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
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