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Old 11-27-2012, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All right, so I'm going to be taking a trip to Whistler mid-January and need a few tips from anyone who's been there or is a local.

1) Is it easy to get to and from the mountain without renting a car? Can a US citizen even rent a car in Canada?

2) Is mid-January a good time to go? Is there a high probability of getting some pow days?

3) Are there any good shops in town to rent demo boards?

4) How is the nightlife?
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1) Is it easy to get to and from the mountain without renting a car? Can a US citizen even rent a car in Canada?

If you're staying somewhere in Whistler, there's plenty of buses. No need for a car to get around within Whistler.

Most places are walking distance to one of the lifts, or a 5 minute bus ride.

2) Is mid-January a good time to go? Is there a high probability of getting some pow days?

January is as good a time as any. We get plenty of snow during the winter months.

January gets an average of 7.5 feet of snow each year, which is about the same as December and more than February.

3) Are there any good shops in town to rent demo boards?

There's a lot of shops that rent demo boards. Most popular is probably Showcase Snowboards, which is owned by the mountain.

4) How is the nightlife?

Whistler has probably the best nightlife out of any ski town in N. America. Plenty of bars and clubs to choose from.
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1) Is it easy to get to and from the mountain without renting a car? Can a US citizen even rent a car in Canada?

As Jed said, if you are in the Village/Creekside/Upper village you can easily walk to a lift. If you are staying in the upper village and want to ride Whistler and not have to walk, there is a free shuttle, a loop from the Village down to Marketplace to the Upper Village (I'm pretty sure never actually caught it) back to the village. If you aren't in walking distance a bus will cost you $2.50 each way, be prepared the busses (other then the shuttle) can get just as busy as waiting for a lift line.

2) Is mid-January a good time to go? Is there a high probability of getting some pow days?

It's Whistler the forecast changes every 30 minutes, compared to last season its been a really slow opening so lets hope for some good dumps later on

3) Are there any good shops in town to rent demo boards?

Depends what you are after, most of the shops get new gear every year. I always use affinity to rent for friends because they are the cheapest in town and have some good stock. Plus there's a demo tent up on the hill, I've never been in there so not exactly sure what boards they demo out

4) How is the nightlife?

Serious question?
pretty much every club has its own night in whistler, so speak to the front desk and see where they recommend for the night. They should also have some cards to get free cover for clubs like Tommy Africas, Moe Joes, and Maxx Fish
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Once you get there no need for a car, per other posts. Americans can rent cars in Canada with their us drivers license., typically you need to be over 25, but this may not be the case for all agencies.
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Once you get there no need for a car, per other posts. Americans can rent cars in Canada with their us drivers license., typically you need to be over 25, but this may not be the case for all agencies.
You can rent from 21 but they will charge you a fee for being a 'young driver'
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Thanks for the help guys!
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1) Is it easy to get to and from the mountain without renting a car? Can a US citizen even rent a car in Canada?

If you're staying somewhere in Whistler, there's plenty of buses. No need for a car to get around within Whistler.

Most places are walking distance to one of the lifts, or a 5 minute bus ride.

2) Is mid-January a good time to go? Is there a high probability of getting some pow days?

January is as good a time as any. We get plenty of snow during the winter months.

January gets an average of 7.5 feet of snow each year, which is about the same as December and more than February.

3) Are there any good shops in town to rent demo boards?

There's a lot of shops that rent demo boards. Most popular is probably Showcase Snowboards, which is owned by the mountain.

4) How is the nightlife?

Whistler has probably the best nightlife out of any ski town in N. America. Plenty of bars and clubs to choose from.
Thanks for the info, as these were questions I also had. I just booked tickets to meet up with my buddies in Whistler in late January and can't wait.
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