Whistler Deals - Tips for Saving on your Next Vacation
There are a lot of items to factor into your budget when planning a trip to Whistler - accommodation, lift tickets, gear rental, transportation, nightly entertainment, food, non-skiing activities, shopping, and the list goes on...
Trim costs where you can and enjoy more fun extras. Make the most of your Whistler vacation with our secret Whistler deals and money saving tips:
1. Book Accommodation Direct from Owners
Scoop up a sweet place for much less than the cost of Whistler hotel accommodation. Rent a condo or home direct from the Owner and you'll avoid hidden commission fees and nasty extra charges for additional guests, parking or even telephone calls!
Use the form at the top of this page to find a deal now!
2. Buy Whistler Lift Tickets By November 15, 2010
The early bird gets the best deal when it comes to Whistler.
Whistler lift tickets are available at up to 43% off in-resort rates and kids 12 and under ski free with the purchase of an adult ticket by November 15, 2010. (Sorry, Christmas Season excluded from this offer)
If you happen to have missed the early booking deadline, you can still pre-order tickets at a discount. Never wait until you're in the resort unless you like paying more than you have to and standing in a long line.
3. Order Equipment Rentals by November 15, 2010
If you don't have your own ski or snowboard gear, be sure to order your rentals by November 15 to save up to 38% and kids rent free with a paying adult (sorry, Christmas Season excluded). Again, if you miss the deadline you can still save by pre-ordering online before making the trip to Whistler.
Even if you have your own ski gear renting might be a more economical option, depending on the length of your vacation. Check out the baggage costs for bringing along your skis or snowboard on the plane. Sometimes the rental fee will be cheaper than the transportation costs.
4. Save on Whistler Activities & Services
Sign-up for our informative Whistler guest newsletter and get discount codes for Whistler activities and services. Discounts are usually around 10 - 20% off and are offered on everything from bungee jumping to dining tours.
5. Split Private Transportation Costs or Take the Bus
Getting around Whistler is easy. Almost all rental accommodation and hotels are within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and lifts or are located along the free Village Shuttle route. Having a car is not essential so paying to rent one for your vacation is money well-wasted.
Instead, if you're a group of 5 or more, consider splitting a private limousine transfer from Vancouver or if you're a smaller group, take the bus. Either way, the ride will be comfortable and you'll get to admire the beautiful scenery along the sea to sky highway.
6. Make your Own Meals
Whistler has some mighty fine restaurants but the luxury of eating out every day and night can burn a hole in your wallet quickly. If your accommodation has kitchen facilities, stop by one of Whistler's grocery stores and pick up what you need to make some of your own delicious creations.
7. Check out the Pique Newsmagazine for Events and Nightly Hotspots
This free local newspaper can be picked up in boxes dotted around the Village area. The Pique lists the best nightspots depending on the day of the week but may also let you know about free or inexpensive events going on in town. Even the locals trust the Pique for their information.
8. Take a Free Mountain Orientation Tour
Get the know the mountain fast and discover the best terrain by joining a free mountain orientation tour, offered daily on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Just ask at any Guest Relations desk for current times and meeting spots.