6 reasons why Whistler Blackcomb makes the perfect staycation

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The Whistler Blackcomb landscape/David McColm, taken on Dec 30, 2015

It’s typically around this time of year that Vancouverites begin searching for sunnier climates in an effort to escape the winter blahs. Do something different this winter and trade in your traditional trip to the tropics with something a little closer to home. Instead of jumping on a plane, explore North America’s sweetest slope, located right at your doorstep.

Check out these six reasons why you should skip the jet lag and enjoy some R&R at Whistler Blackcomb for the ideal staycation.

Snow, snow and more snow

Whistler Blackcomb’s season has started off strong with five meters (or 17 feet) of total snowfall so far, a dramatic increase from last year’s amount. Enjoy 200+ runs with top to bottom skiing on both mountains and access to 8,171 skiable acres in bounds. Stay in the know with the Snow Report to keep tabs on current conditions.

Whistler Blackcomb's fresh powder/Logan Swayze, taken on Jan 13, 2016

Whistler Blackcomb’s fresh powder/Logan Swayze, taken on Jan 13, 2016

Convenience

Whistler Blackcomb was named the #1 Ski Resort in North America by Ski Magazine’s Readers’ Poll, which means a great stay cation is right on your doorstep. You can skip the airport lineup by putting on your skis instead. Check into your hotel after a quick drive up one of the most scenic highways in the world, just 120 kilometres from downtown Vancouver. 

Exclusive offers

Check out the Winter White Sale for a huge list of deals, including up to 40% off lodging, up to 30% off lift tickets (vs. full price at the window), and more. Those that book four-plus nights and three-plus days of skiing also get a $50 voucher that can be cashed in for a fun après session or a souvenir t-shirt at participating food and retail locations. But hurry, because this awesome sale ends on January 21.

Save money by staying North

At the moment, the weak Canadian dollar is pretty lame, but that doesn’t mean your staycation needs to be. Max out on your dollar and avoid wasting money on airfare by exploring the Coastal Mountains in your own backyard. Combined with the Winter White Sale, Whistler is a no-brainer for a vacation away that’s still close to home.

Right now the loonie is a straggler in the U.S. market, but a vacation in Whistler allows you to reel in a return for your hard-earned cash. Spend your money where it matters and hit the slopes instead.

The Whistler Blackcomb slopes/David McColm, taken on Dec 30, 2015

Whistler Blackcomb’s iconic PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola/Logan Swayze, taken on Jan 13, 2016

More than just skiing

Whether or not you’re a ski fanatic, there’s always something to do. Check out the full list of winter activities or try some of our ideas:

  • Coca Cola Tube Park – Located at Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain, snow tubing is not only for the young but the young at heart. – Check operating times for details.
  • Sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola – Ride to the top of the mountain via the Whistler Village Gondola and then take the Guinness World Record-breaking gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb. Conveniently time the crossing so that skiing and non-skiing buddies alike meet at Christine’s on Blackcomb for lunch.

The EDGE Card Sale

Preload your EDGE Card with deeply discounted lift ticket prices. You can use yours any day of the winter without having to worry about blackout periods. Grab a 5-day Edge Card by February 1 and save up to $43 per day, also gaining access to exclusive lodging deals.

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