Fall foliage is afire and there’s only a slight chill in the air, but already we’re dreaming of cozy winter weekends in Whistler. Whether you’re an avid skier or rider or in for the après, these savvy tips will help you make the most of your time in this world-class winter playground:
(Don’t) be spontaneous: We like to think of ourselves as carpe diem kinda gals, always up for a glam last-minute getaway. But if booking ahead means the difference between brand-new ski equipment and last year’s gear, we’re all for a little advanced prep. To help us stay on the ball (and on budget), Whistler Blackcomb offers one-stop booking for lift tickets, lodging and transfers with steep early-bird discounts (Read: 40 percent off ski & stay packages with hotel rates starting at $103 per person per night) when booked before November 15th.
Ask an expert: Before we’ve planned our exciting trip to Whistler, we’ll dial up a Whistler Blackcomb Local Expert for the intel on everything from the best places to après to suggested spots on mountain for both family learners and powder hounds alike. 1-800-280-8268
Make it a family affair: Got a ski prodigy (or two) in your brood? Nurture their talents with Whistler Blackcomb’s promo that lets kids under 12 stay, ski, rent and transfer free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket, rental or transfer. Book by November 15th and get up to 40 percent off family ski & stay packages with room rates from just $125 per adult, per night. (Tip: Keep your eyes open for the Family Certified Zones while on mountain.)
Develop an edge: Last ski season our girlfriends had us coveting their Whistler Blackcomb Edge Cards, which gave them deep discounts on lift passes (while we paid full price). This year we’re getting our one-, three-, five- and 10-day EDGE Cards by November 23, with rates starting at just $70 per day. Better yet, you also receive the bonus of a free early season day when you commit to a five or 10-day Card by November 23. With technology to track (and share) our runs from the mountain, the option to add more days at a discount and exclusive Cardholder perks, this card is a must if you plan on upping your ski and snowboard game in 2016. (Tip: Too tired to drive the Sea-to-Sky after a long day on the slopes? Use the Edge Card for perks like hotel bookings from as low as $89 a night.)
See you on the slopes! —Vitamin Daily