How to Travel to Whistler, BC

How to Travel to Whistler, BC
Whistler is a popular ski and snowboard resort in British Columbia. The resort is composed of two adjacent mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. Intrawest, which also owns Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Tremblant, also owns the Whistler/Blackcomb ski resort. The resort is enclosed in a self-contained alpine village that has frequent, free shuttle buses running throughout the day, so a car is not needed for transport. While it is possible to drive to Whistler, the roads can be extremely icy during the winter. The bus, which leaves from Vancouver Airport, is less of a hassle.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Airline tickets Lodging reservations Bus tickets Ski or snowboard gear
  • Airline tickets
  • Lodging reservations
  • Bus tickets
  • Ski or snowboard gear
Step 1
Book a flight to Vancouver, British Columbia. Skyscanner flight search has a list of domestic and international carriers that fly to Vancouver.

Sky Scanner
skyscanner.net/flights-to/yvra/airlines-that-fly-to-vancouver.html
Step 2
Book your Whistler hotel reservations. You will need to arrange both your hotel and flight plans prior to making a reservation on the Whistler bus. While there are many places to book Whistler hotels, you will get the best lodging package by visiting the official resort website.

Whistler Blackcomb Mountains
4545 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC Canada V0N 1B4
(866) 218-9690
whistlerblackcomb.com
Step 3
Make your bus reservation. Go to the Perimeter Bus website and enter you flight number, airline, hotel and number of people who are traveling. A representative from Perimeter will contact you and tell you where to meet the bus at the Vancouver Airport. There are different locations based on which airline you are flying.

Perimeter Bus
410-319 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T3
Canada
perimeterbus.com
Step 4
Consolidate your luggage. Perimeter Bus only allows two checked bags and one carry on. Your skis or snowboard counts as one bag. Consider stuffing extra clothes in your ski or snowboard bag--this will provide padding for your gear and will allow for extra space in your luggage.
Step 5
Fly to Vancouver. Get your bags from the baggage check and head to the Perimeter desk to board the bus.

Tips & Warnings

 
Once Perimeter collects your bags, the bus will leave promptly. It's a two- to three-hour ride--if you think you will get hungry, grab some food before boarding the bus.
 
Never check your ski boots--they should be in your carry-on bag. The trunk of the bus is cold, and your boots will be uncomfortable the next day. Check the Perimeter Bus schedule prior to booking your flight. Make sure your flight arrives within the time frame of the bus schedule.
 
Never check your ski boots--they should be in your carry-on bag. The trunk of the bus is cold, and your boots will be uncomfortable the next day.
 
Check the Perimeter Bus schedule prior to booking your flight. Make sure your flight arrives within the time frame of the bus schedule.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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