Whistler lies about 80 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. From the Vancouver airport, drive or take a bus to the resort. You don't need a car in the main village, but you'll want to reserve one before you arrive (either at the airport or in Whistler) for at least a day so you can road-trip to the north. All prices listed here are in U.S. dollars.
Dress like a local
Sporty designs from the Canadian company Roots are sold all over town. Cargo pants, T-shirts, hiking boots, and fleeces are the order of the day. Pick up a Vancouver 2010 cap, and you're good to go.
Where to stay
Whistler Central Reservations ( www.tourismwhistler.com or 800/944-7853) lists lodging options and packages for the resort. For bargain family trips, ask about condominium packages both in the main village and outside town (rent bikes if you stay farther away).