I get free flights, & they are only 40ish minutes. Get through customs and no border stuff. I may even just try to make this a day trip (but prob 2), so I don't want to drive at all.
So far I've found shuttle service from Vancouver to Whistler for 130ish and a hostel for 130ish including a lift ticket. But 300ish is still a lot to spend for a weekend and one day of riding IMO. I'm hoping to find a car pool and/or home to stay in on couchsurfing.org.
edit/add... Actually, Amtrack's $29 ticket each way does sound appealing for possible views. Anyone gone that route?