My husband and I wanted to do a weekend trip (can't do weekdays - husband is saving his leave!) to one of the closeish mountains. Our friends are talking about a possible trip to Whistler in early March or we could do our own thing and go to Baker.
My Snowboarding Level
This is my first season snowboarding and I've gone about 10x so far. My main mountain is Stevens and I'm confident on all the blues and have just started to dip my toes into the blacks (just the two short blacks that make up part of Skyline - but I was linking turns on them like a boss. A BOSS!)
I'm starting to look for little (seriously, tiny!) jumps. No park, but my husband has tried the half pipe a few times and likes it.
What I'm Looking For
Cheaper is obviously better but it's not a huge consideration if Whistler is OMGAmazeballs. But since I'm not good enough to snowboard the whole mountain maybe it's not worth going all the way to Whistler?
Short lift lines are a huge plus, especially since I'll be going on a weekend. I loved the lack of lift lines when we went to Baker (even on a Saturday) and I'm guessing Whistler has long lines.
Long opening hours are good too. I know Baker closes at 3:30 and looking at the Whistler website they close at 4:00. Are they open in the evenings? I couldn't find any mention of it but I thought a big resort would have the option.
I don't really care about apres ski options - I'm quite happy to go back to our accommodations to eat, watch some TV and sleep.
I'd love to try some difficult blues and easier blacks. Last time at Baker there were a couple of steeper parts on blues that were challenging but I think I'd be fine on them now. The only problem is that a couple of friends (who are better and have been boarding for a season longer than my husband and I) tried a black at Baker and said they had to falling leaf down it. I wouldn't get bored on the blues at Baker but more runs are always better! I don't know what the terrain is like at Whistler.
So I'm strongly leaning towards Baker. But is there something I'm missing? Is there anything that Whistler would offer two advanced beginners that Baker doesn't?