Whistler/Blackcomb resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “Major riding for all styles and all levels, especially backcountry and amazing park and pipes.But take note: lift queues can be very long, especially at Easter and Christmas. Avoid major holidays if an option and Sundays are quieter than Saturdays, especially on Blackcomb. Great summer riding on Blackcomb Glacier.”



Trees and amazing off-piste



World leader in parks & pipes



Huge array of good runs

Mountain stats

Top lift:2284m
Vertical drop:1609m
Bottom lift:675m

LiftsLift count : 3 x Gondolas   18 x Chairlifts   12 x Drag-lifts  

Ride area 7071 acres

Total Pistes:200
Longest Piste:7miles (11km)

passes Pass (Low/High Season) : £62.37 Day, £354.71 Week

Whistler/Blackcomb. Where to begin? Repeatedly rated as the No. 1 resort in North America and not without reason, Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics (with Vancouver) and is arguably one of the best resorts in the world. A combination of absolutely unbelievable terrain combined with proximity to Vancouver places Whistler in the super-resort league, but glitz aside, experience the riding here for yourself to see why it lives up to its reputation. Two monstrous mountains cradle the purpose-built village of Whistler itself, and the year-round population of 10,000 swells to 5 times that during peak season - beware school holidays. Now almost as famous for its amazing mountain biking as its snowboarding (freestyle adrenaline-seekers on summer camps should check out the downhill park!), Whistler is a magical encounter for all ability levels. You really can ride here for years without becoming bored.

Whistler has it all - 37 lifts accessing over 8000 acres of varied and challenging terrain, amazing backcountry access, bowls, steeps, trees, 5 terrain parks, a superpipe and boardercross track. The downside of having it all is crowding - avoid Christmas and February half term/US Presidents week at all costs. Early December or January are often good for a local vibe with no crowds and lots of pow. The village throngs with restaurants, bars and clubs. Doing a season here is an excellent way to do both the vast mountain and social scenes justice. Check the current working visa requirements and be prepared to compete with droves of Aussies seeking beds in Whistler-Blackcomb staff housing for the winter. Party hounds should check out the annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival held every April, with pipe and big air comps, live bands and DJs. Powder hounds should go for 'Fresh Tracks' tickets to access the mountain before the crowds at 7.30am - if you've got any sense, leave the breakfast to the skiers and go ride those pillow lines!

Blackcomb Glacier is home to a handful of snowboard camps in summer, including Camp of Champions and Whistler Summer Snowboard Camp. Open to all levels they can be pricey but what a way to parallel superkid Shaun White! The summer scene is spectacular, with tons to do in the evenings, plus Whistler has its own skatepark, dirt jumps and downhill bike park, all a must for the hungry adrenaline seeker.

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