Hundreds lined up for deals this weekend at the annual Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale.
"There are some great deals here," said Dylan Coombs, up from Vancouver for the event.
"It's really awesome to be able to get everything I need and save some money."
There was a lot to choose from, but getting the goods was definitely an adventure - there was a line-up to get in, and a line-up to pay. Getting just the pants, jackets or helmet you needed also required patience.
"They needed some more cashiers," said Jaz Sharma of Surrey, as she precariously navigated her new skis, pants, a helmet and socks along the marked pathways to pay.
"But it's not like I didn't expect this. I come every year."
But as the crowds mingled and shopped smiles outnumbered the frowns ten to one.
"It is going very well," said Josh Buchanan, merchandizing manager at Whistler Blackcomb.
"It's been a great event, lots of people up from the city and pretty much all over B.C. so it has been spectacular."
Asked if the tough economy has affected the sale this year he said: "This is an event where people can get all of their gear at the start of the season for spectacular prices, so I think it, yes, it has an affected shoppers, but what we see is people taking advantage of the sale and the good prices."
This year, for the first time, turkeys were actually part of the Turkey Sale. On Saturday, one hundred frozen turkeys were sold for $10 each with all proceeds from the Thanksgiving birds going towards the Whistler Food Bank.
"I got tired of telling my dad that we were not selling turkeys at the Turkey Sale so we figured we would give it a go and we gave a donation of $1,000 to the food bank," said Buchanan.
"It is a fun event and great for the community and if anything I think we will try to expand it next year."
The entire resort has embraced the Turkey Sale idea over the years with nearly all retailers, even those that don't sell winter gear offering great deals.
The WB Turkey Sale continues through Sunday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Monday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to officially open on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Skiers and riders itching for snow can check out Whistler Blackcomb's first Wonder Reels episode "Snow", a sneak peek of all the powder to come this season.
Early Bird Season Passes are now on sale at Whistler Blackcomb. Available until October 8. An Unlimited Adult Season Pass is available for the Early Bird price of $1,489 CDN - a savings over $300. Additional perks for season pass holders, including unlimited summer sightseeing at Whistler Blackcomb. The Early Bird Unlimited Senior's Season Pass is available for $799, a savings of $170. An Early Bird Unlimited Youth (13-18) Season Pass is $675, saving guests $64. Meanwhile, an Unlimited Child (7-12) Season Pass is priced at $415, saving $110 (plus applicable taxes).
Children six and under ski/ride for free and families can receive a 10 per cent discount on their pass purchases. The Early Bird Unlimited Season Passes can be purchased by visiting whistlerblackcomb.com/early or calling 1-866-218-9687.
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