Manning Park Resort Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Manning Park Resort Ski Resort
February 03, 2016
Charles Wood from Canada
Once again this gem has brought me back in time with their amenities but the snow conditions are very real. It's the first stop on my powder highway located east of Hope on Highway 3 which leads to the Kootenays!
An unadvertised "Hostel" is located across the road from lodge. Great place to call home for a couple of epic powder days at Manning.
2for1 Tuesdays, an ice rink, spa/jacuzzi, and you cannot miss the Bears Den Pub for the $10 beer/burger apres-ski.
Manning Park Resort Ratings
Overall: 3.4. Based on 13 votes and 11 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Manning Park Resort.
Public Transport: 2.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Manning Park Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Manning Park Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Manning Park Resort.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Manning Park Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Manning Park Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Manning Park Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Manning Park Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Manning Park Resort are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Manning Park Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Manning Park Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Manning Park Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Manning Park Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Manning Park Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.4
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Manning Park Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Manning Park Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Manning Park Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Manning Park Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Manning Park Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.5
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.3
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Manning Park Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.1
(1) Overall, Manning Park Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 06, 2015
Robert from Canada
Live 20 minutes from Mount Washington road but I would rather pay the ferry cost and gas and go to Manning Park for 3 days each winter. It is a special place. I guess I luck out because this year we went in January and had fresh powder and sunshine. We always rent a cabin. My only complaint is the late check in time. Otherwise, the place is a gem.
April 05, 2014
Castles from Canada
First time to Manning for our family, kids 4, 7, 9,& 11. Well maintained runs, beginner runs were consistent from top to bottom. Bunny hill was long and gentle. Nice blue runs and some good powder runs for Dad. Parking right at the lifts. No line ups. Nice helpful staff. Youngest spent the day in child care and received two lessons and was well taken care of! Everything was neat, clean and functional. Didn't do the tubing, but looked like there was lots of fun being had. Didn't know about all the RV parking spots, great idea. Views were spectacular and the snow was exceptional. Enjoyed the day, we will be back!
March 30, 2014
cwsnowpro from Canada
Another season has come and almost gone! Not yet though, with late March powder days and rays of sun in the late afternoons. Much appreciated effort by the mountain staff to keep the Orange Chair going after the whoopsy mid winter.
Great work on the Nordic trails, lots of skating on the outdoor rink, WiFi now at the Lodge and as always the Hostelacross the highway kept us warm and dry with great people hosting and only a few guests even on the weekend.
Best kept secret in the Coast Range, shhhh.
February 18, 2014
Gabriella Ashford from United States
Manning Provincial Park is a jewel. With it's eastern orientation, it is blessed with sheltered powdery snow and sunshine. The staff are happy and friendly, the setting beautiful, the management is clearly working hard at keeping customers happy with lots of options in the park and resort. Highway 3 is convenient and well maintained, as is the ski hill road. The food is delicious, the accommodations charming, and at the end of the day, a game of pickup hockey or a relax in the pool awaits. It is a perfect place to bring family and friends.
January 29, 2014
Rhona B. from Canada
We were at Manning Park the weekend of Jan. 24, 2014, from Vancouver.
We so enjoyed our weekend!
Manning is an enchanting winter wonderland! The downhill skiing was stupendous - sunshine, a variety of runs, snow, no ice, and a charming bus driver accompanied by great music! Going up the mountain in that cute, little school bus, I couldn't help but think "It doesn't get any better!"
January 07, 2014
SnowBear from Canada
We love to go to Manning at least once or twice a year, for downhill skiing, and this year (2013 Dec) we decided to go up early and all were anxious to get up on those skis and boards. First of all, when we arrived we found out that we couldn't use our discounts from our season's passes; very disappointed but still anxious to get up there and ride. We found that the lines for rentals and ticket sales were very slow as the one teller was always interrupted by instructors and whoever, so the line up wasn't moving (one interruption by someone, in a red jacket, held us up for 10 minutes while they were looking at paper work and no one was processed). Very ticked off with this poor management of receiving guests who wanted to be on the slopes. Definitely will not be renting from your mountain but will rent from somewhere else so I don't have to be in that poor, slow lineup. Maybe you should hire another person for the interruptions for thought.
After paying full price and getting on the hill, found out that a lot of the runs were closed that we wanted to access. There should have been a discount for that alone. When paying $50 per person and a lot of runs are closed you are forced to ride blue. Don't you think a discount would have been appreciated?
Otherwise, the mountain was good. Will not be visiting any time soon due to wasted time in rental line ups and no discount for a mountain that doesn't have a reasonable amount of black runs open (this should be noted on your web site.)
[note from the editor: Snocountry provides the snow reports but we also aim to enrol staff/local 'Resort Managers' for each ski area.]
November 01, 2013
Collin from Canada
I love Manning, learned to ski there in the early 90s. Great snow, great staff and it's great to see it owned by people who know the resort business. The Demers family will do very well here.
Can't wait for opening day!
October 22, 2013
Charles from Canada
Manning Park has new owners....:), new grooming machines, updated lift maintenance and an early forecast for a lot of snow! The cheapest ski pass in BC, and on Fridays you got to be there for "Powder" Blue Chair Days.
March 26, 2013
Lisa from Canada
I love Manning! Please skiers/boarders, don't let it close! I find the snow conditions here are better than Whistler and much, much better than anywhere else in the lower mainland. Plus, it's about half the price of Whistler, and I can always find plenty of area to make fresh tracks! The only thing I worry about is having an accident and nobody ever finding me because there are so few people up there! Note: this place is for skiers, not shoppers. I love the peaceful wilderness setting. There is a lovely mountain lodge with a friendly, unpretentious feel and it's a super good deal to stay at. It has a great pool/steamroom/sauna/jacuzzi too, and a friendly pub.