On the lookout for the best ski trip you can get? You really should include Whistler, Canada in your shortlist. A relative newcomer to the ski resort universe, it offers two soaring mountains with over a mile of vertical drop (the most in any North American resort), over 8000 acres of marked trails, and 33 lifts – mostly high-speed quads, that make for some of the shortest lift lines of any major ski destination. There is enough beginners, intermediate and expert terrain to satisfy the most demanding skiers. But the charms of Whistler extend well beyond the offering for downhill skiers. Most people would judge it one of the world’s best dining locations for its size. There are at least a dozen restaurants in Whistler that offer distinctive gourmet cuisine to match any other resort, and most major cities. Add in the excellent groomed cross-country trails around Lost Lake and the Nicklaus North golf course, and you have something for everyone. And of course, the
How do you go about finding a suitable place to stay? Look for a property management company based in the resort which has a wide choice of accommodation available. The housing inventory in Whistler is very broad, from studios at $59/night in the summer to $10m homes with private indoor swimming pools for one hundred times as much (or more) in the New Year peak. Try going outside the Christmas and New Year period, as this is when rates are highest and queues are at their longest. If you pick January or April you can get a very decent 2-bed condo or apartment for less than $250 per night which would cost you $6-700 in the peak season. A 5-bedroom ski-in, ski-out home with private hot tub which might be $2500 per night over New Year can be picked up for less than $900/night in the low season. Other times you may wish to avoid are the British schools’ half-term week and the US President’s Week; these usually fall in the middle 2 weeks of February.
If you are looking for Whistler lodgings, one of the better property management companies, with an inventory of 65 rental properties at all price points, is Holiday Whistler. Whether you want a studio in the Village, or a 5 or 6 bedroom log home with a steam room and private hot tub, they can arrange it for you. They can also organize transfers from Vancouver, book a masseuse to ease the aches and pains of your exertions, pre-book ski lessons and lift tickets and get you a table at the most exclusive and sold-out restaurants in town. Give them a try.