Ski for free at Whistler?


Well, not exactly, but the slopeside Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Ski for Free package isn’t too shabby, either. On the package, a Fairmont room begins at $259 Canadian, including two daily lift tickets. That’s a decent deal, made even better by the strengthening U.S. dollar.

Although a Fairmont room is the hotel standard, it’s well equipped, and here’s a tip, join the Fairmont Club and Wifi is free. A downstairs cafe offers good food at reasonable prices, or head out to the countless restaurants and cafes salting the pedestrian-friendly village. Another plus: the hotel has a full-service ski concierge, and overnight gear storage is free.

Whistler is host site for the 2010 Olympic Alpine and sliding events, and this year sees the opening of the new Peak 2 Peak gondola bridging its two peaks, Whistler and Blackcomb. You get a lot of bang for the buck at this humongous resort.

Still to rich for your blood? Not to worry, I expect, given the souring economy, we’ll see a lot of great deals this season. I’ll share the best of what comes across my desk.


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