Overall Rating

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb4/533
Whistler Blackcomb4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews
  • Recommend
    82%
  • Would Revisit
    79%

Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

High Alpine Heaven

Howard Kennedy30/12/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    December

High Alpine Heaven

Howard Kennedy30/12/2018
The village is large with plenty to do, even if you don't ride. There's the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural centre, many art galleries, rec center, movie theatre, valley trail walking/winter hiking. Transit service is great. Tourism Whistler is always hosting or promoting some local event, so check the calendar. Skiers & riders must rise early & expect to wait at every lift on big pow days. This resort has a large pow-hungry resident population, then add locals from Squamish, Pemberton, Vancouver, plus all the visiting tourists & it quickly becomes very busy. It is marginally better mid-week. Pay close attention to the weather report & lift ops WB twitter feed. Often the best conditions are found after a lift has been closed for several days with small amounts of snow accumulating each night. 10cm per day on a lift closed for 4 days is ~80cm on wind-loaded terrain & it often will not be busy; whereas a 50cm bluebird day will be a gongshow. The terrain & size of the resort are an endless array of riding options. Have fun & be careful.

Wu

Zohan27/12/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    December

Wu

Zohan27/12/2018
I have been skiing in whistler for years. Overall, a great ski resort, lots of activities and terrain. However, the crowd is usually an issue where it usually takes more than half an hour to get on a chair during a powder day.

Overpriced

Julia06/07/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Overpriced

Julia06/07/2018
Bad experience all the way through. The prices went through the roof since Vail took over, so you pay about twice the amount for the same thing. Also, you face badly trained staff that doesn't really seem to know how to handle the situation and gives out wrong information.
The whole mountain area is really nice during winter, but the chair and gondola rides are a downside due to a lot of stopping and long lines on good days.

About the glacier in summer: you spent a lot of money to go up the mountain, just to find out that they commercialized the whole area. So instead of having one camp and one open area, pretty much all of it is part of camps now and only a very small area is public.
This is what you find out after a 1 hr gondola/shuttle bus/chair ride, that you can't start until 11 am, which is also when the glacier opens, so you automatically lose 1 hr of your expensive day (closes at 3 pm so you got 3 hrs).

First time skier

Justin Frazer25/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January

First time skier

Justin Frazer25/01/2018
This was the first time skiing for myself and it was amazing. We had over 160cm of snow in 5 days and the lines were not too long. The lift set us was ideal and the fact that you can ski two mountains means we must come back to continue exploring.

Best ski resort in the world

OW08/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    January

Best ski resort in the world

OW08/01/2018
This was an amazing ski trip destination. The lines at the bottom were bad, but that really should not stop you from going because if you wait those 20 minutes at the bottom, you will get the most amazing ski resort in the world. There are all sorts of runs from beginner friendly greens to expert double black diamonds, and even one of those through trees. There are a few terain parks which are all some fun, but are better for snow boarders. My advice would be to go to whistler if you are beginner or intermediate, but as you start to get better or if you are advanced or expert you should definitely go to blackcomb. This is because blackcomb has a better layout of black runs that allows you to do multiple blacks very easily and it also has about 10 trails through trees whereas whistler has only about 5. Whistler has all of the black runs at the top of the mountain which usually requires you to ski quite far down before catching 2 ski lifts to the top. Overall you should not let the nasty reviews get to your head because this is an easily accessible ski resort suitable for all stages.

Yes, there's queues

Dave20/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Yes, there's queues

Dave20/12/2017
Just to balance out the negative reviews about queues at Whistler... we did the Christmas to New Year week in 2017 with the best snow they'd had in years. This coincided with their busiest day in history - something like 60,000 people on the mountain. So here's some tips from a punter...

* Wake up early you lazy gits - especially if there's been fresh snow. If you're in the gondola line around opening time you'll rarely have to wait that long. The infrastructure is so good that it clears the lines very quickly. The late risers start clogging the base lines around 9:30.

* If you're really keen, do the early bird lift ticket. This gets you first tracks guaranteed.

* Get out wide early and away from the main lifts.

* Time your day to avoid the lunch rush at the restaurants

* If you hit a big queue, keep skiing down or around until you hit a lift that's less crowded. Sure, you might not ski exactly the terrain you wanted to, but there's so many other options.

* If you really hate queues, time your trip around a low crowd period or go somewhere else!

* Quit ya whinging!

Whistler is still one of the best mountains in the world to ski, so don't let the negative reviews put you off.

Horrific Queues

Lyndell13/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

Horrific Queues

Lyndell13/12/2017
Queues at the base More lift queues further up the mountain
Whistler has so much going for it, the only problem being that everyone else thinks so too. The lift queues were horrific at the base in the morning, and unlike some ski resorts where the crowds disperse once they're up the mountain, this was not the case on Blackcomb. Every lift we went to had dreadful queues. In about 6 hours of skiing, we got in about 5 runs.

I'm not sure I'll visit Whistler again until they add more lifts and terrain or limit lift ticket sales.

Whistler Blackcomb

Matthew24/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    March

Whistler Blackcomb

Matthew24/04/2017
I went to Whistler during march break. For a mountain that size I was not expecting it to be that crowded, on the way down from the chalet at the halfway peak the run was packed and you could hardly get through. If you don' want crowded skiing don't go here (this mostly applies to beginner/slow rider terrain). If you're going for terrain it's great, there is no where better. And in March you should expect to get some crap weather. That is true and the weather sucked at the bottom. One quarter of the way up it got better, but at the top it was unbelievable, powder, powder, powder. Since Whistler is a town the night life is really good, after a long day of skiing there's lots to see and do. Compared to the other places I've been this would definitely rank top 5.

Buyer beware!

Andy03/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    December

Buyer beware!

Andy03/01/2017
Just returned from a trip to Whistler (12/24 - 1/1). The lift lines are the worst I've ever encountered in decades of skiing. I'm sure the holiday week explains it, but this much you need to know: Stay far away from Whistler over the Christmas/New Years holidays. Even if you don't ski all that much and are looking for night life, lots of luck getting a dinner reservation. The whole resort was filled beyond capacity. Servers were haggard. Food (simple hamburgers during a midday break) can take an hour to arrive. One day we stayed up the mountain to avoid the lunch crowds and, at one of the mid-mountain restaurants, we could not find a place to sit, so we just skipped eating it was so bad. It was Grand Central Station at rush hour everywhere we went. The skiing is great and you have lots of time to think about how great it must be standing in 30-45 min. lift lines. Terrible is an understatement. We stayed at the Westin in Whistler Village. The staff could not have been nicer or more willing to please, but at every turn they were utterly overwhelmed. One cannot even get the front desk to answer the phone. Concierge? Forget about it. It's nothing more than an unattended voicemail box. I left messages on three occasions and not one call was returned. If you like skiing and don't want your trip marred by refugee crisis-like crowds at every turn, stay away. Here's how bad it was: The New Year's Day crowds at the Vancouver airport came as a welcome relief. Clearing security and customs, too, was nothing compared to trying to do anything at Whistler.

Whistler

James15/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Whistler

James15/03/2016
Best place I've been boarding in my life so far. Would recommend
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