Canada - Whistler / Blackcomb Resort Review

Overview for Whistler Blackcomb

Overall Rating:   5 star rating
Breakdown of Runs:

Lifts: 38  Runs: 200+  Parks: 5
Snow Cross Track: 1   Super pipe: 1

 Season: Late November to late April
  (parts of Blackcomb open until June)

  • Lifts from village centre
  • Huge amount of terrain
  • Glacier riding June & July
  • Can be queues for main gondolas
  • Expensive place to stay

The Slopes

Whistler Blackcomb is a huge resort with over 200 runs across the 2 mountains. There is great lift access across the whole resort and the new peak to peak gondola makes it much easier to go between the 2 mountains. There is far too much terrain to cover in a week here, possibly even in a season but rest assured there is something for every level of rider and every type of winter holiday.

Beginners will find plenty of easy runs to practice on, many of these can be found on Whistler side, which seems to be more family orientated. There is terrain here for every level of rider so finding something to progress onto will not be a problem.

For the intermediates there are some nice runs along harmony ridge and the saddle although watch out for white outs up here, you may want to check the conditions before you head up. If you’re after some space some nice quiet blues can be found on the far sides of Blackcomb on ridge runner or the 7th Heaven area.

The more advanced riders after more challenging runs on Whistler mountain, should head up the peak chair to upper peak to creek for a good choice of blacks. Also check out Dave Murray down hill to creekside. Blackcomb has some nice blacks around the glacier express, and I would highly recommend hiking the glacier.

To get to the glacier head up Blackcomb gondola then across to the glacier express followed by the showcase t-bar. This takes you to the bottom of the 5-10 minute hike up to the glacier followed by 5 min hike out at the bottom.

Boarders who are into their park riding will love this place it has 6 parks and 1 super pipe, spread across the 2 mountains. including a learner park for beginners. The beginners terrain park and the super pipe can both be found on Blackcomb side. There are also plenty of natural hit and glades to be found across both mountains.

The Nightlife

Whistler in the evenings has something for everyone and every budget. From top notch restaurants and bars to fast food, pubs and pizzerias. Make sure you check the menu before you commit as there are some very expensive places here.

There is always a good night to be had in Whistler with plenty of pubs and clubs to choose from. Many of the establishments around the village have regular live music and DJ's. Check local posters and flyers for big events.

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival is held in Whistler every year for a week at the end of April. During this week there are various stages and events all around the resort, both on and off the slopes. The main stage is between the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas. There are usually some big names playing here in the afternoons and early evenings through out the week. Be sure to pick up an events schedule if you are lucky enough to be around for the festival. In addition to the outdoor gigs Kokanee puts on an indoor event in one of the bars each night.


Whistler is around a 2 hour transfer from Vancouver. There are 3 options for places to stay here, Whistler Creek, Whistler Village and Blackcomb Base. Whistler village is at the centre of the action with a gondola to each mountain from the main square. Whistler village also has the largest selection of bars and eateries. Whistler Creek is around the side of Whistler mountain and has it's own gondola. The peak to peak gondola allows access to Blackcomb mountain from Whistler. Blackcomb Base is the other side of Whistler village and also has gondola access to the mountain.

Whistler is set up as a tourist destination and is constantly undergoing improvements to prepare for the 2010 Olympics. You will not be disappointed with this resort.

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View of Whistler from Blackcomb Pipe competition Whistler The slopes at Whistler Julian Marley at Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival