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Title: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:13:18 AM
With American Express running a transfer bonus of 40% of all Membership Reward points transferred to British Airways Avios in January I decided to turn Presidents Day weekend into a extended vacation with some family members. Vancouver sounded like a good plan to me as with such a good airline as Cathay Pacific flying that route & it being bookable with British Airways Avios + the fact the price will be going up in April & I thought that it would be a good idea to get some skiing in at the place of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In addition the US Dollar is $1 to $1.20 Canadian so you basically have a 20% discount on everything.

I booked first class on Cathay for the outbound for 37,500 Avios one way & the return "only" in business class which was available for
25,000 avios.

Cathay's First Class is truly an amazing experience & an extremely comfortable product. The layout is 1-1-1. The business class layout is 1-2-1.

The service is personal & attentive. I have never experienced such service before. Everything is brought to you quick & you don't have to ever ask for anything twice. The seat is very comfortable and for some reason they put a mattress down but there isn't really any need for it. Pajamas & slippers are supplied before the flight. The cover is comfy and warm & the pillows are a normal size.

I cant tell you much more about the in-flight service as I slept right through the entire flight but I knew that the kosher meal was from Borenstein's so I told them not to even bother serving it. The return flight had some Vancouver catering & it was edible. Tasted like chicken & the rice was decent. Above average airplane food. Not more, not less....

Hotels in Vancouver this time of year are extremely cheap, it wasn't worth using valuable points for a hotel stay so I booked a Hotwire deal for a 5 star hotel at $98 per night all included. I ended up getting the Sutton Place Hotel. Its more of a boutique style hotel & I would grade it a 4 star. They seem to have gotten some awards for being a 4 star, not sure why online everyone had them rated as a 5 star.

Hindsight 20/20 next time I would probably book the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. They wanted $148 per night.

Departed Thursday PM from JFK, davened Shabbos AM at Chabad of Downtown, they don't have any Friday PM minyan, only Shabbos AM. They usually have a kiddush with some chulent after davening but we had our own. For those that don't want to cook pomegranate has a good Shabbos selection & I had a good experience in the past with Evergreen from Monsey.

Sunday AM we checked out & went to eat at a kosher cafe called "Cafe Forty One" tasty, great service & a very nice presentation as well.
Its a nice looking place. If you want to park the car in their basement parking lot you can do so. You just need to call out one of the workers to enter the pin code for you so the gates will open.

Headed out to Whistler and arrived a bit too late to go skiing, ended up taking a beautiful hike up the Rainbow Trail. Along the way is carpets of light green moss in the forest which is beautiful & waterfalls & a gushing river as well. Very pretty & also recommended.
Just a note, it can be icy in spots &/or muddy as well.

We went from there to Pemberton, B.C. as all hotels in Whistler were totally sold out for Valentines day weekend + Presidents day weekend.
Its around 12 miles from Whistler. We stayed at the Pemberton Lodge which was rated 3 stars & its well deserved. It had a homie feel to it & it had a lot of amenities.. Its not a modern or fancy hotel but it was more than acceptable.

Monday morning we woke up early & hit the slopes, lift tickets are very expensive & so is the rentals.. Whistler & Blackcomb has a reputation for underrating their trails.. For example word on the street is that their blue trails are diamond & their diamonds are double diamonds. I would agree with that assessment as I've never skied such difficult trails for such a prolonged period of time. The vertical drops definitely felt diamond like.

We drove back from Whistler to Vancouver & took (the only way) the Sea To Sky Highway & took in some amazing sunset views. We went to Maple Grill & the service & ambience was amazing. For a city with 50 religious families they really have GREAT restaurants. The kosher places stay open because of the tourists, obviously a lot of people must come through their doors. Half of the restaurant when I was there was definitely filled with tourists. I highly recommend this place.
For a place to be this nice & keep to the principals when they are basically the only one open for meat was to me a big shocker. They have zero competition & they really have high standards.

I was very impressed by the friendliness of the residents of the city.
Everything is done on a chilled pace. Its the anti NY, people let others pass & cross, courtesy is given.

Flew back Cathay business class, not as good as first class obviously but it was just fine! Lounge in YVR is OK. Nothing major. The Cathay lounge in JFK is actually a British Airways lounge in T7 & its more up to date with lots of snack & drink options.

So long until the next trip!

Im not going to make an Israel trip report unless you guys really want to see it.

Here is my updated ratings for upperclass cabins that I have flown:

1) Cathay First 777
2) Emirates First A380
3) United First 767
4) Emirates Business A380
5) Cathay Business 777
6) United Business 767
7) Lufthansa Business A380
8.) Lufthansa Business A340-600
9) Emirates Business A330


Cathay First photo below
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:14:24 AM
Cafe Forty One
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:14:42 AM
Appetizer..
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:17:10 AM
Rainbow Trail Hike
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:18:56 AM
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Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:19:32 AM
Another one of the hike
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:19:56 AM
and one more..
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:20:53 AM
Skiing on Whistler-Blackcomb
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:21:30 AM
Some more of the ski area..
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:22:10 AM
Peak to Peak gondola going between mountains..
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:23:00 AM
Sunset at Lions Bay along the sea to sky highway
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:23:47 AM
Maple Grill, we were in a rush so we ordered burgers as its quick but they have a great selection.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: lunatic on February 18, 2015, 10:25:47 AM
Nice,  using the Dav format
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: benjie1305 on February 18, 2015, 10:25:56 AM
Looks like a great little get away with the awesome perk on a top notch first/business Cathay experience for very few Avios.

How much was the skiing overall cost actually and how far were you from there? Kosher food you got sent over from NY? What did you do all day shabbes there?
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: TimT on February 18, 2015, 10:27:35 AM
Sunset at Lions Bay along the sea to sky highway
Stunning
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:29:39 AM
Skiing is $120 canadian ($100 US currently)
Rentals is $60 approx ($50 US currently)

As noted above I stayed in Pemberton as hotels were completely sold out in Whistler but it was great! Not far at all! (12 highway miles approx)

Shabbos we stayed also in the Sutton Place Hotel which is 7-8 minutes from Chabad of downtown.

My sister cooked the shabbos meals and some breakfasts.. Really worked out well except waving the towel like by a game at the smoke detector to shut up.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: D93 on February 18, 2015, 10:32:46 AM
Awesome stuff! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Matovu on February 18, 2015, 10:34:20 AM
Awesome,
Planning Whistler for the summer iy"h
Please do Israel.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:37:22 AM
I should do an Israel one? Might not be interesting for most though... Anyone else want to see one?
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: benjie1305 on February 18, 2015, 10:43:32 AM
I should do an Israel one? Might not be interesting for most though... Anyone else want to see one?

Id like to see it if its mostly about good restaurants, nice flights, and some rather extraordinary trips u made.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Matovu on February 18, 2015, 10:47:44 AM
I should do an Israel one? Might not be interesting for most though... Anyone else want to see one?
Trip reports - either you love them or not
I personally will read as many as I can. Doesnt matter if its a common place.
Please dont hesitate.
Thanks
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 18, 2015, 10:55:53 AM
anyone else sitting here reading this TR (along with others, this isnt a shot a chapshnell) and thinking hmmmm, _____ (in this case that reads "vancouver") sounds cool and a great deal on miles. when can i go next? theres work, pto days, my wifes work, kids... hmmm...maybe like a year and a half at the earliest?
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:59:53 AM
anyone else sitting here reading this TR (along with others, this isnt a shot a chapshnell) and thinking hmmmm, _____ (in this case that reads "vancouver") sounds cool and a great deal on miles. when can i go next? theres work, pto days, my wifes work, kids... hmmm...maybe like a year and a half at the earliest?

Of course some people can leave easier & some harder.. Some have more vacation days & some have less.. Some work for others, some are their own boss.. Everyone has their own "package of good stuff & problems"

But if someone has the ability to fly & use miles & points.. YOLO
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: benjie1305 on February 18, 2015, 11:00:18 AM
anyone else sitting here reading this TR (along with others, this isnt a shot a chapshnell) and thinking hmmmm, _____ (in this case that reads "vancouver") sounds cool and a great deal on miles. when can i go next? theres work, pto days, my wifes work, kids... hmmm...maybe like a year and a half at the earliest?

Lol. Get those in-laws to babysit and of you go.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 18, 2015, 11:01:40 AM
Lol. Get those in-laws to babysit and of you go.
just did that last week...(it was my parents)
and 2 months ago...(2 short trips to florida, one for work)
and the longer of those 2 trips was 2.5 days. we arent going to leave my son behind for longer
and what about work?
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Matovu on February 18, 2015, 11:02:33 AM
Lol. Get those in-laws to babysit and of you go.

not easy
They are protesting and siblings too.
so mean :(
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: benjie1305 on February 18, 2015, 11:03:34 AM
just did that last week...(it was my parents)
and 2 months ago...(2 short trips to florida, one for work)
and the longer of those 2 trips was 2.5 days. we arent going to leave my son behind for longer
and what about work?

Work remotely :)

Or use some days. My mother in law is coming in July for a week to babysit! :D :D
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 18, 2015, 11:04:11 AM
Work remotely :)

Or use some days. My mother in law is coming in July for a week to babysit! :D :D
i cant work remotely
and i just used a few days
and hard to coordinate 2 working parents' jobs
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: benjie1305 on February 18, 2015, 11:05:31 AM
i cant work remotely
and i just used a few days
and hard to coordinate 2 working parents' jobs

I hear you. This seems like a great short term trip (3-4 days) so plan around the next time you get a free Monday or Friday (due to holiday).
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 18, 2015, 11:06:13 AM
I hear you. This seems like a great short term trip (3-4 days) so plan around the next time you get a free Monday or Friday (due to holiday).
hmm... memorial day is shavuos
july 4th is on shabbos (although i do get friday off)
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: DMYD on February 18, 2015, 11:10:22 AM
I should do an Israel one? Might not be interesting for most though... Anyone else want to see one?
Any TR with nice Pics are always interesting I am sure if you write a TR of B.P. people will enjoy that to. ;)
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: DMYD on February 18, 2015, 11:11:53 AM
Nice,  using the Dav format
Cool so now I have a format named after me
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 11:20:50 AM
After further thought, I prefer not to make a TR for Israel.. We'll leave it at that :)
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Matovu on February 18, 2015, 11:56:48 AM
After further thought, I prefer not to make a TR for Israel.. We'll leave it at that :)

Booo
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2015, 12:14:25 PM
Nice TR.
Shame you didn't splurge the extra $50 for the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  #1 rated hotel in Canada.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: TimT on February 18, 2015, 12:17:24 PM
After further thought, I prefer not to make a TR for Israel.. We'll leave it at that :)
That's a shame.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 12:34:04 PM
Nice TR.
Shame you didn't splurge the extra $50 for the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  #1 rated hotel in Canada.

Coming from you im blushing  :D
Dont rub it in please, I know I know.... IYH I will make it up!
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 12:34:54 PM
That's a shame.

Too much personal information involved & without that its a half... TR. I am not writing up "halb arbeit"
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: TimT on February 18, 2015, 12:38:38 PM
Too much personal information involved & without that its a half... TR. I am not writing up "halb arbeit"
Understood
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2015, 12:40:03 PM
So just write about where you ate/stayed in the Israel master threads.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 12:42:25 PM
Ok, I will! The Waldorf was amazing. Just a side note.. I AM NOT A CUBS FAN!! I got the cap for free :)
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 18, 2015, 01:18:38 PM
Or use some days. My mother in law is coming in July for a week to babysit! :D :D
where you gonna be travelling to?
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: benjie1305 on February 18, 2015, 01:20:32 PM
where you gonna be travelling to?

I think Ill be going to the Dominican for my annual all inclusive Vaca :)
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 18, 2015, 01:21:32 PM
I think Ill be going to the Dominican for my annual all inclusive Vaca :)
where have been past trips?
and what makes it an all inclusive vaca?
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: sam28 on February 18, 2015, 03:35:25 PM
nice report I am planning to be there in AUG.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 04:30:01 PM
They have zip lining, whitewater rafting etc
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: gavhaller on February 18, 2015, 04:32:38 PM

Cathay First photo below

You look great here  :P
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 04:53:23 PM
Thanks, always smiling & of course when seated in first :)
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: philbenjoe on February 18, 2015, 05:24:26 PM
Was it one day off skiing?
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: whacked1 on February 18, 2015, 06:07:17 PM
Thanks, always smiling & of course when seated in first :)
You look great here  :P
Please tell me theres some vodka in that juice?!  ;D Nice TR.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 09:15:05 PM
No alcohol while in flight, gets you dehydrated. Its a preflight drink. Was so tired from my Israel trip I slept maybe 30-45 seconds into takeoff. Put the bed immediately flat
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: asks on April 11, 2016, 11:44:57 AM
Does anyone know if Cafe Forty One is still open? Website didn't seem to work.
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: emak on April 11, 2016, 04:39:14 PM
Was open in summer IIRC
Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: BKYW on April 12, 2016, 12:45:44 PM
Does anyone know if Cafe Forty One is still open? Website didn't seem to work.

Seems like there is a new kosher place on that location

The Shuk, Eat & Play is a new cholov yisroel dairy café located in the lobby of the Lubavitch Centre, 5750 Oak St. with a convenient play area for children.


Phone: (604) 563-4141

Hours
Monday to Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 8am – 3pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 10am – 9pm
http://www.shukeatandplay.com
http://m.lubavitchbc.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/422525/jewish/Visitor-Information.htm

Cafe 41 was great. How idea what changed

Title: Re: Chapshnell's Trip Report - Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia-Canada 2/2015
Post by: Buruch on April 25, 2016, 04:31:14 PM
It was there in November.