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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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September 30, 2003
Jimbo from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
If you haven't been to Whistler - GO ! But go for two weeks - its a 9 hour flight (from LHR) and that and the jetlag can take its toll in the first few days. What's the resort like ? Actually a plesant surpised, purpose built (or purpose extended if you prefer) but done very nicely. It's a real pleasure to wander round the town at night. One the mountain try and avoid the larger restaurents (they're fine - just busy) and go for the samller ones. They often have open air BBQs outside - and you can get a fresh burger and a beer for about ?4.00 !!! (not like the ?18 in Courchevel !) The mountains themselves are superb - easily as good as the Three Valleys - once you suss that the piste map only shows marked trails - the rest of the bowls are also fair game so go off the pistes and join up with other ones. This casual pisting does mean that some of the mogules can be fairly big (- 3 foot drops) but this just adds to the fun. DO read the signs - if they say 'Avalanche debris' they don't mean small chunks of crud that your skis will glide over - they mean ice bolders the size of small cars. It may seem weird - but these are actually very hard to spot - until you crash into one ! (how are the ribs Si ?). Both mountains are great for all capabilities - Blackcomb generally has the more chalenging terrain. Lifts are all good (apart from one that I can't remember the name of - was on it sooooo long I developed Altzheimers !) One important point to watch out for if you're going to buy ski gear. Many ski companies off a 'try before you buy' programme - you pay your $70 get some skis - and can then chop and change your skis on the mountain ! One place they'll send you is the Mountain Advaneture Centre (MAC). Great idea and it means you can easily try 9 pairs of skis in the 3 days allowed. BUT..the downside is that they may not stock the ski you want. Say you wanted, oh I don't know, Head Monster 163cm - you hired a pair from them - you like them - but alas they don't stock them in that length. Which leaves you....$70 shorter and still no skis (unless you're prepared to compromise on length - which, as any lady will tell you - is a bad thing!). Avoid MAC and go round the corner to Affinity (sports ?) - locally owned shop (not Intrawest) great range of skis, great service and great deals ! Would I go again - Yup !
December 23, 2003
Rebecca Ford from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
There is a whole gang of us out in Whistler for the season- with Season's on Snow..... the accomodation is ok... the people are great age range in our chalet is 19-37 yrs.... The snow since we have been here has been fantastic we have had a metre in the last week; powder days..... Strongly reccomend going to do fresh tracks breakfast when you know there has been loads of snow... on Whistler. James strongly reccomends the RAC avalanche course he's willing to take commission.We have got five months and one week left and feel extremely lucky to be here. It is the best thing I've ever decided to be out of work.... Come and join us here!!!!!! Well the other day we were in a Gandela... and Seal was in the same one. We had a photo opportunity at the top of Whistler.... Apres Ski is good the best Nachos being at the base of Blackcomb in Merlins six of us shared one portion and we just about finished. Apparently you can have a Nacho challenge if you eat them all yourself they will pay for them... Avoid the bears and the moody waitresses in the GLC above Whistler Gondola. For all round apres-ski I would reccomend the Longhorn Bar!!!! The Waitresses ar always really friendly even if you dont't tip them loads!!!!! Wicked back country opportunities!!!!!!! The beer of the holiday so far is Kokanee.... glacial brewed beer!!!!!
November 02, 2004
Mick Murray from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Whistler is without doubt the most complete resort I have ever been too. Great park , Great offpiste , great nitelife and superb food from Zogs dogs to Lobster in the 'Crab Shack ' The mountain has something for everyone from complete beginer to Switch 900 . Most of my friends have learnt to board there through the 3 day Ride Espirit course . They have all been ripping by the end of the week with one riding down the Flute after only two weeks .Wish I hadn't learnt in Europe ! The intermediate and advanced workshops are great , you can choose from a park , pipe or freeride lesson and the instructors grade you before you go , so you will be with riders of your standard .
January 31, 2006
Mark Hyde from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Top Tip if you need internet access - Esquires coffee shop at the bottom of town gives you 15 mins of internet if you spend over $3 (around the price of a decent coffee) which is a great deal if you drink as much coffee as I do!! Other places generally charge around $2 for 15 mins Guess where I am now!! PS; Powder today was awesome, over my knees! Take the Fitsimmons chair in the mornings to avoid the queues for the gondolas if there's heavy pow!!
February 12, 2008
Jack from Ski Canada Canada
Not cheap but when the weather cooperates like this year and last year it is unbelievable. Great variety both on piste and off.
May 16, 2008
David from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited Whistler with my family this year and all I can say is that the skiing, resort and the friendliness of the people is fantastic. We will definitely be back. Only issue was the transfer to the resort given the road works to improve the road for the 2010 Winter Olympics - it took 4 hours from Vancouver! Even though this was tough after a 10 hour flight it was worth it!!!!
June 29, 2008
Luiz from Ski Brazil Brazil
Visited Whistler with my family in January 2008 and I can only say: Amazing. Fantastic snow, friendly peoples and good prices. I hope to be back in 2009.
January 17, 2009
Don C. from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
The "Mighty Whistler" as I like to refer to it is the best. I haven't skied in Europe but have all over western Canada and Whistler is, hands down, the best skiing, the best night life, the best restaurants and the most fun place to ski. I'm particularly fond of the Blackcomb Glacier area and the endless back-country lines all around it if you're willing to hike for them. To me the glacier skiing is what really sets Whistler Blackcomb apart from other resorts. That and the abundance of options for apres-ski. One final thing is cost. Most people think Whistler is very expensive. It can be and has several very expensive options available but it also has some very reasonable ones too, like the Fireside Lodge for accommodation, the Gone Bakery for wholesome, reasonably priced food and $4 bottles of Kootenay Ale at Merlins. I've been there many, many times in all conditions and have always had a good time.
February 20, 2009
Josh Robertson from Ski Canada Canada
Straight up, I think this place (Whistler) is the awful. Even with one of the worst snow years yet the park is legit right now and it's common to be 'Whistler - Vegas' on snow.
March 19, 2009
Marny Lee from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler was completely the best family vacation ski resort ever. There is so much to do and so much entertainment and shopping. We will definitely be going to Whistler every year for our family ski trips. If you are looking for great accommodation do as we did and book with Whistler Resorts Now. They had so many options for accommodation, it truly put the icing on the cake on top of all that Whistler has to offer.