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Accommodation Advice - Christmas 2011

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Accommodation Advice - Christmas 2011

Hi, We are planning a trip to Whistler in December this year and trying to identify good accommodation options for us. We have three teenage kids and are looking for a 3 bedroom condo(with a private hot tub) or similar and would like to be close to the village if possible.

Several years ago we stayed at Stony Creek and that was ok and would consider staying there again but also looking at other options; Have been looking at some houses around Northern Lights and was wondering what the walk into the village is like from there? how high up the hill is it?

Also looking at Montebello in Village north, is it practical to walk to the lifts from there?

Any advice would be appreciated,


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1. Re: Accommodation Advice - Christmas 2011

Sorry, I don't have much time to reply, so will make brief. Montebello, lovely properties on the outside of Village North, easy walk to the village but too far to lifts. Free public bus is located on the front street (you may have to walk a block depending on where your unit is).

Northern Lights, close to ski trails, located above Westin in the Village, easy walk down, but a pain to walk back up. Can't recall if the public bus goes this route. Also try Mountainstar. Located Blackcomb Mountain, ski in/out across the street, shuttle bus located in front. Walkable to the village but like Northern Lights it's a pain as it's also uphill, a pain to walk back at night.

Glacier's Reach has private hot tubs but can't call if they have 3 bedrooms off hand.

Keep in mind that the price and condition of the condo depends on which unit as most of these are individually owned and rented out from a property management company. So if you settle on Mountainstar for example, you may have to contact a few companies to find the unit that fits your needs.

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2. Re: Accommodation Advice - Christmas 2011

Instead of booking a place in Montebello we finally booked Woodrun through www.alluradirect.com. Montebello had private hot tubs, but our No 1 priority was ski in/out (Woodrun has a huge outdoor communal spa and a great pool at just the right temperature. There is one unit in Woodrun that has a spa bath in the ensuite, if you want privacy...from memory I think it's rented out through Whister Dream Accommodaions at www.whistlerdream.com.

We loved Woodrun...it was only a 10 minute walk to the village (15 mins if the path was icy). It was actually faster than waiting for and catching the free shuttle. When we stayed there it dumped in the village and the buses were slipping and sliding all over the place. We had to get off and walk anyway as the bus couldn't make it up the hill! Thankfully it wasn't too far from our condo on Spearhead Drive.

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3. Re: Accommodation Advice - Christmas 2011

The units at Montebello and Northern Lights are larger and generally higher end than the units at Stoney Creek, but Stoney Creek is right in the village, so is overall more convenient, specially with teenagers who might want to wander around to the shops & restaurants.

Montebello is very nice but it's not really practical to walk to the lifts. A taxi will be $5 though, so not a big deal! The walk is about 15 minutes, but longer in ski boots!

Here's a video I took of the drive up the Northern Lights hill and then up the ski-out- it's quite a steep hill and quite a long way- easy enough to walk down to the village, but more difficult to walk up- doable, but need to be in decent shape. The resort shuttle does not go past Northern Lights at all. The ski-out has 90 steps plus a long trail- you can ski-in quite easily, but again you need to be in good shape to get up the steps and the trail to get out... check out this youtube video of me driving up the hill then walking up the steps!


As the posters above say there are also units on the slopes of Blackcomb that are great for ski-in/out access, but again village access is an issue- nothing is far though, so it's really not a big deal!

Ben :)

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