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Visitor reviews for Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler Blackcomb Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 201 votes and 167 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.2

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.6

(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.

Off-piste: 4.3

(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.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.8

(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: 4.0

(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.

Accommodation: 4.4

(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: 3.1

(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.

Childcare: 4.0

(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.

Snowmaking: 3.9

(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: 4.0

(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.

Shelter: 3.9

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.3

(1) The staff at Whistler Blackcomb are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Whistler Blackcomb are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.8

(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: 4.6

(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.

Beginners: 4.3

(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.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Whistler Blackcomb, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.7

(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.

Cross-country: 4.2

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.9

(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: 4.2

(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.

Eating: 4.5

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.5

(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: 4.3

(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.

Entertainment: 4.2

(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: 3.4

(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): 3.4

(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): 3.5

(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.

Show all 35 ratings

March 16, 2020
Sally from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler is CLOSED until 22nd March at the earliest.
February 18, 2020
BC Skier from Ski Canada Canada
I've been a season pass or Edge card holder for over 20 years but this is it for me and my family. Long lines, lifts not working, alpine area rarely open or open late in the morning (I know it's been a challenging snow season, but there is some fundamental flaw when moderate snow and seasonal temperatures shut down operations), decline in food quality and increase in price mean that the value is not there for us anymore, even though we live just over an hour from the hill. We're going to spend our ski dollars on a trip to the Interior to ski for half the price on mountains with no crowds and more reliable snow.
February 14, 2020
Peter D from Ski Australia Australia
The delays getting lifts open each day means the alpine area is rarely open. After a cold night and 10cm of snow it should not take until 1.30 pm to get Glacier or Harmony lifts operating. Your mountain management really detracts from the customer experience. I am surprised people are prepared to wait 45 minutes in a lift line at $200 a day-. I will not be back no matter how beautiful Whistler is. Measure your skiable minutes and you would rank extremely poorly.
February 13, 2020
Lyv from Ski Canada Canada
I just found out that after 2 years under Vail Resorts management, WB’s ranking tumbled from #1 to #7 and I expect it to get even lower after their poor performance so far this season. How is this possible? I feel for the staff that spent a lifetime working from a back woods resort in the 80-90’s towards being #1 and staying on it for years. Hopefully, in the near future they will do more “we’re listening” and start taking proper measures to climb back up in the rankings.
February 13, 2020
Mark M from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from 5 days skiing in Whistler-Blackcomb. Skiing and weather, always a tricky combination. Monday 3rd Feb was great sun, other days stuck in the mid to lower sections to avoid white-out. C'est la vie. But the queues on Monday morning were extreme and this was a Monday outside school holidays. The subsequent queues at 7th Heaven, on Blackcomb, were also hell. Guess I've been spoilt by Trois Vallee and Super Dolomiti. The weather meant we missed WB's main selling point of great powder. But the queues and expensive lunches in massive warehouses for restaurants, plus the lift passes double the price of Europe, detached from the experience.
February 07, 2020
Matt from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from 10 days snowboarding in Whistler and although a great holiday with friends it's not a resort I would rush back to. Top part of both mountains don't seem to be open until late morning, at best. Lifts not working, keep stopping, slow and only one 6 seater in the resort. The peak-to-peak was closed for two days for de-icing and maintenance. It's Jan/Feb in a snow resort! We had two days of rain, including the top of the mountain which was bizarre. Ok, that's nature, but not something I've experienced anywhere else. Yet, Whistler claimed they had lots of new snow... no way. The next day was like an ice bowl. Lift queues on the Sat/Sun were awful. Took us an hour before we actually started a run. Serious investment in lift infrastructure and opening of higher mountain early is required to get people spread out across the terrain. Resort was good though, lots of choice for food and drink and the staff very friendly.
February 05, 2020
Phil from Ski Canada Canada
I have been skiing Whistler Blackcomb since it opened in the 60's and have seen gradual improvements ever since, until Vale took over that is. Intrawest was the very best organization and took seriously the management of every detail. Since Vale took ownership the attention to the ski experience has deteriorated just about everywhere and their communication of reasoning for closures and their timing is pathetic. I'm seriously considering not renewing my seasons pass for next year. I was proud of Whistler as one of the best in the world, but not any more.
February 04, 2020
Lyv from Ski Canada Canada
The new management does not care to open all lifts and terrain early anymore to spread people around first thing in the morning and it looks very bad.
January 23, 2020
Colin Peverley from Ski Canada Canada
Since Vail took over the Whistler experience has deteriorated, way too crowded with long lift lines. No longer fun.
January 20, 2020
pgtB from Ski United States United States
Vail has greatly diminished the ski experience at Whistler by prioritizing the creation of a year-round resort over the experience of the skier. The mountain is understaffed and poorly managed. It is the middle of January, there is over a 7 foot base and management is unable to consistently open the Alpine terrain. The Glacier bowl at Blackcomb has yet to open and the Symphony, Harmony, and peak Express chairs at Whistler have been open less than 25 hours this season. The lift lines are long, there is no management or control of the lines and the restaurants are crowded with mediocre food selection.