Visitor reviews for Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort
March 17, 2019
Josh from Canada
Although overpriced, the money isn't as much the issue as having to wait in a line from 8am 'til 1030am and then getting a few hrs of skiing after lunch too. We planned to get in a full day and it was a half; most times its like this. Disappointing, being such good mtn but poorly managed.
Whistler Blackcomb Ratings
Overall: 4.2. Based on 172 votes and 143 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 Whistler Blackcomb.
Public Transport: 4.1
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Whistler Blackcomb, (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 Whistler Blackcomb, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Whistler Blackcomb.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.5
(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 Whistler Blackcomb, (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) Whistler Blackcomb is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Whistler Blackcomb relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.1
(1) There are no snow groomers at Whistler Blackcomb, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Whistler Blackcomb 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) Whistler Blackcomb 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 Whistler Blackcomb, 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) Whistler Blackcomb 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 Whistler Blackcomb are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Whistler Blackcomb 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: 4.5
(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: 4.7
(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: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Whistler Blackcomb 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 Whistler Blackcomb, (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: 4.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Whistler Blackcomb, (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 Whistler Blackcomb, (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) Whistler Blackcomb has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.3
(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: 4.4
(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: 3.6
(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): 3.6
(1) Overall, Whistler Blackcomb 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): 3.7
(1) Overall, Whistler Blackcomb 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.
March 07, 2019
D. Beko from Canada
I got an unlimited season pass for me and my kid in 2017-2018. We were hoping to come frequently and calculated this could be more convenient to have a full season pass. The mountain is great. Management is terrible. Huge lines to upload in the morning. Paid parking even for season pass holders (I thought $1700 for two would be enough to have at least some benefits). Hugely overpriced Roundhouse cafe and stores (a burger will cost $15). Vail is definitely got shovelling a pile of cash. The "best" part was later. When the ski season was over we decided to come and hike. We have been refused to board the lift and were told that our passes are not valid. Vail cancelled all winter passes that are supposes to work the following summer without a note. A greedy corporation takes over.
During following months it was a big noise how Vail is building a new ski lift and about huge investment they are making with this. What an achievement! There is not public transit is going to Whistler, no affordable train service (there is a fully functioning railroad). If you want to get there just drive (or take a rare shuttle bus). The parking now is paid: $10 per day minimum, and it's challenging to find a stop even for this money.
Bottom line: now a day at Whistler (including transportation and food expenses) may cost you $250-300 per person. This is almost a full price of an unlimited season pass (early bird) to Mt. Seymour in Vancouver.
March 05, 2019
Steve from Australia
I echo another reviewers comment. We skied at Whistler yesterday for the first time since the 90's. We arrived fairly late (10am) and queued for tickets at 10:30am. The line wasn't very long but moved very slowly and I didn't get to the counter until 11am which seemed a ridiculous wait for 10:30am on a Monday.
February 18, 2019
Sean McInnis from Canada
To Whistler/Blackcomb Customer Service,
I write this letter to tell you what a big disappointment your resort has been.
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 who 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.
January 31, 2018
Raferaf from Canada
$160/day? Vail dipsh@#s need to go back to Trump land.
December 25, 2017
Suzie from Canada
Lifts stop a lot, lifts do not open early anymore and some not at all even when crowds are big. Epic Vail Fail; sad when a US company comes in and thinks they know better. I have skied here since Day 1 and am now looking for another ski resort.
November 09, 2017
Chris Call from Canada
The best quality about Whistler is the size of terrain available. The resort lists 8000+ acres, but including all u marked runs that are in bounds or 'spiritually' in bounds, that number easily exceeds 10,000. There is no North American option that comes close.
The terrain itself is varied and generally well covered even in a poor season, but many of the out of the way places still require at least an average snow pack to 'fill in'. Snow texture is usually a bit heavy as the resort is very rarely cold, but it is almost never icy.
Tree skiing at Whistler is poor, if not confounding. A few are marked on the map, while most are not. If you spend enough time at the resort to learn where everything is (which can take years if not decades), then you will find more trees. Still, it is not a feature of the resort and there is no dedicated tree zone to rely on during poor weather. Trying to organize a day around tree skiing is not easy as you will inevitably get caught up in congestion.
That said, if you know your way around, then avoiding crowds is pretty easy, even on busy days. You will still hit congestion occasionally, but it is possible to be very much alone even on the busiest of days, if you know where to go.
Grooming is pretty average. If you want for strictly groomed runs, then Whistler will disappoint. The highly over-congested Emerald zone, which badly needs a new lift, is half groomed and gets skied out by lunchtime. A smattering of other runs see attention each night, such as the ski out and usually one of two runs in each other zone. Generally, however, coverage is about 50% of what it should be, especially for a 'world class' resort. If the snow is not soft or your skills cannot compensate for rugged texture, then you will find your options depressingly limited due to this short coming.
Finally, the cost is outrageous. If you are wealthy enough to not care, then by all means, do as you please. Otherwise, the resort prices itself out of any comprehensible recommendation for anyone not buying a season pass. The season rate is extremely well valued. The day passes are simply confounding.
Overall, Whistler really is a seasons pass kind of resort. If you'll only be spending a few days somewhere, then the size of the terrain doesn't matter so much, so go somewhere else. If you need that perfect combination of vertical drop, quality of terrain, and price in BC, then go to Revelstoke as it is by far the best. If you will be skiing many days, then the cost of a seasons pass and wealth of terrain put Whistler over the top.
March 03, 2017
Velile from Canada
These fictitious snow reports are ridiculous. You do damage to Whistler with your deliberate mendacity.
[note from the editor: reports are generated by staff at the resort.]
November 26, 2016
mike from Canada
Well, 3 days in to the 2016/17 season and we have been blessed with a ton of snow for opening week! Day 1: 25cm, Day 2: 40cm, Day 3: 35cm (and the sun even came out!) Temps are cool and the snow is great! Typical Whistler dumps measured in feet not inches.
This is my 16th season living in the Sea to Sky region and it's up there with one of the best starts we have had in my memory. We have a solid base; most of the upper mountain is totally skiable and filled in (low down needs more to open but that's only the run to the bar at the end of the day so who cares!) We are in very good shape for a long snowy season!
Rock skis and boards not required. It's on in Whistler and the place is a buzz :)
March 10, 2016
Paul from Canada
Whistler is flippin' going off. Ultra mega pow. By the time this review actually gets posted, who knows, but right now it's nipple deep pow and only going to get better with colder air on the way. Thankfully, this year has been kind to us and we have a fairly typical snowpack and many great powder days.
I gotta say, I feel bad for all the visitors who plan expensive trips from afar months in advance, expecting to get the epic face shots they see in the pictures, only to be sorely disappointed when the weather deals them a crummy hand. But the weather is a fickle mistress, and that's just the way it goes. Whistler is no different than any other mountain in that regard. You can get skunked anywhere.
It's weird how many people think they are entitled to light dry powder and face shots and then bitch and complain when they don't get it. Don't blame the mountain. My advice would be to leave your expectations at home and come with an open mind. Take what the mountain offers you with humility and gratitude and you'll have a great time and bitch less. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade right? And really, is there ever really a bad day in the mountains? Maybe that depends who you ask, but I would say there is no place I'd rather be. Just being there is a gift. If you can recognize that, you'll have a fine time indeed. And if you're lucky enough to score epic snow, it'll be that much sweeter. Cheers!