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Late-Season Fun At Whistler/Blackcomb

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Forget the crowds and high prices! Find out why May could be the best time to visit Canada’s best ski resort — Whistler/Blackcomb.

In This Whistler/Blackcomb Article You Will Discover:

  • Cheap Hotel Stays
  • Ski Conditions
  • Outdoor Adventure Opportunities
  • And More!

Whistler/Blackcomb is not a poor-man’s holiday hotspot. I’ve read that the average per-day expenditure during peak season is a whopping $750 per day! Hard to believe, until you factor in $250-plus per night for a hotel, $96 for a lift-ticket, $60 for ski rentals, plus food, drinks and shopping…

That’s not to say it “costs” $750 per day to visit Whistler/Blackcomb, as great deals can be found even in peak season, but you get the point.

Now it’s May. Whistler Mountain is closed, but Blackcomb is open until the 28th of this month. Mid-mountain snowpack is still close to 300 cm and stays in the town’s best hotels can be found for $150 to $175 per night, or pick a very nice mid-range hotel and expect for pay as little as half of that (click this link to find hotels in Whistler, Canada). Plus, day lift-tickets are only $59, and just about everything is on sale at stores around the village. Add to that easy, reservation-free dining and the benefits of a May visit are too great to ignore.

But there’s more to it than just dollars and cents. Spring skiing is wonderful at Blackcomb. There’s still powder to be found, plus delightful corn snow and goggle tans for all. Lift lines are barely-there, and the mountain’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so it fosters a leisurely pace (perhaps not great for true powder hounds, but pleasant for the rest of us).

Plus, valley daytime temperatures are mild, often reaching the mid-teens (Celsius, of course). The local lakes are open for fishing and stocked with hard-fighting cutthroat and rainbow trout — ask the guys at Whistler Fly Fishing to point you in the right direction.

One day of skiing, one day of lake fishing, one day of hiking and trail running? Can’t do that in January.

Plus, if you’re finding your chakras out of alignment, the Whistler Yoga Conference happens every year at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in early May. Namaste…

Get to it — you only have 20 ski days left!

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As an end-of-season blast, the park-builders at Blackcomb are building this HUGE jump (note snowmobile in photo). Are you brave enough?

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The town’s ultimate accommodation — Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This May, we stayed here for $179 per night with the third night free. (Try that at Christmas!)

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Lift lines are virtually non-existent in May — a stark contrast to the 15,000 visitors per day the mountain can see in December or January.

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Lakes such as Alta, Alpha, Nita, Lost and Green are full of hungry coastal cutthroat and rainbow trout. May is a great time to pursue them on the fly rod (leeches and sculpin patterns).

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The terrain parks at Blackcomb are a major draw right up until the end of May.

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You don’t have to be a fly fisherman to enjoy Whistler’s lakes — Lost Lake, for example, is a great place for spincasting (bobbers, spinners or small spoons).

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The valley may be 15 degrees Celsius, but it’s still a winter wonderland in the Alpine during May.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

2 comments… add one
  • David Webb May 9, 2012

    They were not finished building it. And surely that, and that alone, is the reason why I did not.

  • Dennis D. May 7, 2012

    That jump is siiiiiiickkkkk…. did you hit it?

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