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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 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
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.
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.
January 23, 2020
Colin Peverley from Ski Canada Canada
Since Vail took over the Whistler experience has deteriorated, way too crowded with long lift lines. No longer fun.
December 25, 2017
Suzie from Ski Canada Canada
Lifts stop a lot, lifts do not open early anymore and some not at all even when crowds are big. Epic Vail Fail; sad when a US company comes in and thinks they know better. I have skied here since Day 1 and am now looking for another ski resort.
March 10, 2016
Paul from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler is flippin' going off. Ultra mega pow. By the time this review actually gets posted, who knows, but right now it's nipple deep pow and only going to get better with colder air on the way. Thankfully, this year has been kind to us and we have a fairly typical snowpack and many great powder days. I gotta say, I feel bad for all the visitors who plan expensive trips from afar months in advance, expecting to get the epic face shots they see in the pictures, only to be sorely disappointed when the weather deals them a crummy hand. But the weather is a fickle mistress, and that's just the way it goes. Whistler is no different than any other mountain in that regard. You can get skunked anywhere. It's weird how many people think they are entitled to light dry powder and face shots and then bitch and complain when they don't get it. Don't blame the mountain. My advice would be to leave your expectations at home and come with an open mind. Take what the mountain offers you with humility and gratitude and you'll have a great time and bitch less. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade right? And really, is there ever really a bad day in the mountains? Maybe that depends who you ask, but I would say there is no place I'd rather be. Just being there is a gift. If you can recognize that, you'll have a fine time indeed. And if you're lucky enough to score epic snow, it'll be that much sweeter. Cheers!
February 04, 2020
Lyv from Ski Canada Canada
The new management does not care to open all lifts and terrain early anymore to spread people around first thing in the morning and it looks very bad.
February 05, 2020
Phil from Ski Canada Canada
I have been skiing Whistler Blackcomb since it opened in the 60's and have seen gradual improvements ever since, until Vale took over that is. Intrawest was the very best organization and took seriously the management of every detail. Since Vale took ownership the attention to the ski experience has deteriorated just about everywhere and their communication of reasoning for closures and their timing is pathetic. I'm seriously considering not renewing my seasons pass for next year. I was proud of Whistler as one of the best in the world, but not any more.
April 19, 2019
jerome Griffiths from Ski Canada Canada
150 dollars to bring my teenager! You are not encouraging families.
January 20, 2020
pgtB from Ski United States United States
Vail has greatly diminished the ski experience at Whistler by prioritizing the creation of a year-round resort over the experience of the skier. The mountain is understaffed and poorly managed. It is the middle of January, there is over a 7 foot base and management is unable to consistently open the Alpine terrain. The Glacier bowl at Blackcomb has yet to open and the Symphony, Harmony, and peak Express chairs at Whistler have been open less than 25 hours this season. The lift lines are long, there is no management or control of the lines and the restaurants are crowded with mediocre food selection.