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Old 11-18-2008, 05:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Whis is super-expensive, but you're paying for Disneyland on a mountain, right? If you're travelling with a group you can save by renting a house, the hostels aren't bad -- there's one at Creekside and the restaurant below it has killer breakfast. And for long-term there's always Pemberton -- I've got a few friends who live that way.

Whistler-Blackcomb is like no other place. It's pretentious as all hell, and lots of people care more about what they're wearing than how they're riding, but at the same time it offers so much diversity. You can ride a couple of glaciers and gorgeous bowls, great trees, and really fun groomers if that's all you're looking for. You can go other places to ski and ride, but there's only one Whistler.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sounds like a place I want to check out.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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whistler is amazing. the size alone is mind blowing. i've never been during peak season for the sole reason that every where i read said avoid the crowds. Like someone else mentioned, there is SO much more to do then just ride. Check out Garfs for a good night. Musics good, crowd is young, and drinks are cheaper than any other place I went while there.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Crowds? Peak-season pales in the context of the 10 days in April during the epic event that is the Telus festival. THOSE are crowds. But peak-season? Meh. I hate crowds and line-ups, but it's just the nature of the beast. They're such big mountains that it's pretty easy to stay away from the out-of-control riders on rentals.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:32 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Regarding crowds, avoid Xmas / New Years, avoid any long weekends, especially the American long weekends. Spring breaks get pretty crazy too. Also the WSSF is busy, but more busy in the village than on the mountains.
Those times are busy, with LONG lift lines, the rest of the season, you have 2 huge mountains available for your pleasure, and lift lines are often non-existent. I have spent many days on Whistler / Blackcomb, where every lift is a direct ski onto (except maybe the first upload)

One exception is Saturdays, they tend to be busy most of the year, and generally I set aside Saturday as a work day, unless it dumps
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:38 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Whis is super-expensive, but you're paying for Disneyland on a mountain, right?
i found that disney vibe to be quite unsettling;
not enuff litter and never once did i see graffitti.

just felt wrong
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i found that disney vibe to be quite unsettling;
not enuff litter and never once did i see graffitti.

just felt wrong
Well then Whistler is not the place for you, please don't come here.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Whistler sounds really good. Never been to Disney land so I can do both in one place :P

I just applied for my position and im getting myself ready for the face to face interview that will happen in December.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Man I cant wait. I'm there this year for the season as staff. Meaning I'll be working during the peak times and have days off when its not so busy. That sounds pretty good to me.

I mean in regards to holiday season and long weekends, is there a mountain in the world that doesnt get ridiculously busy for that period? Even in Australia Falls, Hotham, Perisher and all the other mountains, even Charlottes Pass get epic crowds... Its just the nature of the beast.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:04 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The best bit about the busy periods is that its when you will be working! Woot Woot! What job you going for?
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