Here is a list of the most frequent questions that we're asked.

Will I improve my skiing?

Guaranteed! And probably in more ways that you would think possible. We take you to the next level of your skiing and then some – it’s what we do! When you add up the unique and endless types of terrain here with lots of powder days, expert coaching, instant and continuous feedback, our intimate mountain knowledge, video reviews, a stoked crew of new friends to ski with, everyone pushing each other to be their best etc…this equals total improvement to your skiing!

Are your prices in Canadian dollars or USD?

Our prices are in CANADIAN DOLLARS which is good news for those of you from other countries. The Canadian dollar is quite weak right now against nearly all currencies around the world so take advantage of it while you can.

How long do most skiers join for?

Many skiers join us for 2 to 4 weeks and many other skiers join us for for 2, 3 or 4 months. Some skiers only have one week available to join us which is also great, however pretty much every skier here for one week says on their final Friday evening that they wished they had booked for longer (and many extend). The longer you are with us, the more you're improving and transforming into a strong and stylish skier..!
A week, a month, a full season - we'll make sure you have a completely amazing experience no matter how many weeks you're with us!

What ability do I need to be?

Any level of skiing is fine to join us. From beginner to expert skiers and every level in between..!
Please see our SKI LEVEL CHART to check your level - and let us know where you are.
Level 1 to 3 skiers will be in our Beginner and Novice Ski Camps
Level 4 to 6 skiers can be in our Freeski Camps

What are the accommodations like?

We have two types of accommodations: Our Core Camp rider houses and home stay.
The rider houses are comfortable houses within the town of Whistler. They are all fully furnished, fully equipped kitchens, WIFI, TV, all bedding and the perfect camp vibe while you live with like-minded riders. The rider houses are based on two riders per room. Riders are responsible for their own meals at the Core houses. The houses range from a 300m walk to a short bus ride to the center of town, the lifts and our campus.
The home stay accommodations are private rooms within the homes of cool, local Whistler families. It’s a great Canadian experience. A room and 3 meals per day are included with home stay. Home stay is an extra $300/week.

What’s the average age at the camps?

Skiers from 15 to 50+ are more than welcome at Core Camps. 95% of our campers are between the ages of 17 - 40. The mix of ages makes the camps very interesting and a lot more fun. Whether you’re in the middle of a fresh powder run with your group or learning new tricks on a jump day, honestly, age is the last thing on our minds.
The Relationship side of Core Camp - Some guys and girls who met at camp end up either dating in Whistler, dating back home, getting married and also having kids. We seem to be an unofficial match making service... At least six couples who originally met at camp have gotten married!

What’s a typical day like?

A typical day at the camp goes something like this:

8 ~ 8:30am: Meet at our campus at the base of the gondolas in Whistler Village. Grab your gear form our heated storage room, gear up, and all walk to the gondola (100 meters).
9am ~ Noon: Morning Freeski Camp groups - Skiing and improving on-piste and off-piste with coaches (powder, steeps, carving, trees, technique, freestyle, more powder etc) and having an amazing time everyday..!
Noon ~ 12:30pm: On-mountain lunch (buy it or bring your own)
12:30pm ~ 3:30pm: Afternoon Freeski Camp groups (different from morning groups) - Skiing and improving on-piste and off-piste with coaches (powder, steeps, carving, trees, technique, freestyle, more powder etc) and having an amazing time everyday..!
4 ~ 5pm: Waxing & Edging clinic every Tuesday - Video Analysis every Wednesday
5pm onward: Free time, group outings, group dinners, hot-tubbing, apres, movie nights, ice skating, shopping, or just relax. Welcome Night every Monday - Grad Night every Friday
7am: wake up and do it all again...YEAH!

December Holiday rates?

Whistler (Vail) increases their lift pass and coaching fees quite a bit over the December holidays, so we have to raise our prices slightly for those two weeks. Holiday rates for our Premier Camps from December 21 to Jan 4 are an additional $100/week (maximum $200 in total).
Only for Premier Camps with Dec 21, 28 start dates and for Dec 28, Jan 4 finish dates.
Thank you very much for understanding.

I already have a season pass, so can you subtract the included season pass (or lift pass) off the Premier Camp for me?

Yes. If you already have an Epic Season Pass or Whistler Season Pass, we can subtract the lift pass or season pass off your Premier Camp. No problem. Please email us for the rates.

How do I get from the airport to Whistler?

Included in our Premier Package Camp, we arrange for you door-to-door service with a very professional private bus service. Shortly after you send us your flight details, we'll email you your simple and detailed pick up info. A bus company staff member will be waiting for you at the international (or domestic) arrivals lounge of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). You will have their phone number too. Buses leave roughly every 1.5 hours from early morning to 11pm. Please book your flights to arrive before 11pm and to depart after 7am. We'll send you more details after you've registered.
Staying in Vancouver before or after your camp? We can easily arrange your bus to pick you up and/or drop you off at one of several major downtown Vancouver hotels.
If you're in our Custom package camp, bus transfers are not included although we're happy to send you the links to a couple of good local bus companies.

When does my lift pass / season pass start?

1 week camp - Your 5 day lift pass starts Monday (with an option to add days)
2 week camp - Your 12 of 14 day lift pass starts on Sunday (with an option to add days)
3+ week camp - Your included season pass can be use all season before, during and after your camp

Do I need travel insurance?

YES, travel insurance is mandatory. We recommend World Nomads for our Whistler Camps.
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that all Core Camp skiers purchase Trip Interruption / Cancellation Insurance. This protects you in case of an unexpected cancellation or if a medical emergency interrupts your program with us.The link to the company above does offer Trip Interruption / Cancellation Insurance.

From what age can I join?

You can join the camps from 15 years old and up. Most skiers who join us are in their late teens to late thirties. We're happy to have skiers with us from 15 to 50+ years young..! The mix of ages in camp actually is quite a positive aspect of camp. Everyone gets along really well, campers help each other out and we keep the social part of camp an all ages atmosphere.

How many skiers in my group?

You'll be skiing with others and a coach in small groups (of a similar level) averaging 4:1 which ensures lots of personal coaching. Our absolute max ratio is 6:1 although aim to keep it to an average of 4:1.

Where will we ski on the mountains?

Everywhere. If you haven’t skied Whistler-Blackcomb before, you will be amazed by the variety of terrain that the biggest resort in North America has. If you have skied here before, get ready to re-discover the mountains. We ski the best spots and our secret spots - powder, trees, cruisers, bowls, parks, pipes, natural freestyle runs, glades, controlled backcountry and so much more! Where we ski depends on the weather and snow conditions of the day. Get ready to be spoiled!

Can I arrive in Whistler mid week before my camp begins?

Yes, you can arrive in Whistler any day of the week, although you’ll need to make your own accommodation arrangements until Saturday. Your Camp accommodation will begin on Saturday (or Sunday if you’re arriving then) and on-mountain camp is every Monday to Friday.
On request, we can send you a list of Whistler hostels, lodges, B&B's, hotels and their contact details. We can also arrange your door-to-door airport transfer to drop you off at any Whistler location if you’re arriving mid week.

Do I need a passport and visa?

If you are visiting from another country then yes, you will simply need a valid passport to come to Canada.
For almost all countries, obtaining special visas is not necessary. Canadian Immigration issues six month visitor visas when you arrive.
To check about your country please check here- details

I want to buy new ski gear. What should I do?

We recommend buying new ski gear here in Whistler. Prices are in CAD, are typically lower than overseas and we can help you with local shop discounts.
Try before you buy is the absolute best way to know that you're getting the right gear for you. There are some shops in town which offer many of the same brands and models for rent and for sale. You can rent skis, change them each day (to try different ones) and the shop will subtract up to two days of your rental price off of the purchase price of brand new ones. Many of our skiers do this. It's the best way!

Should I do training to get ready?

It’s a very good idea to do some training before you come. We recommend you do a mix of cardio and core training before you start riding with us.
A regular workout for your core muscles, lower body and basic stretching will help you a lot. Whistler’s runs are quite long so it’s also good to go skiing for a day or two before you’re here (or on your first Sunday here) to get your legs ready.

Do most campers come alone or with friends?

90% campers come to the camp on their own (solo). Once you arrive in Whistler, you’ll be met by all of the other campers and be warmly welcomed into the camp family. From then on you’ll be living with and hanging out with other like-minded skiers from all around the world. *A big part of camp is making relationships and new friends form around the world! If you’d like to come camp with a friend or partner, that’s cool too. Just let us know if you’d like to be in the same room and we’ll make it happen.

Which countries do campers come from?

From absolutely everywhere! You'll be meeting people and making new friends from all over the world. It breaks down something like this: North America 25%, Europe 40%, Australia~NZ 20%, South America 10%, Asia 5%

Do I need a helmet?

Yes, helmets are mandatory. If you have a helmet, please bring it and wear it. You can also rent good ones in town.

Will I be the old guy / girl at camp?

No. Skiers of all ages join us and the mix of ages makes it a lot more fun. Most campers are in their 20s and 30s as well as some in their teens and 40s. Since we’re all at camp together because of our love of skiing, age is the last thing we’re thinking about while we’re all having fun on and off the mountains.

Will I be in a house with a bunch or teenage partiers?

No. We match the ages in our rider houses to create a good balance. Since skiers are always tired from each big day of skiing, everyone is usually in bed by 10pm, getting rest for another epic day ahead. Our accommodation is for relaxing and Whistler Village is for partying. Celebrating is done in the town on a Friday or Saturday night.

How many hours each day is the ski camp?

3 hours each day. This is plenty of time each day for improving in our Ski Camp! The majority of our skiers are exhausted after 3 hours with our coaches each day.
Our coaches ski hard with our groups, we have lift line priority and the lifts are all high speed - so we do lots of runs each day. Three hours is all you need when skiing with us!

When do I ski with my coach/group each day?

You'll be with your coach(es) from either 9am to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 each week. We typically have our level 5~6 skiers in our morning groups and our level 4~4+ skiers in our afternoon groups. This works well for our groups for several reasons and our skiers enjoy it.

What kind of skiing do we do in the Freeski Camps?

Freeski Camp covers the whole mountains. We do a mix of absolutely everything, improve everywhere and we always ski the best runs (known and secret) depending on each day’s new snow and weather . On-piste, off-piste, in powder, trees, groomers, freestyle, carving, terrain parks, steeps, cliffs, cornices, parks, jump days and much more..!

How much money do I need for food each day?

It depends on what your tastes are and what your budget is. On average, $30-$50 per day should have you more than covered. You can easily stay under that amount if you cook at home and/or visit the cheaper restaurants. You can also go over that amount easily if you want to live it up each day. We can recommend several cheap, mid or fancy restaurants depending on your budget and taste. The pizza shop beside our campus is $3.50 per slice!

What is the best month for snow?

They're all good! There is no single "best month" for snow in Whistler. We consistently have 4 to 5 solid months of good snow right from the beginning of December to the end of March. We can get powder days until mid April. There is no particular powder month or sunny month either – they’re all powder months. Here are the monthly snowfall stats from the last 10 years to give you a better idea - Monthly snowfall stats

Are there supermarkets and restaurants close by?

Yes and yes. Whistler is a very compact town and everything’s quite close. There are supermarkets and restaurants within walking distance of our Rider Houses. Our Rider Houses’ kitchens are fully supplied for all of your cooking needs. There is a plethora of restaurants in town ranging from $2/slice pizza shops (ride beside our campus) to the ridiculous and every type in between. We can recommend all sorts (and the hidden gems) when you’re here.

I'm a beginner / novice skier. Can I still join?

YES, you can us join if you are a beginner or novice skier. We have some great Beginner and Novice Camp packages for you!
We’ll help you build your strong foundation of skills with our fun and patient coaches and make you fall in love with skiing right away!
Here are our full camp details - Beginner and Novice Ski Camps

What day does my camp start (when should I arrive)?

Your camp accommodation starts on a Saturday and finishes on a Saturday. So you should plan your arrival and departure on Saturdays.
For airport bus transfers, your flight arrival time can be anytime before 11pm and departure time can be anytime from 7am onward.
Your on-mountain camp with your coach is every Monday to Friday. On your first Sunday you can either rest from your long journey the day before, check out the town/do some shopping OR add a day to your lift pass and go skiing with some of the other campers.

Will my house mates be cool or turkeys?

Ok, no one has actually asked that question, but some of you have possibly wondered it.
Picture this – everyone with us is on vacation and doing what they love to do; skiing, so everyone’s always in good mood and at their happiest. Camp brings out the best in everyone.
Your house mates will be awesome, your new best friends, your new holiday romance etc. So no need to worry or wonder. We're the cool camp!

Will my ski coach be a Twinkie or have a Gorbie Gap?

Just kidding – no one’s ever asked those questions. We don’t have Gorbie Gaps and we're definitely not Twinkies... We’ll explain those and other local lingo to you when you arrive. 100 Core points if you know what they mean before you arrive…!

Is it possible to get a private room?

Our accommodation is shared (two per room). You may get lucky and get a private room if we're less than 100% full...
Private rooms ARE available with our home-stay accommodation option. Home stay includes a room and 3 meals per days while living with a friendly, local Whistler family. See below for more details.

What is the home stay accommodation option all about?

Home stay includes a room and 3 meals per days while living with a friendly, local Whistler family. We work with several wonderful local families in Whistler. Their homes range from walking distance to a short bus ride away from the village. The host family and location we choose for you depends on availability for your week(s) here. It’s a nice Canadian experience and a great way to meet some locals. Home stay is an upgrade of $300/week.

Can I bring my own lunch up the mountains?

Yes, you can bring your own lunch up in a backpack and we’ll show you where to hang it up. You’re allowed to eat your own lunch in the main on-mountains
restaurants too. There is also free water at each restaurant and even microwaves to use.

Any videos I should watch before I come to camp?

Yes, please watch the movie GNAR (pronounced – nar) for some great comedy and so you can ‘call out’ your coach on the mountains. We dabble in the game of G.N.A.R. when we ski.
Also watch a few Arnold movies or look up some of his quotes. We like to do Schwarzenegger impressions… 'Get to da choppa..!'

If we haven’t answered your questions here, please e-mail us at info@corecamps.com