After a great day of skiing the multiple hot tubs and large pool are just what the skiers need. You'll need to have your electronic key fob to get in/out, of everywhere. First you'll need to stop inconveniently at the front desk to exchange a "Towel card" for a towel, and you'll have to swipe a credit card for both. Then when you want a fresh towel, you guessed it, back to the front desk. The convenience of ski in, ski out is almost drowned out by the incessant need to go to the front desk for something as simple as a pool towel. The main spa is huge, but the water was just barely over 100 F. The smaller spa was better, probably 102 or so. The exercise room looked clean, small but adequate.
There is a zero tolerance of bringing skis or snowboards into rooms, and the ski valet is convenient, but located at the furthest point from the slopes, across the courtyard. Probably not something they can or will change, but wouldashouldacoulda, oh well.
Parking is great, but like most Whistler/Blackcomb condos built during the early build up don't take into account rooftop carriers on full size pickups or SUV's. The Aspens is plenty high for a pickup, but check if you have a taller setup for ski or bike trips.
If you ski down to the village, Blackcomb, or the main village, you can take the Solar Coaster to mid station , ski cross slope through a narrow trail, then under The Wizard chair and down to The Aspens. If you enjoy après ski at the Merlin's, or other pubs/restaurants at Upper Blackcomb, just down from The Aspens, you can ride the beginner chair and again glide down to The Aspens. It may not seem like much, but that 100 yard uphill climb after a beverage or three in ski boots is less fun than a quick chair ride and slide.
Unit 463 was fine, well appointed, well stocked and clean. A smaller big screen is in the main room. The kitchen is definitely a one person at a time affair, but adequate. The master is great, the second bedroom has a queen below, double above bunk and a twin on the side. There's a queen foam mattress under it all. Second bath was fine.
All in all, get your towels, fobs and instructions, and you'll have a great time.
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- We invite you to stay at The Aspens on Blackcomb, a gorgeous Whistler resort with individually-decorated furnishings and the option of spectacular mountain views. Centrally located in North America’s top ski resort, you’ll be able to hit the slopes straight from your front door. The Aspens on Blackcomb is the perfect romantic getaway. ... more less
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