use 2-3 days for checkout/driving etc, assuming no weather delays. So if you are focusing on skiing, then for a short holiday its probably better to stay in one place, but if the drive is part of the holiday (and yes the drive part is magnificent), then go for it
This is an important thing you can burn a lot of time and money moving from place to place - I usually find my best holidays are spent in one location and WB has enough to do to keep you both busy.
 

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Thinking about Sun Peaks for a Tourist drive inland. Leaving Friday early morn from Whistler and returning to Vancouver Airport on Wednesday late. Has anyone rented a car with ski racks as we have our own gear. Have enquires through Avis online, but no options available with roof racks with selections. Any tips on rentals would be great. Thanks
Once, a long time ago, I bought some cheap roof racks and threw them away at the end of the trip.
 

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Paid the airfares and 50% of accom for 8 days in Whistler from Feb 2. Rush decision due to cheap airfares from Qantas which ended yesterday.
A few nights in SF then Whistler then quick 2 nights in Van and a stop off in Honolulu to defrost on the way home.
 

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Just looking at ski rentals and things appear to have changed since 2017. It seems you end up on RentSkis.com or SkiRentals.com for most of the outlets at Whistler.
Last time we hired from Salomon as we also had storage at the Pan Pac Mountainside.
Appreciate any advice or background as the prices vary on the websites.
Sports skis etc $308.28 at Affinity or $371.40 at Summit.

Thanks
PT
 
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