Whistler Blackcomb ski vacation

5 Benefits of booking a mid-week vacation in Whistler

January 25, 2022 by Holly Barclay

When the mountains are calling, Whistler’s soaring natural beauty and relaxed mountain lifestyle create an escape like no other. And after many months at home, a change of scenery is exactly what’s needed to recharge and reset. Whistler is a perfect place to get outside and discover adventure and serenity. But you don’t need to wait around for the weekend to escape to Whistler. In fact, you shouldn’t wait! Fun and unique experiences in Whistler don’t just happen on the weekend. The resort is a launchpad for a thousand adventures on any day of the week.  

Scroll through the reasons why mid-week travel is the smarter choice. Then when you’re ready to plan your vacation in Whistler, contact our team for some thoughtful local insight and anything you might need when booking your mountain holiday. 

1. Enjoy the lowest rates 

It will come as no surprise that weekends are generally the most popular time for travel. And when more people want something, the cost is most likely higher. On the other hand, that means that midweek visitors can take advantage of lower prices. From accommodation to dining, there are great savings to be had. For example, Whistler Platinum often offer mid-week stays where guests can enjoy up to 20% off select properties. Explore the latest offers on Whistler’s best vacation rentals here

Speaking of mid-week savings, Whistler’s restaurants put their best foot forward with attractive dining deals on weekdays during the low season ​​(mid-April to mid-June and from late September to late November). Sample prix-fixe menus from Whistler’s favourite eateries, such as Araxi’s 4-course feast for $49. Pocket your savings and put it towards your next Whistler vacation or use it to elevate your trip by booking once in a lifetime experiences such as heli-skiing!

4BR Whistler Chalet Lodging

2. Spend less time in traffic and more time exploring Whistler 

The two-hour drive from Vancouver to Whistler is one of the most scenic trips to take in Canada. But the awe-inspiring journey up the Sea to Sky Highway can take a lot longer, not to mention is flooded by tail lights on Fridays and Sundays due to increased volume on the road. Circumvent the traffic by travelling during off-peak times. Your extra time is far better spent filling your days with exhilarating adventures on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains or relaxing by the fire and feeling at home in your Whistler vacation rental. 

Need help getting to Whistler? Our Whistler-based team has put together this helpful webpage containing transport options for travelling to the resort. If you need assistance with booking transport to Whistler, our team will present you with some options that suit your needs and wants. We take care of the details so you spend less time planning and more time living, connecting and experiencing.

Travelling from Vancouver to Whistler on the Sea to Sky highway

Image credit: Mike Crane

3. Getaway without the crowds

Imagine riding the local’s favourite 7th Heaven chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain solo on a sunny, bluebird winter morning. You arrive at the summit where you dismount and ski down the nearest blue run with not a single person in your tracks. That might sound like a fantasy but this fantasy can often be a reality when skiing on weekdays instead of weekends. 

In summer, popular provincial parks around Whistler like Garibaldi Park require a free BC Parks Day Use Pass to enter and explore. Despite reservations only opening at 7:00 am the day before your planned visit, passes can be snapped up in a matter of minutes over the weekend. Increase your odds of exploring the glacier-laden peaks and connecting with the natural magic of the Coastal Mountains by booking your stay in Whistler on a Tuesday through Friday. And if you want scenic single track mountain bike or hiking trails to yourself in places such as Whistler Mountain Bike Park, avoiding the weekends is key.

Skiing Whistler Blackcomb

Image credit: Ben Girardi

4. You’ll be spoilt for availability 

Fridays and Saturdays in Whistler can be full to the brim with weekenders. So why limit your getaway to weekends when chances are high that your dream accommodation in Whistler is already booked. Broaden your options and consider weeknight stays. You’ll have a much better chance at securing that five-bedroom luxury Whistler chalet or the slopeside ski condo on Blackcomb Mountain that lets you ski straight to your door. 

Not unlike the demand for lodging options, it can be equally as tricky to bag a prime spot at one of Whistler’s award-winning restaurants. Maybe you’ve always wanted to experience the candlelit ambience at the French bistro, Red Door, or nab a seat at Rimrock to devour its famous seafood. Satisfy your hunger by requesting a midweek reservation at these or any other buzzing restaurants you’ve been yearning to dine at. 

Our team knows the ins and outs of Whistler’s dining scene and would be delighted to provide you with recommendations and assist with making reservations.  

Whistler 3BR lodging

5. Savour the weekend 

During the planning phase, escaping to Whistler over a weekend seems like a good idea. Undoubtedly you’re excited at the prospect of not using your hard-earned vacation leave, but if you’re travelling over the weekend, you’re not going to get a chance to unwind before heading straight back to work on Monday morning. Whereas if you took a mid-week trip and returned home on Friday, you still have plenty of time to relax before getting into the groove of your working week. 

Apres in Whistlers bars and restaurants

Image Credit: Mike Crane

Things to do during your midweek vacation in Whistler, British Columbia

  • Enjoy shorter lift lines when skiing or snowboarding on Whistler Blackcomb 
  • Experience the ultimate relaxation at Scandinave spa
  • Go ice skating in the heart of Whistler Village 
  • Explore Whistler’s untouched legendary backcountry on a snowmobile 
  • Visit an Escape Room at Escape! 

With these midweek benefits in mind, it’s time to plan the trip you’ve been dreaming of. Let us help make your Whistler dreams a reality. When you book a vacation home with Whistler Platinum, we take care of the details, provide local-only knowledge and first-class service. Discover the conveniences of a five-star hotel but in the privacy of your own vacation home. 

 

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