Whistler Skiing

Arrgh, this is so complicated. I love the small resorts like “Sun Peaks”:http://sunpeaksresorts.com and who likes the fact that the US dollar is now less than the Canadian dollar, so prices are 30% higher, still the kids friends are all going up there, so I have to follow them. Here are some relative bargains up there:

* “EDGE card”:https://secure.whistlerblackcomb.com/EdgeCard/. This gives a small discount but more importantly you don’t have to wait in the ticket lines which are enormous there.
* “The Map”:http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/accommodation/map/index.htm. This resort is so large, that you really need a mega map to get it. The long and short of it is, that if you stay in Whistler Village, you are trendy, but it is a walk to get to the lifts. Upper Village and Creekside are the two ski in and ski out places really. Blueberry Hill works but you have to take the shuttle to get there. So the best places look like Creekside if you only want to stay on the Whistler side or Upper Village if you like Blackcomb. You can use the really cool “interactive”:http://media.intrawest.com/whistler/trailmap/index.html?sitecampaign=banner-nonflash_txt_101807 map if you want to see where things are. This is really a gigantic area. 9000 acres and in December 2008, they are going to put in a mountain to mountain gondola. In contrast, Crystal is 1500 acres and has just grown to 2500.
* “Packages”:http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages/index.htm are where it is at given lift tickets for four folks can be $150 per day. Right now, the promotion is that you get a 4 skiing days for 5 days overnight plus two fresh track (wake up early and ski) tickets. Its a pretty good deal.
* “Trip Advisor”:http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocalMaps-g154948-Whistler-Area.html seems to have the best list of good hotels. The Aspens comes out well as a budget hotel

There are also other services that get you into condos

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