Take a Whistler Sabbatical

What would you do with free rein at Canada’s mega mountain?

By Allison Williams November 3, 2011

Come on, snow, do your thing. Mama needs a free month in Whistler.

Photo courtesy Travel Whistler.

A sabbatical is a break from work to write a book, perform a selfless act of volunteerism…or it can be a month-long vacation to spend shredding through sweet powder. That’s the kind of hiatus you’ll get with the Whistler Sabbatical Project.

Through January 31, anyone looking to play hooky from work can enter the contest. The grand prize is an entire month at the resort town of Whistler, all expenses paid—airfare, accommodations, lift passes, and gear—plus a salary of up to $4,200 (Canadian) to make up for your lost income. Now that sounds like a sabbatical done right.

While you wait to win (fingers and toes crossed), check out short videos highlighting some of your Whistler options: You could spend your month, say, dancing in ski boots or opening bottles of champagne with a sabre. Besides using the videos to provide inspiration for the winner’s sabbatical, Tourism Whistler is giving away an experience each week; enter for those prizes at their Facebook page (you have to "like" it first). Plus—stick with us, this is kind of complicated—watching each video on the sabbatical website gives you extra entries for the grand prize…if you do it on a weekly basis.

Whew. Good thing the prize is so excellent, because we need a flow chart to understand this craziness. Can’t wait until you’re a winner? Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are scheduled to open on American Thanksgiving, November 24. Start waxing your skis now.

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