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Downhill Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb

Program Number: 20793RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/22/2013 - 1/27/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Whistler, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,535.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb ranks in the highest class of ski destinations worldwide. On the slopes of towering Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, qualified instructors coach you to improved downhill skiing technique and lead you in small groups down the best runs beneath both peaks. Hear fascinating stories about the region and its culture and examine the legacy of the Olympic Games.




Highlights

• Enjoy a four-day lift pass to the top-rated ski resort in North America — 8,100 snowy acres crisscrossed by 200-plus marked trails and home to not only scenic wonders but also fascinating history and culture.
• Daily slope time, an off-hill ski clinic and expert-led stretch sessions and ski instruction combine to improve skills and techniques.
• Drop in at venues of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, including the Olympic Village, and hear from an Olympic athlete about the experience of competing.



Activity Particulars

Six hours of moderate to strenuous activity daily. Elevations up to 7,500 feet. Groups divided by skill level.



Included four-day lift pass for both mountains, peak-to-peak gondola. Personal ski equipment welcome; rentals available to the public on-site. Option and discount available for self-guided cross-country skiing.




Date Specific Information

1-22-2013

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Whistler

This resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of British Columbia attracts more than 2 million visitors annually, nearly all of them drawn by the world-class skiing and snowboarding of Whistler Blackcomb. Annually ranked among North America’s best winter sports destinations, Whistler hosted most events of the highly praised 2010 Winter Olympics.



Accommodations
Full-service hotel in Whistler Village.
Meals and Lodgings
   Listel Whistler Hotel
  Whistler, BC 5 nights
 Listel Whistler Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Listel Hotel Whistler is conveniently located with easy access to the incredible skiing, hiking and untold adventures that await you in this unique area of British Columbia. Less than 200 yards from the base of the mountains, we are a short walk away from skiing, shopping and dining. Over 7,000 acres for world class alpine and cross country skiing is just minutes away. Hotel guests will appreciate the variety of delectable dining, distinctive art galleries and shopping options that can be found within minutes of the hotel.
  Contact info: 4121 Village Green
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada
phone: 604-790-9043
web: www.listelhotel.com
  Room amenities: Luxurious down duvets, hairdryer, fridge, color TV, clock radio, coffee/tea, iron/ironing board, in room safe, Wireless-Wi-Fi Internet system available – minimal charge. High speed Ethernet Internet connections are available.
  Facility amenities: Bistro and wine bar, outdoor open-air Jacuzzi, heated, outdoor pool, saunas, coin-operated laundry, fax & photocopy facilities (minimal charge), High speed Internet. Ethernet and Wi-Fi available. Minimal charges apply.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to the hotel in Whistler. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Listel Whistler Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from hotel after breakfast (scheduled for 7:30 am). Check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Listel Whistler Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for ALL travel to/from Canada. A US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires those traveling to/from the United States by land & sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure documents (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up to date information.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is approximately CAD$18.00 per day. Please contact the hotel directly at 604-790-9043 for parking availability and to confirm rates.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Whistler, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Whistler, BC
  Nearest highway: Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy #99)
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International Airport - YVR (shuttles available from Vancouver Airport to Whistler)
  From End of Program
  Location: Whistler, BC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Pacific Coach YVR Whistler SkyLynx Bus
phone: 800-661-1725
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60 - $80
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 - 2.75 hours 

 

Distance:

 

80 miles

   

Pacific Coach's YVR Whistler SkyLynx, is a daily frequent scheduled bus transportation service between YVR (Vancouver International Airport) and Whistler. The Whistler SkyLynx coach service offers multiple departures every day from YVR to Whistler Village (hotel is in Zone 1). We are located at the International Arrivals areas of YVR (Vancouver International Airport). Visit www.pacificcoach.com. Public transit ($2.50 per trip) and taxis ($5 - 15) are available once in Whistler.

 

Vancouver

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Canada
phone: 800-661-8747
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

The Greyhound bus leaves from Vancouver's Main Terminal, which is also Vancouver's Train Station, 1150 Station Street; Pacific Central Station, Vancouver, BC. Call Toll Free: 800-661-8747 or visit www.greyhound.ca/farefinder/step1.aspx If you are arriving by air to Vancouver (YVR), you can reach the downtown bus station on the new Canada Line rapid transit rail link (Sky Train). For details on the Sky Train visit www.yvr.ca/en/getting-to-from-yvr/public-transportation.aspx

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Sky Train & Snowbus
phone: 888-794-5511
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

80 miles

   

SnowBus offers affordable scheduled coach service between Whistler and Vancouver. Visit www.snowbus.com for information and reservations. Drop off is at Whistler Village Gateway. Public transit ($2.50) and taxis ($5-15) available in Whistler. If you are arriving by air to Vancouver (YVR), you catch the SnowBus by taking the new Canada Line Sky Train from the airport to the Bridgeport Station. For details on the Sky Train visit www.yvr.ca/en/getting-to-from-yvr/public-transportation.aspx

 
Driving Directions
  From Seattle to the Listel Hotel in Whistler Head southwest on Madison St toward 4th Ave. Take the 1st right onto 4th Ave. Turn right at the 3rd cross street onto University St. Slight left to merge onto I-5 N toward Vancouver BC. Entering Canada (British Columbia). Continue onto BC-99 N. Take exit 16 to merge onto BC-91 N toward North Delta/New Westminster. Take exit 11 to merge onto BC-91A N. Take the exit toward New Westminster/20th Street/6th Avenue. Merge onto 22 St. Turn left onto 20 St. Turn right onto 10 Ave. Turn left onto Canada Way. Slight right onto Kensington Ave (signs for BC-1 W). Take the Trans-Canada Highway/BC-1 W ramp. Merge onto BC-1 W. Slight left onto BC-99 N. Turn right onto Whistler Way. Destination will be on the right.
  From Vancouver International Airport to the Listel Hotel in Whistler Head south on Grant McConachie Way E. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Granville Street E/City Centre/Centre-ville/BC-99 N and merge onto SW Marine Dr. Continue onto Granville St. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for BC-99 N/Nanaimo & Gibsons/Whistler. Continue to follow BC-99 N. Turn left onto W Georgia St/BC-1A N/BC-99 N. Continue to follow BC-1A N/BC-99 N. Take the exit toward North Vancouver/Capilano Canyon/Grouse Mountain. Merge onto Marine Dr. Turn left onto Capilano Rd (signs for Capilano Road). Take the British Columbia 1 W/Trans-Canada Highway ramp. Merge onto BC-1 W. Slight left onto BC-99 N. Turn right onto Whistler Way. Destination will be on the right.
  From the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (downtown) to the Listel Hotel in Whistler Head northwest on W Georgia St/BC-1A N/BC-99 N toward Burrard St. Continue to follow BC-1A N/BC-99 N. Take the exit toward North Vancouver/Capilano Canyon/Grouse Mountain. Merge onto Marine Dr. Turn left onto Capilano Rd (signs for Capilano Road). Take the British Columbia 1 W/Trans-Canada Highway ramp. Merge onto BC-1 W. Slight left onto BC-99 N. Turn right onto Whistler Way. Destination will be on the right.
Elevation Note: Whistler Village is at 2214 ft elevation; highest elevation is 7494 ft, top of Blackcomb Mountain.

Equipment Requirements: Participants can bring their own ski equipment or rent from one of the on-site ski shops at their own expense. UV sunglasses/goggles strongly advised. Lift passes for 4 full days are included and provide access to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains including the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, Terrain Parks and Superpipe, and Mountain Orientation Tours. There is a discount for non-downhill skiers to attend with a spouse or companion. Lift tickets and ski instruction are excluded in the discounted cost for companions; all other activities, meals, accommodations are included. Many optional self-guided activities are available including cross-country skiing (self-guided). Visit www.crosscountryconnection.ca and www.whistlerolympicpark.com for information on area trails.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Orientation/Coast Mountain Ecology
(Tuesday, January 22)

Note: Whistler Blackcomb has a free shuttle service that operates in and around Whistler Village, along with the Upper Village, at regular intervals allowing you to return to the hotel at your convenience. There is also a public transit system that services other parts of Whistler Blackcomb, equipped to carry skis and other equipment. Taxis are also available.



   
 Afternoon: ARRIVALS: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Regular shuttle service is available from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Please note that rooms are generally not available until after 4:00 p.m.
 Dinner: WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Your group leader will review current conditions, equipment list and Whistler Mountain Trail map as well as consult with participants individually about their personal ski objectives for the week.

PRESENTATION: Introduction to British Columbia's Coast Mountain Ecology. Learn about the Whistler area and the biodiversity of the Coast Mountain Range. The rainforest here is mostly coniferous giants such as Douglas fir, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, Amabilis Fir and Sitka Spruce. It is common to see trees that are hundreds of years old and in the nearby Elaho Valley there is a stand of Douglas Fir that is over one thousand years old.

   
Accommodations: Listel Whistler Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ski Instruction/Afternoon Skiing/Off-Hill Ski Clinic
(Wednesday, January 23)

Note: All skill levels welcome; skiers will be grouped according to skill level. Four full day lift passes are included and provide access to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains including the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, Terrain Parks and Superpipe, and Mountain Orientation Tours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: MORNING EXERCISE: Each morning an optional pre-ski group stretch class will be offered at the hotel.


SKI INSTRUCTION: Join qualified instructors from the Whistler Blackcomb MAX4 Snow School for information aimed at improving your skiing. With no more than four participants per instructor, articipants will get more personalized attention, and exceptional value. From basics for beginners to technical tips for expert skiers, your expert instructors will set you on your way to maximize your enjoyment on the mountains.

 Lunch: Lunch voucher (valid at any one of the 17 mountain restaurants).
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Whistler Blackcomb independently or with your group leader who will be on-hand to provide ongoing tips to help improve your skiing technique.


APRES-SKI: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Optional apres-ski cocktail hour; Each evening, participants are invited to join our group leader, (Dutch treat), to relax and share the highlights of your exhilarating day.

 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the many dining options or join your group leader. Whistler satisfies all palates with delectable choices; experience fresh food, amazing views, and mountainside venues. Award-winning restaurants and chefs offer appetizing fare from different ethnicities and regions, with many featuring organic and locally sourced ingredients.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Off-hill Ski Clinic: "Ski Visualization", an in-depth talk and DVD, will introduce ways to help refine the core competencies of ski technique for beginning/intermediate to intermediate/advanced and advanced level skiers. Examples of a range of helpful exercises will be discussed which focus on stance and balance, turning with lower body, pressure control, balance on edges, timing and coordination.
   
Accommodations: Listel Whistler Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Full Day Skiing/Squamish Lil'wat Muesum
(Thursday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FULL DAY SKIING: Continue to explore Whistler Blackcomb with your group leader. Daily opportunities will exist for some coaching and guided skiing at Whistler Blackcomb. Located in the Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia, Whistler consistently offers the most reliable snow conditions, receiving an average annual snowfall of 33.5 feet. Due to Whistler's coastal proximity, temperatures are moderate through the winter season, rarely dipping below 12°F in the valley and 5°F in the alpine during the coldest part of the year.
 Lunch: Lunch voucher (valid at any one of the 17 mountain restaurants).
 Afternoon: SKIING CONTINUES: Whistler Blackcomb boasts 8,100 skiable acres; three glaciers, 37 lifts,16 alpine bowls, one vertical mile, over 200 trails and two mountains connected by a pedestrian village.


APRES-SKI: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Optional apres-ski cocktail hour; Each evening, participants are invited to join our group leader, (Dutch treat), to relax and share the highlights of your exhilarating day.

 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional aboriginal dinner at the beautiful Squamish Lil'wat Museum.
 Evening: FIELD TRIP: The Squamish Lil'wat Museum, Gallery and Cultural Centre. Explore Whistler's rich Aboriginal Heritage including ceremonial drumming and dancing; and a traditional dinner at the museum. Discover the joint history of the local Squamish and Lil'wat peoples and get a glimpse into their culture, creative works and heritage.
   
Accommodations: Listel Whistler Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Full Day Skiing/Apres-Ski Cocktail
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FULL DAY SKIING: Continue skiing Whistler Blackcomb - for some of the best skiing in North America. Choose from more than 200 trails in the 8,100 skiable acres. The two mountains are connected by a pedestrian Village.
 Lunch: Lunch voucher (valid at any one of the 17 mountain restaurants).
 Afternoon: SKIING CONTINUES: Enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas, ancient forests, crystal clear lakes and rivers, and fresh, clean air. Much of what makes Whistler such a unique and memorable destination lies in its awe-inspiring and pristine natural surroundings.


APRES-SKI: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Optional apres-ski cocktail hour; each evening, participants are invited to join our group leader, (Dutch treat), to relax and share the highlights of your exhilarating day.

 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the many dining options or join the group leader. The Village Stroll is a stone, pedestrian-only causeway that allows you to wander freely while exploring local shops, restaurants, cafe and art galleries. The Stroll also provides direct access to the gondolas for Whistler Blackcomb.
 Evening: Enjoy this evening at your leisure. For those with endless energy, explore Whistler village independently or simply relax after a rewarding day on the slopes in the warmth of an indoor sauna and hot tub.
   
Accommodations: Listel Whistler Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Presentation by Olympic Athlete/Olympic Park/Afternoon Skiing
(Saturday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Olympic Athletes. Through the Canadian Olympic Whistler Sport Legacies, there will be an opportunity to meet with an Olympic athlete who will speak to our group about their sport - their passion, success and challenges. A donation is paid directly to the athlete.


FIELD TRIP: Olympic Park. Experience the thrill of the 2010 Winter Games firsthand at Olympic Park; host of many of the skiing events. Located 18 kms south of Whistler, it was the first Olympic Nordic venue to include all three traditional Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping and biathlon. See exciting legacies like the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Olympic Plaza.

 Lunch: Lunch voucher (valid at any one of the 17 mountain restaurants).
 Afternoon: AFTERNOON SKIING: Enjoy a full afternoon to ski Whistler Blackcomb, a genuine winter wonderland. Aside from the best skiing and snowboarding in North America, Whistler offers endless ways to enjoy the great outdoors including Nordic skiing, heli-skiing, snowmobiling and backcountry options. Choose your own speed, from easygoing to extreme adrenaline adventures, and everything in between.


APRES-SKI: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Optional apres-ski cocktail hour; Each evening, participants are invited to join our group leader, (Dutch treat), to relax and share the highlights of your exhilarating day.

 Dinner: FAREWELL DINNER: Enjoy a special farewell dinner and evening wrap-up.
   
Accommodations: Listel Whistler Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Independent Departures
(Sunday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: DEPARTURES: Independent Departures from Whistler after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. Commercial shuttle service is available to Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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