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Whistler Lodging Update!

February 7, 2009

There was a moment yesterday when I thought for sure that the Whistler trip was dead. 

As of yesterday morning, there was still no lodging booked.  I had heard some rumors that the hotels are sold out, prices have skyrocketed, it’s too late…(even though the entire ski industry seems to be pretty slow this year, judging from the number of last-minute email offers I’m getting). 

But, as things do, it all worked itself out yesterday afternoon.  I randomly tried the phone number to one more rental, thinking it might be our last hope, and it ended up working out pretty perfectly.  I have to scan/email some paperwork tomorrow, but once that is done, we’re set to stay here:

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We’re renting a townhouse in the Montebello development of Whistler that houses 8 people.  We got a great deal compared to usual Presidents’ Weekend rates (it works out to just over $80/night/person after deposit), and the place is in a great location close to the main Whistler Village and walkable to ski lifts.  I found this place listed on Vacation Rentals By Owner, which linked to the owner’s separate travel website.
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We leave on Friday, February 13th (yes, that is in one week!), ski Saturday and Sunday, and drive back to Seattle on Monday. 

(For the record, I don’t recommend waiting this long to book a ski place for a holiday weekend.  I’m pretty sure this is the last rental in a good location to be found there, so luck was on our side.)

Bring on the snow and the hot tub!  I can’t wait.

Upcoming Travel: Ski Trip in Whistler, BC

January 26, 2009

January ’09 is the first month I can remember in a long time that I’m not traveling anywhere (excluding day trips, like the one I took this past Saturday down to Crystal Mountain). 

I called it last week when I said that my wanderlust tendencies were about to kick in.  I’ve been finding myself looking forward to some upcoming weekend trips that I’m planning for February.

First up is a ski trip to Whistler, British Columbia over Presidents’ Weekend (my fourth time since moving to Seattle), and I cannot wait.  I’m serious when I say that the drive to Whistler along the Sea-to-Sky Highway is worth the trip all by itself.

seatoskyhighwayView looking out at the Strait of Georgia along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, taken on my trip in December ’07

This trip will be particularly fun for me because it’s with a bigger group – there are 8 of us going, and we’re planning to rent some sort of house or townhouse (still in the works, and will likely be from Vacation Rentals By Owner).  Besides the skiing of course, I’m looking forward to fireplaces, drinks, and hot tubs!  The best way to end a really tiring day.

I’m sure there will be more updates to come later, but I’m in one of those planning moods and spent a good 45 minutes today looking at rentals!