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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 30, 2014
somebodysgettinpaid from Ski Canada Canada
I'm lead to believe something I've been wondering for a while. Does Whistler Blackcomb, in some way, control these other websites? I know their weather (WB) is out to lunch, but do they make sure that buddy who mentioned that January of 2014's conditions were crap doesn't get displayed on the forecast for Whistler on this website? I've been looking at this guy who ripped on the guy who gave his honest opinion of Whistler Blackcomb for months now, but this other guy has given the best review yet based on being the most current (still not being displayed where most people look). Yet we still got troubles, up there, with personnel defending WB. Suspicious...like some of the weekend forecasts and the snow that is forecast and never comes. Funny how forecasting snow for Friday will fill up hotels on the weekend. 30cm..20cm..10cm..what do they get after the hotel is booked? 5cm in Pig Alley, 2cm-4 everywhere else. Far cry from the 100cm a week ago, the 25cm 3 days ago and the 10cm forecasted for 2 days ago. Funny 5-10cm never ends up being 20-30cm -_- [note from the editor: some text edited for the sake of relevance. We try and exclude the names of individuals.]
January 05, 2014
No Snow from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler measures its snowfall at Pig Alley and should be taken with a pinch of salt as far as indicating the general amount of snow on the runs. If they say 1m most runs probably have half that if you are lucky, with a lot of rocks to navigate and the bottom is probably 5-10cm of slush. Piste condition is supposedly soft as I write but in reality most of the mountain is ice. In a good year all this doesn't really matter as it gets so much snow it is epic. In a bad year such as this where snowfall is less than half average (third of a good year) it has really shown the shortfall in experience of the mountain team with lots of runs not groomed (despite being advertised as such) and snow machines not being switched on despite being -11. They are used to snow every few days and not having to do much most seasons. They just aren't used to having to manage the snow so I would stay away this season and hope it is business as usual next season as this is the worst start to a season in over 30 years based on the amount of snowfall.
December 29, 2013
Troubles with Trout from Ski Canada Canada
Have you ever been flying down the mountain full speed and hit a rock? While soaring through the air like a turbo charged eagle, you have never felt more alive, especially as you come crashing down in a glorious tornado of skis and poles destroying all in your path. This comment is about as useful as another Aussie's review of Whistler. With no description of the runs, the snow or any other comment of merit. Post reviews that are useful, helpful and informative. PS. Whistler village has more soul than James Brown.
March 27, 2013
Graeme from Ski Australia Australia
It's big but only by North American standards. There are lots of areas in Europe that make Whistler Blackcomb look tiny. The terrain is wonderful but again there are a lot of places with fantastic terrain both in Europe and North America with much better lift systems and far better snow. Even in mid winter the snow just doesn't compare with the better European resorts, much less the sublime fluff you get in North America away from the coastal ranges. Add to all this a completely soulless village and high prices, and dreadful food; we won't be back. There are far better skiing experiences to be had in plenty of other places.
February 17, 2013
Charles Kosina from Ski Australia Australia
I first skied Whistler in 1991. Then after a long gap I was here in mid Feb 2011. The snow that month was fantastic, and we had mostly sunshine during the day and temperatures in the valley never got above 0C, mostly -5C whilst on the peak we had down to -27C. But don't expect this all the time. I am writing this on 16 Feb 2013 and this is the first of my 12 days here. After a great Nov/Dec there have been only light falls for the last 6 weeks. The base is around 180 cms. So what are conditions like? Being an Australian skier, by our standards it is still excellent skiing. You can ski top to bottom, with some powder near the summit, but still quite nice skiing right down the bottom. This is President's week so lift lines can be long. The wait at the base gondola today was 13 minutes, and up to 7 minutes at some others. But some lifts I skied straight on. The Symphony bowl was superb and no lift lines in the afternoon. Picking the right lifts at the right times, and using the Singles line helps a lot. There are pluses and minuses at all resorts. I have skied at Vail, Aspen, Park City/Deer Valley, Snowbird, Copper Mountain, Mammoth Mountain and in New Zealand: Cardrona and Treble Cone and in Australia: Hotham, Falls Creek, Buller and Thredbo. But for me Whistler is by far the best in terrain, facilites and the scenery at the top is stunning. I will update this towards the end of my stay here and see if my opinion has changed.
January 23, 2013
Rafal from Ski Canada Canada
I've skied everything and Whistler is the best. Hello..8500 acres of terrain! The next biggest resort of Sunshine has 4500 acres. You got everything! Bowls, trees, madnesssss. Even in bad weather I'd rather ski Whistler than all other nipples:/
January 06, 2013
John Stacey from Ski Canada Canada
Hahahaha, sounds like that guy's vacation landed on a bad week. For the last 3 years we got double our yearly snowfall. Last year I got 80 days and 60 of them were when I got the day off work (20 cm rule) - fresh pow. But I also understand the mountains are so big, my first 2 seasons I was riding all the tourist stuff with all the gordons but now I ride the shiz! Hard if you're not shown, I'll give you that, but through the week lifts are basically ride on no line.
December 26, 2012
Paul from Ski Canada Canada
I have only been skiing Whistler for 7 years and I agree with the person's comments below about the awesome terrain. If you cannot find awesome lines you have no business complaining. It is one thing to be a fool but another to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Party on!
December 16, 2012
Power Grinch from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler sucks. $111 lift ticket ! So many cloudy or wet snow or rain days. If the snow is good the visibility is usually bad. When the sun comes out the fresh snow is tracked out fast because there are some many people.
December 13, 2012
Perri from Ski Canada Canada
Today was my 14th day skiing Whistler Blackcomb this year. It is my 21st season. The snow has been incredible - deep and dry - and there is no one here most days until after Christmas. Most resorts in North America are not even open yet. Today we skied knee deep untracked powder under the chairlift all morning. It is paradise. I can not believe anyone would criticise this place. I have skied all over the world and lets face it - this is a really amazing place. Unless someone invests some time here they really do not understand what this place offers. There are some challenging days but if you want to have the best chance of having a remarkable ski experience come to Whistler. You'll come back often and you will have a difficult time tolerating other resorts because once you ski Whistler Blackcomb there is little else to compare it to.