Snowboard Club UK (SCUK)

Abroad - Whistler 2011-2012

Kitmatt - May 10, 2011 - 03:15 PM
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Hey Peeps,
For years now I have been reading about other peoples season plans with none of my own to look forward too...... finally it's my turn and I'm doing it in style (I hope).

I am planning on spending the 2011-2012 season in Whistler and can't wait. Hopefully all of the valuable gems I have provided over the years will be reciprocated with some good suggestions from the most knowledgeable snowboarders in the UK?

Some key questions as a starter are:

Flights: the cheaper the better, looking at heading out mid October and back late September. Who did you fly with, when and how much were you flights return? Preferably from Manchester but willing to head south/ north if cost is a factor.

Accommodation: Anyone have any cheap suggestions for couples (Iím not expecting luxury living but I don't want Uni style bunk rooms either, twin or doubles would be ideal)? Anyone have any ideas on whether to book beforehand or turn up early season. Any hidden gems peeps would be willing to share?

Location: Creek side seems like a good balance between cost and distance to the mountains but open to suggestions?

Season Pass: the Spirit pass looks like the cheapest option ahead of the early bird but i need a job to get it. Any other deals people have used?

Visa's: Any tips?

Jobs: I'm a bartender by trade so this would be an ideal job but i've heard that you need to get some Canadian quals out there to work in bars. Happy to do this but anyone with any contacts in Whistler that I would be able to speak to and see if I can get a job will be much appreciated. Rough average wage + tips will also be very useful for budgeting if anyone has worked a bar in Whistler/ BC beforehand? Any other job suggestions with reasonable pay and good hours to allow maximum slope time?

Insurance: A real minefield with loads of companies offering various deals but an insight into the best seasonairres insurance packages will be great? We are heading around the world for six months afterwards so an annual policy to cover the whole world and a season would be ideal but if not available, Iíll have to get two separate policies.

Anything else I'm missing? You guys have all the experience so I bow down to your knowledge ;-D

Thanks in Advance..
Wink
ImACrunchyNut - May 10, 2011 - 05:03 PM
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SCUK insurance?
Rubberduckman - May 10, 2011 - 05:04 PM
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Me and my Girlfreind are heading out to Whistler for the 2011-2012 season also and we'd love some answers to the same questions.
I've been searching through the whistler craigslist (http://whistler.en.craigslist.ca) and alot of people are currently renting their places for the summer but i'm sure give it a few months they'll be trying to sort out rentals for the winter so i'm hoping to grab a bargain on there.
We went to Les arcs season before last and used Natives to find accommodation then but its a bit pricey especially the Whistler properties.

Flights are a simple Google search. I've found some as cheap as £300 return per person Smile From Gatwick to Vancouver.

Location i'm asking the same question like you say looked at creekside but i'm interested in staying untill the end of May so will it be advisable to live in the village as only the blackcomb mountain will be open then?

Season passes. Well i brought mine 5 days ago so thats all sorted. The earlybird special was a guarenteed 1199 Canadian dollars. With a 200 dollar deposit needed now and rest payable in september.Not sure if the offer has ended think it did on the 8th Sad Although if you work for the mountain then they'll fund your season pass.

Visa's Guess your not a student so you'd be looking at a bunac non student visa. No idea if they've all gone yet but google search bunac. You can get a 1 year work visa provided your under 30 but they go real fast so i hear.

Jobs no idea as we're not intending on working (The joys of saving, Didn't work last season we did and i'm of the belief that if your going for a "once in a lifetime" trip then why work it. Plus 180 or so days of pure boarding really improves your Abilitys.)
Having said that i'm contradicting the "once in a lifetime" by doing it again Razz

Insurance. Last season i did i used Insure and go. Was about £200 per person.
I've looked into using the same and they're quoting me £550 per person on a basic package :S
Scuk do their own insurance. looks pretty good and if your a member you get a discount. But i'd like other people views there.

But hope you get out there and then we can do some double corks together Razz
ColdComfort - May 10, 2011 - 07:20 PM
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Flights: Canadian Affair are generally the cheapest to Van - http://www.canadianaffair.com/ - if i recall Gina on here does some work for them so shoot her a PM see if she can help u out.

Accommodation: Lez_s is the Whistler accomodation guru - checkout the craigslist for Whistler but beware of skams, also checkout the seasonair companies for inclusive deals.

Location: I'm not a massive Creek side fan, its got a good vibe and Dusty's is sic - but it wouldn't want to spend 6-7 months there, as its a bit of a slog to the village where all the fun stuff is - providing u would have the money to enjoy said fun stuff - u do generally get more for you money in Creekside tho

Season Pass: I got mine already - its all about the early season deals with Whistler - the later you leave it the more u pay - haven't checked this Spirit pass thing tho !

Visa's: BUNAC - apply ASAP - they run out fast !

Jobs: No clue about the qualifications - there are lots of bar jobs in Whistler - JohnnyBelfast will be able to help you out on this front .

Insurance: SCUK is allways good value - and u will need a real good park and off piste coverage if your going to Whislter - dont skimp on this !

Do a Search on here there have been lots of real useful posts from Lez_s, Belfast etc over the years on these topics which will be relevent to you all still !
lez_s - May 10, 2011 - 08:06 PM
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I thought I heard my name haha

The only problem with Canadian Affair is the baggage allowance as its not much. I would look at BA or Air Canada and they do have deal on through out the year.

Accommodation - comes down to how much you want to spend have a look here http://whistler.en.craigslist.ca/ and email Nick at http://www.affordablewhistler.com/ who I book my condo with and he is super helpful and say I told you to email him, also ask about the condo in Gondola Village Creekside. Also http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/pique/index.php - BE CAREFUL over the past couple of season there have been stories of people trying and con people.

Location - I love Creekside as it chilled out and apart from weekends Creekside lift is never busy so you can just walk on, plus its the same lifties so you get to know them as you see them every day. Also Dustys and Rolands are good bars if you want to head out for a few but can't be bothered with going into the village, and again if you get there you'll get to know the people that work there like I have and now class some as my best mates and love riding with them.

Season Pass - You can only get a Spirit pass if you work and as you are looking to work you should be able to get one - as I have never worked in Whistler I dont know the ins and outs of it. Another option would be buy the early bird pass and get a job for the mountain get your money back for the pass.

Jobs - The thing about trying to get a bartender job in Whistler people have been there for years and thats their job so you'll be lucky to find one, but like i said above I've never worked so not 100% about stuff, so calling Belfast on this one.

Visa - http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/un ... x?lang=eng

Insurance - SCUK one does everything.
lez_s - May 10, 2011 - 08:20 PM
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Re other post.

On Craigslist they do have summer lets on there and the problem is when you all head you wont be able to get a place for a year as the winter season makes the landlord more money so in spring/summer the price comes down and then you can get a place for a year. Like you said about Aug/Sept winter places are popping up.

Dont use Natives or another company to find you a place to live as it will cost more. Its so easy to find your own place and there are people in here that know the area and can help out wiht ideas.

Your right about Blackcomb being open in May and yeah getting the bus sucks some times, but when its a nice sunny day and walking through the village you'll bump into people and have a few beers, which is nice. In May Blackcomb opens at 10am so there is no rush to get there.

I think that the earlybird pass deal has ended now (I've already got mine Very Happy). As for 180 days riding, you wish lol

Any questions just ask.

The main thing is, every question Belfast and I answer you owe us a beer.

Beer
winterfunman - May 10, 2011 - 08:30 PM
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lez_s noticed it says Nottingham , are you back in the UK i take it ..... just curious

And are you on count down to going back again ?
lez_s - May 10, 2011 - 09:04 PM
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Thats not changed since Oct 11 2004 lol

I am back, been back 9 days. As for the count down, once I get a job then I can start counting down.
winterfunman - May 10, 2011 - 09:06 PM
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lol , sure it used to say whistler
lez_s - May 10, 2011 - 09:11 PM
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Now you have said that I think I did change it once just to rub it in haha
Jed - May 10, 2011 - 10:45 PM
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I live in Whistler and this is my 4th season here so here's some tips:

Flights
This is really as simple as looking at the companies your interested in and checking out their special offers page. It's all about comparing all the airlines flying to Vancouver and checking if they have any special discounts. Every airline usually has a 'special deals' page somewhere, if you get lucky you can snag a cheap flight there.

Otherwise, book early and use something like these to compare flight prices: http://www.expedia.co.uk/ or http://www.hipmunk.com/

Accommodation
If you want good prices on accommodation, come early. Up to a month before the season starts is ideal because once the season gets going, cheaper accommodation gets snapped up quickly.

Your best bets for accommodation are:

Local classifieds has a great rental listings here: Pique Newsmagazine Classifieds Long term accom - http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/pique/ ... lassifieds

Also: Craigslist, but many of the listings in craigslist are the same listings you'll find in the Pique Newsmagazine. Watch out for scams on craigslist too! - http://whistler.en.craigslist.ca/roo/

Location
As you mentioned, creekside is a good balance usually since you're actually close to the Creekside Gondola and these days you can always upload at creekside and just take the Peak2Peak gondola to get to the other mountain.

Honestly, Whistler's pretty small and there's buses every 10-15min during peak time so anywhere that isn't too far past creekside is great.

Season Pass
The only deals available for this is early bird discounts and spirit pass. Since you're looking for a job anyway, a spirit pass is a great option, virtually every employer in town can help you get a spirit pass.

Just make sure to ask any potential employer to confirm that they can get you a spirit pass, would suck to end up without a spirit pass after early bird discounts expire.

Visa
Bunac. Hurry and do this fast because Visas are limited and run out.
http://www.bunac.org/uk/workcanada/eligibility.aspx

Jobs
If you have work experience as a bartender, this is ideal for you. The only other job I can think of for maximum hill time would be bouncer but you don't quite fit the role haha.

For jobs, it's all about arriving early. Same as accommodation. You can get a head start and start looking before you arrive via the Pique Newsmagazine. Most jobs will be posted in here: Look under careers listings - http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/pique/ ... lassifieds

Canadians tend to not pay a huge wage but tipping is basically mandatory in Canada so bar tenders and servers at fancy restaurants usually make the most money. I can't say really what you'd earn since it's tip based but you'd be earning more than most other season workers as a bartender.

You can usually expect a 10% tip on every drink you pour.

Insurance
I always use World Nomads just because they cover all the fun adventure type stuff that I like to do and provide worldwide + snow season coverage.

Plus they're cheaper than most insurances and offer online claiming and direct deposit into your bank account which is great.

World Nomads Insurance - http://www.worldnomads.com/

Hope that helps Wink Let me know if there's any other info you need.
GinaG - May 11, 2011 - 02:06 AM
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lez_s wrote:


The only problem with Canadian Affair is the baggage allowance as its not much.



*cough* Can upgrade your flight from £99 and get 30kg luggage + 10kg free snowboard carriage. *ahem*
GinaG - May 11, 2011 - 02:08 AM
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Flights

Otherwise, book early and use something like these to compare flight prices: http://www.expedia.co.uk/ or http://www.hipmunk.com/


Worth mentioning that you're not covered with the same level of ATOL protection when booking through a 3rd party search engine. Seen a few this year that have had ridiculous terms and conditions that people don't realise or read. They just assume the airlines terms and conditions apply when that's not necessarily the case.
Jed - May 11, 2011 - 05:27 AM
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Oh yeah for sure. Good tip.

I'd recommend you use the search to find the flight prices then go direct to the airline's website and book there.
matt... - May 11, 2011 - 05:38 AM
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one thing to think about with getting here really early for jobs is no one other than the mountain really hires early. october is dead season. you might find somthing in november but dont bank on good hours until mid december when it starts getting busy.

for bar work you need serve it right. normaly you have to work your way up to bartender, bar back or somthing like that is a good starting point

also im fairly sure the minimum wage will be just above $10ph by the end of this summer.

other than that everything above is about right. although im sure creek side gondi will be alot busier next winter as all the day lots in the village are now paied parking, somthing like $13 a day in the winter.

dont bother with canadianafair for flights, you only get 20kg's then every kg over is £15 and you cant book an extra bag

and mainly cross your fingers for another good snow year like we've had the last couple
Jed - May 11, 2011 - 06:48 AM
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Yeah, you definitely won't get many hours at first, but arriving early is all about securing your job for later once the season begins Wink As soon as jobs become available you want to be in whistler ready to apply, good jobs like bartender's tends to go fast.

Also, matt's correct about about the wage, just keep in mind the whole tip system in canada means they pay you low but as a bartender you can make a lot on tips, especially if you work the peak hours at bars with drunk people.

One more thing, Matt's info on Air Canada's baggage allowance is wrong since he's actually quoting domestic info. For international long distance flights you actually get 1 bag up to 23 kg per bag before they start charging extra & and $50 for an additional bag.
Rubberduckman - May 11, 2011 - 07:32 AM
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So according to:

http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/ ... ecked.html

In Economy Class for an international flight between Canada and Europe(UK) you are entitled to 1 Bag upto 23kg.
You can then buy additional bags from 100$ return (50$ each way) Per person.

http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/ ... .html#-ski

From website:

When packed separately, each of the following counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type:

one or more sets of skis (snow or water) packaged together in the same container,
one snowboard,
one helmet,
one set of poles,
one pair of boots (ski or snow),
one pair of skates,
a single slalom.

So as your only allowed one bag i'd presume you have to pay the $100 dollar extra for ski carraige.

As for Candianaffairs

http://www.canadianaffair.com/en/useful ... uggage.asp

Your entitled to 20kg bag and 5 kg hand luggage (Unless you upgrade to premium class for £99 per person per flight in which you get 30kg bag and 5kg hand)

Also of note is this:
http://www.airtransat.co.uk/en/gammes.a ... &id=25

"SPORTING EQUIPMENT
In addition to the free baggage allowance, you are allowed to carry specific sporting equipment free of charge as shown on the list below. Please note that only one item listed in the grid will be transported free of charge to a maximum of 20 kg (44 lb.) per passenger, and personal baggage and/or other sporting equipment cannot be substituted for the free sporting equipment allowance. Should the sport item combined with the personal baggage exceed the free allowance per person, applicable excess baggage fees will apply.

Ski equipment (snow or water) or Snowboard
Free

Any regular size

Any regular weight up to 20 kg (44 lb.) max.

Consists of:

1 pair of skis
1 pair of boots
1 pair of poles
or

1 snowboard
1 pair of snow boots
Cover pole tips.

Place your skis and poles or board in a pouch and boots in another bag."

So if i'm reading correctly you can take:

Your 20kg(30kg for premium) Hold luggage + 20kg Snowboard + 5kg hand luggage.


PS: I'm trying to use canadianaffairs website and when i try to book i cannot get past the insurance page as the dropdown doesn't work. Anyone else having this problem? Also cannot enter age of passengers on first page :S
lez_s - May 11, 2011 - 08:41 AM
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GinaG wrote:
lez_s wrote:


The only problem with Canadian Affair is the baggage allowance as its not much.



*cough* Can upgrade your flight from £99 and get 30kg luggage + 10kg free snowboard carriage. *ahem*

For a season my snowboard bag is about 25-30kg.
lez_s - May 11, 2011 - 08:44 AM
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So I understand from people that have looked into a working holiday visa last season BUNAC is being faded out and the Canada experience is taking over.

Also I've heard you can now get 2 one year working holiday visa's.

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/un ... x?lang=eng
Jed - May 11, 2011 - 09:13 AM
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Ah good catch Rubberduck, I forgot that europe was put in the same category with the US allowances for Air Canada. My bad.

Yeah you're correct about the ski bag, you'll have to buy an extra bag for $50 each way if you travel Air Canada.
Rubberduckman - May 11, 2011 - 09:31 AM
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Yea Air Canada and BA just look way to expensive for me. I'd rather hold onto to the top of the plain for 10 hours and go budget so i can spend the extra cash on better accommodation.
If only i could get the canadianaffairs website to work :S


Edit:
Just as an extra laugh for insurance.
I rang insure and go and asked about adding funpark cover to their backpackers insurance for the entire season.

They quoted me £9140.....

The young girl on the other end of the phone actually laughed. Laughing
ColdComfort - May 11, 2011 - 07:19 PM
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Your back in Nottingham Lez - i heard rumours u were staying out for summer this time too !?

I think all but the top station parking in the village are pay now - $8 for the day - When i was up in Feb i had some buddies drive up from the city, took them 40 mins to park in Creekside then the gondola queue was 50 mins so they went back to Van ! But its only weekends it will be busy and on days like that your not gonna get many runs anyway if your sticking to piste - think i got 3 laps of Symphony that morning ... they were good laps tho !

And yeah Air Canada have stupid baggage regs now too - cost me $110 on the way out here in Nov.
lez_s - May 11, 2011 - 08:04 PM
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I'm back in Nottingham for now but looking to head to London for some work before heading back to Whistler with a visa in my pocket(I hope anyway).

The lift lines in Creekside can get silly as its the only place in Whistler that has free parking.

At the weekends I'm in no rush to head up even on a powder day as peak doesn't open on a big pow day until about 10ish, so I let all the weekenders head up and then I head up and go to peak line up and head to Million Dollar or Kybers.
JohnnyBelfast - May 11, 2011 - 08:44 PM
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That time of year again, the whistler season thread!
I think most of it has been covered pretty well, visa, flights.
I have to say, im not a creekside guy, only 2 bars so generally people are going out in the village so you need to get a bus, only 1 lift up the mountain so if its busy your feck, the village has 3 and a 4th one a short walk away.
Housing areas within a shor walk of the village are Brio, Cay Heights, Cay, Nesters, White Gold, and the upper village.
Season Passes, if you havnt got it already you have 2 options, get an Early bird or a Spirit Pass, normally only a $100-$200 differance. You will get a spirit pass from any employer, but if you get fired/quit you will lose your pass. My recomendation is to get the early bird, so you have a pass secured for opening day, if you get a job for the mountain they will refund the pass.
Jobs, there are plenty but may not be what you were hoping for. Service industry, i think, is the best way to maximise time on the hill and money. Not always easy to get though, as a general rule of thumb girls will serve and guys will bartend. There will be more serving jobs than bar jobs, and as mentioned before most of the bartenders will have been working there for a while, be canadian, and been in town for ages. Im not saying its impossible its just hard, some of the less busy spots you would have more luck. Pay will be $8.75 for service work but you will make decent tips.
Kitmatt - May 12, 2011 - 06:54 AM
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Awesome responses so far so thanks guys and gals....

Lez_s, Rubberduckman, ColdComfort, Matt, Johnny Belfast and Jed - Thanks you guys, you're info has been very helpful. If you want to start "donateapint.com" I'll be happy to throw a few your way
Wink

I've just started the applciation for the visa and I'm going to spend the day trawling through the websites you have suggested to see what I can find.

I take the points about bartending, I suspected it might be locals rule on this one but I'll try my hand anyway and see if anything sticks. I don't expect to be paid anything more than minimum wage if I do get a bartending role but as mentioned, tips will help.

Seems like a real mixed bag regarding opinions on Creekside. I'm not adverse to walking and although living in the village would be ideal, knowing i'm backpacking for six months afterwards has made me prioritise my monies..... I'll be running on fumes if I make the step up to the village by the time I'm home 12 months later and I don't really want to be in that position so a 10 mins bus ride once a day isn't really much of a compromise if it means i can do what I want to in both BC and the rest of the world.

Rubberduckman - I am a student actually (although technically this runs out in October), is there some form of other scheme to get a visa if I am a student?

Thanks
Kitmatt - May 12, 2011 - 07:30 AM
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Some questions RE: IEC Application Process

Not sure if anyone has been through this yet but, I'm filling out my pack at the moment and:

Do you print the forms out and fill them in by hand or do you work on an electronic copy as my adobe acrobat isn't allowing me to type in any text, but it looks as though it's been set up so it should allow this? None of my personal details are filled in on the form including name etc which I suspect should be completed?

It's asking for a Police Certificate? Any Ideas?

Employment Section: It asks for the name of an employer in Canada and job role? As I don't have a job yet but intend too do I just leave this blank?

Sorry - the FAQ section on the IEC website is weak.
Kitmatt - May 12, 2011 - 08:47 AM
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Ignore the Forms (something to do with my Javascript settings) and the police Certs.... i've found that stuff now I was just being thick and not looking properly!

Still could do with an answer on the employment stuff though... Wink
JohnnyBelfast - May 12, 2011 - 03:50 PM
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Never leave any space blank, they will assume you missed it and send it back. Always put something in the box, in this case 'N/A' or 'To Be Arranged' should work. Check with others first.
CapitalG - May 15, 2011 - 07:12 PM
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I just finished applying for my second working holiday visa through IEC, so hopefully I can help with a few of your queries. If you look in the email you got with the application pack you should have this link:

http://www.international.gc.ca/canada-europa/france/jeunesse-youth/formulairesCIC_CICforms-en.asp

If you follow that link there's a section called "Details of Intended Work in Canada" that tells you how to fill out the employment part of the form.
Kitmatt - May 16, 2011 - 01:06 AM
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CapitalG wrote:
I just finished applying for my second working holiday visa through IEC, so hopefully I can help with a few of your queries. If you look in the email you got with the application pack you should have this link:

http://www.international.gc.ca/canada-europa/france/jeunesse-youth/formulairesCIC_CICforms-en.asp

If you follow that link there's a section called "Details of Intended Work in Canada" that tells you how to fill out the employment part of the form.


Yeah I got this link but can't figure out if it is OK for me to put NA in employment details as I don't have an employer yet but need to get a job when I am out there Sad
CapitalG - May 17, 2011 - 06:32 AM
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You definitely don't need to have a job sorted out before you get to Canada. Here's what I stuck down:

Name of employer in Canada:
International Experience Canada Program

Address of place of employment:
-left it blank-

Job Title:
Not applicable

Start Date:
-left it blank-

Can I have a pint too? Smile
rideonwhistler - May 24, 2011 - 07:19 PM
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WORK PERMIT
No more student visas Sad

SEASON PASS
If you can afford to it's worth buying the early bird season pass as a back-up option... if you end up getting a spirit pass or free staff pass then you can refund the early bird pass. Whistler Blackcomb do charge an admin fee (it was $50 if you refunded it before the hill opened in November this season) but could be worth it. If you get a job with WB I'm pretty sure they waive the fee...

ACCOMMODATION

My landlady has asked me to see if anyone on the forum would be interested in leasing her other house in Creekside for the winter? It has 3 double bedrooms (or 4-bed if you don't want a dining room), 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens (one of them is randomly in a bedroom though!) and a good sized living room. All floor coverings new this week. It's less than 10mins walk to Creekside gondi. She's asking $3,400 p.m. for a 6-month lease, with a half month deposit. I think she would go cheaper if you were looking for a 12-month lease.

Its a lovely house - not as good as our Ride On Whistler properties (we're not huge Creekside fans!) but a clean, warm and spacious house! It's a bit early to get this out there but seeing as she asked!
Brain_Stew - Jun 14, 2011 - 06:15 AM
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If funds permit it after getting some more slopetime over the summer I'll hopefully be going on my larry for a week in January
matt... - Jun 16, 2011 - 06:49 AM
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coc's open saturday, glacier time!
Kitmatt - Jun 28, 2011 - 08:08 AM
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Just got my first email from the embassy in France saying I've passed stage one and need to pay for my visa.......... fingers crossed for stage two...... getting really excited now.

Any sugestions for good/ cheap airline flights from Manchester to Vancouver? We went with Zoom last time but as they have now gone bust... Sad
rideonwhistler - Jul 13, 2011 - 10:18 PM
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www.canadianaffair.com is about the cheapest I can ever find...
Denizen - Jul 15, 2011 - 09:19 PM
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rideonwhistler wrote:
www.canadianaffair.com is about the cheapest I can ever find...


I'd agree with that, my girlfriend and I moved over to Vancouver with them earlier this year, 150 quid each including tax one way. I also took 2 bikes with me at 60 pounds each. With the excess baggage it worked out about 250 each one-way. Couldn't find anything with taking the bikes for anywhere close to that.
nickmotture - Jul 16, 2011 - 08:43 AM
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150 each way?! Christ its not like that in the summer, my friends coming over from Vanvouver next month and the cheapest she found was 1000 quid return!
GinaG - Jul 18, 2011 - 10:56 PM
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She wasn't flexible to the nearest second so she had to pay the most expensive flights possible!
Kitmatt - Jul 23, 2011 - 02:47 PM
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Stage two passed... just waiting for the Canadian Embassy in England to approve the visa now and I'm there........
Flights booked (risky I know but I'm pretty confident I'll get a visa now).
Anyone have any good suggestions for S2S Highway travel from Vancouver Airport to Whistler (aka the cheaper the better?). I've seen the Whistler bus at CA$55 one way which looks the cheapest at the mo but any inside tips would be most appreciated.
I'm working over there so I'm not willing to pay tourist prices for transfers, and couldn't afford too if I wanted too Very Happy
lez_s - Jul 23, 2011 - 05:31 PM
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rideonwhistler wrote:
www.canadianaffair.com is about the cheapest I can ever find...

Yes they are cheap, but with the baggage allowance they have there is no way I can all the stuff I need for a season with them.
lez_s - Jul 23, 2011 - 05:33 PM
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Kitmatt wrote:
Stage two passed... just waiting for the Canadian Embassy in England to approve the visa now and I'm there........
Flights booked (risky I know but I'm pretty confident I'll get a visa now).
Anyone have any good suggestions for S2S Highway travel from Vancouver Airport to Whistler (aka the cheaper the better?). I've seen the Whistler bus at CA$55 one way which looks the cheapest at the mo but any inside tips would be most appreciated.
I'm working over there so I'm not willing to pay tourist prices for transfers, and couldn't afford too if I wanted too Very Happy

Just get the coach from the airport as it will save you taking all your stuff down town to get the greyhound.
philw - Jul 23, 2011 - 05:41 PM
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What he said.

The greyhound station's in an "interesting" part of town which you'd not really want to go to and it's a pain to hack over there and it'll cost you a taxi fare. Just use the transfer bus. On the way back the greyhound can work as they'll drop you in the city and you can take a shuttle from there, but the transfer bus is still easier.

Assuming you know where you're going then you can tell the bus and they'll drop you at their nearest point. If that's not handy then you can get them to drop you at the taxi loop and take a bus or a cab from there. If it's late then expect to be entertained by Brits carousing and trying to vomit on your feet. They're harmless but not pretty.
oli_collins - Jul 25, 2011 - 11:01 AM
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Yer it can be a bit of a mission to walk to the bus station dragging a few bags.

Does the greyhound bus still stop off outside one of the big hotels in downtown Vancouver on its way up to Whistler? I think its the same place that you can jump off on the way back down.

Anyone else heading out in October? I haven't got round to booking my flight yet but am still waiting for my visa at the moment.
ColdComfort - Jul 25, 2011 - 07:27 PM
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Pacific Central isn't that bad a part of town tbh, and even the Sketchy areas of downtown are not as dangerous as they look.

The cheapest way is Sky train from YVR to downtown, then change to the Science World train then 5 mins walk to Pacific Central Greyhound ( one ticket - its about $7 i think now ) . Get the greyhound to Whistler which stops at the central Depot and creekside. The Greyhound return is about $35 if booked in advance ( cheeper if student etc ) the Pacific YVR-Whistler transfer coach was over $100 last time i looked.

On the way back the bus only stops at the downtown Fairmont ( i think it is ) and then Pacific Central.
ciaren - Jul 26, 2011 - 03:11 PM
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hey guys, found this forum while looking for info on whistler.
i've just decided i want to spend about 5 months out there.
i was looking to do an internsip to get my casi lvl 1. however i guess i would end up teaching newbies for the whole season and dont really want to do that.

so i was thinking of just going solo. however im not sure if i will have enough money. i can get est for accomodation and flights. but i am not sure on the cost of the ski passes as the early bird special has finished, and the living cost aswell. and info would be greatly appreciated. oh and i still need to get a board :/
philboarder - Jul 26, 2011 - 10:19 PM
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1st question would be do you have visa because your going to need one if your going to teach snowboarding.

Its expensive its whistler some companies give free lift passes or you can get a free one for doing volunteering but you need a visa to do that
ciaren - Jul 27, 2011 - 06:31 PM
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well ive just got to wait for the acro police report thing, then hopefully i'll be sending off for the visa.

ive read on the rideonwhistler website that it'll prob come to around £600 month for food going out etc. i guess this is close to what it would be, but have any of you guys done it on less?

thanks
philboarder - Jul 27, 2011 - 09:49 PM
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Yeah i saw two of my housemates do it on about 110$ a week but to be honest they would rarely go out maybe 1 night a week but they did ride pretty much every day
ColdComfort - Jul 28, 2011 - 01:16 AM
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Yeah depends if you drink liquor or not eh Phil ? Smile

I live on about $100 a week down in the city usually - but if i drink well.. quadruple that... Helps if you avoid the pricey food items too like cheese and anything that carries a government levy ( like plastic bottles and crap ). And live by the happy hours - 30c wings and $2 pints are FTW !

Also don't forget you will probably break / loose at least 2 things.. so be prepared for that with insurance and back up moola !
ciaren - Jul 28, 2011 - 06:12 PM
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well if i get lost i wont be able to call the insurers cus i wont know where i am :/ but thanks. makes it a bit more viable if i cant/dont get a visa/job. just waiting on the immigration department to e-mail me back about a query. 28 days :/
oli_collins - Aug 05, 2011 - 10:38 AM
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Ahh i want to get out there now. Am still going through the process of sorting my visa out and need to keep saving until at least the end of sept. Anyone know any jobs starting in a month that will mean I don't need to save up as much? October cant come soon enough at the moment.
Bailz - Aug 05, 2011 - 03:05 PM
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lez_s wrote:
rideonwhistler wrote:
www.canadianaffair.com is about the cheapest I can ever find...

Yes they are cheap, but with the baggage allowance they have there is no way I can all the stuff I need for a season with them.


I'm confused at this?

If you fly Air Transat through Canadian affair don't you get 5kg hand, 20kg Baggage (upto 30kg if you upgrade to premium/club) and 20kg ski/board

How much stuff are you taking? lol
Kitmatt - Aug 11, 2011 - 06:07 PM
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Woohoo,
Visa approved!!! Winrar! Just need to start the job hunt now and accomodation hunting. Thanks to all of you who have provided advice so far, it's been really useful!

RE: Passes - I think the earlybird opens in mid august, the early early bird passes were earlier in the year and they are all gone ;-( Hopefully I'll get a pass sorted soon.

Transfers: Sounds as though Greyhound or direct transfers from the airport are the best bet. I'll look into both and try and get them pre-booked although I think we are possibly going to Vancouver for a few days to have a look around/ get some kit from Comor before heading up the S2S.....

Accomodation: Anyone have any cheap recommendations for temporary accomodation until we can find something for the season in whistler? I know we are looking at creekside or alpine medows long term but when we first land we will need a base for a week or so.... any really cheap accom recommedations would be great from those in the know???

Insurance - It's a bloody fortune isn't it!!!!! It's looking like at least £350 for a policy for the season. As we are heading to SE Asia, Oz and NZ afterwards I'm trying to find a policy for the full 15 months we will be away. But it maybe cheaper to just get two seperate policies, im not sure.
Does anyone have any suggestions on good/ cheap coverage for the season? I need at least a £300 single item limit as my board is worth more than that and obviously medical cover needs to be awesome as more likely than not I'll be in traction at some point (touch wood not).
Has anyone combined a season with other world travels like us and if so can they suggest any policies or companies to use?
I know it's a punt but don't ask, don't get.

Thanks in advance.

Matt
ciaren - Aug 11, 2011 - 06:50 PM
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congrats on the visa man. i took too long. due to needed some info and didnt get it, now its closed. which means if i go now, itll prob be for 4 months instead of 5, which i think, if i go, would be better as it gives me another month to save and would put me with a better budget. just looking for places to stay. most ive found are around $4500 CAD for the 4 months.
philboarder - Aug 11, 2011 - 07:24 PM
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Southside Lodge in Creekside is a youth hostel is probably your best bet short term. Or there is a HI Hostel at alta lake
ColdComfort - Aug 11, 2011 - 10:39 PM
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Gz dude - see you out there next winter probably !

Phil - you heading out again this year pal ?
JohnnyBelfast - Aug 12, 2011 - 05:07 PM
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Passes, just wait for early bird its the best option, even if you are working they will refund it.
Transfers, you dont really need to worry about until you get there, from the airport the PCL (pacific coach line) is the easiest but a little more expensive, alternate travel is via a sky train and greyhound which is only slightly cheaper and a bit more hasstle. If you stay in Van for a bit then greyhound up is the best option.
Accom, as said southside is a good spot to hit up when you first get to town, it is outside the main village but near shops and facilities and most importantly lifts.
Insurance is a tough one, obviously you need to get something that will cover you long term which is hard, as far as coverage and length of coverage i found BMC (british mountaineering council) to be pretty good, unfortunately it has gone up in price recently, but it does cover you for a lot of activities.
matt... - Aug 13, 2011 - 03:16 AM
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with insurance if you think you might stay on for summer get a years insurance. a friend just crossed the border to renew her visa and had problems as even though she has bc health they would only issua a visa for the lenght her insurance lasted

and hi hostel is at the other end of the world.

if anyone wants places checked out i live here year round now so dont mind dropping in on a few houses to make sure they are legit.

iv also got to pick a couple of friends up from van on nov 14th so will have a spot or 2 in the truck if anyone needs a ride up here
Kitmatt - Aug 16, 2011 - 11:22 AM
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Thanks for the offer Matt, that's very generous of you to offer a lift but I think we will be heading up a few days after arriving on the 15th October.... I think greyhound is probably the way forward for us.

If you have any suggestion for half decent diggs though out there we would definately be throwing a few beers your way as way of a thankyou. We need accomodation until the end of March 2012 and ideally close (ish) to the slopes without costing a fortune (probably impossible I know).

We aren't going to be staying in Whistler for the summer as we will hopefully be in SE asia at that point, but I'm still hunting for a suitable policy.

Johnny, thanks for your comments too, I'll have a look at BMC and see what they offer.

Not long til the earlybirds go on sale, they mention the fact that if you get employed by a Whistler business you can qualify for a Spirit pass and get a refund if you have already bought a higher price pass. Has anyone actually sucessfully got a refund out of them in this scenario?

I've just passed my BC Foodsafe Level 1 and Serving It Right qualifications in the hope of getting bar work. Anyone out there suggest any good establishments to throw my CV at as a starter? I have a list of about 90 but obviously a great bar would be ideal. I know my chances are slim against annual seasonairres but I have 6 years bar experience and have previously been a bar supervisor/ manager so I hope I have a better chance than most.....

Thanks again
JohnnyBelfast - Aug 20, 2011 - 08:04 PM
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I should be able to help with any bar/restaurant questions you have.
alanc - Aug 22, 2011 - 05:08 PM
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Premier coaches did a single from Van to whistler for just over $20 one way last year.

http://premierpacific.com/bus/main.php?cat_id=85
Kitmatt - Aug 23, 2011 - 09:12 AM
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Thanks Alan, I've sent premierpacific a mail asking for a quote. Fingers crossed prices haven't changed much since last year.

JB - Cool, thanks for agreeing to give me a hand. I supose what I'm really after is a few suggestions of good friendly bars in whistler that are always busy? If i start with them as that's my ideal and where my previous experience is, and then if I get no joy there then I can branch out into other areas I have less experience in such as restaraunts/ hotels etc.
alanc - Aug 23, 2011 - 10:13 AM
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The bars I recommend are Tapleys, crystal, citta, cinnamon bear and I guess amsterdam (but its a bit pricey)
JohnnyBelfast - Aug 24, 2011 - 08:09 AM
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Looking for a bartending job will be hard, and you will get alot of rejections, but it is possible.
Bartending is close to the top of the job pyramid everybody wants it, you get good money, tips, generally work evenings so can shred all day.
There are some bars that have waiting lists just to get a job, some bars that i could say right now that you wouldnt get a job.
I guess what i'm saying is that the really good bar jobs will be taken by the year round locals, people that have worked in town for a while.
Also you may find that you will get hired as a barback and have to work as that for a while before you get on the bar.
This is a list of the most likely bars you could get a job in, Blacks, Crystal, Cinnamon Bear, Firerock, Buffalo Bills, Longhorn, Brewhouse.
The bars in the very hard/impossible bracket are, GLC, Dubh Linn Gate, Citta, Amsterdam, La Bocca, Brandys, 21 Steps, Maxx Fish.
There are a load of other places to but that gives you something to start on.
If you want me to elaborate on anything or questions on other bars, ask away.
Kitmatt - Aug 25, 2011 - 09:44 AM
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Thanks JB and Alanc, I've got some to go on there.

Alanc - Premier Pacific came back with $48 + HST each way......wowzers!!! things have obviously changed a lot since last season Sad
ace_mcgraw - Aug 25, 2011 - 10:03 AM
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I was just flicking through some bits and pieces and saw Elephant and Castle advertising for jobs. I don't think it was there when I went, but its an English theme pub it seems so an English accent might be what they want!

http://www.elephantcastle.com/whistler/employment
Kitmatt - Aug 25, 2011 - 04:36 PM
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Thanks for the post Gav but it doesn't allow me to put an application in for Whistler on their form. U'll try emailing them direct...... maybe my Northern charms will serenade them Very Happy
JohnnyBelfast - Aug 25, 2011 - 08:35 PM
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Forgot about that place, you might have some luck there!
The other thing to remember is it is really quiet Oct/Nov and some times you can get hired early but not start work until Dec.
Keep checking the pique paper for job postings, there have been a few bar jobs recently which is not too normal.
ciaren - Aug 28, 2011 - 06:28 PM
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hey guys. with regards to renting in whistler. whats the best way to do this? im looking at craigslist but dont really get how the renting works. if anyone has used this or has some help it would be appreciated.
lez_s - Aug 28, 2011 - 07:22 PM
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Its just like any other site, just email the ad you like the look of and if it all works out I would guess you would bank transfer a deposit or they will wait until you get out there.

I'm sure if a good place comes up someone could check it out for you.

BUT people have been ripped off so be careful!!!
lez_s - Aug 28, 2011 - 07:23 PM
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Also check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Whistler- ... 4477267116
ciaren - Aug 29, 2011 - 11:05 AM
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ah ok. thanks. and i'll keep checking that fb page
Kitmatt - Sep 01, 2011 - 06:58 AM
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JB - I may have potentially performed the impossible - I have an interview with one of your very hard/impossible venues which I am very chuffed with. Not guaranteed obviously but it's looking good. Thanks for your help.
Kitmatt - Sep 01, 2011 - 07:03 AM
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ciaren wrote:
hey guys. with regards to renting in whistler. whats the best way to do this? im looking at craigslist but dont really get how the renting works. if anyone has used this or has some help it would be appreciated.


Ciaren,
We are waiting until we get out their and booking into a hostel for the first few days to use as a base.

I'm finding most people won't consider you until they have met you. They are all replying and having discussions with us/ answering our questions but when it comes to the crunch time they are hesitant until you arrive in resort.
All I am doing is arranging viewings and meets with the people and if the apartments are still available when I get out there then they know I'm coming and we will hopefully find somewhere.

I've also heard that some of the best deals are available through the agents and aren't posted on craigslist etc so it may be cheaper to wait. I suppose it's whether you think it's worth the risk.
ciaren - Sep 01, 2011 - 05:15 PM
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ah ok, so go. book into a hostel, then waste a few days trying to find accomodation. s'pose thats not too big a problem. but im looking to go in december time. would that make much of a difference, i.e. most of the places gone?
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 01, 2011 - 05:52 PM
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Let me guess, the GLC?
I wasnt sure about putting it in that catagory, as normally they have a big staff that work there year round, but recently have had a mass exodus, and looking to hire a bunch of new people.
Thats awesome though, good bar, good people, free pass as a bonus.
Kitmatt - Sep 08, 2011 - 11:20 AM
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Actually No (although I hear they are recruiting),
I'm trying to figure out which bars give free passes, which are part of the spirit programme and which don't do anything. I don't suppose anyone knows where I can get this info?
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 08, 2011 - 05:59 PM
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I can help you with that.
Was it the Dubh Linn Gate then?
rideonwhistler - Sep 11, 2011 - 09:31 PM
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To my knowledge GLC, Merlins, Dustys and the dubh linn gate all offer free passes

If you want to get a job there do your serving it right qualification.. Some info on our site here

http://www.rideonwhistler.com/Whistler_ ... b_Hunting/

ciaren - more difficult in december to find a good place especially if you want to be close to the village!

have a look at our accommodation options for the season here

www.rideonwhistler.com
pridefc - Sep 11, 2011 - 09:41 PM
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You'll want to get that season pass sorted soon before the price goes up
lez_s - Sep 12, 2011 - 11:35 AM
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I wouldn't have thought Dublin Gate would offer free passes as they aren't owned by the mountain, unless things have changed.
ColdComfort - Sep 13, 2011 - 01:12 AM
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Hope this means i'll be getting heavily discounted drinks at one of my fav bars then dude ! Wink
NJoY - Sep 13, 2011 - 01:02 PM
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Hello you all!

I'll be joining you guys for the winter 2011/12 season and surely I can't wait!

I'm 24 and from Belgium and did a winter season in Val Thorens (France). Can't wait to experience some canadian powder snow!

First off I would like to thank all the people posting some very usefull information on here! I got my visa sorted out, flight booked and now taking on the challenge of finding a 'home' and work.

As I also have experience as a bartender it's very interesting to follow up the adventures of Kittmatt. Maybe you could give me some advice on how to approach the different bars. I always found it difficult to write down the right words in a motivational letter.

Maybe something different then and a bit early but after the season I'll be travelling the rest of Canada (may to october). Anybody has the same plans? Experience? Please let me know so we can start a new topic and stay on topic in this thread.

Anywayz I'm looking forward to meeting all you guys and other people and have a crazy winter!!

Greetings NJoY!
rideonwhistler - Sep 13, 2011 - 06:19 PM
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The Dubh linn gate is owned by the pan pacific as far as I know and all the hotel staff get a free pass so I would have thought the staff at the pub would too.. Def worth looking at!

I know the guys in the fairmont and 4 seasons bar/restaurant did / maybe still do!
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 14, 2011 - 08:03 AM
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Working front of house at the Dubh Linn Gate you do not get a free pass. You will just have to buy a spirit pass. If you work in the kitchen you will get a pass and they will take money off your pay cheque every 2 weeks, if you work for them for a full season you will get the money back.
Kitmatt - Sep 19, 2011 - 12:50 PM
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Incidentally, what's the average bar wage over their? Just wondering what I should be expecting roughly?
Anyone know?
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 19, 2011 - 04:20 PM
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$8.75 per hour plus tips, thats minimum wage. Not very many places will pay more than that. So where do you have your interview?
rideonwhistler - Sep 20, 2011 - 08:31 AM
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Minimum wage for everyone except alcohol servers is going up on November 1st to 9.50! Not much help for servers but great news for dishwashers and lifties..
ace_mcgraw - Sep 20, 2011 - 08:47 AM
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Ha, I think I got nearly $11 an hour when I was a lifty - I was an extra special lifty though Very Happy
Kitmatt - Sep 20, 2011 - 12:49 PM
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You are a special anything Gav!

Got some provisional interviews with Dubh Lihn Gate, Fairmont, Maxx Fish and a few others.

I'll have to see where I go with them though as they are only interviews.

Smile
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 20, 2011 - 05:54 PM
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Nice work, yeah you do tend to have a bunch of interviews when you get to town, so many people out looking for jobs. Half of them are idiots though so if you can go in semi professional hold a good conversation, you have a solid chance.
The minimum wage for serving does go up to $9 in May
lez_s - Sep 20, 2011 - 06:07 PM
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If you get a bar job just remember your friends who dont have much money this season haha.
lez_s - Sep 20, 2011 - 06:08 PM
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Oh, It says Whistler opening day is Nov 24th, I'm going for opening day Nov 18th.
Kitmatt - Sep 22, 2011 - 07:59 AM
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lez_s wrote:
If you get a bar job just remember your friends who dont have much money this season haha.


I'll try my best pal,
Just don't come asking for freebies on day one, I don't want to get fired off the cuff......

Yeah, we'll be about on the open day if we haven't got sorted with Jobs.

Anyone know if we can get a SIN number on arrival in Vancouver rather than waiting for one to be posted out to us?
Is there an office we can turn up to, sign up and then walk out with our SIN cards (Like the DVLA/ Passport Office etc)?
ace_mcgraw - Sep 22, 2011 - 08:02 AM
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Kitmatt wrote:
You are a special anything Gav!

Smile


Aww shucks, 'm blushing now Embarassed
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 22, 2011 - 09:35 AM
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Quote:

Just don't come asking for freebies

Thats pretty much all Lez does.
On the SIN side of things i am not sure if you can pick one up that quickly, but on the plus side you dont actually need the number to start the job. You can get the job, work for a while and then just give them your SIN when you get it.
Kitmatt - Sep 22, 2011 - 09:37 AM
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Cool,
That's good news, thanks Johnny,
I'll definately buy your guys a few beers to say thanks though so we'll have to meet up.
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 22, 2011 - 10:04 AM
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Thanks bud, i'm just here to help but i will definately take that offer for a beer. Smile
lez_s - Sep 22, 2011 - 12:45 PM
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JohnnyBelfast wrote:
Quote:

Just don't come asking for freebies

Thats pretty much all Lez does.

Ouch!

And here was me with a couple more big jar's of Marmite for you.
abisearle - Sep 22, 2011 - 01:55 PM
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Hey,

So you can get your SIN in Vancouver, it's easy and they'll give it to you on the day according to this:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sin/apply/how.shtml

It's what I'm planning on doing! They do also come to Whistler:

http://www.whistlerchamber.com/Employme ... reach.html
ColdComfort - Sep 22, 2011 - 07:26 PM
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Yeah the SIN in vancouver is real easy, you just need a work visa and passport - takes about an hour or less depending on traffic and the office is rite in the middle of downtown van about a block away from Graville sky train station.

Just budget a day in Van to sort that and your bank account etc, There are a few good hostels, Backpackers on Granville and a good one on Burnaby street a few blocks from town center.

If any of your guys are heading up to Whistler on a weekend let me know, i might be able to give you a ride up, as i'm still up there from time to time for single track or some early touring...
JohnnyBelfast - Sep 22, 2011 - 08:26 PM
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Haha Lez i kid i kid.
Plus i still have some marmite
lez_s - Sep 22, 2011 - 09:19 PM
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Trust me you can have the marmite as there is no way I'm holding on to it haha.
oli_collins - Sep 23, 2011 - 12:38 PM
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Has anyone spent the summer in whistler? If so when is the best time to go out there then? I didn't manage to get my visa this time round and can't reapply as they have stopped taking applications. I'm thinking of applying when they reopen and getting there for the start of summer and getting all set up etc so am out there for next season.

Might even be able to get a bit of glacier boarding in during the summer as well.
lez_s - Sep 23, 2011 - 02:36 PM
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Or you could head out this winter and once the visa site is open you can apply on line and send your passpord and paperwork to a UK address for them to repost with a UK postage mark.

When you get your visa and someone posts it back you head to the USA for a day and on your return you get the visa stamped.

You wouldn't be the first person to do that.
oli_collins - Sep 23, 2011 - 02:48 PM
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Sounds like a good idea, but funds wise im not sure if would be able to be out there without a job for a long period at this stage. By my workings out i would just be scraping the barrel money wise if i was to go out in october with a visa.

I do wonder if im able to work as a UK freelance web designer/developer while being based in Whistler. But i guess it is enough of a challenge to set up as a freelancer while in the UK let alone while being in another country and 8 hours behind.

When do they tend to reopen to have new visa applications?
lez_s - Sep 23, 2011 - 02:55 PM
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As long as you dont tell the people at the airport you will be working, but saying that you aren't going to be working for a company in Canada without a visa, but still dont say a word and work.

No idea when they reopen, but I'm keeping my eye on it in case they up the age limit.

To be fair you can live in Whistler cheap you just need to know how to do it.
philw - Sep 23, 2011 - 04:14 PM
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lez_s wrote:
As long as you dont tell the people at the airport you will be working, but saying that you aren't going to be working for a company in Canada without a visa, but still dont say a word and work.


What he said - they ask you specific questions which are designed to get you to say you're working there. They know the tricks. I've also had some fairly serious questions when entering the country by other routes, for example from the US by road with US nationals etc.

So get your story straight and say the minimum necessary. You know what they're looking for, so don't give it to them.
nickmotture - Sep 23, 2011 - 04:17 PM
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I'm going to be working as a freelance animator in the US but for UK based companies, sending the work back and being paid in the UK. No reason they need to know anything about it.
ghorne67 - Sep 23, 2011 - 10:41 PM
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lez_s wrote:

To be fair you can live in Whistler cheap you just need to know how to do it.


What's a realistic budget per month, including accomodation and maybe boozing once/ twice a week?
lez_s - Sep 24, 2011 - 08:16 AM
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Its a hard one to answer.

Accomm could be around $750 a month - could be more could be less e.g. shared room or you own.
Drinking twice a week around $100 - could be more or could be less but I do put it away.
Weekly food about $50 - but I'm not a small person so eat a lot, but could be more or could be less.
Eating on the mountain $10 a day - I dont eat on the mountain
Beers after riding $20 - a jug of beer which you get 4 pints from
ghorne67 - Sep 24, 2011 - 02:20 PM
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About £7k then for a 6 month season, that sound about right?
lez_s - Sep 24, 2011 - 10:25 PM
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Yeah thats a good amount.
rideonwhistler - Sep 25, 2011 - 10:38 AM
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Take a look at our page on living costs

Whistler Season Guide - living costs

we updated it last year so its pretty accurate
Kitmatt - Sep 26, 2011 - 10:42 AM
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We are working of £7k each as a budget.
Hopefully we will be able to get most of this back through working out there and refunds of stuff like passes etc... I think we are taking about £2k out in cash and then living off our earnings for the rest of the season having already bought flights, transfers, insurance and season passes.

We have accomodation for $1000 which is a room for two of us (a couple) in a big house with a hottub and projector room that's five mins walk from Whistler Village and ten mins to the slopes. It came up on Craigslist and was to good to pass up. We are lucky we have a friend in Whistler that was willing to put a deposit down for us so we could reserve the room.
lez_s - Sep 26, 2011 - 11:44 AM
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Cool. Any rooms going haha
lez_s - Sep 26, 2011 - 05:45 PM
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Snow http://snow.whistler-blackcomb.com/whis ... house2.jpg
ColdComfort - Sep 26, 2011 - 07:49 PM
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Yeah its nasty as feck out here in BC today - winter is rapidly closing in Smile
Kitmatt - Sep 27, 2011 - 07:25 AM
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Well, although it's not great in BC now, give it a few more months Very Happy
matt... - Sep 28, 2011 - 01:42 AM
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just picked a place up in blueberry, on the corner of blueberry drive and st antons way. not sure how were going to set up yet but could have the master free or somthing else if anyones looking for a place still
glassbubble - Sep 28, 2011 - 08:41 AM
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Matt i have sent a pm.

glass
whistler_tim - Oct 03, 2011 - 11:16 PM
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I have a room to rent in our place in Whistler. A neighbourhood called Whitegold. 5min walk to Blackcomb base Wizard chair. Be first in line every morning. Little secret...Wizard opens before the village gondolas do Wink

Have a room to rent for the season $1100 for a couple and $1000 for single person.
Also because myself and my girlfriend are home in the UK working our room is up for rent right now $750pm until 1st December Utilities included (WIFI and Electricity)
You can walk out the front door and see both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and choose which one to head to and ride.

Got pictures of the property email me sp_rider@hotmail.com Les has been there and can vouch its a sick pad. Smile
You can even ride home along the cross country trails in 5mins.
10min walk into town and very close to the supermarkets. No need for a bus pass
lez_s - Oct 04, 2011 - 06:15 AM
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Indeed I have been there and who ever takes it will be living with two of the coolest people I know, and I'm sure they would tell you some spots to ride that only locals know about.
Kitmatt - Oct 06, 2011 - 08:33 AM
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Balls,
Our pad has now fallen through, despite putting a deposit down. Aparentely the agent didn't get the money in time from the previous room renter so they rented the entire house out to another group. Harsh.

We are back on the lookout for someonewhere to live for the season. I'll send Tim above a message about his place and see what it looks like. We were going to be paying $1100 for a whistler cay place with a hottub so it needs to be pretty awesome to get close to that Wink
lez_s - Oct 06, 2011 - 09:54 AM
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Where is Whistler Cay was it?
Kitmatt - Oct 06, 2011 - 10:02 AM
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Palmer drive
ciaren - Oct 06, 2011 - 05:15 PM
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sup guys,

heading out in december, so hopefully will see you guys out there. although i dont think i'll be snowboarding for the first week/ few days as i look for cheap accomodation :/
lez_s - Oct 06, 2011 - 07:25 PM
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You can find somewhere to live at night after riding in the day time.
rideonwhistler - Oct 06, 2011 - 08:28 PM
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How many people are in your group kittimat?

Ill give you shout if I hear of anything.. There are still places available but the winter but things are getting a little busier
Kitmatt - Oct 07, 2011 - 03:45 PM
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Just two of us dude, my girlfriend and I. Both late twenties and looking for somewhere a little more luxurious than the average, specifically close to the lifts and access to a hot tub as we are old and need a dip after a day of shredding!
rideonwhistler - Oct 07, 2011 - 04:52 PM
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Fair enough,

I would be looking in Creekside if I were you for that list of criteria the village will be expensive and you can tick all those boxes in the creek..

Will let you know if I hear of anything.. When you heading out?
Kitmatt - Oct 07, 2011 - 06:17 PM
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Will be in Whistler from the 17th October. Willing to go up to $1100 a month including utilities. Thanks pal!
JohnnyBelfast - Oct 07, 2011 - 06:28 PM
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I dont know if you have looked here yet but there is some decent options www.whistlerproperty.com
are you able to sacrifice the hot tub if it comes down to it, you will have a better chance finding a place in your budget.
Also are you willing to share a place or you want your own
Kitmatt - Oct 07, 2011 - 06:44 PM
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Happy to share Wink
lez_s - Oct 07, 2011 - 06:50 PM
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Hot tub and close to the lift I think you will have to pay a little more then you said above.
Kitmatt - Oct 07, 2011 - 08:02 PM
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That one in Whistler Cay had it so should be able to fid somewhere in white gold/ Cay area hopefully, if not the hot tub can be ditched an we'll have to force our way into a neighbours Wink
ciaren - Oct 07, 2011 - 08:42 PM
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anyone got a promo code for pacific coaches?
Kitmatt - Oct 07, 2011 - 09:13 PM
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Cheapest we could get was greyhound. PC weren't for moving on price unfortunately.
ciaren - Oct 07, 2011 - 09:19 PM
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what was your price on greyhound? im thinking pc as i cant b bothered with the hassel of finding the greyhound.
lez_s - Oct 07, 2011 - 09:23 PM
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Greyhound you have to go down town to get it.

Did you try and talk Pacific Coaches into a cheaper price?
Kitmatt - Oct 07, 2011 - 09:44 PM
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Yeah, we are already staying in downtown so a two min walk to central is no biggy. I spoke to PC and they said the best they could offer was on the website. Think greyhound was about $22 from central to the village per person each way.
ciaren - Oct 07, 2011 - 09:55 PM
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ah man, half the price, but twice the effort, im guessing you need to get a taxi downtown?
lez_s - Oct 07, 2011 - 10:03 PM
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Didn't think you would get very far with Pacific Coaches haha

They are the only ones that go from the airport.
rideonwhistler - Oct 07, 2011 - 10:36 PM
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you can get the skytrain to downtown for $8 super easy..

http://www.rideonwhistler.com/Whistler_ ... _Whistler/

for more info

Yeah pacific used to do half price for locals but they have got rid of that offer now Sad

If you want somewhere to stay in White Gold kittimat we might have a room free for november while you hunt..
moo - Oct 08, 2011 - 09:50 AM
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If you join Hostelling International you get cheaper Greyhound tickets

http://www.greyhound.ca/en/dealsanddisc ... rship.aspx

Am not entirely sure how you join as a non Canadian but on my season a couple of brits where members as they got reduced tickets for me.

If there's more than one of you travelling they do these companion fare discounts too

http://www.greyhound.ca/en/dealsanddisc ... nfare.aspx
pezmaster - Oct 09, 2011 - 12:24 PM
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Just to add a question to this,

What is the situation regarding Visa Debit cards at cash machines and bars etc in Whistler? Having spent 6 months out in Alberta last year it was a bit of a mission sometimes to draw cash.

Many thanks

Jim
Kitmatt - Oct 10, 2011 - 10:53 AM
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You can draw cash from cashpoints/ ATMs in the village as normal. Depending on your UK bank you could have some significant charges for doing this. We are using credit cards for purchases out there (Halifax Clarity, Nationwide Zero) and then paying the credit cards off with cash at theUK side via online banking. We are also doing a one off international wire transfer to our canadian accounts when out there so we can take cash out of our canadian accounts without the internation charges everytime we do.
lez_s - Oct 10, 2011 - 12:29 PM
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One thing, not all UK cards work in ATM's in the village such as North Shore or some stand alone ATM's so once you find one remember where is it as you might have to go back to that one to get money.
Kitmatt - Oct 10, 2011 - 05:13 PM
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rideonwhistler wrote:


If you want somewhere to stay in White Gold kittimat we might have a room free for november while you hunt..


Sounds Awesome. Can you PM me the details and how much you want for it including utilities etc. Is it suitable for a couple?

Thanks dude
whistler_tim - Oct 11, 2011 - 12:02 PM
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Our place is still available in Whitegold from now right through the season. $1100
Queen double bedroom. Suitable for couple or single person.
Doesn't have two beds or bed that splits in two.
Alternatively we have another room 14th October until 4th December $400 for October and $800 for November.
email sp_rider@hotmail.com
Tim
whistler_tim - Oct 11, 2011 - 12:03 PM
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you can get locals prices on Pacific Coachlines with proof of address in Whistler. Like a lease or bill.
Kitmatt - Oct 11, 2011 - 11:22 PM
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Crap, didn't realise you had to pay extra to take your snowboard to Whistler from Vancouver via Greyhound.... that sucks a lot!!!
ColdComfort - Oct 12, 2011 - 12:36 AM
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You have to pay more for > 1 bag and TBH i have never paid it, they rarely check at boarding... u can risk it if u feel like it.
lez_s - Oct 12, 2011 - 01:49 PM
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Kitmatt, sadly you are going to have to pay up as people have getting to Whistler locked down.

Another way, if there is get 3 or 4 people and hire a car and do a one way trip as that works out cheaper then the bus.

One last one http://whistler.en.craigslist.ca/rid/
ColdComfort - Oct 12, 2011 - 07:15 PM
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When do you get here ? I might be going up if its a weekend and can give you a ride, i have to go up once before the season starts but now the bike park is closed it won't be more than once.
Kitmatt - Oct 13, 2011 - 01:11 PM
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We are heading up from Van on Monday... I've booked the greyhound now and they are none refundable tickets so don't worry but thanks for the offer. I supose an extra $10 each isn't that bad and it's still cheaper than PC.
AdrenalineUK - Oct 14, 2011 - 12:25 PM
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Hey Kittmatt,

Im heading out on Nov 1st to whistler. Do you have a place sorted etc?
ColdComfort - Oct 14, 2011 - 07:55 PM
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Kitmatt wrote:
We are heading up from Van on Monday... I've booked the greyhound now and they are none refundable tickets so don't worry but thanks for the offer. I supose an extra $10 each isn't that bad and it's still cheaper than PC.


No worries dude, well if your in Van and wanna go for a drink shoot me a PM.

And like i say they never check the baggage when i have been up there, so i wouldn't worry too much, try and blag it Wink
Kitmatt - Oct 15, 2011 - 11:15 PM
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ColdComfort wrote:

And like i say they never check the baggage when i have been up there, so i wouldn't worry too much, try and blag it Wink


Cool, will do.
I'm in Van now with the Mrs. Arrived yesterday so have spent the day getting SIN and bank accounts sorted. Let us know if you are about and maybe we can grab a drink tomorrow night?

Actually, can I take anyones advice on cells out here?
We are looking at the pay per minute plans and Telus seem the best but not sure of their coverage in Whistler?

Fido, Rodgers and Bell all seem similar but don't offer quite what I am after (voice, text and data under $30, presuming 2hrs work of voice and/or texts a month and a data option)? Have any missed anyone who you think is better?

Also, now that we have arrived, my Mrs. has informed me she does not have a tri-band phone so we need to get her a new one. Apart from eBay.ca does anyone have any suggestions about where to get a cheap one? She isn't bothered about data but will use voice and text.

Thanks
tee1 - Oct 16, 2011 - 01:49 AM
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Kitmatt wrote:
ColdComfort wrote:

And like i say they never check the baggage when i have been up there, so i wouldn't worry too much, try and blag it Wink


Cool, will do.
I'm in Van now with the Mrs. Arrived yesterday so have spent the day getting SIN and bank accounts sorted. Let us know if you are about and maybe we can grab a drink tomorrow night?

Actually, can I take anyones advice on cells out here?
We are looking at the pay per minute plans and Telus seem the best but not sure of their coverage in Whistler?

Fido, Rodgers and Bell all seem similar but don't offer quite what I am after (voice, text and data under $30, presuming 2hrs work of voice and/or texts a month and a data option)? Have any missed anyone who you think is better?

Also, now that we have arrived, my Mrs. has informed me she does not have a tri-band phone so we need to get her a new one. Apart from eBay.ca does anyone have any suggestions about where to get a cheap one? She isn't bothered about data but will use voice and text.

Thanks



Hey

Me and my boyfriend got to whistler a few days ago and a few of the locals have recommended solo, think they do cheap phones too. Ride on whistler have an advice section on phones which ive found really usefull. We went looking for phones in Van and every network but rodgers said they could not give us a local whistler number down there so make sure you double check.

You got a place to live sorted yet mate?? There's not many rooms going so i'm trying to put a group together to rent a house. Maybe you and the Mrs would be keen? We could meet up for a drink or something if you fancy it. We don't know anyone so trying to meet as many people as possible.
Kitmatt - Oct 16, 2011 - 06:04 AM
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tee1 wrote:


You got a place to live sorted yet mate?? There's not many rooms going so i'm trying to put a group together to rent a house. Maybe you and the Mrs would be keen? We could meet up for a drink or something if you fancy it. We don't know anyone so trying to meet as many people as possible.


Nothing sorted yet, would be good to meet you and location dependant, we'd be very interested in sharing if what we are after aligns???

Thanks

Matt
lez_s - Oct 16, 2011 - 07:22 AM
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Kitmatt wrote:
ColdComfort wrote:

And like i say they never check the baggage when i have been up there, so i wouldn't worry too much, try and blag it Wink


Cool, will do.
I'm in Van now with the Mrs. Arrived yesterday so have spent the day getting SIN and bank accounts sorted. Let us know if you are about and maybe we can grab a drink tomorrow night?

Actually, can I take anyones advice on cells out here?
We are looking at the pay per minute plans and Telus seem the best but not sure of their coverage in Whistler?

Fido, Rodgers and Bell all seem similar but don't offer quite what I am after (voice, text and data under $30, presuming 2hrs work of voice and/or texts a month and a data option)? Have any missed anyone who you think is better?

Also, now that we have arrived, my Mrs. has informed me she does not have a tri-band phone so we need to get her a new one. Apart from eBay.ca does anyone have any suggestions about where to get a cheap one? She isn't bothered about data but will use voice and text.

Thanks


Phones - make sure you get a Whistler area code or when people phone you, or you phone them and you have a Van area code it will be classed as long distance, but double check that as it has been all the time I've been out in Canada.

Remember Whistler is a major area in Canada so its not like some out back resort so the coverage wil be good for who ever you pick. My self I use Rogers.

You can get deal with phone and sim card for about $50-70.
JohnnyBelfast - Oct 16, 2011 - 10:23 AM
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I am not sure if the deal is still on but at the 7-11 if you bought $100 credit on pay and go, you got a free phone. Nothing special but works fine for talk and text. And as Lez said any of the providers will be fine for coverage.
Another option is to check out http://koodomobile.com/en/bc/index.shtml
You can completely design your own package, pick a phone and at a reasonable price.
tee1 - Oct 16, 2011 - 08:54 PM
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Kitmatt wrote:
tee1 wrote:


You got a place to live sorted yet mate?? There's not many rooms going so i'm trying to put a group together to rent a house. Maybe you and the Mrs would be keen? We could meet up for a drink or something if you fancy it. We don't know anyone so trying to meet as many people as possible.


Nothing sorted yet, would be good to meet you and location dependant, we'd be very interested in sharing if what we are after aligns???

Thanks

Matt




Cool, well we're after something close to the village ideally whitegold/spruce grove/nesters/whistle cay. We're considering creekside but having done some maths thereís not much price difference if we need a bus pass. We're debating whether its better to live close to the creekside lift rather than being a bit further out of the village (blueberry, brio etc) and so further from any lifts. Not sure so maybe someone could help us out on this one?
We're looking for maybe a 3 bed place so its social without being rammed. Something as nice as possible without breaking the bank on a 6 month lease. Let me know if this is similar to what your after

Are you staying in the hi hostel for a few days then?
Me and the boyfriend are off there today to try meet some peeps in the same boat.
Kitmatt - Oct 16, 2011 - 11:35 PM
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We are in the Village Inn as of tomorrow night and we after after something similar so would be good to meet up. We arrive on the greyhound at 3pm in hte village so should be available from about 4 if you fancy meeting somewhere for a drink?
tee1 - Oct 17, 2011 - 04:19 AM
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Kitmatt wrote:
We are in the Village Inn as of tomorrow night and we after after something similar so would be good to meet up. We arrive on the greyhound at 3pm in hte village so should be available from about 4 if you fancy meeting somewhere for a drink?


Nice one, what about if we meet you guys for a drink in the Amsterdam pub. Its right in the center of the village, never been in but it looks good. About 7ish? We're easy though so anytime you want.
Cheers tee
Kitmatt - Oct 17, 2011 - 02:42 PM
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Amsterdam at 7 sounds good. I'm trying to get a cell sorted today so i'll pm you the number later on. Failing that though, we'll be in Amsterdam from 7pm. I'll wear a bright orange snowboard coat and my name (funily enough) is Matt ;-D
JohnnyBelfast - Oct 22, 2011 - 05:26 PM
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Hows the first week been for you guys? Getting settled in? How is the job/house hunt going? Temps are dropping by the day now, getting a base layed down up there. Should be no time before we are shedding! Get pumped!
glassbubble - Oct 22, 2011 - 08:01 PM
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fingers crossed , my lease is sorted and will be arriving on the 28th oct.

ice888 if you read this , feel free to pm me when you hit town.

Glass
Ice888 - Oct 23, 2011 - 01:32 PM
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Hey guys, Droping into whistler 26thnov for a few weeks, need poeple too hang with as running solo, glassbubble cheers man, al drop u a pm when i arrive cool.
Kitmatt - Oct 24, 2011 - 07:15 AM
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Been in town for a week and it's awesome. Hopefully have somewhere to live sorted behind the IGA which will be cool as it's in the village. Jobs are a nightmare, I didn't realise how hard it would be. Experience counts for nothing and it really is about who you know, which puts me at the bottom of the pile. At least i'm not homeless! I'll keep going but my dream bar job is in the gutter I think, unless I'm planning on being out here for a few years an working on the door all season.
PM me I'd you want to meet for a drink, we don't have much to do so it will e good to finally meet you all Wink
lez_s - Oct 24, 2011 - 09:31 AM
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Kitmatt wrote:
Experience counts for nothing and it really is about who you know, which puts me at the bottom of the pile.

Welcome to Whistler Laughing
abisearle - Oct 24, 2011 - 12:49 PM
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We're arriving next week, so much to do before we go, but can't wait!!
ciaren - Oct 24, 2011 - 06:50 PM
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btw how much clothes are you guys taking, did u just fill your suitecases with snowboarding gear. then whatever weight you had left filled with clothes etc?
lez_s - Oct 24, 2011 - 07:51 PM
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Nope, snowboard outer wear in snowboard bag and street clothes in my backpack.
Kitmatt - Oct 25, 2011 - 12:45 AM
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Unless you are flying Candian Affair in which case you'll struggle to get anything apart from your board and boots in your snowboard bag Wink
lez_s - Oct 25, 2011 - 08:13 AM
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Did you have any problems with Candian Affair? I'm flying Candian Affair - Air Transat which I get 20kg for my snowboard bag, which I know I'm going to be over anyway.
JohnnyBelfast - Oct 25, 2011 - 10:26 AM
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I personally spoke to Canadian Affair, they said that no one under the name Lawrence could possibly board a flight. True story!


On a side note, if you have a big coffin bag then stuff as much as possible in there, i have never had trouble at the airport in 10 years of travelling, they always just thought it as excess, no big deal.

PS do not hold me to that statement!
lez_s - Oct 25, 2011 - 11:41 AM
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Do you fly Canadian Affair? With BA and fly zoom I was never asked about my bag, but in this day and age where people are trying to make ends meet I'm not sure how fussy they are going to be.
JohnnyBelfast - Oct 25, 2011 - 12:08 PM
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I flew Canadian Affair once and never again! In my opinion you are better to fork out for the better airlines at the start and you will get less hidden fees cropping up on you. Plus the comfort of your flight will be 10x better
Just be nice and smile to the person at the desk, and if they call you on it, act dumb!
lez_s - Oct 25, 2011 - 01:22 PM
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Can't wait to fly with them now.

Seeing as it was half the cost as BA I'll be happy with over head baggage hold.
glassbubble - Oct 25, 2011 - 02:05 PM
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just wondering if anyone has any info or opinion on http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/ticket ... /index.htm
NEW MAX 4 LESSONS! Season Membership

im kinda interested in trying to get my CASI1 and 2 , so i was thinking this maybe a very cheap way of getting the instruction needed.
lez_s - Oct 25, 2011 - 03:08 PM
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If you can snowboard you can get your CASI1 if you can make up a lesson plan and get what you are saying to the people you are teaching then you can pass CASI2.

If I was you dont waste your money and just do your CASI.

How are you doing your CASI as if you do it via CASI them self its cheaper and quicker.
glassbubble - Oct 25, 2011 - 03:20 PM
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thanks lez , aye , i was looking to do it direct via CASI . it was just a thought of using the season tuition pass as a good way to polish a turd Wink

so back to plan A , build a kicker the other side of Spankys and try to nail my fs/bs 3's Smile
lez_s - Oct 25, 2011 - 03:50 PM
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Best way to get your 3's is to find side hits when you are riding about and then move onto the small kickers in the parks.
Brain_Stew - Oct 25, 2011 - 07:59 PM
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Its official, I'm now going solo. Going to be out there from 7th -14th January. I'm hoping to be able to hit some blue runs by the time I'm out there so if there's anyone else going about the same time or any of you seasonaires don't mind an extra person joining you for a day feel free to drop me a PM
lez_s - Oct 25, 2011 - 09:01 PM
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Sweet. I'm sure I'll forget, so PM me when you are about to head out and I'll sort a meet up with my self and I'm sure Belfast will come along and do some laps and have a few beers after.
Kitmatt - Oct 26, 2011 - 06:20 PM
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Les,
If you are flying Candian Affair then be prepared to cough up £15 for every Kilo you are over, and don't expect to change your return flight date, it's fixed. We tried to change our return flight to later so we could stay longer and CA just said we'd have to buy a new flight. It's in the T's&C's apparentely but we just assumed that they'd be happy to take a extra £40 off each of us to change the date like other airlines. Aparentely they go for the juggular instead and make you fork out for a whole new flight.

BUT

The flight was on time and the staff were friendly so it's not all bad ;-D

See you out here!!
lez_s - Oct 26, 2011 - 08:20 PM
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I'm flying by Air Transat via Candian Affair.

I hope the 20kg will be fine as I'm not taking as much as I normally do.
whistler_tim - Oct 26, 2011 - 08:39 PM
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Kitmatt wrote:
my dream bar job is in the gutter I think, unless I'm planning on being out here for a few years an working on the door all season.


Are bar job is totally a career job out here. They tend to earn big bucks.
Look forward to meeting for a pint when we get out in December. Smile
R1ch - Oct 28, 2011 - 10:30 AM
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Indeed, and they only go to true locals.... or pretty girls.
NJoY - Nov 03, 2011 - 12:31 PM
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Allright boys & girls

I'm packing as we speak and heading to you on saturday! Smile very exciting..
I'll be staying in vancouver 2 or 3 days to get a sin, bank account, sell, ...

I read bar jobs are a pain in the ass to find but how about normal service jobs in restaurants? or how about other industries like hotel reception, stores, delivery???

I'm travelling alone this time so hope you guys or in for a few runs and a few beers together.. (first round is on me! :p)

cheerio!
lez_s - Nov 03, 2011 - 01:40 PM
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You want get a barman's job as they are for the locals as that job gets the best tips.

Things like service jobs, hotel reception, stores, delivery etc are always about. Remember that people quit their jobs, get hurt and go home, get sack for not turning up on pow days so job always come up.

When do you fly out and when you think you will be in Whistler?
matt... - Nov 04, 2011 - 04:57 PM
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Iv just got to the top of solar on blackcomb to service the station, snows getting on for mid thigh across the top here, snow guns have been going 24 hours for the last week or so and you can no longer drive much higher that green chair on whistler, WINTERS HERE!!!!
lez_s - Nov 04, 2011 - 06:23 PM
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Matt, you got any idea about an early opening?
ColdComfort - Nov 04, 2011 - 07:44 PM
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Its cold like a bitch down here in the City today, Local hills have had the cannons running all day. I'm thinking its gonna be around the 18th this year, once the big storms start hitting.

You not out here yet Lez ?
matt... - Nov 04, 2011 - 08:38 PM
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At the moment there's no plans but if it snows enough then whis will open early. It will be green, red, vg, and creek Gondi. I know they were/are crossing fingers for the 11th as its long weekend but again we need a couple of good storms. As soon as I know though....
lez_s - Nov 04, 2011 - 09:03 PM
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Not out yet. I fly Nov 10th and heading straight up to Whistler. I hope its going the 18th even though I want to ride I need to get my self sorted out, wax boards food shop etc

We all will have to meet up for a beer when we all are out there.

Matt, were you wearing that outer wear last season? I might be wrong but you dreads too. I think I remember see you about, if you were there last season.
JohnnyBelfast - Nov 04, 2011 - 11:10 PM
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Opening on the 18th
lez_s - Nov 04, 2011 - 11:18 PM
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What you heard Belfast?
matt... - Nov 04, 2011 - 11:47 PM
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Les, iv been here a few years now and yeah iv got dreads so I'm fairly easy to spot. I'm normally iv got a few disguises when I'm riding. Just saw a guy drop Sudan, looked good!!!
ColdComfort - Nov 05, 2011 - 07:43 PM
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Some smaller storms heading this way next week, but i don't think it will be enough to open for Remembrance Day Sad - I'm gonna try and work it and slide the lieu day to the following weekend, safe money sez the 18th.

Might go Hike some lines in Garibaldi next weekend if conditions look good / safe, anyone else up for it give me a shout.
NJoY - Nov 06, 2011 - 06:02 PM
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Hey lez

I'm in Vancouver right now staying with some friends.

Heading up to whistler probably on Tuesday after I got SIN, bank account and sell figured out on monday.

I'll drop a line here once I'm up in whistler!
ColdComfort - Nov 06, 2011 - 08:01 PM
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NJoY wrote:
Hey lez

I'm in Vancouver right now staying with some friends.

Heading up to whistler probably on Tuesday after I got SIN, bank account and sell figured out on monday.

I'll drop a line here once I'm up in whistler!


If your staying in the West end, hit me up if u wanna go grab a beer !
ColdComfort - Nov 07, 2011 - 09:44 PM
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Cypress is opening tomorrow after the big cold as storm today - Get in there !!!

Heard its pretty bluebird in Whistler today tho so not looking likely it will open for the bank holiday.
NJoY - Nov 07, 2011 - 11:17 PM
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ColdComfort wrote:
NJoY wrote:
Hey lez

I'm in Vancouver right now staying with some friends.

Heading up to whistler probably on Tuesday after I got SIN, bank account and sell figured out on monday.

I'll drop a line here once I'm up in whistler!


If your staying in the West end, hit me up if u wanna go grab a beer !


Actually I'm staying at main street and 6th.. Not sure how far that is.. Very Happy

Playing poker tonight and dinner party tomorrownight.. but if you have some time free tomorrow afternoon?

I'll pm you my phone number.. feel free to send a text so next time it's easier to contact you!


Cheerio
lez_s - Nov 08, 2011 - 12:59 PM
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Is anyone on the Air Transet flight from Gatwick to Van Nov 10th. 3 of us are hiring a van and driving up to Whistler and looking for a couple of people to join us as more we get the cheaper it is.
NJoY - Nov 08, 2011 - 06:27 PM
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Hey lez

I'm stil in Vancouver, was thinking about taking greyhound up the mountain tomorrow but if the price is right it might be easier for me aswell to go up with you guys..

So how much would I be paying?
What time are you guys going up?

Cheerio !
lez_s - Nov 08, 2011 - 09:58 PM
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I'll speak to the guy sorting it and let you know asap
Kitmatt - Nov 09, 2011 - 12:58 AM
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Hey,
Heard the 18th as well for opening day. It was the 11th but don't think we've had enough snow really.
Belfast - didn't see you guys on the frisbee golf course, will probably be the last round of the season for us though as it is pretty white and after the last flurry i'm guessing finding your disk will be a little harder now. How did you go?

Deffo up for a beer when you guys get here.
Kitmatt - Nov 09, 2011 - 01:03 AM
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Also, Belfast you are a f*&ker!!!
I am now like crack is to a crack baby...............except my crack is the $13 Keg Beefdip!!
lez_s - Nov 09, 2011 - 09:05 AM
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mmm......beefdip!
NJoY - Nov 09, 2011 - 06:30 PM
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Lez you got any news for me? Smile
lez_s - Nov 09, 2011 - 08:19 PM
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Right now no.

If I was you dont hang about for us as nothing is booked as yet. If anything changes I'll let you know.
ColdComfort - Nov 09, 2011 - 10:47 PM
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Kitmatt wrote:
Also, Belfast you are a f*&ker!!!
I am now like crack is to a crack baby...............except my crack is the $13 Keg Beefdip!!


Beefdip in the GLC is also tha sh1t !
annieredding - Nov 09, 2011 - 11:02 PM
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The GLC beefdip was immense! Never knew the keg had it, was too busy enjoying their steaks with red pepper sauce Smile
ColdComfort - Nov 10, 2011 - 02:14 AM
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annieredding wrote:
The GLC beefdip was immense! Never knew the keg had it, was too busy enjoying their steaks with red pepper sauce Smile


I'm suprised you remember the GLC ones after all them Mai Thai's young lady ! Razz

The Keg is all about rolling up drunk and seeing how many crude sex jokes you can make about the 'Beef Lollipop's' to the waitress before you get bitch slapped and thrown out !

(no i'm not kidding its an actual menu item !!)

We should take WFM there - he would own at that game

Laughing
matt... - Nov 10, 2011 - 08:41 PM
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Soooooooo, decision will be made Monday on opening. Right now it's not great, rain to the top last 2 days and looks like it's staying warm through the weekend. Most of what's up here is now a snow soup.
ColdComfort - Nov 10, 2011 - 08:58 PM
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Yah its warm here too, Temp is forecast to drop next week tho and some big storms rolling in for next weekend, so its going to be a close call !
NJoY - Nov 11, 2011 - 05:35 AM
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lez_s wrote:
Right now no.

If I was you dont hang about for us as nothing is booked as yet. If anything changes I'll let you know.


I'm up in whistler! Thx anywayz..

See ya guys soon in one or other bar!
annieredding - Nov 11, 2011 - 10:44 PM
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ColdComfort wrote:
ColdComfort wrote:
annieredding wrote:
The GLC beefdip was immense! Never knew the keg had it, was too busy enjoying their steaks with red pepper sauce Smile


I'm suprised you remember the GLC ones after all them Mai Thai's young lady ! Razz




Those mai Tais were mojitos..... See you were more drunk than me!! Wink
lez_s - Nov 11, 2011 - 11:27 PM
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NJoY wrote:
lez_s wrote:
Right now no.

If I was you dont hang about for us as nothing is booked as yet. If anything changes I'll let you know.


I'm up in whistler! Thx anywayz..

See ya guys soon in one or other bar!

Sweet. Will get something sorted soon.

Where are you staying?
NJoY - Nov 12, 2011 - 05:36 PM
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I'm staying in 6141 Eagle drive, cayheights.. right next to the highway..

Let me know when you are in town and we'll have a beer or 7 Smile!
JohnnyBelfast - Nov 12, 2011 - 07:33 PM
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You are right near me, im just at 6124. I you might be beside oli bone, he lives somewhere around there.
lez is going out tonight for welcome back drinks, 7pm in tapelys
lez_s - Nov 12, 2011 - 08:00 PM
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Yeah come along to Tapley's tonight.

I'll pm you my number.
NJoY - Nov 12, 2011 - 09:58 PM
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Allright nice.. I'll be there!
ColdComfort - Nov 14, 2011 - 08:34 PM
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Opening Friday - not much terrain opening tho from the looks of it Sad
NJoY - Nov 14, 2011 - 09:21 PM
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Hey lez, great party!

I was still drunk allday yesterday :/

So when do we do it again :p???
lez_s - Nov 15, 2011 - 03:39 AM
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I didn't leave the sofa all yesterday.

we'll do it again soon once I've fully recovered.

Grab me on FB.
Brain_Stew - Nov 22, 2011 - 05:52 PM
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sounds like you guys are having a wicked time i cant wait for January to roll around
Ice888 - Nov 22, 2011 - 06:12 PM
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Arrive sunday Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
ColdComfort - Nov 22, 2011 - 08:38 PM
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60+ cm over night, a sicky was well on the cards today !
ciaren - Nov 22, 2011 - 10:33 PM
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arrive in just over a week Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy
matt... - Nov 23, 2011 - 04:41 AM
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DEEP!
Kitmatt - Nov 23, 2011 - 10:57 PM
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Another 25cm overnight, got some great pow lines in today. I'm very happy Smile

If you aren't out here, why not????
Sidget - Nov 23, 2011 - 11:19 PM
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59cm of snow predicted on Saturday... damn you Whistler.
lez_s - Nov 23, 2011 - 11:46 PM
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Got first lines down Raven yesterday. It was so deep. Had too much snow to go across the flatish area as it made us stop and took us 20 mins to hike through 20 meters.

The photo is from a steep run mid mountain.
Sidget - Nov 24, 2011 - 12:29 AM
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): So jelly
ciaren - Nov 24, 2011 - 12:31 AM
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ooohhhhh cant wait
annieredding - Nov 24, 2011 - 12:33 AM
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See you march lez & comfort, can't wait! Xx
ColdComfort - Nov 24, 2011 - 01:33 AM
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Sic Lez, im starting to regret not taking that sicky now !

I'll tell the GLC to stock up on liquor for March Annie Very Happy Xx
CjKit - Nov 24, 2011 - 08:55 AM
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I think this thread should be locked to stop you people gloating and making us poor people sick with jealousy! Wink
pridefc - Nov 24, 2011 - 09:53 AM
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Ah looks sick lads, glad you're able to enjoy it. Fernie also got dumped on however not quite as much as you. 11 more days till I fly out Smile
lez_s - Nov 24, 2011 - 10:49 PM
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More snow!!!
ColdComfort - Nov 24, 2011 - 11:17 PM
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Forecast :

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/weathe ... /index.htm

Now that's just getting silly !
matt... - Nov 27, 2011 - 08:59 AM
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1800m is the round house, that doesnt count as snow, its rain to the top
CapitalG - Dec 03, 2011 - 02:58 AM
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What are the conditions like up there at the minute?

Considering a trip up from Van on Sunday but I see it hasn't snowed for a few days...
ColdComfort - Dec 08, 2011 - 08:18 PM
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In the city it hasn't snowed for a few days, but the temps have been pretty dam cold still, Cypress is in good condition and there is a fair storm forecast for Saturday and blue skys Sunday - can't comment on the condition up in Whistler as i haven't been up for 2 weeks.
JohnnyBelfast - Dec 10, 2011 - 12:17 AM
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So the 12 Pubs of Christmas are approaching for anyone living in whistler.
The date has been set for monday 19th, starting at 2pm in brandys.
Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier.
Full details can be found on the facebook event page
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/239254842807423/
Its going to be a blast!
Matty_K - Dec 10, 2011 - 10:13 AM
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Hi guys, I'm heading out to whistler for all of March. Staying with a mate until the 13th before another friend turns up on the 22nd.

Any recommendations for single accomodation for the 9 days in between?

Cheers
lez_s - Dec 10, 2011 - 05:28 PM
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This is the only place I can think of off the top of my head

http://www.hihostels.ca/westerncanada/3 ... ler.hostel

I would book now just in case.
pezmaster - Dec 10, 2011 - 08:17 PM
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Hey all,

I'm up in whistler for a month as of a week today and I cannot wait. Staying at Valhalla then latitude 50 on my jack jones. Hopefully catch up with some of you guys and go for a shred.

If anyone else is flying in on sat eve I'm tempted to rent a car for the trip up if I can make it break even so if anyone else wants a lift share drop me a shout

Jim
JohnnyBelfast - Dec 10, 2011 - 11:44 PM
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You should totally come to the 12 pubs of christmas then, perfect way to meet a bunch of people both local and SCUKers, everyone will be meeting new people so you wont be the only one.
ciaren - Dec 11, 2011 - 04:03 AM
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sup guys, been in whistler for just over a week. on my own, as staying with someone who works. so looking for some peeps to shred with. hit em up for some days.
Brain_Stew - Dec 15, 2011 - 04:26 PM
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Accuweather are forecasting 86mm of snow in Saturday! What's the local forecast saying?
ColdComfort - Dec 15, 2011 - 10:43 PM
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Its due to get warmer here Saturday so could be rain pretty high - then the temp drops again on Sunday - Avy risk is super high rite now too, so if you get even 10-15 high up expect the alpine to close, be real carefull in the BC too, tons of fresh ontop of hard packed ice = Slabs galore !

I often find that the specialist forecasts for the weekend in Whistler are 'optimistic' at best as they try and sucker all the pidgeons like me up from the city.

Environment Canada or TWC are your more reliable sources.
lez_s - Dec 16, 2011 - 10:55 PM
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ciaren wrote:
sup guys, been in whistler for just over a week. on my own, as staying with someone who works. so looking for some peeps to shred with. hit em up for some days.

Drop me a pm with your number and when I'm on the hill I'll come find you.
matt... - Dec 21, 2011 - 07:53 PM
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it looks like the snows coming back at last!!!
ColdComfort - Dec 21, 2011 - 09:10 PM
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matt... wrote:
it looks like the snows coming back at last!!!


Like !

Local mountains are so dam icy rite now its more like skating !

Lez - im pm'ing u my number lets go grab some beers over the hols if your around - im up after the 28th.
rideonwhistler - Dec 22, 2011 - 07:43 PM
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Looks like it will be a merry xmas! 30 odd cms and freezing level in the village yeeha
matt... - Dec 24, 2011 - 07:20 PM
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ohhh heyyyyyyy la nina
pridefc - Dec 24, 2011 - 08:18 PM
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You want to chuck some over to Fernie? We haven't had snow for a while and due to a warm spell our hill is now an icey death trap. I've not been up since the weekend, we desperately need some. weather report said we were getting some overnight and today but never materialised. Still saying tomorrow however I've given up on the forecast it always lies lol
philw - Dec 26, 2011 - 01:27 AM
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Fresh now in the last couple of days (15cm each day maybe), the machine is "on".

Temperatures around freezing at village level - some rain some snow down here, but riding down is fine, just the last parts have sticky snow, same as ever. Resort conditions were good on groomed runs but with the last couple of days the bump runs are in excellent condition now too. Resort powder.

In fact there's now enough fresh snow to run the cats/ heli, so I'm done with the resort for this week by the looks of it.
nzandy - Dec 26, 2011 - 04:01 PM
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Hey, sounds like those in whistler are already having a blast. I'm heading over on my ace in Feb/March (staying with seasonit). Anyone else in the same boat? I'm keen to find some others to do a few runs and smash some of those canadian beers!
gymrite - Dec 29, 2011 - 07:45 PM
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Alright all, I'm going to be in Whistler for Feb and March this season. The fact that all the snow melted in Scotland this Xmas has made me want to be there even more. Can't wait.

Currently trying to find a room to rent in a shared house. If anyone knows of anything available at the mo or a good website to look on (already been on craigslist) it would be greatly appreciated!

Jim
SnowAndrew - Dec 30, 2011 - 09:26 AM
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gymrite wrote:
Alright all, I'm going to be in Whistler for Feb and March this season. The fact that all the snow melted in Scotland this Xmas has made me want to be there even more. Can't wait.

Currently trying to find a room to rent in a shared house. If anyone knows of anything available at the mo or a good website to look on (already been on craigslist) it would be greatly appreciated!

Jim


Try looking in the classifieds in www.piquenewsmagazine.com/
gymrite - Dec 30, 2011 - 11:43 AM
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On it! cheers
rideonwhistler - Dec 31, 2011 - 05:31 PM
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Hey Gymrite,

Take a look at our page

http://www.rideonwhistler.com/Whistler_ ... mmodation/

Lots of useful info on there for you! Best of luck
El_Capitain - Dec 31, 2011 - 11:12 PM
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I'm off to Whistler with the wife Jan 11th, I'm 'between boards' at the moment and hoping to try a few while we're there with a view to buying. Can anyone recommend any places that will demo/hire decent boards?

Keep the snow reports coming, it's starting to sound pretty awesome Wink
lez_s - Dec 31, 2011 - 11:43 PM
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I get all my stuff from http://evolutionwhistler.com/
Brain_Stew - Jan 01, 2012 - 01:30 AM
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This time next week I'll be in whistler, lez I'll pm you my number during the week if your still up for a few beers
lez_s - Jan 01, 2012 - 12:01 PM
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For sure. I dont have much money but I'll have a beer or two.
ColdComfort - Jan 04, 2012 - 10:01 PM
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lez_s wrote:
I get all my stuff from http://evolutionwhistler.com/


+1 for this - Evolution is a great shop with great staff..

Showcase have a demo hut @ the round house on Whistler mountain, they carry lots of big makes like Lib, Forum, Burton etc. however the queues are often long, i wasted most of one morning trying a forum destroyer only to find the idiot working in the demo hut who was so freakin stoned and hung over he could barely stand up and took 25 mins to put bindings on it, gave me the regular camber version ( which i didn't want !! ) and didn't secure the lead binding plate correctly nearly killing me ... Never again !
El_Capitain - Jan 04, 2012 - 10:43 PM
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Cheers for the tip. I don't want to spend half my holiday queueing for boards so am tempted to get one before I go out. Money goes into the UK market then too... but what to get?? Wink

Showcase are having a big demo event on the 14-15th apparently.
ColdComfort - Jan 05, 2012 - 12:54 AM
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I think your money will go a bit further in the UK too, if your getting paid in UK pounds Canadian priced are a fair bit more expensive these days.

If you swing by a dome TSA used to let you demo boards there no problems.
rideonwhistler - Jan 06, 2012 - 09:57 PM
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Just got a Jeremy Jones flagship from the aforementioned Evolution

Absolutely loving it! Especially yesterday! Everything is well filled in now! Game on
matt... - Jan 11, 2012 - 11:29 AM
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is everyone happy we got some powder turns this week? its been soooooo long, bring back last winter
El_Capitain - Jan 11, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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Currently sitting in departures at Heathrow, waiting for the off. Pretty excited Very Happy
pridefc - Jan 11, 2012 - 03:38 PM
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In Fernie we got 30cms yesterday, was an awesome day, hardly anyone on the hill. Temperature has dropped finally and actually feels like winter now
Kitmatt - Jan 18, 2012 - 06:53 AM
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Yep, much better! Hiked flute and did a few runs through symphony..... awesome is all I'm goign to say, be it a little cold Very Happy
TheKork - Feb 03, 2012 - 06:39 PM
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I dunno if I missed it but did you get a job in the end Matt?

I have been following the thread as I am mad keen on doing the 12/13 season.
agorilla - Feb 16, 2012 - 10:49 PM
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Kitmatt wrote:
Yep, much better! Hiked flute and did a few runs through symphony..... awesome is all I'm goign to say, be it a little cold Very Happy


My first ever time snowboarding was in Whistler a few years back. The Symphony bowl was my favourite part of the mountain; deep powder and hardly anyone around!
Matty_K - Feb 28, 2012 - 02:09 PM
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Chucked in my job, and fly out to Whistler for 4 weeks on Saturday.

How is it looking out there?

Snow forecasts are predicting some good falls this week but still would like to hear some first hand reports.

Keen to catch up for a beer/ride with any SCUKers out there in March.
snowbadger - Feb 28, 2012 - 02:23 PM
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thats a pretty cool thing to do , to just be able to chuck in the 9-5 Smile
northernwig - Feb 28, 2012 - 11:10 PM
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TheKork wrote:
I dunno if I missed it but did you get a job in the end Matt?

I have been following the thread as I am mad keen on doing the 12/13 season.


I'm with you buddy. I'm in the process of getting some early planning in for a year in Whistler, flying out in October. I'd be interested to hear how the accommodation/work search went...

Andy
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