Overall Rating

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb4/536
Whistler Blackcomb4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews
  • Recommend
    78%
  • Would Revisit
    72%
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Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

Way overpriced

Randy Spendy02/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March

Way overpriced

Randy Spendy02/04/2019
$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 McInnis19/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December

VERY VERY BAD EXPERIENCE

Sean McInnis19/02/2019
To Whistler/Blackcomb Customer Service,

I write this letter to tell you what a big disappointment we have with the way your resort is being run.
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 Kovse29/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Great Place To Try Pity about the snow

August Kovse29/01/2019
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.

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.
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