Whistler: The Mountain
Cost: $91 – $98 for a day pass ($93 – $100AUD); $1899 for a season pass ($1945AUD)
Whistler Blackcomb ski and snowboard resort deals with everything when it comes to shredding fresh pow. As many of you would know, renting snow gear is as steep as a double black diamond, and depending how long you’re staying, renting equipment will be rough on the old wallet. However, if you plan to stay for more than a few weeks, conveniently located across the road from the hostel lies a handy store called the ‘Re-use It Center’ which sells everything from $14 jackets to $70 dollar snowboards.
The passes are pretty damn exy, but for you of course, we have a hobo tip. Stand at the base of the mountain prepared with all your gear and warmly greet people coming off the last run around midday; many will have half their day pass valid for the afternoon and luckily for you, no photograph. Politely explain you are not exactly a millionaire and if they have any soul at all, they will gladly open the gates to shredders heaven.