Whistler Turkey Sale - Everything You Need to Know

Get the jump on the Whistler Turkey Sale – UPDATED FOR 2017

Wednesday, 30th September 2015  /  By Vince Shuley
Turkey Sale Whistler Blackcomb

The annual Whistler Turkey Sale has become one of Whistler’s most attractive fall events. With humble beginnings as a yard sale of excess gear – some purposely abandoned in hotels by international visitors – the popularity of this door-crasher sale spread among locals in the Sea to Sky Corridor and eventually to Vancouver and the entire Lower Mainland. Now with thousands of people flocking up the Sea to Sky Highway – the Whistler Turkey Sale has officially gone mainstream. So in order to get that killer deal, you’d better get in early, and know where to look.

Grab the Big Bird

The biggest event of the weekend is the Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale, kicking off at the Blackcomb Day Lodge this Friday, October 6 at the crack of noon. The sale runs all weekend, with Friday advertised as being for locals and pass holders, though credentials are not checked and door staff will let anyone in who waits in line. This sale pulls inventory from all the Whistler Blackcomb-owned stores such as Can-Ski, Salomon Store and The North Face and has the largest selection of gear available in the Village by far. However, the best deal you can score here is 50 per cent off retail (usually 30-40 per cent for hard goods like boards, skis and boots). Ex-demo skis and boards (rented out the previous season) are usually priced slightly lower because they are used and come with an adjustable demo binding already mounted.

Whistler Turkey Sale

Skis and snowboards are some of the highest demand items at the Whistler Turkey Sale

For the thrifty shopper, the best place to score second-hand goods is at the Whistler Ski Swap, conveniently located adjacent to the Blackcomb Day Lodge. Hosted and staffed by volunteers from the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, what used to be mostly hand-me-down ski racing gear is now a consignment sale for all types of new and used equipment. You can also sell your old skis and boards with the ski club taking a 20 per cent commission, the only catch being it has to be less than two years old and/or in exceptional condition. The Swap does not sell clothing, ski poles or unmounted bindings, but this is still the place for the best ski deals in Whistler. It kicks off this year on Friday, October 6 at 5 p.m.

Hit the Stroll

Of course, the rest of Whistler’s retailers are not being left behind. In fact, with smaller inventories and plenty of pent up demand for gear deals by locals, many shops launch their sale a few days earlier than Thanksgiving Weekend with deeper discounts on the previous season’s gear. Walking through the village and popping into the smaller stores is how you’ll find some diamonds in the rough, but you have to get in fast in order to grab the right size of boots and/or boards. There’s no backroom filled with additional stock, what you see on the floor is what you get. So keep a hand on that item if you’re strongly considering the purchase.

Whistler Turkey Sale

Lineups at the Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale can mean waiting for a few hours, but the deals are worth it

Tips for Whistler Turkey Sale initiates:

  • Do your homework. The best deals come to those who are flexible on things like brand and colour. Get an idea of the type of skis or boards you are looking for (in the correct size) and try boots on before you get to the Turkey Sale so you know which brands, models and size will work for your feet and which ones won’t.
  • Get in early. Try to get to the shops as soon as the stock is in and the sale tags are on. In the case of the Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale, be ready to line up for a few hours before the doors open and have friend with you to hold your place in line for toilet breaks and coffee runs.
  • Prioritize. Don’t get distracted by the goggle and hat collections when you need new skis. Start with the most expensive items then work your way down the wish list.
  • Bring a “gearhead” friend. It’s always good to get a second opinion on an item before you whip out the credit card and if you’re not sure about all the technical speak on hang tags, a gearhead can decipher the most important information for you.
  • Like any busy weekend in Whistler, get to town early in order to park your car. There’s free parking in Daylots 4 and 5 with complimentary shuttles to and from the Blackcomb Day Lodge, so you don’t have to lug your Turkey spoils across town.

Good luck at the 2017 Turkey Sale, and don’t settle for leftovers.

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