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Title: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 07, 2011, 03:02:53 PM
Let's get some recommendations for places to stay, things to do during the summer months in Whistler! Thanks!
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 07, 2011, 06:48:07 PM
Let's get some recommendations for places to stay, things to do during the summer months in Whistler! Thanks!

I was there in the summer once like 10 or 11 years ago. We climbed a snow-capped mountain, the views were breathtaking.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 25, 2011, 01:45:42 AM
I was in Wistler about 5 years ago in the summer.  We stayed at the Westin, which was very nice at the time.  It's right in the village, so its convenient to walk places from there.  If I recall correctly, its also near a chair lift where people (covered head-toe in body armor) bring their mountain bikes up the mountain to ride down.

I didn't spend that much time there, as we were only there from erev shabbos till sunday morning, but we did walk to the upper village shabbos afternoon and watched the zip-liners and bungee jumping (the ones where  you're in a harness and just jump really high).
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on October 31, 2011, 02:17:08 AM
The peak to peak gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb is a must.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on June 06, 2012, 09:32:48 AM
What did u guys do for food? What else is there to do?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: mguy on June 07, 2012, 12:53:54 PM
On my trip to Whistler, we got some food before driving out from Vancouver, and also from the local markets where there are plenty of packaged products with a hechsher.

On the drive from Vancouver to Whistler, stop at Shannon Falls (nice, very high falls, just a few minute walk from parking area). That's just south of Stawamus Chief which has some intense hikes to beautiful views. On a nice day, you may want to rent a motorboat from Horseshoe Bay.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on April 24, 2013, 10:14:35 PM
For those who have been to Whistler in the summer, would you be able to post some of the things you recommend?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 25, 2013, 05:14:30 PM
Spending two days in whistler what is a must see/do
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 06:12:42 PM
Spending two days in whistler what is a must see/do
I hope you have better weather than me. I wanted to go up to the information desk and say "I heard you have mountains here, can you point out to me where they are" but my wife said it would be a chillul Hashem. Peak 2 peak gondola is apparently a must (hopefully we'll be back), the test are outdoors activities. Zipline, ropes course, bungee, white water rafting, ATVing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking. All a matter of personal preference
We enjoyed white water rafting on the elaho-squamish river. Good rafting, unbelievable views
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 25, 2013, 09:20:17 PM
Zipline, ropes course, bungee, white water rafting, ATVing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking.
All these are out of the Village of Whistler or at the top of the mountians or do I have to drive away from there?
We enjoyed white water rafting on the elaho-squamish river. Good rafting, unbelievable views
Who did you use as outfitters, or do I not have options
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 09:48:28 PM
All these are out of the Village of Whistler or at the top of the mountains or do I have to drive away from there?

the companies are all based in whistler. They'll drive you the ten minutes wherever you need to go (besides for rafting which is further)

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Who did you use as outfitters, or do I not have options
There are three options, I used Canadian outback. This is the most intense rafting they do. It was good, not great (7.5/10).
We did it on the way up to whistler as it's half way between Vancouver and whistler (from squamish). it's still about an hour bus ride from there and them around 2.5-3 hours on the river. This was the only company that didn't stop for lunch
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 09:56:03 PM
We stayed at the first tracks lodge in whistler. While it may not come with the amenities of a big chain hotel it was great. All the rooms are suites with full kitchens, big living room and bathroom.
Really well appointed
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Neil on June 25, 2013, 11:17:08 PM
Is there anything infant (15 months) friendly to do in whistler? Can you take a stroller up the gondola and just walk around up top on some nice walking trails? Anything in the village thats a must see and infant friendly?
Thanks
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on June 25, 2013, 11:35:12 PM
Anyone do jet boating? If so, what are your thoughts?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 30, 2013, 11:39:42 AM
Anyone ever did rappeling/rock climbing in whistler/squamish?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Elchay on July 01, 2013, 07:42:48 PM
did a scenic plane ride yesterday in Squamish that was stunning. Glacier Air I think they have a web special for 74 bucks
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Neil on July 09, 2013, 08:32:58 PM
Im headed to vancouver in 2 weeks and spending one night in whistler. Were going with a 15 month old and was curious if anybody knows what there is to do in whistler that is infant (15 month) friendly? Can i just take the gondola to the top and walk around with a stroller on some trails? Anything in the village that is infant friendly?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 09, 2013, 09:40:06 PM
Im headed to vancouver in 2 weeks and spending one night in whistler. Were going with a 15 month old and was curious if anybody knows what there is to do in whistler that is infant (15 month) friendly? Can i just take the gondola to the top and walk around with a stroller on some trails? Anything in the village that is infant friendly?
Just curious, where are you staying in Whistler?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on July 09, 2013, 09:57:51 PM
You could take the gondola up Whistler MT (blackcomb has a chair lift up) and there are deffinatly wide gravel walks around, I think you might even able to walk all the way down
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on July 09, 2013, 10:11:37 PM
I know here are no kosher places to eat at in whistler, What has been done for food?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: izz1123 on July 09, 2013, 10:27:10 PM
If your coming from Vancouver I would just pick up on the way, dont think theres anything in whistler...
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Neil on July 09, 2013, 11:00:25 PM
Just curious, where are you staying in Whistler?
Im staying at the Westin.. Ive been there during the Winter season and loved it!
You could take the gondola up Whistler MT (blackcomb has a chair lift up) and there are deffinatly wide gravel walks around, I think you might even able to walk all the way down
Thanks so much- that's exactly what I wanted to know. Is there anything else in the village to do with a 15 month old?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 09, 2013, 11:15:33 PM
Im staying at the Westin.. Ive been there during the Winter season and loved it
I'm debating between

The Westin - 16K SPG (regular rooms aren't available, maybe call in and get for 12K) + $30 parking + Stay credit.


OR

The first tracks lodge whistler (TA number one rated hotel in whistler)
$159 all in (including parking) using a $50 expedia BRG coupon.

Any opinions?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Neil on July 09, 2013, 11:26:32 PM
I'm debating between

The Westin - 16K SPG (regular rooms aren't available, maybe call in and get for 12K) + $30 parking + Stay credit.


OR

The first tracks lodge whistler (TA number one rated hotel in whistler)
$159 all in (including parking) using a $50 expedia BRG coupon.

Any opinions?

Hmm. tough call.. I already booked at the Westin for 12k.. When are you going?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 09, 2013, 11:29:22 PM
Hmm. tough call.. I already booked at the Westin for 12k.. When are you going?
Sent PM.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 09, 2013, 11:31:35 PM
I'm debating between

The Westin - 16K SPG (regular rooms aren't available, maybe call in and get for 12K) + $30 parking + Stay credit.


OR

The first tracks lodge whistler (TA number one rated hotel in whistler)
$159 all in (including parking) using a $50 expedia BRG coupon.

Any opinions?

First tracks lodge was really nice, I would bet nicer than the Westin
is 16k spg + stay credit > $129 plus a nicer room?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: whYME on August 03, 2014, 03:09:52 AM
If I'm driving from YVR to Banff/Jasper is it worth stopping in Whistler?
i.e. Is there anything to see there that I can't see by Banff/Jasper? or is it all about the activities?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 03, 2014, 10:29:27 AM
If I'm driving from YVR to Banff/Jasper is it worth stopping in Whistler?
i.e. Is there anything to see there that I can't see by Banff/Jasper? or is it all about the activities?
First of all Whistler is not on the way, but I assume you know that. Second, IMO Whistler is about activities and scenery if you're in BC. It is not part of the Canadian Rockies like Banff and Jasper are. I'd skip it and just head straight to AB.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: whYME on August 03, 2014, 05:22:21 PM
First of all Whistler is not on the way, but I assume you know that. Second, IMO Whistler is about activities and scenery if you're in BC. It is not part of the Canadian Rockies like Banff and Jasper are. I'd skip it and just head straight to AB.
Thanks.

"On the way" is all relative :) , though I probably should've said "detour to" instead of "stop in."
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 13, 2015, 09:01:11 AM
Anyone know anything about this?

http://www.kosherwhistlertours.com/
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on February 15, 2015, 01:08:07 AM
Anyone here over the next 2 days?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on February 18, 2015, 10:24:40 AM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=49911.msg1067871#msg1067871

My TR
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on June 27, 2015, 11:17:50 PM
Flying out tomorrow morning to YVR. I'm spending 4 days there. Is it worth it to drive up to Whistler? Oh, here's the catch: wife is 6 months pregs so pretty much any activity( zipline, rafting etc.) is out.
Is just the scenery worth the trip or can I get similar on Grouse?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 28, 2015, 02:12:34 AM
4 days in Vancouver is much. I would head up to whistler for a day
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 28, 2015, 02:25:09 AM
Leave the night before so you have a full day. Driving back & forth in one day is a tad too much
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on June 28, 2015, 08:08:01 PM
Leave the night before so you have a full day. Driving back & forth in one day is a tad too much
4 days in Vancouver is much. I would head up to whistler for a day
OK Thanks.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 28, 2015, 08:36:30 PM
Leave the night before so you have a full day. Driving back & forth in one day is a tad too much
It can deffinetly be done in a day, I did it. Leave Vancouver at 8-9 am and you have plenty of time. I was in a similar situation (2 little kids) so there wasn't much I could do there. In our situation I found the one day round trip to be perfect.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 28, 2015, 08:39:38 PM
I want to add definetly don't skip the peak2peak. It's bloody expensive, but worth it IMO. Get the glass bottom cars they are really cool. Oh and if you have the time and the money I would highly recommend a seaplane flight that tours around  Vancouver and the harbor. It's amazing.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 28, 2015, 08:49:27 PM
It can deffinetly be done in a day, I did it. Leave Vancouver at 8-9 am and you have plenty of time. I was in a similar situation (2 little kids) so there wasn't much I could do there. In our situation I found the one day round trip to be perfect.

Doable? Yes
Tiring & exhausting? Yes
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on June 28, 2015, 10:19:08 PM
I want to add definetly don't skip the peak2peak. It's bloody expensive, but worth it IMO. Get the glass bottom cars they are really cool. Oh and if you have the time and the money I would highly recommend a seaplane flight that tours around  Vancouver and the harbor. It's amazing.
Watching planes land in the harbor right now from my hotel room. Looks pretty cool!
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: casualchurner on June 28, 2015, 10:24:53 PM
I want to add definetly don't skip the peak2peak. It's bloody expensive, but worth it IMO. Get the glass bottom cars they are really cool. Oh and if you have the time and the money I would highly recommend a seaplane flight that tours around  Vancouver and the harbor. It's amazing.
Whoa! You weren't kidding! Just checked on whistler sight, tickets are $55 per adult!
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on June 28, 2015, 11:53:11 PM
Watching planes land in the harbor right now from my hotel room. Looks pretty cool!

Enjoy, but please remeber a TR with pictures.
Planning this exact trip.

How did you fly in ?
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 29, 2015, 12:02:52 AM
Whoa! You weren't kidding! Just checked on whistler sight, tickets are $55 per adult!
Yup my family of four cost well over $100 (I think youngest was free). IMO definitely worth it. Keep in mind that things close pretty early even in the summer, like 4:30/5:00 and it takes about a half an hour to get up the mountain to the peak2peak. The big waterfall on the way up is a must see as well. There are also small little ones along the way, sometimes with a short hike to get to them...
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 29, 2015, 12:05:32 AM
Watching planes land in the harbor right now from my hotel room. Looks pretty cool!
If you can afford it, definitely go for it IIRC it was abou $180 a person for the 45 min tour.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 10, 2015, 01:11:01 AM
Headed to Whistler tomorrow. We wanted to do the Peak2Peak and i saw there are options online for packages with other activities in the area. Anything else there worthwhile? What else must we do? Staying in the Westin for 2 days. Also, has anyone been to the vodka ice bar? Any way to get in for cheap? ::) TIA
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Jayy on August 03, 2017, 12:02:36 PM
Westin or Four Seasons?

TIA
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 03, 2017, 03:30:07 PM
Westin or Four Seasons?

TIA
We liked the Westin. Upgraded us to a nice bi-level suite. Can't answer your question though.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on February 21, 2018, 02:12:03 PM
I'm thinking about doing a combo of Vancouver & whistler for 7 - 10 days in the summer with 3 smaller kids, is a week in whistler to much time?
(I've enjoyably done Mont Tremblant for the same amount of time)
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 21, 2018, 02:14:09 PM
I'm thinking about doing a combo of Vancouver & whistler for 7 - 10 days in the summer with 3 smaller kids, is a week in whistler to much time?
(I've enjoyably done Mont Tremblant for the same amount of time)
I think so. Maybe long a weekend or 3 weekdays.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on February 21, 2018, 02:16:01 PM
ok so maybe I'll flip it around, how long with kids is recommended for Vancouver
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 31, 2018, 09:25:44 PM
Thoughts on nicest hotel from this group?

Four Seasons
Four Seasons Residences
Fairmont Chateau
Pan Pacific Mountainside
Pan Pacific Village Centre
Westin
Hilton
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 01, 2018, 02:25:57 AM
Thoughts on nicest hotel from this group?

Four Seasons
Four Seasons Residences
Fairmont Chateau
Pan Pacific Mountainside
Pan Pacific Village Centre
Westin
Hilton
Westin was nice. I was there years ago, though I wasn't at the other places you listed.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 01, 2018, 02:41:32 AM
Westin was nice. I was there years ago, though I wasn't at the other places you listed.
+1 Stayed at Westin 2 years ago, pretty nice, did not stay at any of the others.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 01, 2018, 06:16:22 AM
Westin was nice. I was there years ago, though I wasn't at the other places you listed.
+1 Stayed at Westin 2 years ago, pretty nice, did not stay at any of the others.
It's also the cheapest of the options at 13k UR with CSR (20k SPG). Just that all the above can be booked for <20k UR so I thought perhaps now was my chance to try a fancy non-points hotel.
Title: Re: Whistler Master Thread
Post by: ari9 on August 05, 2019, 11:14:08 AM
Has anyone ever rented from Squamish Harbour Marine Adventures?
http://squamishharbour.ca/

Or any place in Whistler/Squamish area to recommend for renting motor boat (not rafting or kayaking, etc)?