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#121 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 01:10 AM

their $3.5M zipline will be working by summer. only about 15% of the population skis or snowboards.  so there is other money to be made. 


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:25 PM

Yup which among many other reasons why Whistler over the last 10-15 years has transformed itself into an all-season resort. CrankWorks alone draws thousands of spectators and competitors in the summer; add in some world class gold courses and of course all the hiking, rafting and fishing you can stomach and they are setting themselves up nicely as the west coast climate warms up. They just have to hope now that Mt Meager - just a few clicks to the north east - doesn't blow its top, heh.....

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:38 PM

their $3.5M zipline will be working by summer. only about 15% of the population skis or snowboards.  so there is other money to be made. 

Yeah. I'm definitely psyched that they are spending some money to develop summer attractions. Got to look at the Alps for ideas. They have so much cool stuff going on in summer at many of their resorts.

 

I have wondered if a peak top restaurant could be viable.

 

The mountain biking could be much more than it is. Though Vancouver Island has a lot of awesome free mountain biking.

 

and of course we need trottibikes

 

Got to look at the Alps for ideas. They have so much cool stuff going on in summer at many of their resorts


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 11:12 AM

The season started a week late in December because there wasn’t enough snow, but since then 1000 centimetres has fallen, which would be the envy of any resort in Canada, but is just average for Mount Washington.


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#125 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 02:28 PM

Mount Washington has officially opened its much anticipated ZipTour Centre, making it the longest zipline on Vancouver Island.

 

The bottom two lines of the massive zipline course, known as the Hawk Excursion, are open for tours and measure over 500 and 700 metres long.

 

The zip tour will eventually consist of four ziplines in total, with views that are said to be breathtaking.

 

 

 

https://vancouverisl...ngton-1.4567656

 

The current Hawk Excursion tour takes approximately two to three hours to complete, with speeds that can reach up to 100 kilometres an hour.

 

Prices for the tour range from $59 for children to $89 for adults.

 


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#126 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 06:09 AM

this is a good deal:

 

 

Enroll in our 13+ FREE Discovery Days program from Jan 14 - 25
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Posted 03 January 2020 - 06:10 AM

Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver has been purchased by Northland Properties Corp., a British Columbia-based company that owns restaurants, hotels and the NHL's Dallas Stars.

 

 

Northland announced in a news release Thursday that it had entered into an agreement to buy the resort from CM (Canada) Asset Management Co. Ltd.

 

https://www.timescol...ties-1.24045604

 

this is the company that owns moxies shark club sandman hotel denny's etc.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 07:52 PM

^ At least its a Canadian outfit; hopefully they'll be more respectful of the local skiing community than is Vail Resorts, which purchased Whistler-Blackcomb in 2016 and all but said "tough beans" to locals who complained about the astronomical jacking up of daily (ski) rates.


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#129 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 08:02 PM

^ At least its a Canadian outfit; hopefully they'll be more respectful of the local skiing community than is Vail Resorts, which purchased Whistler-Blackcomb in 2016 and all but said "tough beans" to locals who complained about the astronomical jacking up of daily (ski) rates.

 

one presumes they have the date/analysis supporting it though.  we can't all go see the canucks for $25 but at $126 they seem to be making money still.  prices can be maximized.


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#130 Jacques Cadé

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 10:55 AM

$126 is a lot for a day of skiing, but not completely outrageous compared to the price of a Canucks ticket or a round of golf. The real problem for Whistler is that, even at those rates, the highway approaching town and lower-mountain lifts are completely overwhelmed by the numbers of skiers, especially on weekends. Here's yesterday morning's hour-long lineup for the Creekside gondola:

 

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Maximizing prices to, say, $200 a day, might make the lines more manageable, and pay for more lifts. Me, I'm sending Whistler a price signal by simply going elsewhere to ski.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:29 PM

I remember the first time I skied Whistler at this exact spot, in 1979. "Creekside" was a gravel parking lot with a single chairlift. Price was $15/day.

 

Creekside in fact is/was the site of the original garbage dump for the town, hence the gravel used to cover it over. The only business still remaining from that time in that neighborhood as far as I can recall is the Husky gas station across the highway. The first snow-gun had only been recenty installed, in 1977.

 

This Macleans article from 2018 probably summarizes the attitude of many skiers in SW BC post the Vail takeover:

 

https://www.macleans...istler-goodbye/


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#132 Mike K.

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:30 PM

Oh wow. Yeah that's $50 in today's money.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:56 PM

Huh. It's been a few years since I've skiied there but I've never seen lines like that at the base. What's going on, has the volume of skiers increased that much, or is this just at Creekside and you're better off going up in the village?

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:09 PM

Currently 18 of 26 lifts are open so that’s creating more congestion among the popular ones that are, I guess.

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#135 Jacques Cadé

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:35 PM

Huh. It's been a few years since I've skiied there but I've never seen lines like that at the base. What's going on, has the volume of skiers increased that much, or is this just at Creekside and you're better off going up in the village?

Village was mobbed yesterday too. Whistler had 18cm of new snow, the first dump for a while, so that's why it was so busy on a Friday morning.

Unfortunately, lines like those are standard on weekends. Thousands of skiers drive up for the day from the Lower Mainland, even from Seattle, and they're all trying to get on the lower lifts between 7 and 10 am. Once up the mountain the crowds spread out and the chairlift lines aren't as bad, although they're still huge (20 minutes-plus) compared to any other ski resort in BC.

One January Saturday two years ago I went day-skiing to Whistler with friends from Vancouver. We left the city at 6:00am, got to Whistler at 8:00 ... and then spent an hour lined up to get into the Creekside parkade, and another 90 minutes in line for the Creekside gondola. Didn't start skiing until 11am.

The only time I ski Whistler now is in May, when the crowds are gone and hotel rooms are cheap.


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#136 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:37 PM

sounds like they need a fleet of heavy-lift helicopters to take up platforms of people at a time.



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Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:58 PM

If you're going to ski in the metro Vancouver area in an effort to avoid the chaos of Whistler I do recommend Grouse Mtn especially at night.

 

Back in the day before arthritis kicked in in both knees Purgatory (pardon the pun) was a hell of a rush particularly at night. Last time I did the 'night thing', when I became more of a cruiser as opposed to mogul guy, I restricted myself to the Peak. Night skiing is an entirely different experience.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:13 PM

I remember the first time I skied Whistler at this exact spot, in 1979. "Creekside" was a gravel parking lot with a single chairlift. Price was $15/day.

 

Creekside in fact is/was the site of the original garbage dump for the town, hence the gravel used to cover it over. The only business still remaining from that time in that neighborhood as far as I can recall is the Husky gas station across the highway. The first snow-gun had only been recenty installed, in 1977.

 

This Macleans article from 2018 probably summarizes the attitude of many skiers in SW BC post the Vail takeover:

 

https://www.macleans...istler-goodbye/

I thought it was less than $15 a day for Whistler in 1979, $12 or even $10 is what my memory has it at.  At these prices it was still the most expensive of seven ski hills near the lower mainland



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Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:43 PM

I thought it was less than $15 a day for Whistler in 1979, $12 or even $10 is what my memory has it at.  At these prices it was still the most expensive of seven ski hills near the lower mainland

 

Entirely possible; I was spit-balling the cost based on a 41 year old memory. And memory is the first thing after the knees that goes. Also back in the day skiing while lubricated to one degree or another was certainly not uncommon. Might have been $12, or $15 or more, we didn't really care. I do know other northwest resorts of the day, including Crystal Mtn and Baker, both of which I skied a lot, typically ranged from $8-15.


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