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