Transportation Service – Private Shuttle to Big White Resort

We have been offering this service without public notice for several years so it is time to provide some details and update for coming 2018/2019  winter ski season . Our offering is not only transportation service from YVR – Vancouver Airport and  Vancouver to Big White but also connection to-from Whistler and Sun Peaks. It is about  465km (290 mi) from Vancouver airport.   (http://www.bigwhite.com/) .

Big White is known as place with amazing powder and many quality runs. As it is tucked in BC interior, just south-west of Kelowna place is blessed with lost of sunhine. This combined with consistent winter long quality runs is recipe for great vacations.. Trip from Vancouver  in the winter excluding stops is about 6-7 hours.

For the convenience of real skiing  “mountain hopping addicts” we also provide for direct transfer from Sun Peaks to Whistler or vice versa. This is very convenient trip as it takes only about 4.5- 5.5 hours door to door. Time not wasted on airports/security, subject to reasonable weather conditions and passable roads. We always monitor the road condition making sure that trip is possible.

There are many reasons when direct ground connection from Vancouver to Sun Peaks is better option, especially for the group of  five or more. Our price is changed only to reflect higher cost of fuel  from last year; one way is $1380.00 including tax and service charge/gratuity  per vehicle. We believe this is the best price – value for transportation to Sun Peaks. Sun Peaks to/from Whistler is $1450.00 again one way. This price is for Mercedes Sprinter van (11 passengers) and Cadillac Escalade (5 passengers).

It could be just price – air ticket YVR to Kelowna in season is about $320.00 pp and transportation from Kelowna airport to Big White in private shuttle about $420 both plus applicable taxes  so it easy to calculate the benefit of the direct transfer. There are many occasions when in the winter Kamloops airport is closed or restricted with flights delayed or canceled for bad weather and no one want to miss international flight or a day of precious vacations. We had saved few vacationers from Australia and England  when bad weather closed Kamloops airport and 4×4 luxury SUV was way to go. This is the time when travel insurance comes handy

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Private transportation to Whistler – Blackcomb ski resort

Whistler is about 135 km (90 miles) north from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and about 370 km  (230 miles) from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) . Trip from Vancouver will take about 2.5 hours, from Seattle about 6-7 hours,  depending on the traffic, border delays and weather conditions.

Pricing for our private transfer service for individual travelers, families or small groups is based on flat rate per vehicle per trip regardless of number of passengers, or the time spent, which makes our service very competitive comparing to any other standard service providers such as taxi or bus . You do not “share” the vehicle and “the meter is not ticking”.

We have left out intentionally stretch limousine service as in our experience  it is not very pleasant to sit sideways to the direction of the travel especially on the mostly curvy highway to Whistler and major attraction of the “limo” – being able to have drink is  prohibited by law in British Columbia and now is enforced by the police, which was not the case just few years back. Two hours of  higher speed ride on winding highway is quite different from two hours of slow cruising of the Downtown entertainment district.

Private shuttle transfer to Whistler for larger family or small group of four or makes more sense than renting the car, or taking the taxi or bus. Please read on..

There are several aspects of the transportation service to Whistler – safety, comfort, time schedule, reliability and price.

Safety – Vancouver is known to have mild winters – most of the time just rains and temperature  hovers in plus territory so most of the local cars including rental cars and taxis get by with just good  all season tires. Starting early in December till late March situation changes dramatically just few miles north of Vancouver on Sea to Sky highway, where combination of freezing air from the mountains and moist air from the Howe Sound  creates quickly “black ice” on the road pavement, especially in the night and early morning. There are mandatory winter tires on the section highway 99 north of Squamish, with RCMP check point when weather turns really bad.

Comfort – taxis in Vancouver, either little Toyota Priuses or standard minivans can’t match comfort of the Cadillac Escalade or Mercedes Van and ability to take whole group together in private setting with  all luggage and winter equipment, and in the summer even with few bicycles for mountain bikers.

Schedule – whether in mid day, late night or early morning our drivers will pick you up when you want it,  you don’t have to wait for the bus departure either from the airport or residence in Whistler. You don’t have to worry if the plane is late to miss your connection – we monitor arrivals and vehicle is there for you when you are. All vehicles have Vancouver airport permits so you don’t have to walk too far to board one. Big Bus has no leisure stops on the way, if you stop with taxi – meter keeps running, but with us trip could be sightseeing tour where you can stop if you wish for quick snack or coffee, for first time visitors we always offer short stop at the Shannon Falls or short detour to see bald eagles in Brackendale. We believe that we offer the best price – value for private transfer to Whistler, period.

Reliability – there are rare occasions during winter where road is simply closed by authorities for hours and sometimes for days either for blizzard, serious accident or landslide. This is beyond of our control. However we always try have “plan B” for very rare breakdown of the equipment or local traffic delays.

Price – well this I leave to the client to judge. Comparison is below. Airport Whistler bus prices (from $55 to $95) are per person, and taxi rate is $240.00 are from downtown Vancouver, for airport pick-up you have to add about $30.

Example of prices one way from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler;
price includes  tax, and all fees (airport parking ) except gratuity.

Service provider        Trip price 4 pers.     Trip price 8 pers.

Taxi                                           270.00                       540.00
Bus                                            302.40                        602.80
Inspired                                   429.00                        438.00

Our vehicles are equipped with full entertainment system so adults/children can watch a movie when there’s bad weather or late evening trip and of course we always have bottled water on hand for passengers and child seats if requested.
Drivers know their way, some doing this trip for over 25 years. Sea to Sky highway, after being rebuilt for the 2010 Olympics, offers spectacular vistas of Howe Sound and coastal mountain ranges making this trip very enjoyable.

Our Vancouver airport to Whistler rate for both classes of vehicles for up to 11 passengers is  $400 , Sea-Tac/Seattle to Whistler $1150 respectively, one way.
Please
add mandatory tax GST (5%) and customary gratuity (10-15%).

2018/19 Winter Season special:
10% discount on two way (return) trips !

Click here to make reservation or ask more questions.

It is very important to let us know if you bringing your  equipment (skis,ski-bags, snowboards etc.) and approximate number and size of the luggage so we can suggest appropriate vehicle.
With confirmation of your order we will send you detailed information about airport procedure, we monitor the flights and adjust our schedule accordingly. Please be aware that your booking is 100% refundable if canceled 48 hours or more prior the service. Service canceled within 48 hours prior scheduled arrival or “no show” is non refundable.
We make best effort to supply service if client’s arrival is unduly extremely delayed or postponed by circumstances beyond one’s control (weather etc.), just please keep us fully informed. Our toll free number works from everywhere in US and Canada.

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Back to the GST – price for our services just shed off 7%

April 1, 2013 marks end of HST in British Columbia and return of the previous two taxes system. Transportation is excluded form PST (provincial tax 7%) so we are adjusting all prices and quotes accordingly. 7 dollars per hundred adds up quickly and for our longer tours it means free ticket for one person.

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US shopping – Seattle Factory Outlets – Marysville – Tulalip

For groups 6 – 11 we have prepared all day shopping trip to Tulalip factory outlets with option to extend the stay to evening for some fun at the Tulalip casino. Our flat rate for the whole group in Mercedes van is $800.00 + tax. Fully loaded it works out to less than $80.00 per person US. Any extension over 9 hours is billed at regular rate $100/hour.
As with the other trips minibus will leave 9:00 am  from Richmond Bridgeport station and returns there 18:00 pm .Other pick-up or drop-off location could be negotiated. Traveling time is about 1,3 hour and estimated processing time at the border about 20-40 min.   Trip is restricted to holders of valid Canadian or US passports only to avoid unnecessary delays at the border. Please call for any additional information.

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Private Transportation – Shuttle to ski Mt.Seymour, Grouse or Cypress mountain!

Safe private transportation shuttle for smaller school groups (up to 11) to – from local ski slopes of Grouse, Cypress and Mt.Seymour mountains. Choice of departures from Richmond (Richmond Center mall or school) 9:00 am and 11:00 am; other municipalities on request; return from the mountain 16:00 pm and 18:00 pm. In similar fashion service to-from Whistler-Blackcomb mountains departure 7:00 am , return 16:00. Children under age 16 must have adult chaperon. Travelling time to Whistler 2.5 hrs. Cost: return trip local mountains $280.00 per  group , Whistler-Blackcomb return trip $600.00 per group.
Trip has to be booked as a group, we don’t sell individual tickets. Price is for transportation only and include tax. Please use response form or our phone number 604 562 8778 for the inquiry or to book a trip. Please note that this is not “regular” service, has to be booked in advance subject to availability. Whistler – Blackcomb day passes could be purchased at about 10% discount at 7-11 store in Squamish.

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Transportation Service – Shuttle to Sun Peaks Resort

We continue to offer this 2018/2019  winter ski season  transportation service from YVR – Vancouver Airport and Greater Vancouver to Sun Peaks Ski resort located just about 420 km (260 mi) from Vancouver airport,  just northeast from Kamloops;   https://www.sunpeaksresort.com/.

Sun Peaks slopes are known as cozy place with amazing powder and many quality runs. It has been home for the Canadian Olympic team and also other international Olympic ski teams did last fine tuning there before main events. Trip from Vancouver  in the Winter excluding stops is about 5-6 hours.

For the convenience of real skiing  “mountain hopping addicts” we also provide for direct transfer from Sun Peaks to Whistler or vice versa. This is very convenient trip as it takes only about 4.5- 5.5 hours door to door. Time not wasted on airports/security, subject to reasonable weather conditions and passable roads. We always monitor the road condition making sure that trip is possible.

There are many reasons when direct ground connection from Vancouver to Sun Peaks is better option, especially for the group of  five or more. Our price is changed only to reflect higher cost of fuel  from last year; one way is $1380.00 including tax and service charge/gratuity  per vehicle. We believe this is the best price – value for transportation to Sun Peaks. Sun Peaks to/from Whistler is $1450.00 again one way. This price is for Mercedes Sprinter van (11 passengers) and Cadillac Escalade (5 passengers).

It could be just price – air ticket to Kamloops is about $280.00pp and transportation from Kamloops airport to Sun Peaks in private shuttle about $400 both plus applicable taxes  so it easy to calculate the benefit of the direct transfer. There are many occasions when in the winter Kamloops airport is closed or restricted with flights delayed or canceled for bad weather and no one want to miss international flight or a day of precious vacations. We had saved few vacationers from Australia and England  when bad weather closed Kamloops airport and 4×4 luxury SUV was way to go. This is the time when travel insurance comes handy!

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Minibus upgrade.

Pleasant and memorable experience of our clients has always highest priority in our endeavors. So we decided to upgrade our minibus with new carpeting and multimedia entertainment hardware. New 25″ overhead TV monitor serves for illustrative presentations complementing sightseeing experience and for “in-flight” movies for longer trips.

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Wi-Fi on the road.

To keep up with the modern computing age we have added mobile hotspot feature to our services. There is no charge for this and it is available in most urban areas , Sea to Sky corridor and Victoria. Our valued corporate clients can check-send their e-mails, browse internet etc.  on the way to the meeting or the airport.

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