Ben graduated with distinction with an HBA degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1996. After business school Ben worked as a precious metals trader for Scotia Bank based out of their UK office in London. Ben worked as a banker for 3 years but found that his calling was in the mountains and he switched gears and moved to Whistler where he founded VIP Mountain Holidays.
VIP has been providing full service, private concierge style trips to Whistler since 1999. VIP’s purpose is to provide hassle free, world class experiences in Whistler. VIP’s 3 main services are:
- Booking accommodation (access to all accommodation in Whistler)
- Providing pre-arrival logistical support and bespoke itinerary design
- Providing full service destination service while guests are in-resort
VIP has been operating in Whistler for over 15 years and is by far the highest end and most experienced concierge company in Whistler. Whether it’s the design of a private ice castle in the backcountry, an exhilarating day of heli-toboganning or something as simple as getting the children checked in to ski school or making sure the right kind of coffee blend is in the coffee machine, VIP has the experience and attention to detail required to provide their clients with the very best holiday ever. VIP caters to clients looking for the Best of the Best in Whistler and lives by the motto of ‘No is not an option’.
Ben currently sits on the Board of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, is Chair of Whistler’s Service Committee and is a senior member of Tourism Whistler’s Marketing Advisory Committee. Ben and his wife Angela are the parents of Baby Parker, who they are very proud to report was able to ski from the top of Whistler to the bottom before the age of 2.
VIP attended the International Luxury Travel Market Shanghai in June of 2013, is a member of the Canadian Inbound Tourism Association Asia Pacific (CITAP) and is committed to developing business out of Mainland China. VIP’s largest market is from Hong Kong and Ben is very excited about the potential of helping the Mainland market discover the magic and beauty of Whistler. VIP is looking to partner with companies and individuals who share their values and passion for providing exceptional service in every respect.
“Our family has been traveling to Whistler for 14 years and we wouldn’t ever want to come without VIP’s help. Ben and his team take care of all the details allowing us to truly relax and enjoy ourselves. VIP is the reason we come back each year and we can’t wait until next year!”
- The Gaw Family, Hong Kong
“Dear Team VIP,Thanks so much for looking after us while we were in Whistler. It was so nice to have you guys around to sort out all our logistics and we really felt that we could chill out and relax knowing that everything was taken care of. We are already talking about our next trip to Whistler and we’ll be sure to tell anyone who mentions Whistler that they should book with VIP Mountain Holidays. See you again soon!”
- Paris Hilton, California
“The Oxford Ski Company has been using VIP Mountain Holidays as their destination handlers in Whistler for over 10 years and would highly recommend that any company seeking to do business in Whistler partner with VIP.”
- Mark Gibbins, The Oxford Ski Company UK