Fresh Tracks splurge


It’s SO worth splurging on Whistler’s Fresh Tracks program. For $17.25 adult, $12.60 ages 6 to 12, you get to board the Whistler gondola between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., have a full hot breakfast at the Roundhouse at the gondola summit, then hit the slopes when patrol rings the bell. That gives you about 45 minutes to make first tracks on the Upper Mountain, before the hordes from below arrive.

While breakfast is nothing to rave about, it’s hearty and good: scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, breads and pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea. It’s all served cafeteria style.

You can take your chances, or make reservations online. It’s limited to 650, and it does sell out, especially on powder days.