Whistler always seems to be the perfect getaway, whatever the season, for those looking for an adrenaline-filled trip or an indulgent excursion.
Whether you regularly lead to this world renowned destination or plan to get there for the first time, we have some advice to help you save money, time and energy.
If you drive to the complex, you will notice that it is quite difficult to find a free parking.
Paid parking lots surround Whistler Village, but if you know where to look, you might be able to find a free spot.
Here are some suggestions by Whistler Adventures:
- Free parking is available at the foot of the Blackcomb mountain.
- During low seasons (September 16 to December 14 and April 16 to June 14), Day Lots 4 and 5 near Whistler Village are free.
- Whistler Creekside is an option if taking the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver.
- And if you’re staying outside the main village, there may be free parking spaces in the surrounding neighborhoods; however, be sure to read the signs so you don’t get towed!
In addition, be notified if you book to stay in a hotel, some invoice parking costs per night.
If this supplement (sometimes $ 25 or more per day) is an obstacle, book an airbnb (because many have a parking included).
For those who have just gotten up for the day, cheaper rates are available for a few hours at the Whistler Center Convention, Main Street and Marketplace.
For $ 20, underground parking at the conference center and the library is available.
Other alternatives consist in completely abandoning the vehicle, taking a shuttle from the airport for $ 27, then jumping in public transport to move.
According to the Champion Traveler, in a week, a whistler tourist spends about $ 1,500, a couple about $ 2,775 and a family trip can cost about $ 5,200.
A significant portion of this cost is accommodation, especially if you are staying in a hotel.
If you are looking for an alternative, consider a stay in chalets like those offered at the Riverside Resort or in an inn like Hi Canada, which even has a Work for Stay program.
Airbnbs can also be much cheaper depending on when and where you book.
And if you are ready to move a little further from the city to find a lower price, Squamish is an option since there is about 40 minutes by car, bus, carpooling or shuttle from Whistler.
Mid-September is the cheapest time to visit Whistler.
3. Raising tickets
During the winter months, you’ll probably want to hit the slopes. However, the lift can be quite expensive after a few days.
For a day, an adult ticket costs $ 122.
What some Canadians and Washington State residents may not know is that they qualify for a discounted “Edge Card.”
This season pass offered by Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort offers packages for two, five or 10 days of skiing and snowboarding.
It is also advantageous to buy your tickets from days in advance, because the price increases to buy at the kiosk.
4. cable car
Once in the village, you will probably see a long queue for the Peak 2 Peak cable car, because many are waiting to get into the Gondoles with a glass bottom.
However, gondolas without glass bottoms look just as good when rolling.
So frankly, there is no reason to be too picky!
5. Hotel gift shops
If you’re hoping to take home a piece of jewelry to remember your time here, checking out of your hotel could save you some cash.
Hotel souvenir shops can be a little expensive, so go for a walk in the village and beyond and you will have countless more affordable options when you walk.
6. Equipment rental
Renting ski equipment in the mountains can be practical, but there are many other stores outside the village. An option is to rent in Vancouver so that you can be ready for a day of powder even before you even take the highway, which often saves you time with shorter lines.
We know how much time you deserve during your vacation to relax. You may therefore consider popular options such as the Nita Lake Lodge spa or the Scandinavian Spa.
Useful advice when making an appointment is to book in advance with an approved massage therapist in order to be able to apply for payment if you have services.
Spas also offer promotional packages, so keep an eye out for those.