Whitewater Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Whitewater Ski Resort
December 18, 2015
The Jaded Local from Canada
This scene is totally blown-out and full of washed-up has-beens! The terrain is terrible, the food is awful and the locals are rowdy! Avoid this place like the plague so myself and the rest of the locals can focus on skiing, instead of heckling you...
The Jaded Local
Overall: 3.3. Based on 45 votes and 21 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 Whitewater.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Whitewater, (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 Whitewater, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Whitewater.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.8
(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 Whitewater, (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) Whitewater is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Whitewater 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 Whitewater, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Whitewater 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) Whitewater is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Whitewater, 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: 4.3
(1) Whitewater 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: 4.4
(1) The staff at Whitewater are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Whitewater 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: 3.7
(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: 4.0
(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: 4.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Whitewater 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 Whitewater, (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: 2.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Whitewater, (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 Whitewater, (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) Whitewater has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.6
(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: 1.8
(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: 2.5
(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: 3.7
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Whitewater 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): 3.9
(1) Overall, Whitewater 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.
December 14, 2015
Veronica from Canada
Smiles all around! Blower Pow, steep tree lines and no line ups combined with the best poutine in town and local brews. Such a fun and friendly hill!
November 21, 2015
Jim strain from Canada
I visited the resort in 2009 and 2013. Whitewater had very good powder skiing with not many people, amazing terrain with mind blowing potential, the staff is most friendly and helpful and the food is amazing. Great value. The area has improved with the additional Glory chair and terrain with over 2000' of vertical; more than doubling the skiable terrain. Takes more than a few days to explore the mountain. One resort not to miss if you want a true ski experience that stays away from man-made snow and high speed lifts. All natural snow makes for soft conditions and slower chairs preserve quality of snow and make for less crowded runs.
February 12, 2015
Damon Kessell from Canada
Our hill sure has changed. Long gone are the days when you could schralp a fresh line at 2pm. The weather and the crowds have change our hill. Whitewater is so crowded now and the snow has been rare the last three years. With only a few groomers it is not a fun hill without snow. First time in ten years I am thinking about no pass next year. Maybe it is time to try Red. Better terrain and they groom more than two runs. Sorry Whitewater, you are not the best anymore.
February 05, 2015
terri low from Canada
WH2O has developed some problems that did not exist before expansion in 2011. The lodge is totally inadequate for the number of skiers. Expect to line up for everything including the two washrooms. Lunch is a plunge into the germ pool of elementary school children. Summer grooming has not kept up with underbrush regeneration as well as fallen trees, stumps and boulders in high traffic areas. The whole bottom area of the Glory chair is a mine field of hazards. The numbers of skiers and boarders has made WH2O just another 2 hour powder rush hill. They need to do some serious work on the ground to match their advertising.
February 03, 2015
Oldpappy from Canada
Whitewater's new Calgarian owners have purchased a snow making machine.
What a sad sad day it is.
February 12, 2014
truthfully from Canada
Since our new ownership, Whitewater has gone "downhill" big time! They can't stop lying on their snow reports. Come on! Have some respect.
December 17, 2013
Yetti from Canada
Whitewater sucks; you don't want to ski here, trust me. You really want to go to Red or Big White or Whistler, or anywhere but Whitewater really. And definately don't tell your friends about it, I'm quite sure it's the last place they would want to go to; you would just look silly trying to convince them to ski Whitewater. You don't want to write any reviews and probably should avoid mentioning it online all together. In fact, just forget it even exists and get your moneys worth at some other ski hill, any other ski hill, it's that bad, really,
February 20, 2013
Bob from Canada
I've lived in Nelson and skied both Whitewater and Red many times. I've had wonderful days at both hills and wonder why proponents of one seem to like to trash the other. If you've experienced the crowds, wet snow and long lift lines at Whistler, or the fog at Big White, you'll appreciate how perfect skiing can be in the West Kootenays.
February 09, 2013
murph from Canada
In response to another reviewer's comment, Whitewater, like all other ski hills, is not magically exempt from the reality of weather and it's sometimes lack of cooperation. Don't get me wrong, when it's on, it's on but, like anywhere, it can be hit or miss depending on the day/week of riding. I have been a season pass holder for the past 15 years and have had many incredible powdays but every year there is at least one major drought period and yes, as hard as it is to admit there are icy days. You have to be able to hit the backcountry to get good snow. Trashing Red doesn't make Whitewater better (they get big dumps too). How did you do your math .05 cents a run? You would need to ride 100 days with 120 runs per day with a $600 season pass to get that rate. C'mon lets keep it real.