Whistler Blackcomb - Reviews

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.

Amazing, superb

Kody
09/12/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Whistler is one of the few magic gems in the world. I've been there 3 times and so far I have not been dissapointed. I have skied in Utah, Colorado, France, Europe, Vermont and in eastern Canada and can't say that it even compares to the others. Easy to get to regardless if you fly into Seattle or Vancouver. Wonderful people (can never go wrong with Canadians) great ski school, amazing lift system. The pistes are great and some are more than 10km long! Inbound off piste is phenomenal and does not require any gear as you get pure powder and tree runs all inbounds.

It can be pricey, but if you book in advance they really do have some great deals. Vermont lift tickets are the same price....

Any true skier would say that bad conditions would make even the best resort not live up to the hype. No one can control the weather so if people are whining about conditions then its just bad luck.

Would highly, highly recommend, take my word for it

Whistler - 2012

Alex Zagorski
20/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Whistler was a great experience and I would go as far as to say my best yet.

Awesome

M
12/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
What a great resort!

Maybe I didn't know where to go

Dan
19/02/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I tried to pick a week that I thought was going to be slow but as it turns out, there aren't any slow periods in peak season. For 2 weeks before my arrival there was no new snow so when I arrived it was groomers or nothing. Anything not groomed was crusty or filled with moguls. I don't know maybe the locals and the hill staff knew some secret spots but I sure didn't and most places where I thought I might duck into the trees, the trees were TIGHT (except for maybe the crystal ridge - Blackcomb).

You can avoid lift lines due to the number and speed of the lifts but you can't really avoid people on the hill until maybe the last half hour of the day.

If you're a piste skier/boarder, then Whistler Blackcomb is for you. Want nice scenery and facilities including night clubs and great patios? Then Whistler is for you. Want to wake up on a powder day and not feel stressed about getting some of the good stuff? Then I wouldn't recommend Whistler. If lines and crowds don't bother you and you're not powder greedy, then you'll find some tracks in the harmony/symphony bowls throughout the day after some fresh snow.
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