Whistler Ski Resort Review

Looking for a Whistler Ski Resort Review? With over 8,000 acres of snow-covered slopes, 200 marked trails, and a vast backcountry, Whistler-Blackcomb is a ski paradise. As a beginner, I opted for some lessons, and with my newly acquired skills, I managed to conquer a few green runs by the end of the day. The experience of skiing was exhilarating, the thrill of speeding downhill was unlike anything I'd felt before.

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Whistler Blackcomb: A Skiing Giant

After a day on the slopes, there was nothing quite like the Apres-ski in Whistler. Whether it was sharing tales of the day’s adventures over local craft beers, soaking in outdoor hot tubs, or simply enjoying live music at one of the village's many venues, the evenings were as exciting as the days.

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As a travel writer, I’ve been lucky enough to explore some of the most breathtaking destinations in the world. From the sun-kissed beaches of Bali to the rugged mountains of Peru, I've experienced more adventures than I can count. But as a Midwesterner, skiing was never a big part of my life. So, when I had the chance to visit Whistler, one of North America's premier ski resorts, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Located in British Columbia, Whistler is known for its stunning views, world-class skiing, and vibrant après-ski culture. As I made my way up the mountain, I was awestruck by the stunning scenery that surrounded me. Snow-capped peaks towered above, and the fresh, crisp air was invigorating. I couldn't wait to hit the slopes.

We've listed the top resorts in Whistler, only about 75 miles (120.7 km) north of Vancouver.  

The skiing at Whistler did not disappoint. With over 200 marked runs, the resort has something for everyone, from beginner to expert. I started my first day on the bunny hill, but soon progressed to some of the more challenging runs. The snow was perfect - powdery and soft, making it easy to carve through the turns.

But skiing wasn't the only activity at Whistler. The village was also bustling with life, with plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore. I particularly enjoyed wandering through the quaint European-style streets of the village, which were lined with charming boutiques and cozy cafes. And after a long day on the slopes, there was nothing better than relaxing in a hot tub and taking in the breathtaking mountain views.

Whistler and Blackcombe offer some of the best glades, glacier, and trails around.

One of the highlights of my trip was a night-time snowshoe tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, we hiked through the quiet, snowy forests, the only sound the crunching of our snowshoes on the ground. As we reached the top of the hill, we were rewarded with a stunning view of the valley below, twinkling with lights. It was a magical experience that I'll never forget.

Whistler is proud that the tradition continues today and is consistently the top ski and snowboard resort in the country. Now the amazing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola has opened the most exciting days of Whistler lay ahead.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

For around $50 adults and $25 for children folks can enjoy the achievement that is the Gondola. This includes the ride up the mountain and unlimited crossings. From your elevated position enjoy views around the valleys and mountains, perhaps lunch or a meal, and witness the working parts and machinery in action.

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An amazing 16 bowls, glaciers, and hundreds of trails cover the more than 8,000 acres all within easy distance of the incredibly vibrant village. But where are the best places to stay?


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As for accommodations, I stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a luxurious mountain resort that lived up to its reputation. The rooms were spacious and elegantly decorated, with cozy fireplaces and stunning views of the mountains. The staff were friendly and accommodating, and the restaurants on-site served up delicious meals.

Four Seasons Resort Whistler

As a travel writer with a penchant for adventure and a love for luxurious amenities, I knew the Four Seasons Resort Whistler would be the perfect place to stay during my winter escapades.

Pros:

  • Ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes, making it super easy to hit the fresh powder
  • Impeccable service from the friendly staff, who were always ready to assist with a smile
  • The rooms were spacious and tastefully decorated, with all the comforts of home and some added perks like the cozy fireplace and a private balcony to take in the breathtaking mountain views.
  • The dining options were top-notch, with delectable dishes that catered to a range of tastes.

Cons:

  • As a budget-conscious traveler, the higher price point of the Four Seasons was a bit of a downside. But hey, you get what you pay for, right?
  • The ski-in/ski-out access also meant that the resort was a bit further from the heart of Whistler Village, which made it a little more challenging to explore the charming pedestrian streets and indulge in a little après-ski fun.
  • And while the staff was lovely, the strict "no pet" policy meant that I couldn't bring my furry travel companion, who would've loved to romp in the snow.
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Overall, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler was an exceptional destination that offered the perfect blend of adventure and indulgence. As a traveler who loves to hit the slopes during the day and unwind in the hot tub with a glass of bubbly at night, this place was definitely my kind of heaven.

For those seeking a more affordable option, I would recommend the Pangea Pod Hotel, a modern, budget-friendly accommodation in the heart of Whistler Village. While it's not as luxurious as the Four Seasons, it offers a unique experience in cozy, capsule-style accommodations with access to all the mountain adventures Whistler has to offer. Plus, it's pet-friendly, so your furry friend can come along for the adventure too.

For a quality honeymoon or family vacation this is our top choice for Whistler. Amazing views of the mountains, deep spa tubs, free internet. Listed as one of the best resorts in the world by the Zagat Guide.

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Introduction: Join Taylor Edwardson as she takes a trip to Whistler and stays at the luxurious Four Seasons resort. In this travel vlog, she takes us on a room tour, visits Lost Lake with her dogs, enjoys the resort's amenities, and dines at a local restaurant.

Key points covered in the vlog:

  • Taylor and her partner check into Four Seasons Whistler for a weekend getaway.
  • They explore the room and show off its features, including the bathroom, closet, and sitting area.
  • Taylor and her dogs visit Lost Lake, where they enjoy the views and the snowfall.
  • She recommends the restaurant, Side Cut, for its excellent mac and cheese and broccolini.
  • Taylor and her friends play games and enjoy drinks at the resort's hot tub, followed by s'mores and hot chocolate.
  • They have dinner at a local restaurant, Teppan Village, and enjoy drinks like the strawberry sake melon margarita.

Summary: Taylor's travel vlog takes us on a journey through her weekend at Four Seasons Whistler, showing us the stunning room, nearby attractions, and delicious dining options. Along the way, we get to see her playful and adventurous personality, along with her love for dogs and good food. If you're looking for a luxurious and exciting ski getaway, this vlog will give you some great ideas.


Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside

Nestled in the heart of Whistler village, the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside is a popular resort that offers a great mix of luxury and convenience. I've put together a list of what I like and don't like about the resort.

Pros:

  • Location: The resort is situated right in the heart of Whistler village, making it easy to access all the restaurants, shops, and activities the town has to offer.
  • Ski-in/Ski-out Access: The resort provides direct access to the ski slopes, making it convenient for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.
  • Spacious Suites: The suites are roomy and comfortable, providing all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay.
  • Outdoor Pool and Hot Tub: The outdoor pool and hot tub are a great way to unwind after a day on the slopes or exploring the town.
  • Friendly Staff: The staff at the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside are friendly and helpful, ensuring that guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Cons:

  • Noise: As the resort is located in the heart of the village, noise can be an issue, especially during the peak season when the village is bustling with activity.
  • No Onsite Restaurant: While the resort doesn't have an onsite restaurant, there are plenty of dining options nearby, so this may not be a dealbreaker for everyone.
  • Price: The resort can be quite expensive, especially during peak season, making it less accessible to budget-conscious travelers.

Overall, the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside is a great choice for those looking for a luxurious and convenient ski-in/ski-out resort in the heart of Whistler village. The spacious suites, outdoor pool and hot tub, and friendly staff make it a great place to unwind after a day on the slopes. However, noise and the lack of an onsite restaurant may be a drawback for some, and the price point can be a barrier for budget-conscious travelers.

Another stunning new resort with a great central location with luxury surroundings. Well fitted out rooms.

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The 83 room Pacific Whistler Village Centre is located on the snow, and only a few minutes away from the action. Great views from this  all-suite resort is only start of a luxury property which offers a heated saltwater pool, and hot tubs.

This resort consistently gets outstanding reviews since opening and received a few awards recently for excellence.

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort

As a seasoned traveler and avid skier, I've visited my fair share of mountain resorts. But there's something special about the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort that sets it apart from the rest.

From the moment I stepped into the grand lobby, I was blown away by the opulence and grandeur of the resort. The staff were attentive and gracious, making me feel like royalty from the moment I arrived.

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My room was equally impressive, a luxurious space with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The decor was classic and refined, with all the amenities a traveler could want. I particularly enjoyed the cozy fireplace, which added a touch of warmth and comfort to the already inviting surroundings.

Of course, the skiing was the main attraction, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort didn't disappoint in that department either. With ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain, I was able to hit the slopes with ease. The runs were challenging and exhilarating, with fresh powder and stunning views around every corner.

But the resort had much more to offer than just skiing. The dining options were exceptional, with a variety of restaurants serving up delicious cuisine from around the world. And after a long day on the mountain, there was nothing better than unwinding in the resort's hot tub, watching the stars twinkle above.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort is the kind of place that takes your breath away, with its stunning surroundings and impeccable service. It's the perfect destination for those seeking a little bit of luxury, and a lot of adventure. Whether you're hitting the slopes or exploring the charming village, there's something for everyone at this world-class resort.

For those seeking a more intimate and secluded experience, I also recommend the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel, a cozy retreat with a charming, cabin-style atmosphere. Located just a short walk from Whistler Village, the Summit Lodge is perfect for those who want to be close to the action but still enjoy a little peace and quiet. With comfortable rooms, a cozy fireplace, and an on-site spa, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day on the slopes.

The Fairmont Chateau has been a long outstanding resort in Whistler. Apart from being a top ski in - ski out destination, the resort also offers a top class health club, spa and the largest pool around for year round swimming.

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here are the pros and cons of both resorts:

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort:

Pros:

  • Grand, luxurious atmosphere with impeccable service
  • Ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain
  • Stunning views of the surrounding mountains
  • Excellent dining options
  • On-site hot tub and spa facilities

Cons:

  • Higher price point
  • Large size of the resort may not suit those seeking a more intimate experience

Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel:

Pros:

  • Cozy, cabin-style atmosphere with a more intimate feel
  • Short walk to Whistler Village
  • Comfortable rooms with a fireplace
  • On-site spa facilities
  • Lower price point

Cons:

  • Not located directly on the mountain
  • May not offer as many amenities as larger resorts
  • May not suit those who prefer a more grand, luxurious atmosphere

Ultimately, the choice between the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort and Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel comes down to personal preference and what you're looking for in a mountain getaway. If you're seeking a more luxurious, grand atmosphere with ski-in/ski-out access and excellent dining options, the Fairmont may be the perfect fit. However, if you prefer a more intimate, cozy atmosphere with a lower price point and easy access to Whistler Village, the Summit Lodge may be more your style. Regardless of which you choose, both resorts offer an unforgettable Whistler experience.

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Adara Whistler Hotel Resort

I'm an adventurous soul, always on the hunt for the next great travel experience. So, when the opportunity to visit Whistler and stay at the Adara Whistler Hotel presented itself, I didn't hesitate for a second.

The Adara Whistler Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Whistler Village, and let me tell you, it's the kind of place that makes you feel like a VIP. From the moment I walked into the stylish lobby, I knew I was in for a treat. The staff greeted me with warm smiles and a level of service that can only be described as top-notch.

My room at the Adara was like a sanctuary, a cozy and inviting space with modern décor and all the amenities a traveler could want. The fireplace was the perfect touch, adding a little extra warmth and ambiance to the already luxurious surroundings.

The hotel was ideally located, too, just steps away from Whistler's famous ski slopes and all the other attractions that make this mountain village so special. I could have spent all day exploring the boutiques, restaurants, and bars that line the village's charming pedestrian streets.

But of course, the skiing was the main attraction, and the Adara didn't disappoint in that department either. The hotel offered ski-in/ski-out access, so I was on the slopes in no time. The runs were challenging and exhilarating, with fresh powder and jaw-dropping views around every turn.

After a long day of skiing, the hotel was the perfect place to retreat and relax. I took advantage of the hot tub and spa facilities, soaking in the warm water and getting pampered with a massage that left me feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Overall, my stay at the Adara Whistler Hotel was an unforgettable experience. It's the perfect destination for those seeking a little bit of luxury, while still being able to immerse themselves in all the outdoor adventures that Whistler has to offer. Whether you're a seasoned ski pro or a newbie looking to hit the slopes for the first time, the Adara has everything you need for an unforgettable mountain getaway.

A top new resort in the Canadian Rockies. We added this resort as a feature because it has popped up in top travel guides as one of a hand full of the worlds best new resorts. We did a little of our own research as well and found this is really the case. The reviews are great.

We have kept an ear out since the opening and the Adara is yet to acheive really outstanding reviews but does have a lot of potential.

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This ski resort has great views towards Whistler. There is lots to do with personalized recreational tours and excursions, with including equipment rentals, skiing and snowboarding, golf, river rafting, zip trekking, bungee jumping and more.

What is mostly adored are the boutique hotel touches like the extra care taken to deliver top room amenities. Guests really love the decor, location, big space parking areas and rainforest sounds pumping through in the summer time through their own Ipod station. 

Whistler Family Vacation Ideas

Looking for some exciting Whistler Family Vacation Ideas? Whistler is often regarded as the top Ski destination in North America.  And only a two hour trip from Vancouver along the exceptionally scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway by car or one of the regular buses.

With a greater number of lifts and ski areas, than anywhere else, the credentials are all there for great ski vacations. But Whistler is more than merely a ski destination, as thousands of families discover each year, and there is something special for each season.

Apart from dog sledding, tobogganing, skating and all the obvious winter and summer activities for kids there are a whole lot of things to do that you may not have even considered.  Let’s have a look at what makes Whistler special for families - and especially children.

Whistler Kids Ski School

There are lot’s of opportunities for ski camps and private ski, and snowboard lessons. Groups are determined by both age and ability levels then there is not a concern that our kids are expected to keep pace with the local Vancouver kids.Once kids are in their groups they are designated a team of coaches who travel with the team across the mountain - with GPS aids. 

Lessons can come in packages depending on how many days you are willing to spend away from your kids. And camps to can range from a couple of days to five days. Kids can progress through age specific groups- with 3 -4 year olds,  5-6 year olds, 7 -12 year olds, and teens all having distinct groups. 

Teens activities also include Ride Tribes and Freeride when the conditions are right and provide lots of opportunities for new friendships.

Whistler Family Adventures in Summer

Whistler Family Vacations

From June to September on the mountain kids can enjoy the Family Adventure Zone. At the time of writing there were 14 entertaining things to do for kids from 10am to 6pm daily - 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

The summer luge is perhaps the most popular of these and winds it way down over 300 metres of mountain slope. There is also a maze, golf, mini bungee trampoline, horse trail rides, go karts, a human gyro that was developed by NASSA, jumping slides castes and ropes courses.

You can also take advantage of the various day camps that happen on a regular basis for 5 to to year old children. Adventure Zone tickets start from around $25. See more information here about Adventurezone.

VIDEO: Summer Family Fun in Whistler

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Mountainbiking enjoys the luxury that it is gravity fed at Whistler. This means you don’t need to climb. From open greens to immaculately made tracks with jumps, stunts, drops and flops.  Check out the video below of how impressively some kids negotiate the trails on rented bike. 

Whistler Family Eco and Bear Tours

If it’s a natural experience you are seeking for your kids during the summer you may like to check out some of the Bear viewing and eco tours available. There are 50 black bears that now live in the areas around the ski slopes.  Learn about the local ecology the bears are situated within and their movements up and down the mountains with the seasons. 

This is a an activity suited to children 9 years or older, and binoculars are included. Tours often run three times daily and the meeting spot is at the bottom of the  Wizard Express at Blackcomb Base.

Ziptrek Tours for Kids

These tours are available for all ages. For really small children the tours are free which is nice for families. Many tours are educational while others are more geared towards the adventure seeking family. 

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For those seeking a more intimate and secluded experience, I recommend Nita Lake Lodge. Located on the shores of Nita Lake, the lodge offers a cozy retreat with rustic, cabin-style rooms and stunning views of the water. With a spa, outdoor hot tubs, and an award-winning restaurant, Nita Lake Lodge is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

In summary, Whistler is a must-visit destination for any ski enthusiast. With world-class skiing, a vibrant village, and stunning natural scenery, it's easy to see why it's one of the top ski resorts in North America. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, there's something for everyone at Whistler. So grab your skis and hit the slopes - you won't be disappointed.

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