3 years ago my wife and I spent our anniversary in Whistler/Creekside at First Tracks, Legend’s sister property across the plaza. First Tracks was great, and after reading the reviews on Legends, a slightly more affordable and 3-bedroom option, we decided to bring the entire family (7 people total: wife and me, one college-aged, two in high school, two in elementary) on Spring Break. With a family this size, we are budget minded, so I look for the most bang for the buck.
If you stayed at First Tracks before like we did, Legends is going to be noisier in general - more kids and families. Our 3 bedroom faced the mountain, the pool and backed up to the side of Dusty’s BBQ, so we heard kids playing in the pool all the time. On Wednesday nights and the weekends, Dusty’s has live music that can be heard within the unit - come with some expectations that you are not going to have the quiet of a condo mid-mountain. Though Creekside is quieter than the village, in the three years since we’ve last been here, it’s growing up. There is a lot more here than before, and with that is more traffic.
The noise usually subsided at the latest by 11:30pm.
The 3 bedroom was sufficient in size for our family. We are big people (we have one 6’7’’ college-aged son and another soon to be college football player, for instance) and never felt cramped. Beds were comfortable - 1 king, a double/twin bunk, two twins and a pull out couch - 7 beds total. Two large bathrooms were great too.
The kitchen allowed us to cook most of our meals, thanks to a full-sized oven and refrigerator. (Thank you Costco in Vancouver for feeding this family inexpensively). The Creekside market across the street was super convienient for grabbing last minute necessities, though it is pricey when buying fresh food (meat, dairy, etc.) Other items are more reasonable. A dining table with seating for 8 was great for family meals.
We stored our ski equipment in the provided lockers downstairs (bring an extra combo lock if you need more than one locker - Legends only provides one), and it took us all of 2 minutes to walk to the gondola. The gondola and then the Big Red chair get you to anywhere on either mountain - though to get back to Creekside base, you’ll need to be a solid blue run skier or else you will need to download on the gondola to get back - which is not a big deal for little kids.
Housekeeping was hit or miss. One day towels were replenished and beds made, but everything else was left. Another day, one housekeeper spent an hour scouring the place. Seems consistent with other reviews.
Parking was ample, indoor, but you pay C15/night for it.
We skied in late March. Whistler’s low elevation meant warm village temps (10C/50F) and true spring skiing. Icy on top, decent mid mountain and slushy lower. Truly variable - It will force you to be better. We enjoyed skiing in December/January better, but all in all not bad in late March. The afternoon sun did heat up the condo a bit, so we had to open doors to cool the place down.
We brought PS4 and plugged it into the TV via HDMI and watched movies through the provided internet. Slow, but sufficient to download a rented, streamed movie.
First Tracks was a 5 for us. Legends a solid 4. Both did not disappoint.