Visitor reviews for Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler Blackcomb Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 224 votes and 187 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: 3.7

(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: 4.3

(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: 4.7

(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: 4.4

(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: 3.9

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.1

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.4

(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: 4.5

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.5

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

Advanced: 4.6

(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: 4.4

(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: 4.1

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.1

(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: 4.4

(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: 4.2

(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: 3.3

(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): 3.3

(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 02, 2023
Andrew from Ski Canada Canada
This place is too busy, sun never comes out and much of the mountain is often icy or wet. No parking left many weekend mornings. Would certainly not plan a vacation here and locals trying to time the weather are faced with huge crowds. Things turn around late March when the crowds reduce, sun comes out and you can still have nice conditions up top.
December 11, 2022
Lyv from Ski Canada Canada
Can’t believe Harmony did not open today for avalanche hasard. Was it a lack of experienced staff or money saving, or just no drive to get the job done? Poor Whistler…
April 05, 2022
Peter Hsu from Ski United States United States
"Get out of the hill." A staff walked away from my 7-year-old son badly fallen on the snow with his ankle twisted. Yesterday, my son and I mistakenly ventured into a tough slope. I fell a few times, even once on top of a fence. I was careful and got back on the same side of the fence I fell on. At the end of the hill my son had a bad fall. As I was busy picking up my son’s ski a woman walked towards us. She told us we should not be here. I apologized and said we will be more careful next time. She then accused me of crossing a fence somewhere and threaten to take our ski pass away. I told her I did not and if they think we need to cross a fence to get here they would need to inspect the area better. She continued to force to admit that I crossed a fence. At one point my son naively mentioned that I have fallen on a fence once, and she took that as hard evidence that I lied. She seems very proud of herself at that point and proceeded to walk away from us. “Get out of the hill” she yelled. Not even checking how my son was doing. She was only there to give of a piece of her mind, not to help us.
March 12, 2022
Jackie from Ski Canada Canada
Not worth it unless you're an expert skier (and know where you're going). Very little grooming that gets scraped up and icy before lunch. Runs are long but most of them have long flat sections or traverses. Lift lines are crazy long in any decent snow conditions. Day tickets are ridiculously expensive. Scenery is beautiful on a clear day, but this is true at any BC resort. Food on the mountain is terrible and very expensive. Lots of great expert, big-mountain terrain, but you have to know where you're going as it is not on the map and there are lots of cliff bands you need to know how to get around (for example with only one exit that is tricky to find). Would strongly recommend going to any other BC resort to skiers of almost all abilities; you're money will go much further and you'll have a much more enjoyable experience.
March 09, 2022
Marcus Riga from Ski Canada Canada
Epic fail. Beautiful scenery but this resort has headed into the toilet. Insane crowds, overworked staff who had no idea what was going on, long lines, limited terrain open and the food was bad for a high school cafeteria. This is what happens when businesses care more about making money than delivering a good product. I feel for the staff who truly seemed to care and tried to redeem the mess they were handed this season. Not worth your time and not worth 167.00 plus tax per day.
February 25, 2022
John from Ski Canada Canada
Trail grooming - sucks Lineups - too long Roundhouse food - truly awful Lift ticket - not worth the $ anymore
February 21, 2022
Suzanne from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have visited Whistler over the last 18 years on a number of occasions (last occasion 2011). Our experience of the resort for skiing was great. But this year the slopes were not groomed to the standard we expected and the number of people on the slopes was dangerous. Our ski experience was very disappointing so we won’t return again.
February 07, 2022
Carrie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We've visited Whistler several times over the last 15 years. Having spent a month here this time around I won't hurry back. The overcrowded slopes, even mid week, are surprisingly bad. We've actually not even bothered at the weekends due to hour plus waits for chairs such as Garbanzo. The early closure times of Symphony with the only way out being a narrow trail is chaotic at best and dangerous at worst. Weather is unpredictable and I'm happy in most snow conditions but grooming has seen a significant decrease with some large mogul fields on even green slopes catching beginners unawares. When factoring in high accommodation costs and the crowds we will be going elsewhere. Vail Resorts do not care about anything other than packing as many people onto the mountain as possible for the least cost.
February 02, 2022
Lyv from Ski Canada Canada
There is a serious lack of devotion and imagination when the grooming highlights are Tokum and Schoolmarm compared to Heavenly/Brownlie and the Back Bowls/Mckonkie’s. This year Peak to Creek never once when before, twice a week. The Saddle used to be 100+ passes wide. In general the skier traffic is now like in an eastern resort and the conditions deteriorate fast and are icy because not enough acreage is groomed to support the lift capacity, not fun anymore and dangerous. Not to mention the quality now sucks and same for their food. Total Vail fail.
January 28, 2022
Jono from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler is not a great resort for most skiers. Lines are long, prices are very high ($200 for a day ticket), and the groomers are terrible compared to other resorts in BC and other destinations such as Colorado. If you are an expert level skier or snowboarder the snow and terrain can make it an incredible resort; however, increasing crowds and traffic are making even the most devoted Whistler skiers look elsewhere. In summary, if you live in Vancouver or the Sea to Sky (ed?) Whistler is the best mountain we have. If you are planning a vacation, go elsewhere for a more relaxed experience with less crowds and better quality skiing.