Pros:Great skiing, countless lifts and runs, and an exciting village
The Bottom Line: Whistler-Blackcomb is not only an amazing ski area, but an exciting overall vacation destination. To avoid Whistler-Blackcomb is to deny yourself of a good time
Whistler-Blackcomb is one of my favorite places in all the world. Having gone there several times growing up, I have fond memories of skiing through great snow and hanging out in the village. The ski area is really 2 mountains in one. Both have great skiing, and appeal to different crowds. Whisler's Peak Chair has some of the best Double Black runs on the mountain, while Whistler mountain also has a great snowboard park. On Blackcomb, the terrain park is also very good, and the Blackcomb Glacier and 7th Heaven runs are almost always good all day long no matter the time of year. One word of advice: Get your tickets at 7-11 on the way up to the mountain and you can save yourself quite a bit of money. 7-11 offers discount tickets, and no matter the length of your stay they can accomodate you with single tickets or multi-day passes.
One of the exciting parts about Whistler-Blackcomb is the nightlife. The resort has a fun atmosphere and there are numerous things to occupy your "off-mountain" time. Excellent food and fun clubs, all within walking distance.
A common drawback to ski vacations is often the cost involved. At Whislter-Blackcomb, if you hail from the United States, you will find that the strong US dollar will make things much more affordable. And if you are visiting from Canada or another country, the resort is, in my opinion, more reasonable than any other destination of it's caliber.
I must share one of my favorite memories from Whistler-Blackcomb: In high school my family and my cousins went to Whistler for a winter vacation. We were on the mountain, but since there was quite a few of us, we decided to split up and then meet for lunch. The morning was amazing, and we had skied our hearts out by lunch time. Exhausted, we met at the Glacier Creek lodge and not only was my entire family there, but we met some family friends from our hometown! Whistler-Blackcomb has more than a handful of on-mountain dining venues, so the chances of us meeting on such a large mountain were not very good, but somehow we met up! We had the best afternoon skiing together! It was great.
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Level of Experience Needed: All
Best Time to Visit: January
Best Suited For: Families