Is Whistler Blackcomb Value It? 42 Issues You Must Know (I’m a Whistler Common)

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Why am I writing about Whistler on a house and backyard web site?  There are just a few causes for this. They’re:

  1. We write about trip properties. Since ski resorts provide wonderful trip property alternatives (for winter and summer season). Whistler is not any exception.
  2. We go to Whistler fairly a bit and have spent fairly a little bit of time up there over time so I do know it nicely.  It’s a house away from dwelling in some methods for us.

We’ve been staying at Whistler a number of instances a yr for a number of years. We ski there within the Winter. We bike, hike and swim there in the summertime.  We’ve stayed in a number of Whistler resorts, lodges and Airbnb homes.  To say I do know Whistler Blackcomb is an understatement.

Whistler is a world ski and mountain bike vacation spot.  It’s not low-cost. Relying on the place you reside, it’s an extended journey to get there (though the drive from Vancouver airport to Whistler is wonderful).  Whereas most individuals have an incredible time there, it’s good to know the ins and outs solely a daily Whistler customer can present.

Right here’s my record of 42 stuff you want find out about Whistler Blackcomb.

1. Your elevate ticket is sweet on each Whistler and Blackcomb

Years in the past you obtain separate elevate tickets for Whistler and Blackcomb.  Not anymore. Lately each are owned by the identical firm and operated as one large ski mountain which is superior.

Whereas your entire space is now known as Whistler Blackcomb, it’s actually two separate ski mountains.  Test it out:

Photo of both Whistler and Blackcomb ski mountains
Blackcomb is the mountain on the left and Whistler on the fitting.

2. There’s a mind-blowing 200 ski runs over 8,171 acres

Collectively, Whistler and Blackcomb provide 200 marked runs throughout 8,171 acres of snowboarding terrain. It’s unbelievable.  There may be snowboarding for everybody [Source: WhistlerBlackcomb.com].

3. There are three ski-in, ski-out village areas – select properly

The three villages are Whistler, Blackcomb and Creekside.  I’ve stayed in all three.  All three have their professionals and cons.  Let’s discover them.

i. Whistler Village (aka Decrease Village)

Aerial view of Whistler Village in BC

Whistler village at night lit up

Execs:

Probably the most vigorous: It’s the biggest of the three village areas with essentially the most bars, eating places, resorts and so forth.  If it’s your first time to Whistler, I like to recommend you keep in the principle village.  It’s undoubtedly value visiting as soon as.

Stroll to the gondola (for essentially the most half):  You may stroll to the Whistler gondola from most elements in Whistler village.  It’s a haul from some resorts if carrying gear nevertheless it’s doable.

Cons

Busy and noisy:  The principle village has many bars so for those who’re staying within the village count on to listen to the nightlife in your unit. But it surely’s fairly a vibe within the village and if that’s your factor, the village is completely value it.

Costly: As a result of it’s the principle village, lodging are pretty costly.  Not Fairmont or 4 Seasons costly however nonetheless costly.

ii. Blackcomb village (aka Higher Village)

Blackcomb Village (Upper Village)

Execs:

Presents the 2 swankiest resorts in Whistler: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the 4 Seasons. In the event you like luxurious, keep at both of these resorts. No different Whistler resort comes shut.  I do know, as a result of I’ve stayed in each greater than as soon as.  In the event you like swanky pool areas, the Fairmont and 4 Seasons swimming pools are the very best in Whistler.

Cons:

Not a lot to do:  There aren’t many eating places or bars or issues to do within the Blackcomb village. Luckily, it’s solely a ten to fifteen minute stroll to the decrease village.  The 4 Seasons and Fairmont provide a free shuttle.

iii. Creekside Village

Creekside village in Whistler, BC
The picturesque predominant road in Creekside village.

Execs:

Quiet, small but presents all you want: Okay, there aren’t many eating places and no nightlife nevertheless it’s small, straightforward to stroll to and quiet.  With younger children, we’re not into nightlife or eating places. As a substitute, we order in or cook dinner.

Has its personal gondola: The gondola in Creekside will get you entry to all of the slopes.

Get extra lodging for much less: We keep in First Tracks Lodge which is spectacular and actually 30 steps from the gondola.  We’re capable of afford a 3-bedroom unit which might get us solely a one or two-bedroom unit within the decrease village and undoubtedly solely a one-bedroom suite within the 4 Seasons or Fairmont.  So we get greater than twice the area for much less cash.

Cons:

Not a lot taking place: This fits us since we wish to ski and use the pool and that’s about it.  In the event you like nightlife and eating out, Creekside shouldn’t be for you.

Should drive to the principle village:  In contrast to the higher village which is barely a ten to fifteen minute stroll to the principle village, Creekside is a number of miles from the principle village. If you’d like an evening out, it’s essential to drive.

Ski faculty not all the time in operation: We often put our children within the Whistler ski camp.  Final yr, after reserving in Creekside we have been instructed the ski faculty was not working out of Creekside. We needed to drive them to Blackcomb which was a problem.  This coming season, I used to be instructed the ski camp would function out of Creekside. I booked on the First Tracks Lodge in Creekside after which they determined to not run ski camp out of Creekside.  It was both drive the children to Whistler ski faculty or rent personal ski instructors who might meet our children in Creekside. We opted to rent personal ski instructors to keep away from having to leap within the automotive very first thing within the morning.  In addition to, whereas the ski camp is superior, I think they’ll get much more out of one-on-one instruction.

4. Ski-in and Ski-out up the slopes

There are additionally lodging that go up Blackcomb, Whistler and Creekside slopes. Most are condos, townhouses and chalets, many which you could lease.  My level is you don’t have to remain in one of many three villages for ski-in and ski-out. There are numerous neighborhoods which have direct slope entry you may stroll and ski into for the ski-in and ski-out expertise.  When reserving, remember to look fastidiously at maps and ask how far of a stroll it’s to entry the slopes.

5. If in any respect doable, keep in a spot the place you may stroll to the slopes (severely)

It doesn’t matter what, your Whistler trip will price some huge cash so for those who can, spend what’s crucial so that you simply don’t need to drive to get to the slopes.  Having the ability to stroll to the gondola out of your rental, home or resort is such a pleasant comfort.  Some resorts, such because the 4 Seasons provide frequent, free shuttles to the gondola. The truth is, the 4 Seasons has a ski-storage concierge space subsequent to the Blackcomb gondola the place you may maintain your skies.  That’s fairly good (however nonetheless not as good because the Fairmont which is steps away from the gondola).

6. There may be fairly a little bit of parking however it will probably refill

There are 5 large parking heaps between Whistler Village and Blackcomb.  Some are free and a few are paid.  Typically, they provide enough parking however they’ll refill on busy days.  It’s a few 12 to fifteen minute from the car parking zone to the Whistler gondola.  It’s about the identical to Blackcomb.  It depends upon which car parking zone you find yourself in as nicely. The free are additional away.

7. Blackcomb peak tops 7,160 above sea degree

Extra importantly, the vertical of skiable terrain is 5,020 ft.  That’s a giant vertical.

8. There are locations to eat and drink all around the mountain (you don’t need to ski into the village)

Roundhouse at top of Whistler gondola

My spouse and I often spend in the future whereas the children are in ski camp, snowboarding mild inexperienced runs from the highest to the underside stopping at about 3 espresso outlets and eating places alongside the way in which.  It’s a enjoyable, enjoyable ski day we do every year.  My level is there are locations to eat, drink and chill out all over. The massive eating places/cafeterias are on the high of the Blackcomb and Whistler gondolas (which can be the place you catch the peak-to-peak gondola).  Furthermore, there are espresso huts scattered all around the mountain. There’s a small one on the high of the Creekside gondola as nicely.  You gained’t go hungry or get thirsty.

9. The Whistler children ski camps are wonderful

We’ve had our children do one-hour personal classes on native ski mountains which was effective however nothing superior their snowboarding like a full week within the Whistler Youngsters ski camp program.  We’ve enrolled them two years in a row and yearly their snowboarding improves dramatically throughout that week.  It’s not low-cost however if you wish to give your children a crash course in snowboarding, a weeklong Whistler ski children camp will do the job.

10. Whistler has its personal meal supply app and repair

Don’t trouble attempting to make use of Doordash or different meal supply apps.  Whistler has its personal app that the native eating places use. I think it’s accomplished in order that eating places don’t need to pay such a hefty value to the app.  The app is at WhistlerDineIn.com.

11. Simply because there isn’t snow within the village doesn’t imply there isn’t loads of snow on the slopes

Don’t be alarmed for those who present as much as the village and there isn’t any snow or a lot snow.  It occurs.  There’s all the time snow method up the mountain.  Take the gondolas up and from there you may ski the higher a part of each mountains… the truth is, the very best snowboarding is above the place the gondolas finish.

12. The chairlifts cease working at 3 pm early within the season. As daylight get longer, the chairlifts keep open later… 3:30 pm after which 4 pm.

Ensure you recognize when the chairs cease operating throughout your go to.  It adjustments all through the season.  We sometimes go in January so it closes early which fits us as a result of we love spending a few hours within the pool and sizzling tub at our lodging after a day of snowboarding.

13. There’s a inexperienced run (straightforward run) possibility you may take from the highest of just about each chair and gondola

Whistler ski runs sign
Look out for inexperienced run indicators like this to take simpler runs down Whistler slopes.

Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself on the high of a seemingly inconceivable slope.  I’ve but to finish up anyplace on the mountain the place a simple inexperienced run (inexperienced is the simplest run degree) isn’t simply accessible.  Inexperienced runs zig-zag your entire mountain. It’s truly a pleasant strategy to tour each mountains.

14. I’ve skied many mountains over time and none of them are as nicely marked as Whistler Blackcomb for signage

Whistler ski run sign

With 200 runs you’d suppose you’d get misplaced however I by no means have.  I’ve additionally by no means by accident ended up on some loopy troublesome double black run both.  That is all because of the extremely nicely marked runs. The indicators are massive and clear.  Most significantly, there’s signage all over the place.

15. Get some assist and data with the Whistler App referred to as EpicMix

I didn’t actually get into the app simply because I discover it a problem to verify my telephone whereas snowboarding however I did obtain the EpicMix app and performed round with it.  The app offers path maps and a few climate data however total I discovered it clunky. By all means give it a shot nevertheless it wasn’t that nice.  If you wish to observe your snowboarding for the day, there are higher apps for that.

16. You rise up into the principle snowboarding space on fully-enclosed gondolas

The gondola trip is value a go to to Whistler. It’s such a good way to rise up the mountain in winter and summer season.  They’re roomy and comfy.  They accommodate 6 to eight folks.  It’s straightforward to load your skies and snowboard.  All the factor is wonderful.  Gondolas launch from Blackcomb, Whistler and Creekside.  As soon as on the high of the gondola, you may ski down or higher but, take chairlifts up method into the alpine and ski the very best runs.

17. Keep away from lengthy lineups by snowboarding throughout the week

We e-book our week-long ski journey Sunday to Saturday.  We ski Mon to Friday for the only goal to keep away from the lengthy weekend traces. In the event you can in anyway keep throughout the week, accomplish that. You’ll get extra snowboarding.  It’s not a ghost city; it’s nonetheless vigorous however you gained’t wait fairly as lengthy to get on the gondolas, chair lifts and eating places.  FYI, Friday can be busy. In my expertise, the very best days to ski are Monday via Thursday.

18. There’s a gondola that travels to and from Whistler slopes to Blackcomb referred to as the Peak-to-Peak

Exterior view of Whistler peak to peak gondola

Here's a photo I took from the inside of the Whistler peak-to-peak gondola showing the view of the valley.
Right here’s a photograph I took from the within of the Whistler peak-to-peak gondola exhibiting the view of the valley.

Earlier than the peak-to-peak gondola was inbuilt 2007, you needed to ski all the way in which right down to the village to modify over to Blackcomb from Whistler or vice versa.  Now you may swap over method up the mountains with the peak-to-peak gondola.  This gondola is sort of the trip.  On the highest level, it’s 1,427 ft above the valley ground.  Curiously, it holds the Guinness World File for the longest unsupported span for a elevate of its type (1.88 miles). [Source: WhistlerBlackcomb.com]

19. My favourite resort for snowboarding is the First Tracks Lodge in Creekside Village

First Tracks Lodge in Creekside, Whistler BC

Pool at First Tracks Lodge in Creekside, Whistler

Above is First Tracks Lodge.  Discover how shut it’s to the gondola.  This lodge presents one to four-bedroom models which is nice (we often get a three-bedroom providing loads of area).

I’ve not stayed in each resort in Whistler Blackcomb however I’ve stayed in fairly just a few.  They’re The Fairmont, 4 Seasons, The Hilton and First Tracks Lodge.  All however the 4 Seasons are ski-in ski-out.  In different phrases, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, The Hilton and First Tracks Lodge are steps away from the gondola (actually steps).  You may’t a lot nearer to the gondolas than these three resorts.

For snowboarding, my fave is First Tracks Lodge.

20. My favourite resort in summer season is the 4 Seasons in Blackcomb

Four Seasons Hotel in Whistler, BC

Pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Whistler, BC

The pool space and the beautiful rooms is what makes the 4 Seasons resort my favourite Summer season lodging. Okay, I ought to make clear our home rental on Inexperienced Lake was higher however for resorts, the 4 Seasons is wonderful. It could be my first choose for snowboarding if it have been nearer to the gondola.

21. There are tons of Airbnb homes, condos and townhouses to select from

Just about everybody who owns a spot in Whistler lists it on Airbnb.  Okay, I’m exaggerating however there are a number of choices and value factors for lodging in each nook and cranny of your entire area.  Yow will discover small locations or rooms for a pair hundred per evening or spend tens of hundreds per evening for an property and every thing in between.  If you go throughout the yr may also make an enormous distinction on value. If throughout peak ski season, that’s the most costly. Peak summer season is the following most costly.

22. You probably have an enormous finances, try renting a home within the Kadenwood neighborhood which has its personal gondola for residents (together with those that lease in Kadenwood)

We rented a Kadenwood mansion for almost every week one summer season. The explanation we did so was as a result of it had a pool.  Many homes in Whistler have a sizzling tub however not so many have a pool.  Kadenwood homes are unbelievable and your entire neighborhood is sk-in ski-out with its personal gondola.  I’m not kidding; the neighborhood financed its personal gondola into Creekside.  It’s very cool and the homes are really distinctive.  It’s indisputably one of many nicest neighborhoods in Whistler… and it’s mirrored in the price of the homes which ranges from $8 million to $20 million+.

23. It’s a very good concept to make reservations at any restaurant you want to dine at

If you wish to strive a selected restaurant, you’re smart to make a reservation.  Eating places are busy throughout winter and summer season.  There are some nice eating places up there however they’re packed on a regular basis so earlier than you go, take a while to take a look at eating places you’d wish to attempt to make a reservation.

24. Whistler Blackcomb is now a very fashionable summer season vacation spot

There are babysitting companies accessible in Whistler so you may take pleasure in an evening or time out.

Most instances we keep in Whistler, we use the native babysitting service to observe our children so we are able to exit one evening for an amazing meal.  Once more, it’s finest to rearrange this earlier than you go as a result of they’ll get booked up.

25. You may take the gondolas up in the summertime together with the peak-to-peak

In the event you’re going throughout Summer season, don’t fear, the gondolas are operating to be able to hitch a trip into the alpine for mountain climbing, a pleasant lunch at a restaurant or no matter else you wish to do method up on the mountain. The mountain climbing is fairly cool.

26. The bike park is unquestionably value attempting

Whistler bike part

The bike park is fairly epic. I’ve solely accomplished it in the future nevertheless it’s enjoyable.  The most effective half is you get to do some wonderful trial using with out the brutal uphill climb.  The chairlift takes your bike up the mountain. You get to trip down.  There are trails for all ranges.

27. There are a number of bike rental shops in the principle village

In the event you don’t personal a motorbike or are touring from distant, don’t fear, you may get a mountain bike. There are a number of bike rental outlets proper in Whistler Village. You may get a helmet and all of the gear you suppose you’ll want.

28. There are straightforward runs you may take down within the bike park (I did it with younger children)

"Easy Does It" trail in the Whistler bike park.
Right here’s a portion of the “Straightforward Does It” path within the Whistler Bike Park. As you may see, it’s not that troublesome in any respect and many of the path is like this. Nice for teenagers.

I went to the bike park when my oldest was 7 years previous.  There have been simpler trails to take all the way in which down so it undoubtedly is an efficient outing for youthful children.  Notice, children ought to have the ability to trip a motorbike moderately nicely although together with figuring out easy methods to cease.

29. There’s a free pump observe bike park you may go to anytime

Easier pump track in Whistler, BC
Right here’s the simpler pump observe at Whistler (this can be a free mini-bike park).
More difficult pump track in Whistler, BC
Right here’s the more difficult pump tracks in Whistler. Discover the massive jumps on the fitting. That is free as nicely.

That is truly each our sons’ favourite summer season place (apart from lakes and swimming pools).  It’s a free bike park that is mostly a sequence of three pump tracks.  There’s a simple pump observe, harder pump observe after which some loopy pump tracks with big jumps.  We’ve spent hours on this bike park many, many days.  It’s situated in between Whistler Village and Blackcomb (very near the parking heaps).  Did I point out it’s free?

30. There are dozens and possibly a whole bunch of biking and mountain climbing trails all through the realm that don’t price a penny

I’ve merely scratched the floor with the paths I’ve biked and hiked in Whistler. The place is crawling with trails all over the place.

31. There are 4 lakes pretty near Whistler village: Alta Lake, Misplaced Lake, Nita Lake and Inexperienced Lake

Listed here are pictures of the 4 lakes.  FYI, Misplaced Lake is closest to the village.  Inexperienced Lake is the largest.  Alta Lake and Misplaced Lake have a public seaside.  Inexperienced Lake is the one lake that allows motorboats (and has a public boat launch).

Lost Lake in Whistler, BC
Misplaced Lake in Whistler, BC
Alta Lake in Whistler, BC
Alta Lake in Whistler, BC.
Nita Lake in Whistler, BC
Nita Lake in Whistler, BC
Green Lake in Whistler, BC
Inexperienced Lake in Whistler, BC

32. My favourite lake is Inexperienced Lake… nevertheless it’s depraved chilly

The house we rented on Green Lake in Whistler, BC

We rented a home on Inexperienced Lake for every week. It had its personal dock. We swam within the lake all week however it’s depraved chilly, even in July.

33. There’s a public boat launch on Inexperienced Lake (motorboats are permitted)

On the northwest aspect of Inexperienced Lake there’s a public boat launch.  It’s not a giant space and there’s little or no parking so be ready for a little bit of a large number to get your boat within the water. There’s a public dock there as nicely however total, it’s not an amazing seaside space.

34. There are surprisingly few public entry factors to the lakes which is unlucky

With 4 lakes within the Whistler area there are only a few public entry factors.  The few that exist are very small. Let’s simply say the general public lakefront scenario is completely insufficient for the variety of folks visiting in the summertime.

35. There are 4 golf programs in and round Whistler

If golf is your factor, there’s no scarcity of it in Whistler.  The 4 golf programs are:

  • Massive Sky Golf Membership
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Membership
  • Nicklaus North Golf Course
  • Whistler Golf Membership

I’m not a golfer so can’t remark about these programs.  Possibly in the future I’ll do a spherical on every of them.

36. There are all types of enjoyable journey actions you do in summer season resembling:

  • Ziplines
  • ATV excursions
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Helicopter excursions
  • Aerial impediment course
  • Bungee leaping
  • Kayaking/canoeing

The ziplines are fairly wild. I haven’t accomplished these but.  The truth is, the one out of doors journey exercise I’ve accomplished apart from mountain climbing, biking and kayaking is taking our children to an aerial impediment course. Right here’s a photograph:

Aerial obstacle course in Whistler, BC

Try The Journey Group in your journey actions.  Reservations really helpful. You may go to their workplace in Whistler Village to order and pay.  Then go to the journey zone wherever it’s.

37. It will possibly get sizzling in the summertime in Whistler (30°C and warmer)

In 2021 we stayed for every week on Inexperienced Lake.  Granted it was an unusually sizzling summer season however we loved 35°C plus days.  Luckily, we had a home proper on Inexperienced Lake so stayed good a cool plunging within the glacier-fed lake.

38. If staying in the summertime, undoubtedly go for a resort with a pool (many do have out of doors swimming pools)

As I discussed, it will probably get sizzling in Whistler. One in all our favourite issues to do throughout our summer season keep is swim within the resort pool (or the lake after we handle to lease a home on a lake there).

39. There are two grocery shops in the principle village and one in Creekside

The truth is, the principle village has just about every thing you want.  Creekside comes darn shut (which is why we significantly like Creekside).

40. Visitors to and from Whistler can get congested

It’s unhealthy going to Whistler Friday afternoons, evenings and Saturday mornings.  It’s unhealthy leaving Whistler Sunday afternoons and evenings.  It will possibly take 30+ minutes to drive the previous couple of kilometers to Whistler village.  The way in which dwelling on a Sunday afternoon will be busy all the way in which to West Vancouver.

41. Whistler is dear

Throughout peak ski season, resorts break the bank as do Airbnb leases.  There’s no getting round it. Peak summer season months can be costly however not like throughout ski season.  If you wish to try Whistler with out spending a fortune go to throughout the low season months (Might, June, October and November).  June will be sunny and good which may very well be a good time to go to whereas not spending a fortune.

Not solely are resorts costly however ski camps, rental tools, actions and eating places are all costly.  It’s the character of a resort location.

42. Regardless of the price, it’s completely value it (particularly the snowboarding)

If compelled to decide on, I’d go for the snowboarding over the summer season choices.  The snowboarding is second-to-none.  The runs go on and on.  The terrain is different; there’s one thing for everybody.  The gondolas are such a pleasing strategy to head up the slopes.  The ski faculty (referred to as Whistler Youngsters) is top-notch (my children adore it and yearly their week in ski camp takes their snowboarding to the following degree).  I can’t look forward to our annual Whistler ski journey.

That stated, since we stay just one.5 hours away, we get to take pleasure in Whistler in each winter and summer season.