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Time Saving

Mandatory Time-Saving Tips

January 02, 2017

You’ve earned this. It’s your ski or snowboard day, or maybe even vacation, so don’t waste it in line or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Follow these three simple steps to make sure you’re spending more time where it matters, on the slopes!

1. Take care of business the night before: Tickets, Rentals, Lessons

It’s your first morning of skiing and you’re amped!  But wait–you didn’t get your stuff sorted the night before and now you’re standing in a long line-up, sweating like there’s no tomorrow, wasting 1-2 hours of your precious pow turns.  Worse yet, your well-organized friends are all waiting for you. You came here to ride, not wait in lines.  That’s why tip #1 is to get everything you need for your day of skiing, ready the night before. 

If you can’t make it happen the night before, at least get there as soon as things open to avoid line-ups. This includes:

Equipment Rentals

Lesson Vouchers from Snow School

Tickets or Passes at Guest Services

Do you already have a pass but just want to double check that it works? Use our handy Online Pass Checker.

Check In

2. Get real-time mountain info, straight from the source

Now that you’ve got your stuff sorted the evening before (good job!), get ahead by checking out what is waiting for you on-piste.  Download the mobile app, Whistler Blackcomb Live powered by TELUS. 

The app does lots of really cool things, and here’s how it can help you maximize your time:

  • When it snows, you’ll know. Turn on Snowfall Notifications to choose what time you want your alarm to go off (6am, 7am or 8am) and how much snow is worth waking up for (10cm, 20cm, 30cm or 40cm).
  • With the press of a button, check the live temps, freezing level and the day’s forecast to dress accordingly.
  • Get to your favourite lifts and zones as soon as they open, by configuring Lift Notifications.


3. Get Up, Stay Up, Eat Smart

That sounds like the start of a catchy jingle. Do as the locals do, and make it your motto when in Whistler.

Get Up

If you’re visiting during a particularly popular time of season (think Christmas, US President’s week, Chinese New Year, school breaks, snowy weekends) this is a KEY piece of advice. The advertised lift opening is 8:30 a.m., but our hard-working Mountain Ops crew will always try their best to open it 8:15 a.m. if conditions allow.

If you want to get up even earlier, get your hands on a Fresh Tracks Mountaintop Breakfast ticket for about $20. Fresh Tracks gets you up the Whistler Village Gondola at 7:15 a.m. so you can feast on a mountain-sized breakfast buffet and still get early access to the slopes.

Stay Up

Once you’re up, keep heading up the mountain to the alpine lifts as they start to open.  Avoid skiing back down to the base or mid-mountain lifts where lines have grown while you’ve been rippin’ it up.

Side bar: Did you know that you can skip the lift lines with any Snow School Lesson

Eat Smart

The busy times in the on-mountain restaurants are, you guessed it, normal lunch time. 12noon to 1:30pm.  An easy way to secure a nice window seat with your crew to enjoy your lunch is to avoid that time-frame.  Since you started early, you’re probably getting hungry by 11:00am anyway, right?

Extra Bonus: The slopes tend to be quieter during lunch, so you can enjoy empty runs while everyone else is eating. 

Extra Extra Bonus: You will likely be tired before anyone else, and thus, ready for après before anyone else.  Looks like you and your crew just scooped up the best table at the bar!

Final eating tip: Are you here during a busy holiday period and have your heart set on eating dinner before 11pm?  Avoid getting hangry and make dinner reservations at one of the many amazing restaurants.

Eat Smart

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