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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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February 21, 2015
Dorothy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
This was our 5th visit to Whistler and sadly it will be our last. We booked in July and expected some good conditions during our 10 days. Unfortunately, it rained for the first 5 days. The freezing level got higher each day and the snow disappeared from the lower slopes. The only decent conditions were high up and there the visibility was poor. Lower slopes were heavy and then slushy. We had a good 6th day in the sunshine and higher up but then more rain and an injury forced us to abandon the skiing. At least we had a fantastic hotel. We will not be back. Wonderful terrain but not reliable enough conditions to commit to such a long journey.
February 14, 2015
Rob from Ski Canada Canada
This year has been a poor year for snow conditions. It is a great resort and just because it is having a bad year does not mean it is a terrible resort.
February 13, 2015
robin from Ski Canada Canada
I do feel sorry for anyone who cannot wait for really good conditions to head to Whistler or any ski hill for that matter. The unusually warm winter this season has lead to the worst conditions for this time of year of the last five years. The smallest base and raining where it would be snowing most of the time. Elevation is everything. You should have gone to Italy this year. But this season is not over and March can be epic here. I hope you get 20cm of fresh and the base staying at a sweet -3, on a non holiday Tuesday because that is heaven.
February 12, 2015
Churchill from Ski Canada Canada
I fear that climate change has brought the golden days of Whistler, as a powder destination, to an end. As anyone who has spent their lives in the mountains and actually lives in Whistler (not Aussies who have been here eight weeks and claim to be locals) can tell you, the climate has changed, the glaciers have receded, and the average season here is now much warmer and drier than the past. A few degrees makes an enormous difference, especially in an area as warm and wet, compared to the rest of Canada, as Whistler. The freezing level has barely dropped below mid mountain this winter, and it is currently raining to the peak for the *nth time, with more than 2 inches forecast for the next three days (again). The high freezing levels this winter have even compromised the heli-skiing terrain. This place will still be a haven for families with six digit incomes, who barely ski two runs a day and come for the apres, food, and massages more than the snow, but the true ski bums are fleeing this place like rats from a sinking ship for places of higher altitude and colder temperatures. RIP Whistler.
February 06, 2015
Hugo from Ski Argentina Argentina
Just ending 14 days in Whistler. I'm highly disappointed with the resort. During the 14 days I had rain, ice, and wet snow. I don't understand how SKI MAGAZINE can rank #1 ski resort a mountain with so bad snow conditions. I do not recommend Whistler to someone who has to decide his snow trip in advance.
February 01, 2015
Roger from Ski Hong Kong Hong Kong
Have been a fan since 1990. Vowed never to return once in that time (early) but have had a holiday let for 10+ years so broke that vow long ago. My daughters were in ski camp from before the school would permit skis to be fitted to their soft bones, so took them on sled rides interspersed with snow fights and videos while we skied all day, hot chocolate all over their smiley faces @ 3:30 pm and up in the morning, before we were, ready to go again. Both girls have now sampled Europe and laugh at the tight boundaries but at the same time respect how dangerous the so called off-piste is in Europe. They live in London now but will do no more than a weekend in Europe. Guides, in WB, are for Europeans as most people find advice willingly offered and if you are there for 10 days+ find buddies on the lifts or join the obvious groups both formally organised and less formal; "groups who know where to find good conditions and respect the well managed mountain code". It is strict if you plan on something stupid but it is unobtrusive if you know what safety really means (try again tomorrow when conditions are stable). Yes, if you are forced to pre-book a short visit from the UK, for example, it is tough to arrange the wonderful weather you anticipated [did you try the Trois Valley 2014 Christmas, Ha?]. However, WB usually bulks up in March and April which can be special too. Book for the holiday then so long as it does not fall too late into April (kids camp follows North American holidays so can close late April). Where else can you find such a range of non ski activities in a mountain resort, especially as back up if the weather is against you (by the way I have never seen a bad weather day with empty ski lifts, people know where to find terrain). If you are bored in Whistler you will be dissatisfied no matter where you are. I am Scottish; first skied in Glencoe. Remember well the 90 minute drive in the rain and expectations dashed turning around in the car park without stopping and 90 minutes back home in the rain. That was decades ago when we skied in the rain too if it was possible (both daughters have tagged one day in Scotland too). Yes, the last 2 years in Scotland have been special but the previous 10 years...
January 18, 2015
Tainted Local ! from Ski Canada Canada
I have been skiing WB (Whistler) since 1984. It's a world class resort! You can't blame WB on the lack of snow but you can blame the marketing machine for spinning you a raw deal. I'm sure a large percent of your lift ticket goes to them! Just expect huge lines on big powder days. Most of the mountain will be skied out buy 9:30am as the resort has spent millions on high speed mega lifts and not expanding its terrain. Even the secret pow stashes get found before noon (if you know where to look you can even buy a book on secret runs not on the official map!) If you come to ski here bring your money and patience and, hopefully, you will get lucky and hit it when the snow falls. If not, it's great shredding on that man-made powder . You will find me in the backcountry. Cheers .
January 15, 2015
JP SKI from Ski Canada Canada
Spent 4 days, at Whistler, over the first week of January and I found the conditions horrible. Not much snow, lots of rock, poor maintenance. Overall, I wasn't impress by the resort. Whistler staff have lots of attitude. The safety is over the top, too many check stops.
December 14, 2014
gp austen from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler is a beast and it can be soulless at times. The true beauty of the place is the sense of discovery; the slackcountry and backcountry is literally endless and the sticky pow sticks to the steeps making some absolutely gnarly stuff less impossible. Would I come purely as a visitor/tourist? Hmm, prob not. I'd hit powder highway for sure. Less frustrating and instant pow-gratification. Even Baker or Manning Park might be more fun. The coast mountains have hidden gems, however, that take major skill and patience to discover; we're talking years! It's a very all-or-nothing zone though and it can be either nuking it and dumping 50cm pow in a single night or it can be dry for weeks. This forces you to be adaptable and hike/tour if it's dry and have a s#@$load of time off designated to snowtime etc. Those that can't adapt have a sh*$#@y time. When it's bad it's bad and when it's good it's heaven. 'Nuff said.
April 02, 2014
Whis420 from Ski Canada Canada
That last guys review was way to long. Whistler rules, just don't go up on the ice days!