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... we decided on a kayak trip on a close by lake where you can hire a kayak @ $35 an hour... cheap at 1/2 the price..
We geared up and headed off to the lake..
Took a while as apparently there was a lot of stuff that was crying out to have its photo taken..
We got to the lake but there was a stiff breeze blowing so we chickened out and had ice
I was left ...
... the wildlife in the area. We even saw a squirrel scurrying back to the burrow deep under the ground in the roots of the Lodgepine tree. Easily picked out because of the stash of pine ones with seeds removed and stored in a heap at the base of the tree. Dinner followed at the Jasper Ranch. We were kept warm by a massive log fire in the centre of the round building. The fair was BBQ beef or trout with salad or veg. Followed by fresh fruit and slices. Another enjoyable ...
... take them to the airport. One guy was a Coke marketing guy, the other the sound engineer for De La and the third another sound engineer for another act who played the festival. This is why I kept the car overnight. They were all nice guys and the journey went well, more beautiful sunshine and blue skies. I broke up my return journey by having lunch in Lions Bay before returning the car to the conference centre fully fuelled at 1445. In my two return trips ...
... Fresh Tracks costs $20 each and means you get up the mountain at 0715, normal start of upload is 0815, and enjoy a buffet breakfast. After breakfast they ring a bell to open the slopes for 30 to 40 minutes of pure joy and freedom before the rest of the general public make their way onto the mountain. They limit the number of guests on Fresh Tracks to 650 per day so it feels very quiet on the mountain.
Jenny and I were up at 0545, on the bus by 0605 and in ...
The 26th of January is a very special day in many places in the world! It is Australia Day in Aus (and anywhere that has a large Aussie population, for example London and Whistler). It is also Liberation Day in Uganda and Republic Day in India! So many people across the world trying to muscle in on the really special reason for the 26th of Jan, my birthday of course!! Haha.
My birthday got off to a very ...
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We have now stayed at the Legends twice - once when it had just opened (for skiing) and last month for a fall break. We stayed in a 3 bed corner unit (unit 302) which was huge - approx 1200 sq ft with 2 full bathrooms, 3 double rooms and an enormous living area. Compared to the 2 bed units, it represented much better value. The 270 degree views were great, with a view of the new ski run from the balcony, but with no view or noise from Dustys! If you want peace and quiet but with a view, request a unit on the front side. Creekside has changed greatly this summer and has a real small village feel - there is now a good range of shops from a great supermarket to a Starbucks and internet cafe, as well as a reasonable selection of restaurants - all opposite Legends and beautifully built as a car free street. Definitely somewhere we will go back to ski with our 2 young children as you canot beat the convenience of the ski in ski out location and Whistler Kids being on your doorstep
We LOVED Legends! Everything we needed was within walking distance (there is a wonderful Mexican restaurant located about a 5 minute walk away), including a bank, grocery store and WhistlerBlackcomb customer service center. Whistler Kids have a location here as well, and it was so convienent for our daughters' lessons.The pool area is excellent, includes an adults-only hot tub, plus an area for clients to cook out.
We just returned from Easter weekend at Whistler. When we first arrived at Legends, we were pretty happy, as our promised 1-BR had become a very nicely appointed 2-BR overlooking the ski lifts. Two things ruined our stay: (1) unseasonably hot conditions (and air conditioning "not yet available"), and (2) the unrelenting BLARING music from Dusty's pub. What a sad shame that 2 rather nice hotel properties overlook this noise box. I am not that picky, but at 1am when drunken revellers were singing along to the band's rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama" I had reached my limit. There was a brief pause (could it be over?) and then the Stairway to Heaven started up (and we all know how long that goes on). It was too hot in the suite to close the windows, but even when I tried the music blared through. Shame on Intrawest, who happens to own the resort of Whistler/ Blackcomb, this family-oriented hotel property, and Dusty's too! I'm pretty happy to be back at my tranquil home in the city.
Imagine flying across the country on 3 different flights then taking a 2 hour shuttle ride and getting to the hotel only to find your reservation screwed up! Then, they want YOU to fix it. I was shocked, but the service at this place was about what you'd excect at some roadside inn. The rooms were nice, and they did provide me a bottle of wine for their mishap, but the concierge at this place needs work. No help with luggage, no hello how are you, just like the check in at a days inn. It is a great location on the slopes and great for skiing, however I would definitely stay in the Village which is about a 10 minute bus ride away. There are maybe 1-2 restaurants at creekside and 1 bar. The village is where all the action is and you will get tired of paying $10 CAD each way for a cab or riding the shuttle bus which is $1.50 each way. The legends seems to be more of a place for locals who own property rather than the tourists' area. Take my advice and stay in the village and you will get more out of your vacation.
The Legends is a nice and convenient place to stay. We stayed in a 3 bedroon condo and it was spacious enough for 4 adults and 4 children. Just steps away is the Creekside Gondola which gives you access to Blackcomb, too. The only downside to this hotel is the noise from Dusty's Bar which is right next door. Some mornings their outside speakers came on at 6:30 a.m. blaring loud music and most evenings the loud music didn't stop until after 11:00 p.m. . Our requests to the front desk to ask them to turn it down were addressed by the staff but Dusty's wouldn't relent, saying they had permits to have their music on outside until 2:00 a.m. The staff finally admitted it is an ongoing problem that they have not been able to resolve. Would I stay at Legends again? Probably not because the beauty of our room was being able to sit on the balcony and watch the skiers come down the mountain. Had we been on the other side, where we wouldn't have heard the noise from Dusty's, the whole ambiance would have been lost. The Creekside area is billed as a "family area'; too bad Dusty's doesn't fit that bill.
Legends is a ski-in/ski-out hotel located in the Creekside Village, about a 10-15 minute drive from Whistler Village.Here are the main pros of staying here: 1. The lodge is beautiful, with very comfortable, cozy suites. I stayed in a one-bedroom suite, which had a full kitchen (we cooked most of our meals), gas fireplace, balcony, and a lovely living/dining area. I was impressed by the decor, which is modern and cozy, with lots of rich color. Not loud or harsh at all-- it was quite fitting for a ski lodge. 2. The Creekside gondola is RIGHT outside the lodge. Because Creekside is not as densely populated as Whistler Village, there are no lift lines in the morning. There is one blue run that will get you back to Legends; the rest of the runs are black. 3. There is an outdoor heated pool and two outdoor hot tubs. The pool area is very nicely laid out, and you do get a nice view of the slopes from one of the hot tubs. 4. There is a small gym with weights and treadmills, and there is also a pool table and movie room. 5. The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful.Cons: 1. If you want to spend the day skiing/riding Blackcomb Mtn, it's kind of a drag to have to come back down to Whistler Village and then negotiate a series of lifts back up Whistler Mtn to get to the run that will take you back to Creekside (Legends). However, there is a cheap bus that will run you from Whistler Village to Creekside at the end of the day, so it isn't such a big deal. 2. If you want all the restaurants and shops to be outside your hotel door, then staying in Creekside may not be for you. The selection of shops is much smaller than in Whistler Village.Bottom Line: Legends is much less expensive than some of the comparable hotels in Whistler Village, and it is still ski-in/ski-out. I spent four nights there and would definitely stay again.
My family vacationed here this summer and we were totally captivated. We WILL be back to enjoy the wonderful ambience of Whistler and Legends. The service was understated and very good. While we were unaware that Whistler Village was 4 km away, that didn't matter. It was a short drive, and if we didn't want to drive, the bus stop was just outside the front door. My older teenage children enjoyed the game room and media room, as well as the fact that there was a separate jacuzzi for people over 16. (Me too!) I loved the freedom to cook meals in the room, or barbeque down by the pool. All in all, it was a wonderful place to have a family vacation.
We couldn't have asked for a better skiing vacation. Legends Lodge is beautiful, and the Creekside Area is the place to be. This lodge is absolutely the closest to the gondola! The bottom floor units are close to all the amenities and just a walk out the door to skiing. The service was great, as well as the upkeep. You can stay in the village if you want, but for us it is too busy and not the best if you have kids. The skiing out of Creekside is the best on the Mtn.
The Legends was a beautiful hotel. Nicely furnished with eccletic furnishings and modern colours. Service was good considering it had only just opened for business Nov'01. The best feature of this hotel was its proximity to the Whitle mtn gondola lift, only 20-30 steps from the ski locker located at the hotel. The area where Legends was still under development. Heated pool, games room and other amenities made Legends a great lodge fro the family. Will definitely go back
Very nice hotel, rooms were great. The price was good, but the description we got while booking was lax. We asked for a true ski-in-ski-out room. We assumed this meant that you can put on yours skis on your patio or deck and ski right down to a lift. And, conversly, at the end of the day, ski right up to your patio. Not so! ski-in-ski-out means from the hotel, not your room. We specifically asked about skiing out of the room and they basically lied to us. Also, we reserved a crib for our 15 month old baby and they did not have one once we checked in at 8:30pm that night. The front desk suggested we go out and buy one! When we told them that was unreasonable since we just flew/drove 3/4 of the way across the continent to get there, they suggested my child could just sleep on the floor. We had to fight to get them to get one from another hotel.