Here is the thing about Whistler: The runs are long and there are lots of them. And the village is nice. But how that has given Whistler the reputation it has, I'm not sure. Most people aren't skiing back country, and I feel that is what is often referenced in regard to Whistler. MOST people are skiing the groomed runs. I can't believe how much they have upped the price in the last 2 years. Over 15%. It is now $115 to get a lift ticket if you show up at the ticket booth that day. Residents of BC and washington can get a pass for $90 or so if they plan ahead of time.
I know Whistlerblackomb is huge and people say that's what you are paying for. But the issue is, you cannot cover both mountains in one day. So why do you have to pay for it? WAY back in the day, you used to be able to buy a pass for one or the other (or both). But now they make you buy for both. I really wish they would return to the old system. But why would they when they can rack in the money this way. Whistler is all about ripping you off the most they possibly can. 3 years ago, free parking if you parked in the basic lot. Now it's $8. Lunch will cost you $20 at the lodge. And unless you go at just the right time, they don't actually groom most of their runs each day. Now I'm not necessarily a fan of groomed, but when there is no snow for several days, not grooming means that you're riding in bunch of ruts and mounded snow.
The fact is, Whistler has ZERO competition and they can charge whatever they want, and will. I grew up skiing in Tahoe where I had 20 resorts to choose from. That created better pricing and more variety. Is Whistler bigger? Yes. Is it better? No. It has a village which most places don't, but many do and don't charge $115.
I go to Whistler about once a year. I used to ski every single weekend in Tahoe. I simply can't afford to do that here. Whistler is a huge mountain with a lot of runs, but they have no interest in making it affordable for people to enjoy. It's a pure money grab. I've been to a lot of resorts all over North America. It's the worst in this regard. Though they are all clearly after money, Whistler robs you basically. If I grew up in Whistler, I would likely have never become a skier. I couldn't have afforded it.
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