The Whistler Blackcomb Turkey sale is the stuff of legend. Like a mini-Christmas (except you’re buying all your own gifts and you don’t have to waste time wrapping any of them up), this giant, 4 day indoor warehouse sale is chocked-full of discount gear from brands like North Face, Patagonia, Arc’teryx, Burton, Volcom, Salomon, Atomic, K2, GNU, Icebreaker, and many more.

Where is the Turkey Sale?: The Merlins and Whistler Blackcomb Day Lodge at the base of Blackcomb

When is the Turkey Sale?: October 6 – 9, 2017

But before you dive in head first, let us share with you some seasoned wisdom collected over almost a decade of Turkey Sale attendance:

1. Get 1st pick of the litter on local’s day

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While this is a 4 day bonanza, if there’s something you really want it’s worth getting in line on local’s day. Season Pass and Edge Card holders are also allowed in to the fray on Friday, but the large bulk of them live outside Whistler and will wait until Saturday or Sunday to make the drive from Vancouver to Whistler. Leaving you to get first pick of the litter.

Day 1, Friday: Closed to the public. Whistler locals (with proof of address), Season’s Pass holders, & Edge Card holders only.

Day 2, 3, & 4, Saturday – Monday: Everyone else.

If you do live outside Whistler, it’s worth making the drive on Friday – if only to avoid the giant line-up on the holiday weekend.

2. Bring water and snacks

Don’t brush this one off, buyer’s remorse is a real thing and it usually happens when you make a snap decision to buy something because you feel like you’re running out of time.

As patience wains among the crowds of people you want to be on-point to make smart shopping decisions, and the key to that is staying hydrate and well fed – we recommend taking a bottle of water and a bag of nuts to keep you sane.

3. Don’t wear too many layers

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Imagine what happens when you put hundreds of people in a room that is literally lined with insulated winter wear…it gets hot. Really hot. And the last thing you want to be doing is loading up your gear-browsing arms with your own clothes. You need your hands to search for new skis.

There is a bag-check at the Turkey Sale door. If it’s cold in the line outside we recommend leaving your fall woolies in a bag at the door to pick up when you leave. You will not need them inside.

4. But do bring a rain jacket

Turkey Sale is on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. It’s fall and the chances of rain are high. And if it’s raining in they valley, you know it’s most likely snowing up top. So don’t be sad if you see rain clouds approaching on Turkey Sale weekend, just bring a rain jacket and then stash it in a bag at the door (see number 3 on the list).

5. Share your wishlist with friends at the sale

This is one of our favourite sale tips. Whether you’re at the Arc’teryx Factory Sale in November or the Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale in October, put a team together and share with each other your top 3 must-buy items. That way you can split up and cover more ground in search of the essential items.

6. Be ready to go back more than once

There is so much gear it’s impossible to put it all out on the first day. If you don’t find exactly what you’re after the first time, head back early the next day. Stock is replenished each night the by the hard-working Turkey Sale staff so your size might be sat in line just waiting to hit the shelf.

7. Bring cash if you want to buy an actual frozen turkey

It’s not called the Turkey Sale for nothing, you know. On Saturday you can get your Thanksgiving bird for the low, low price of $15! All proceeds go to the Whistler Food Bank and sales of turkeys are cash only.

8. If you’re buying boots, decide what fits before you get to the sale (& bring ski socks)

It can be tempting to just leave all decision making until you have a plethora of options in front of you, but don’t. Carve out some time pre-Turkey Sale and dedicate it to some research into the type, make, and model of boot that you think you want. There are so many boots at the Turkey Sale that if you attempt to try them all on, you’ll forget what the first few even felt like on your foot.

If you leave it all to the day-of, the picture above is what you’ll be faced with working your way through. It’s better to go in with an idea of what you want.

9. Leave time to explore the village stores

There’s more to the Turkey Sale than meets the eye. In fact, almost every single store in the village will have their own version of a Thanksgiving sale on the holiday weekend of October 6th to 9th, 2017. We recommend making sure you stop by Comor Sports (opposite the Olympic rings), Peak Performance (on the village stroll), our neighbour The Circle on Main Street, and our in-house ski and snowboard store, Underground Tuning.