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“Falling from cloud nine.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb
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Owner description: Whistler Blackcomb is consistently ranked the No. 1 ski resort in North America with over 8,171 acres of terrain. As a true four season resort, Whistler Blackcomb offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter and downhill mountain biking and alpine hiking in the summer. Guests can even enjoy summer skiing/riding on the Horstman Glacier in June and July. At Whistler Blackcomb, there is something for everyone all year long.
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“Falling from cloud nine.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

It does feel like you have fallen from a cloud when you have to pack up and leave Whistler. The locals call it ‘The Bubble’ and with good reason as everything you could want is here at your fingertips; incredible scenery, beautiful cosmopolitan village, great bars and restaurants and an amazing array of activities for non-skiers and skiers alike.
For most skiers and boarders iconic Whistler and its twin mountain Blackcomb need no introduction but no matter your skill level it really is worth booking a private lesson through the ski school. Yes, it is extremely expensive but it is amazing value as you do so much more skiing than you would in most other places. A huge bonus too is that your instructor is not just a teacher but also your ticket to freedom on the mountain as they also act as your personal guide. Our instructor was Graham Carter who is a not only an excellent coach but also very knowledgeable about the mountain and Whistler in general which adds another really enjoyable dimension to your holiday. One thing to note is not all instructors are on the same level and you should ask for someone level three and above to really make the most of your dollar.
Reading the other reviews it seems the cost of the private lessons is an issue for many people and Whistler Blackcomb could be in some danger of pricing itself out of the very lucrative private client market. In Spring when everything else on the mountain is substantially discounted the ski school still won’t budge on discounts for private lessons, even if you book several. Their hard line on this won’t win them any fans in the long run and actively discourages people from using private lessons which ultimately may mean they might go elsewhere next year. For the money I also think they should have VIP lift access for private clients. You wouldn’t need it often but really, it is the least they could do. This is the only negative I found with the ski school. Overall it is well run and the experience is invaluable.
If you are thinking about visiting Whistler in any season then go for it. You won’t be sorry, you just might find it hard to leave

Visited April 2013
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“overall it's the best resort skiing in Canada”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

it's got a huge amount of terrain to choose from and a couple of hundred runs

it get lots and lots of snow, but it's wet snow - this is not the lightest, dryest powder if that is your thing

lots of lifts, but some get very busy on the weekend

generally well groomed - but not all the runs everyday

the food at the main lodges isn't great and is expensive - the glacier creek lodge is the best of them with a much better selection and somewhat better food

the village is fake european, but is still attractive in it's own way - most of the stores are the same as anywhere else - few are unique

the restaurants are ok, but nothing special - sort of depends where you come from - since i'm from toronto i don't bother with most village restaurants

if you are staying in a condo and plan to eat in, better shopping for food can be had in vancouver - no gourmet food shops have survived in whistler

there are 2 gov't liquor stores and 3 private ones - my preference is the one in blackcomb, but be prepared to pay more than the gov't run stores - the private ones have a more interesting selection of wines

if you want the night life etc, stay in whistler village - if you like it quieter then whistler creek or blackcomb are better - from blackcomb it's a sort walk to the village - there is good bus service

while this is my first review of whistler blackcomb I have been going there for more than 20 years

Visited April 2013
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Lea Marston, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant to learn to ski”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

My husband and brought our boys here and all learned to ski. Everything had been well thought out- from rental, advice and child care. The teaching was great. My husband and I learned in a group of 4 with a fab instructor, Marlene. The Kids went to the adventure camp ski school. This was fantastically organised and the children loved it. I has no concerns about leaving my children with such a well organised operation. They cools even track their route by sat nav. Thank you Whistler Blackcomb. You taught us well and when we wanted to alter a booking - it was not a problem. We will return.

Visited April 2013
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New Jersey
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“Spring skiing at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

I skied Whistler/Blackcomb for three days in April, 2013 and cannot wait to go back! The mountains and village have so much to offer. The terrain is varied and challenging. The lifts are everywhere and make it very easy to visit all parts of both mountains in a short amount of time. There are free shuttle busses to all the bases and they run constantly. Already considering another off-season visit in early December if there is enough snow.

Visited April 2013
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“It's awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is the greatest skiing destination on earth. Need I say more?

The terrain is varied, there are tons of lifts, the snow is usually deep and it's a reasonable drive from my home in Vancouver. I love this place.

Visited April 2013
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