Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

First time skier

Justin Frazer
25/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January
This was the first time skiing for myself and it was amazing. We had over 160cm of snow in 5 days and the lines were not too long. The lift set us was ideal and the fact that you can ski two mountains means we must come back to continue exploring.

Best ski resort in the world

OW
08/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    January
This was an amazing ski trip destination. The lines at the bottom were bad, but that really should not stop you from going because if you wait those 20 minutes at the bottom, you will get the most amazing ski resort in the world. There are all sorts of runs from beginner friendly greens to expert double black diamonds, and even one of those through trees. There are a few terain parks which are all some fun, but are better for snow boarders. My advice would be to go to whistler if you are beginner or intermediate, but as you start to get better or if you are advanced or expert you should definitely go to blackcomb. This is because blackcomb has a better layout of black runs that allows you to do multiple blacks very easily and it also has about 10 trails through trees whereas whistler has only about 5. Whistler has all of the black runs at the top of the mountain which usually requires you to ski quite far down before catching 2 ski lifts to the top. Overall you should not let the nasty reviews get to your head because this is an easily accessible ski resort suitable for all stages.

Yes, there's queues

Dave
20/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Just to balance out the negative reviews about queues at Whistler... we did the Christmas to New Year week in 2017 with the best snow they'd had in years. This coincided with their busiest day in history - something like 60,000 people on the mountain. So here's some tips from a punter...

* Wake up early you lazy gits - especially if there's been fresh snow. If you're in the gondola line around opening time you'll rarely have to wait that long. The infrastructure is so good that it clears the lines very quickly. The late risers start clogging the base lines around 9:30.

* If you're really keen, do the early bird lift ticket. This gets you first tracks guaranteed.

* Get out wide early and away from the main lifts.

* Time your day to avoid the lunch rush at the restaurants

* If you hit a big queue, keep skiing down or around until you hit a lift that's less crowded. Sure, you might not ski exactly the terrain you wanted to, but there's so many other options.

* If you really hate queues, time your trip around a low crowd period or go somewhere else!

* Quit ya whinging!

Whistler is still one of the best mountains in the world to ski, so don't let the negative reviews put you off.

Horrific Queues

Lyndell
13/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
Queues at the base More lift queues further up the mountain
Whistler has so much going for it, the only problem being that everyone else thinks so too. The lift queues were horrific at the base in the morning, and unlike some ski resorts where the crowds disperse once they're up the mountain, this was not the case on Blackcomb. Every lift we went to had dreadful queues. In about 6 hours of skiing, we got in about 5 runs.

I'm not sure I'll visit Whistler again until they add more lifts and terrain or limit lift ticket sales.

Whistler Blackcomb

Matthew
24/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    March
I went to Whistler during march break. For a mountain that size I was not expecting it to be that crowded, on the way down from the chalet at the halfway peak the run was packed and you could hardly get through. If you don' want crowded skiing don't go here (this mostly applies to beginner/slow rider terrain). If you're going for terrain it's great, there is no where better. And in March you should expect to get some crap weather. That is true and the weather sucked at the bottom. One quarter of the way up it got better, but at the top it was unbelievable, powder, powder, powder. Since Whistler is a town the night life is really good, after a long day of skiing there's lots to see and do. Compared to the other places I've been this would definitely rank top 5.

Buyer beware!

Andy
03/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    December
Just returned from a trip to Whistler (12/24 - 1/1). The lift lines are the worst I've ever encountered in decades of skiing. I'm sure the holiday week explains it, but this much you need to know: Stay far away from Whistler over the Christmas/New Years holidays. Even if you don't ski all that much and are looking for night life, lots of luck getting a dinner reservation. The whole resort was filled beyond capacity. Servers were haggard. Food (simple hamburgers during a midday break) can take an hour to arrive. One day we stayed up the mountain to avoid the lunch crowds and, at one of the mid-mountain restaurants, we could not find a place to sit, so we just skipped eating it was so bad. It was Grand Central Station at rush hour everywhere we went. The skiing is great and you have lots of time to think about how great it must be standing in 30-45 min. lift lines. Terrible is an understatement. We stayed at the Westin in Whistler Village. The staff could not have been nicer or more willing to please, but at every turn they were utterly overwhelmed. One cannot even get the front desk to answer the phone. Concierge? Forget about it. It's nothing more than an unattended voicemail box. I left messages on three occasions and not one call was returned. If you like skiing and don't want your trip marred by refugee crisis-like crowds at every turn, stay away. Here's how bad it was: The New Year's Day crowds at the Vancouver airport came as a welcome relief. Clearing security and customs, too, was nothing compared to trying to do anything at Whistler.

Whistler

James
15/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
Best place I've been boarding in my life so far. Would recommend

Two Amazing Mountain in One Resort

Justine
27/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Whistler Blackcomb
Pro's: massive, massive amount of skiable terrain. And huge variety. Everything from beginner slopes to steeps, off piste, and backcountry. Virtually always good snow to be found no matter the weather. Even if the weather looks dodgy in the village, as soon as you get up in the gondola above the clouds, it's often a bluebird day. There's also great beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain parks for the park rats out there. The village is lively and pumping, lots of great places to eat, drink, apres and party in the evening. Accomodation options are varied. Accommodation on the base of Blackcomb can feel a bit quiet and dead at night.

Con's: The occasional storm that rolls through can last 5 days or more - not ideal if you've only come for a short trip. Also, with it's location in the West coast of Canada, often the powder is a bit more rain-logged and heavy.
 
Best suited to: Groups of friends, families, ski school kids, intermediate to expert skiers, backcountry skiers. i can't think of anyone it isn't suitable for.

All-time favourite!!

Jamie
19/04/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I am a Vancouver local and I could not feel more blessed! This mountain lives up to its hype year after year and provides incredible skiing right from November to May!

The 2014/15 season was less than stellar, but this is definitely the outlier! Just last weekend, mid-April, we got 20 cms of pow overnight. Truly incredible! This is what WB is usually like for the vast majority of the season.
 
With hugely diverse on- and off-piste runs to choose from, WB provides skiing for everyone from never-evers to seasoned pros. There is so much incredible terrain and even on the busiest days you can travel into the backcountry to find hidden spots! I would highly recommend getting a guide if you are an intermediate level or higher, this will really open up your eyes to the best of what WB has to offer. It can be easy to find yourself skiing the same runs over and over, but push yourself to enjoy as much of WB as you can in your time here!

Besides the natural gifts of this pair of mountains, the ski school is outstanding, the night life provides everything from fine dining to parties to family-style restaurants and entertainment, the highway drive up is breathtaking and worth doing even if it weren't for the incredible skiing and riding that awaits at the end! The people are great (I hope you like Aussies) and the atmosphere is out of this world.

Pineapple Express

Michael
11/01/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Visit - January 7-14
Conditions - Frozen with periods of rain.
People - Friendly and welcoming.
Powder - none.
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