B.GillisLong story short my roomates want to take a trip up the west coast ending with Whistler this March. Personally I feel like driving over the border is more of a hassle than it will be fun. I originally planned on road tripping east stopping at a few spots in colorado and utah before hitting Taos on the way back.
Is Whistler really that great? I could give a fuck less about parks so that's not really a draw for me. I know the terrain is supposed to be gnarly but is it really worth the drive to Canada? I just feel like it has to be one of the most expensive places to stay and ski at.
I'm on the fence because I'd like to go but don't know if it's worth it. Any advice/input from locals and folks who have been there is greatly appreciated.
Inb4 don't come to Whistler the snow here sucks
Uncle Peppermill has got you covered I'll drop the knowledge for ya! Hope you get some sick powder in Tahoe this week. Long post coming.
Its like the alps but with chairlifts instead of trams and the way its set up and the fact that there are still lines on most chairs even on a Wednesday in early December means Id stay the fuck away during the busy periods (but you don't want to go then.) Tahoe like temperature and snowfall when it dumps it dumps but you might get rain. But there should be a sick base its a good year off to a good start.
OK lets talk money. Its cheaper than you think.
I found a sick condo for 65 a night USD I just was smart and booked the SUnday after Thanksgiving for a Dec 7-Dec 17 stay. The 5-6 days after yet still before Xmas was triple/quadruple though in the states you can book a cheap ass discounted trip something like Dec 15-24 (those were the dates I went on my trip last year and got a killer deal at Snowmass) but I had to go earlier this year because its Canada.
There is a search for you for end of March early April. That is cheap. 2 weeks earlier is still reasonable. I don't know how familiar you are with sites like this where they don't tell you your hotel and you have to guess get a random one but what I can tell you is that if you go for Whistler Village north condo you'll be getting a big condo with a living room with pull out sofa. Get the 'condo' and not hotel if there are a few of you. PM me I can help you before you book and make sure your getting a good deal.
The deals will be better in the spring closer to when you travel just so you know you pay a bit of a premium booking now and nothing is selling out for late season but if you lock down a condo at the right price early you can probably have your roommates pay for most of it and stay for free. If you wait until the Spring you can probably use expedia or something where you know your hotel before you pay but if you want to book now and be committed use hotwire or priceline to save dough.
Finally if the canadian dollar is still weak as shit around the time of your trip you have to do it. Everything is so goddam cheap. So say you buy something in the grocery store right now for 10 bucks Canadian. They take USD. When you toss them a 20 US you get 17 Canadian back in change because they treat that 20 spot at the high exchange rate and like you are giving them 27 canadian. Its awesome. My lift tickets are costing me 40 bucks a day since I have half off pricing through my pass and the mountain collective. I even had money to buy a gram of blow earlier off a dude in the hot tub and I thought I was going to be fuckin eating P+B+J and on that kind of status. Don't get caught sleeping on a cheap ass trip to a very high end place with the dollar this cheap. Im spending barely more than I do back home its surreal.
GL pm before you book if you are worried and uncertain about something and I might be able to give you some advice.