A winter playground that boasts two epic mountains and unparalleled outdoor activities alongside unbeatable shopping, restaurants, bars, and accommodation—there’s a reason why Whistler is widely considered one of the best resorts in the world.
But you don’t get a world-class reputation for nothing. An investment has been made both on and off the mountain over recent years—including the $66 million spent on faster lifts, reduced wait times, and opening more terrain for the 2018–19 season.
If you’ve travelled to Whistler recently, you’ll have likely noticed that prices—especially during peak periods—have gone up, from hotel rooms to lift tickets. The resort town acknowledges that this may have deterred locals from making the drive up the Sea-to-Sky to visit. But Whistler values its B.C. residents, and wants you to enjoy a great getaway without breaking the bank.
To help you make the most of your trip to the mountains, here are five ways you can save on your next Whistler break.
Warm up your ski legs, check out the new lifts, and be one of the first to enjoy the newly unlocked terrain by starting your winter early at Whistler. Alongside quiet conditions on the mountain and in the village, there are a host of great deals on offer for B.C. residents to take advantage of from now until Christmas, with incredible value on everything from accommodation to activities.
You can save a lot of money in Whistler with a spot of smart shopping. Bundling up your lodging and lift tickets using Whistler’s Stay and Ski packages offers the best value, guaranteeing savings of up to 30 percent. Book far in advance to secure the rooms you want at the best rates.
Make the most of midweek
One of the joys of being a B.C. resident is that we get to enjoy the mountains year-round. That means avoiding peak times when the tourists are in town and making the most of the dumps of fresh powder when the resort (not to mention the Sea-to-Sky Highway) is at its quietest. While the crowds live for the weekends, locals know how to make the most of midweek.
High life, low cost
Whistler is full of fine dining options and luxury hotels, but you can still enjoy the high life without splashing the cash. The key is leaning on local knowledge to find hidden gems. If you’re after some affordable après, then El Furniture Warehouse or Garibaldi Lift Co. (located just steps away from the Whistler gondola building) are the places to be. If you’re looking to spend the day off-piste, then snowshoeing at Lost Lake Park and Ski Callaghan is a great choice. There are dog-friendly trails at Ski Callaghan if your furry friend wants to make the trip, too.
Locals get their just rewards
One of the simplest ways to save on your next ski or snowboarding trip is to sign up for Whistler Rewards. Available only to B.C. and Washington state residents, you get exclusive access to deals, perks, and special savings that you won’t find anywhere else. You can enjoy a $50 credit for every fifth night you book with whistler.com. If you book a two-night stay during the month of December, you get a $100 gift card to a Whistler Spa.
When it comes to saving on a trip to Whistler, locals get it. By booking smart and taking advantage of Whistler’s new rewards program, you can enjoy everything you’ve always loved about your local mountain, at a fraction of the usual cost. Start saving now by signing up for Whistler Rewards at www.whistler.com/rewards.More