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Whistler in mid December

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Whistler in mid December

Hey guys and gals,

I'm would like to plan a trip to Whistler in mid dec. for the family. My son has never seen snow and I know he would love the experience.

Now i figured the snow would be better in Jan or Feb but his school schedule only lets us plan for December.

So how good is the snow in mid December?

Also due to an accident I'm unable to ski with my bad leg so we'll be looking for alternate activities to do like snow mobiling , horseback riding and just general sightseeing. I would appreciate any recommendations you might have.

Thanks

R.

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1. Re: Whistler in mid December

Oh, One more question.

When flying in, does one fly into Whistler or is it prefered to fly into a different location and drive in?

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2. Re: Whistler in mid December

A few key considerations:

- the fact that skiing has begun does not necessarily mean there will be snow on the ground in the village

- the nearest airport is in Richmond, about 2.5 hrs south of Whistler.

The ski season usually gets going for the last weekend in November, depending on overnight temperatures. Even if there isn't any snow, they can manufacture it provided they are getting sub-zero temps overnight.

You can go up the mountain even if you are not skiing to experience snow, so even if it hasn't started falling in the village yet, you can still have some time in the snow.

Whistler tourism can provide info regarding options for activities.

http://www.whistler.com/activities

Its worth being aware that we also have three ski hills right in Vancouver. Cypress has a good snow play area that includes tubing, tobogganing and snowshoeing.

http://www.cypressmountain.com/index.asp

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4. Re: Whistler in mid December

Whistler is a delightful pedestrian town. Check out this website to give you a taste of what it has to offer.

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/index.htm

Without a crystal ball, it's impossible to say whether there will be snow in the Village during your visit. If you check out the webcams, you'll see that it certainly seems to be accumulating at the lodges. The lifts, including the Peak to Peak, will open this year for the season on November 26th. Conditions could be just as V67 described.

It has a lot to offer besides skiing. Look at ziplining, world class dining , hiking, spas and a vigorous après ski scene. Plenty to do while you soak in the scenery. You don't say how old your son is? That would be helpful to know, so contributors can make appropriate suggestions? For someone of any age Whistler is charming dressed for the holidays.

You fly into Vancouver International Airport and you can catch a coach dfrom the YVR that will take you up directly to your hotel in Whistler Village.

http://www.pacificcoach.com/

Also the Greyhound from the city.

http://www.greyhound.ca/home/

You can drive up. However, I wouldn't really recommend it, if you are not familiar with winter driving. Parking is also very expensive in Whistler and you won't need a car during your stay. But a car will allow you stop as your wish in the way up.

Hope this gets you started. Happy planning.

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5. Re: Whistler in mid December

thank for all the replies.

My son is 12 and never seen snow. We're down in south florida so all our vacations have been to the caribbean or places without snow.

Also, i came across a post that said you guys are having the Paralympic games? Is that info correct? if so, how does that affect things?

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6. Re: Whistler in mid December

The Winter Olympics 2010 will be in Vancouver/Whistler Feb 12-28 and the Paralympics March 12-21. The first road closure will take place in Vancouver on November 1st with more to follow after January. You can see what's up at:

http://www.vancouver2010.com/

It won't affect you, but it will be organized chaos for us!

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7. Re: Whistler in mid December

The greatest effect for a visitor is of course the accommodation (or lack of) and expensive prices for accommodations. Unless you have tickets to the games, avoid Whistler in February. January and March ares are not bad, with reasonable hotel rates. And if you choose to travel in March, you can get easily get tickets to the Paralympic events. During the games only 10% of the runs on Whistler (Creekside) are closed for the games and traffic on getting to and from will be slow to say the least but Whistler is still opened for business!

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8. Re: Whistler in mid December

I think it's a plus to see Whistler in it's pre Olympic ramp up? After all Whistler wants to impress the world. There seem to be quite a number of accomodation specials for December as well, for now. A plus.

You'll also be able to tour the Whistler Sliding Centre and Olympic Park with your son. That can keep him engaged with elements of his trip long after he leaves Whistler. If you add a trip to The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver or the Lil"wat Cultural Centre, it's downright educational.

http://whistlerolympicpark.com/

http://www.moa.ubc.ca/history/index.php

http://www.slcc.ca/

For non skiing, but slope and snow fun, look into the Coca Cola

Tube Park. I don't know what the opeing date this year is, or whether they make snow for it, but it's great fun. Bumble Bee, might have more insight into this.

whistlerblackcomb.com/reservations/Lift-Tick…

For a twelve year boy, ziplining is a blast.

http://www.ziptrek.com/

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9. Re: Whistler in mid December

From Whistler Tourism:

<<First snow in the Village sends spirits soaring towards ski season opening day, coming soon!

The snow angels were dancing in Whistler Village this past weekend as Whistler experienced its first snowfall down to the valley. Currently 44 snow guns are at work in the alpine, adding to the snow accumulation from the last 48 hours. Snowfall is expected to continue all week as we count down to Whistler Blackcomb's opening day, currently scheduled for November 26, 2009.>>

Looking promising for an early start to the season!

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