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May 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb, the mega B.C. ski resort, earlier this spring, I practically swooned at the cost of a walk-up lift ticket – more than $100 a day.
Luckily, some people can beat that stunning price by purchasing an Edge card, a pass that gives discounted rates for five or 10 days of skiing and boarding to residents of Washington state (and all Canadians).
The purchase deadline for the early-bird discounted Edge card for next season was May 6, but Whistler-Blackcomb has extended it for another week until May 13.
A five-day Edge card costs $355 Cdn. (the Canadian and U.S. dollars are almost at par) for an adult, bringing the daily lift price down to $71 a day. A 10-day Edge card is $639, shaving the daily cost to about $64.
There’s also a three-day Edge card for $232, giving a daily rate of about $77 for a ski ticket. Tax is extra on all passes.
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March 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Look at this sunny Monday. And look at those snowy mountains. March is here, and spring arrives soon. If you’re a skier, it can be the best of times: milder days, clearer skies and — just when mobs should be heading up the hill — shrinking crowds. It’s the lovely paradox of spring skiing.
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February 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Long, long ago my dad had the chance to be one of the early investors in what is now Whistler, the mega ski resort in British Columbia. Back then, in the early 1960s, there was nothing there except dankly forested mountains and bears rooting in a garbage dump (near where dozens of luxurious hotels in Whistler Village now stand). To get there from Vancouver, in the two-tone family station wagon, had taken hours since the last couple of dozen miles of road was a bumpy, unpaved grind through the woods.
This will never amount to anything, my dad proclaimed, looking around at what’s now the village and the world-class Whistler and Blackcomb ski mountains. Oops. (more…)
January 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM
The massive and ever-improving Whistler-Blackcomb resort in B.C. will start construction this spring on two new chairlifts to open next season. Or boarders and skiers going north this weekend will find a nice snow base (at mid-mountain) of 74 inches and a forecast calling for some sunshine starting Sunday and into next week.
In its latest ($18 million) construction project, Blackcomb Mountain will get a new high-speed quad chair in the Crystal area, a fun and relatively secluded zone of intermediate and expert gladed runs that’s been served by a slow, creaky old chairlift. (At least the old chair, which remains, ends at the cozy Crystal Hut that dishes up killer waffles). The new chair will make it quicker and easier – it will carry 2,400 skiers an hour – to access a lot of Crystal terrain, and eliminate a long and sometimes tedious ski-out on what’s a road in summer. The new chair’s name? It will come through a competition to be announced later this winter.
On adjacent Whistler Mountain, the high-elevation Harmony chair, a high-speed quad, will be replaced by a bigger, faster lift that carries six people on each chair. The new Harmony chair will carry 3,600 skiers an hour compared to the current chair’s 2,400 skiers. The terrain will remain the same; glorious, wide-open alpine bowls and runs for everyone, from easygoing to expert.
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