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Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb3.5/543
Whistler Blackcomb3.5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews
  • Recommend
    74%
  • Would Revisit
    70%
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Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

The Destination for Non-Skiers

James Paterson
07/05/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

The Destination for Non-Skiers

James Paterson
07/05/2020
Whistler Blackcomb is not a destination for true skiers. It has evolved into a place that is designed for non-skiers who spend money. That's really what this place is about now. In addition to the sheer crowds of people that jam up the lift/gondola lines, the snow quality in Whistler in the last 5 years has been atrocious. Every time I have been there in the last 5 years, it has rained. Freezing levels are super high altitude in comparison to other BC ski resorts, largely due to Whistler's coastal proximity. Because of this, true powder days are few-and-far-between at Whistler, despite the stuff you may see posted on social media (Whistler's social media is borderline false advertising, but that is another story). I think Whistler is very aware of their challenges as a ski resort (some that are not fixable, like the snow quality and rain), and are placing more emphasis on their summer tourism, which is a smart move by them frankly. If you are a person who really doesn't care about how much vertical you ski, the quality of the snow, and your priority is shopping/eating in the village, then Whistler is the place for you. If you are a serious skier who wants to ski a lot of vertical, in good quality snow, and would rather be skiing than shopping, then avoid Whistler and go to other places in BC like Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red, Big White, Fernie or Whitewater.

Arguably the best ski resort in the world

Yi Wang
08/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Arguably the best ski resort in the world

Yi Wang
08/02/2020
To me, this is the best ski resort in the world.
It's big but not too big to become inconvenient. You can easily reach any one of lifts on the two mountains within less than 1 hour from any one of the three village bases. Europe has some mage resorts that are 2 or 3 times bigger, noticeably some French resorts such as 3 valleys. But they are too big that you'd better stay in 2 different bases in one vacation in order to explore all the mountains. For example, if you stay at Courchevel 1650 of three valley, you can spent half a day just to get to and back from Val Thorens, the other side of the resort.
Another advantage of WB is its excellent slopes that include both wide open bowls and trails through forests. Trails in woods are hard to be found in Alps.
WB is not ideal for beginners. The entire Blackcomb mountain doesn't have real green runs except a short run at the bottom. It is also crowded . Sometimes it becomes dangerously crowed to beginners who have hard time maneuver among fast skiers.

Not a good value during the holidays

Terry Schoenthal
31/12/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Admin Rating
    3

Not a good value during the holidays

Terry Schoenthal
31/12/2019
I recently brought my family to Whistler Blackcomb for skiing during the Christmas holiday and I found it to be a very poor value. The area is huge, the Village is lovely, and the mountain was as well groomed as could be expected with limited snow cover. My problem with our trip is that both accommodation and lift tickets are exhorbitantly expensive and it was not a good value. Lift lines were long, slopes very crowded, and after-ski activities were so congested that it simply was not a very pleasant experience. It suffers from the same over-tourism that has become common in the worlds best places. I have no doubt that at other times it could be a wonderful experience, but I would discourage people who might be considering this destination for a holiday vacation.

Lived up to its title

Toddy
22/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Lived up to its title

Toddy
22/10/2019
This shot was taken over in the diamond bowl area where it's nice and steep
I finally got to ski the famous Whistler Blackcomp February 2019 and it didn't let me down. After years of being told by my ski mates to get over there and how good the mountain was well I can honestly say I was blown away with the size, length and steepness of runs, variety of terrain and the lift infrastructure. I was lucky enough to have a good mate who has been there for over 30 years, show me around and have a plan B to go to if that lift line was busy. Saying that though the lines moved very quick which was due to their organizational skills in setting up the ropes, something Perisher could take on board. The snow quality was varied due to the length of runs and you have to expect the texture to change with different temps in heights. I could not fault this place as it ticked all the boxes for my level of skiing. We didn't get anything real deep but we got a taste of some fresh falls and I was more than happy. It would be amazing to get a real good dump here. I strongly suggest skiing with someone who knows the mountain to get the best out of your day if that's possible. Plenty of aprae on hand to keep all the ages happy although getting into some restaurants was at times a little difficult as they don't take bookings so you have to be flexible and find one that doesn't have a lineup. I was there for 7 days and it got me ski fit for my 5 day heli ski trip the following week. Would I go back? Don't ask me twice - it's amazing

Over-hyped and Under-delivers

JP
21/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Over-hyped and Under-delivers

JP
21/10/2019
We've all seen the sick pow shots and massive snow reports from Whistler on Instagram and other social media. It's hard to look away, it seems so incredible. I have visited Whistler many times in the last 10 years, and each time came away disappointed.

My visit last season really took the cake. When I was there, it was raining quite regularly, the snow was like concrete, and most of the mountain was shut down (only about 40% of lifts open). On the Whistler Instagram page they were reporting huge powder dumps of 40cm, and posting a pic of somebody in waist deep snow. All of us that were there were looking at the Instagram post while we skied on wet concrete on the few runs that were open. It was such a joke to see how they market the mountain, and see them essentially blatantly lie.

Now that said, nightlife there is great, restaurants are really good, and hotel options are plentiful. But for skiing, it's probably the last place on my list going forward.

Variety in Whistler

Rebecca
01/07/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Variety in Whistler

Rebecca
01/07/2019
We went to Whistler in February so more the tail end of the season. There was much powder when we went but the variety of trails were second to none! To find the powder you would often have to go through the trees, which was beautiful. The trails went on for a while before you had to cue back up to reach the top again. The lifts were well organised and fast but the crowds were vast also. The nightlife was the best, yet other activities were also available... which makes it great for all! Young and single, couples, families, everyone! Massive range of lessons as well, which suits beginners to even highly experienced boarders and skiers. If you like lots to do and lots of people and lots of variety this is the place for you!

Big Mountains

Sean
01/07/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    3

Big Mountains

Sean
01/07/2019
Our favorite North America resort, logistics wise it’s so easy to get up to Whistler after a long flight. Long easy rides, moguls, trees and etc. Plenty of choices of beginners, intermediate runs. Top notch lifts, friendly people, 2 huge mountains to choose, great food and nightlife. The views are amazing a total big mountain experience. What’s not to like? Whistler will always be one of our favorites, pricy lift tickets but well worth it.

Way overpriced

Randy Spendy
02/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    2

Way overpriced

Randy Spendy
02/04/2019
$177 for an adult full day lift ticket is nuts plus many other negative Vail customer service issues too numerous to mention. Many other places to ski in B.C. that offer better value. After 15 years skiing here with my family and friends it’s time to move on. I just made the lineups smaller. You’re welcome.

VERY VERY BAD EXPERIENCE

Sean McInnis
19/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    3

VERY VERY BAD EXPERIENCE

Sean McInnis
19/02/2019
I write this to tell you what a big disappointment we have with the way your resort is being run (Editor's note: apparently we own Whistler Blackcomb - we wish!!).
I live in Vancouver and have my extended family of 7 out visiting for the Christmas holidays. They are all ski instructors in Quebec and skiing is part of their life. The only thing they wanted to do while visiting BC is ski at Whistler/Blackcomb for a day. They brought all their equipment out from Quebec and on December 27/2018 we all headed up to Whistler in 3 vehicles.
We arrived at the parking lot at 9:00am, bought all our parking tickets which all together was $30.00 then headed to Whistler village. Because my family are all instructors (ACA & CSIA) we had to buy our tickets at the ticket booth at the base of the ski hills. The line was extremely long when we arrived but we thought it would move fairly quickly. We waited in line until 11:15am and had only moved ¾ of the way.
With the cost of skiing at your mountain ($178/adult, $151/youth) we soon realized that we would only be skiing 2 or possibly 3 hours by the time we actually got to the booth and bought our tickets. We all agreed that it was not going to be worth it at that point. I will say that you had some very unhappy customers at that point.
We made a group decision that we would give up our place in line and go for lunch at Longhorn but it sure made everyone upset that we would not be skiing the day like we had all been planning for the last 6 months. Once we had all finished lunch and were going to head back to our vehicles to head home we looked at the line and we saw people that we had been in line with that were still waiting to get a day pass.
I am a local person and have been skiing Whistler and Blackcomb for the last 15 years and I have never had an issue like I had yesterday. Being that there is new ownership I feel that it is very important that you are aware when you don’t meet your customer’s expectations and you sure made 8 peoples experience of Whistler and Blackcomb a bad one.

Great Place To Try Pity about the snow

August Kovse
29/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great Place To Try Pity about the snow

August Kovse
29/01/2019
OK, At the outset I will say we had concerns. We had heard about the rain. We are from Australia and had been to Big White and Banff in the previous 2 years. The snow quality there is consistent and light. We have 2 children one 13 the other 10. At Whistler We stayed at First Tracks Creekside and could not speak more highly of the place. Same with Dusties Pub. Creekside is like Big White with more shops and better market. In fact, really really great market. Can Ski Creekside is really helpful.

Whistler Village is very different. Its loud, Its in your face, its expensive. But how did it compare to Big White and Banff.

Our trip was impacted by Rain for 2 days up to 1600m. Then it was warm with Temperature inversions. Skiing was very much like Thredbo at home. Nice on top, then patches of ice, then potato (elephant snot) then ice again below about 1500m as the inversions kicked in. At times it was dangerous. There is a reason for riding Gondalas up to 1600m. You stay dry. We limited our skiing between 1900m and 1600m. We did this as did many people because there was less ice there.

When the rain cleared it is breathtakingly pretty. In fact, I would say more pretty than Lake Louise. (in winter). While we did not enjoy the snow we did love the views. The people have also put some well placed restaurants such as Christine's that has these amazing views which is worth doing.

First Tracks at Creekside was worth every cent. You can ski in and out there and it would have been fun save the ice. The queues that are legendary are less at Creekside. It's 20mins into town by bus and it costs 2.50 in cash per adult, but, you don't really need to go. We had one dinner at the Rimmrock Cafe and this was one of the best meals I have eaten in my life. The wines from BC particularly the Pinot Gris are more than handy and worth a solid crack,

The kids ski schools are pricey but good. It is well organised. There is no race training like at Big White and the costs are nearly double. It does include lunch. Creekside will take the younger kids to 12 but the older ones all go to the village. The staff were really helpful and provided good feedback.

Would we go there again. We are split. The snow quality and cost of lessons were big negatives in comparison to Big White. The terrain and beauty of the place big plus. So was the food, with some really good Asain fare too which is unusual in Canada.

I guess we were just unlucky with the weather. Definitely roll the dice. You need to see this place, but, a return visit may take some recovery time. My son was really into the terrain. No need to stay in the village itself. On that none of our family had any desire.
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