Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Reviews
Whistler Blackcomb Number 1 ski resort in the world for sure Jun 16, 2011
Whistler Blackcomb is now my second home and unfortunately not my first - after an epic season snowboarding 96 days in the best alpine terrain on the planet i can from an educated point of view recommend this travel destination to anybody and everybody especially for a full November to May season. Although on the down side the village and most of its surroundings are very expensive to say the least but you do get what u pay for considering its the number 1 ski resort in the world... the breathtaking views are endless and for those seeking bigger and better thrills than just piste skiing there is an endless supply of backcountry terrain... although it is advised to be prepared with full avalanche gear.. i have stories of my own about being rescued of the mountain so feel free to ask anything you require. two other significant extreme thrill that can be found here is Skeleton bobsleigh on the world fastest track (amazing experience) and Heliskiing although snowboarding is 100 % better than skiing.. that had to be said.. hope you enjoy it as much as i did :)
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whistler village Mar 21, 2011
Whistler village is one of the nicest places in BC. there are lots of different restaurants, hotels, and shops to go in. Its also not too far from where some of the winter olympics was held and its definitly something to go see.
AMAZING skiing and winter activities! Mar 04, 2009
When looking at Whistler as a whole...it seems rather expensive. For a 3 day pass it was a little over $400. After skiing in several places in the US I really felt like this was an amazing deal considering the size and shape of this resort. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains together are over 8,100 acres and have 200+ trails to ski on. Not to mention, endless acres of backcountry and out of bounds territory that you are allowed to visit. You do have to mind avalanche warnings and understand that if you need rescuing out of bounds...it's going to cost you!
Blackcomb Mountain has a higher elevation than Whistler and several runs that only insane people go down! I've never seen such mountains or experienced such challenging skiing before. It was wonderful!
If you're inexperienced sign up for a private lesson. They offer half days and full days. These are however, VERY expensive. But when you consider their value and how it's no fun to ski if you are scared or uncomfortable...it's totally worth your money if you have it to spend. The half day I believe runs $467 (Canadian) and it's $200 (Canadian) to upgrade to a full day. A friend of mine did one half day, and one full day...and said it was worth every penny. His skills increased but most importantly, his level of confidence in his ability went up. As many of you know, skiing without confidence is dangerous, no fun, and a total waste of money!
There is a new peak to peak Gondola that not only makes it easier to get from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb but also offers stunning views and even a glass bottom Gondola for those of you not afraid of heights. The ride from peak to peak is 11 minutes and even on the weekend I never experienced a wait longer than 10 minutes to load. This things is gigantic and can push 4,100 people per hour from one mountain to the next!
Throughout both mountains you can pitstop at several huts, restaurants, and cafes that offer hot beverages and food to refuel you for the second half of your ski day! Many of these places are reachable without having to ski while others require some work. The food tastes better when you work for it. Crystal Hut, on Blackcomb is known for it's waffles and it's incredible views. (I was also really impressed by the cleanliness of the restrooms at every stop).
If you forget goggles or hand warmers, there are plenty around as well in the shops. Don't forget, the conditions at the top of the mountains are often VERY different, and more severe than at the bottom. Always pack a small snack and water if you can and definitely layer up! Our coldest day had a wind chill of -10...and it was REALLY windy.
My favorite runs were Dusty's Descent, the Staccato Glades, Secret Bowl, and Secret Chute. These were all on Whistler. Blackcomb I've heard becomes your favorite the more you explore it. Unfortunately I missed out on the morning that a group went up to the Glacier on that mountain...otherwise I'd offer more about it.
If you don't own your ski equipment there are a ton of places to rent from. I rented from the shop directly next to Longhorn's (a bar at the base of the Whistler Mountain). They were helpful, friendly, and even entertaining. One day they all were dressed in 80's hairband style clothing and hair! I needed a boot size change, they were quick with this so I could get out on the mountain early.
About early...if you're there on a weekend get to the lifts as soon as they open or within the first hour which is 8:15am. If you get there after 9 am expect long lines for the gondolas. Once you're on the mountain the lines are fast moving and you can easily find a trail with no other skiers or boarders on it.
It's easy to get lost here, carry a map...and a radio if possible! Listen to the signs, they are no joke...people have been seriously hurt...and unfortunately killed in these mountains. There are green runs (the easiest) from almost every chairlift. However, if you're used to skiing in smaller resorts in the US...expect the runs here to be more difficult in general. Ask the lift operators if you aren't sure where to go, they are all very knowledgeable and willing to help!
This is by far, one of my favorite places on earth and I can not wait for an opportunity to go back!
Before I forget: there are a ton of other activities here...to list a few...
Cross Country Skiing
Endless...These are just the winter activities.
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