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Whistler Blackcomb Resort Reviews

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Whistler Blackcomb Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler Blackcomb Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 198 votes and 165 reviews. Vote

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.

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.

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: 3.2

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 4.3

(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.

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January 10, 2020
Fred from Ski Canada Canada
If you live near Vancouver then Whistler is the only decent resort. So Vail can impose their effective marketing strategy: -not grooming -not making snow -charging 180$ for one third of the lift open This is why I fly to Italy and ski for cheaper in the Dolomites where the lift ticket is 90 CAD and allows you to use 450 lifts. Yes 4-5-0!! (all open given the great coverage of snow-making machines visit Vail board of directors shall try to ski in a real ski resort... and if they need lessons they will save even more because in Whistler the cheapest adult group lessons is about 300$ for 3 hours!
January 10, 2020
John Treacy from Ski Canada Canada
It is now Jan. 9, 2020 and only half the runs are open with a 190cm base. What is wrong? As far as I can tell, the peak chair at Whistler isn't even open yet. Again what is wrong? Charging $180.00 for a day ticket
January 09, 2020
Kd from Ski Australia Australia
I have been coming for 25 years. Owned for most of that. 3 weeks a year. Getting s bit tired of all negative comments. Yes, things have changed. Yes, things have got more expensive. Most complaints seem to be based on change. Some seem to resent progress. I have skied around the world and nowhere has the consistency of snow. Nowhere seems to invest as much capital in improving the skiing experience. Last summer they cleared the 3 main traffic jams at Blackcomb Mid, Emerald and Catskinner. Previously harmony. Next year restaurants. Gondola at Blackcomb has been a godsend. Whenever I have a complaint they respond 100% of the time and the next year it seems to be addressed. From lazy lifties to insufficient safety officers. This year has been testing for snow but still had 5 excellent days before the insanity of the last 2 days. Powder above the knees. Safety, I suspect, is behind some lifts still not open
January 04, 2020
PBR from Ski Canada Canada
It seems as if every year the gondolas are breaking down more and more. While we had little snow in December, Vail has cut back on its grooming ie: Creekside and lower Franzes had more than enough snow by Christmas to make a track out. Vail is cutting corners and it's not the same experience
January 01, 2020
Keryn from Ski Australia Australia
We have visited Whistler every year for the past 7 and sadly this will be our last. The village is beautiful but since Vail took over its vale to Whistler. The grooming is pathetic, there is not enough man-made snow on the lower runs, even on Blackcomb coming down to the gondola it’s like skiing in Australia over patches of grass. And don’t try and blame the weather because it’s been snowing since we arrived, so you could have made an effort to improve with man-made snow but you haven’t bothered. With only a third of runs open, it’s a rip off. Way too expensive. Vale to Whistler. We will be giving our $30k we spend each year on our ski holiday to Japan next year.
December 31, 2019
pgtB from Ski Canada Canada
The lack of management and supervision at Whistler-Blackcomb is changing the customer experience. No one can control the snowfall; however, the lift operators can be trained, the signage can be clear and the hazards can be marked. The main gondola at Blackcomb is inconsistent in operation and stops running several times a day. Shame on Vail for failure to operate in a safe and professional manner.
December 16, 2019
Curtis Cash from Ski Canada Canada
How can a company justify $180.00 after tax to ski on 10 runs covered in man-made slush...which are crowded. Should this not be discounted heavily? Or is this a deterrent to avoid too many negative reviews? Either way, once it does finally snow it will take three hours to get up to ski anyway.
December 13, 2019
Jim from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler used to be an amazing place to ski but with that reputation came the crowds. The previous ownership was pretty good at managing this. Unfortunately, Vail is not. On bad snow days, and this year looks like it will again be a dog, the lines are only fairly bad. But the skiing is marginal because with the big crowds that come when the snow is good, the mountain is skied to death within a couple of days. On good snow days the lines are so big you really don't get much skiing anyway. So, essentially, you never get a really good ski day at Whistler anymore. Whistler used to be good (I have been skiing Whistler for 30 years) but with the other options available now: Revy, Fernie, Kicking Horse.....I am not sure why anyone comes to Whistler now. Vail will likely never sell Whistler so I expect Whistler will never again be a good place to ski. Kind of sad but hey, it’s good for the other resorts.
November 22, 2019
V.Burlik from Ski Canada Canada
BC government has to step in for locals who enjoyed the resort for so many years. This is insane to pay 350$ per couple a day to ski here. Add to this horrible service many complain about... this is total Epic F-Vail!
April 19, 2019
jerome Griffiths from Ski Canada Canada
150 dollars to bring my teenager! You are not encouraging families.