Take an Extended Family Ski Vacation in Whistler

With travel being a bit more complicated these days, make the most out of travelling and enjoy an extended vacation. Sound expensive? Well, we’ve come up with tips and tricks to help you save money while planning your Whistler vacation. You can start by learning about our stay and save deals here!

Accommodations that Feel Like Home

One of the key components to taking an extended vacation is securing an accommodation that has everything you need to feel at home. While all of our accommodations at Whiski Jack Resorts have full kitchens, there are two that are particularly ideal for families wanting to take an extended vacation!

The Aspens is a wonderful slopeside resort that our guests keep coming back for! These ski-in/ski-out, two-bedroom condos are located directly off-piste on Blackcomb Mountain and are a quick ski to the high-speed gondola waiting to whisk you up the mountain. Just a few steps above the Upper Village, you can easily walk to or take the free shuttle to town. Ski school operates from Blackcomb Village, making the Aspens an ideal location for those with little ones. These cozy accommodations also happen to have a year-round outdoor heated pool and hot tub, perfect for relaxing at the end of the day!

Woodrun Lodge is another fantastic option for those who want to stay slopeside! Woodrun Lodge has a boutique hotel feel and offers the perfect location for the ultimate family vacation. It’s situated near the base of Blackcomb Mountain, just a few short yards up the slope from the Blackcomb Gondola. These units are ideal for families, featuring massive two and two-bedroom plus den condos with fully equipped kitchens.

How to Save Money

It’s no secret that ski vacations can rack up in price quite quickly, however, they don’t have to! We’ve put together some of our top tips to help you save money on your vacation so you can stretch it out a bit longer. You can also find a more in-depth blog on this very topic here.

      1. Cook at home – Use the fully equipped kitchen in your unit to make home-cooked meals with the family! This is of course a less expensive option than going out to eat, but you’ll also make memories sharing a meal together in your slopeside condo.
      2. Carry a backpack skiing – In your fully equipped kitchen, make lunches and snacks for the day and pack them in a backpack. You’ll save a lot of money by doing this instead of paying for lunch at the on-mountain lodges. If you stay at the Aspens, Woodrun Lodge or Lake Placid, you can just ski home for lunch!
      3. Bring your own ski gear – While there are great local shops to rent ski gear from, save money by bringing your own equipment with you. The Aspens has a free ski valet, making it easy for you to bring your own gear!
      4. Grab Groceries in Squamish – If you’re driving to Whistler, make sure to stop and grab groceries in Squamish on your way to Whistler. The prices are notably less expensive at the grocery stores!
      5. Apres at home – Skip the expensive drinks and make your favourite cocktails at the condo! You can even have your alcohol delivered from Nesters Liquor Store.

Family-Friendly Activities (that don’t cost an arm and a leg!)

If you’re staying in Whistler for an extended period of time, you’ll definitely want activity options other than skiing to give the legs a break. We’ve listed our favourite options for the entire family that don’t cost an arm and a leg!

      1. Ice Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza – A classic Canadian winter activity the entire family will love. You can learn more about outdoor skating in our blog here.
      2. Snowshoeing at Lost Lake Park – Walk amongst ancient, giant trees covered in snow. This family-friendly activity will leave everyone wide-eyed and inspired.
      3. bubly Tube Park – This is one of the best apres activities in Whistler! Fly down the mountain in your own snow-tube, no skill required.
      4. Movie Night – Kick back, relax, and enjoy a movie with the entire family at Imagine Cinemas Village 8.
      5. Sightseeing – If you have family members who don’t ski or board, there’s still the option to get up the mountain! You can learn more about the Peak 2 Peak Gondola here.