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Whistler or Blackcomb?

post #1 of 13
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Hi all,  I am taking a trip to Whistler next month and we would like to take a lesson in more difficult terrain.   It's a group lesson, not private so you have to choose either mountain and that's where you stay.  I see from the trail map that Whistler seems to have more black runs compared to Blackcomb, but I have spoken to a few people who say both are very good and have challenging terrain.   I was just wondering what you thought.  Thanks.

post #2 of 13

whistler might have the more difficult terrain but for lessons both mountain have plenty of difficult terrain. I would base my choice on which is easiest to access from where you are staying. And if your free skiing after the lesson just hop on the Peak to Peak when you want to try the other. (you should anyway)

post #3 of 13
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I appreciate the advice, thank you

post #4 of 13

I'd worry more about who was going to be giving the lesson.  If you know of an instructor that is highly recommended, then go with them.  It doesn't matter which mountain you choose, the terrain is too extensive on each to use it up and there is plenty of challenging stuff at both places.

 

Enjoy.

post #5 of 13

for sure Whistler

post #6 of 13

I love whistler but when I want to be scared I would go to Blackcomb

post #7 of 13

If you want a group lesson on difficult terrain do the Extremely Canadian two day camp (if you only have one day you can make up your own group for a lesson with one of their instructors).  Let them watch you ski and decide where to take you .  I guarantee you will a) learn a ton, b) surprise yourself, and c) be scared witless at least once.

 

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/reservations/Lessons/mg_34/v_1468/b_95/Extremely-Canadian-Freeskiing-Clinics.detail

post #8 of 13
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I love whistler but when I want to be scared I would go to Blackcomb



Yup, that's about right. smile.gif

post #9 of 13
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I appreciate all the comments!   I looked at the Extemely Canadian Clinic and would really like to do that someday.  I don't think I'm there yet, from the whistler website I'm between a level 4 and 5 but can't "comfortably" ski an ungroomed black at my home mountain, Crystal yet.  I do okay.  But I'm ready to take the next step and work on being able to ski the groomed and ungroomed steeper terrain more regularly.  I'm feeling a little bored on the blues.

 

I was going to do the Max 4 lesson for int/adv and have to roll the dice with the instructor I get. Although it would be great if I knew one.   It's our first time going there so I think it's a good way to see the mountain and get the lay out.  Thanks again... Seems like I really can't go wrong with either one.

post #10 of 13

bronch, if your home area is Crystal, you really should sign up at Snow Performance to get to the next level. There are also several instructors at the Crystal ski school that could help you as well.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

bronch, if your home area is Crystal, you really should sign up at Snow Performance to get to the next level. There are also several instructors at the Crystal ski school that could help you as well.



 

I couldn't find Snow Performance... What is that?  

 

I've taken a lesson at Crystal with Jeff B this year, who's is great.  In fact, have another this Saturday.  I've only skied a total of around 20-25 days having learned from friends who were instructors at SV.  They worked wonders in a short amount of time, but now I just need more mileage.

post #12 of 13
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I couldn't find Snow Performance... What is that?  



Never mind, I found it!  Reading about it now.  Thanks

post #13 of 13

If you aren't skiing regular blacks at Crystal yet I don't think you will be bored on Whistler's blues. The Saddle, Blackcomb Glacier, the blues off of Symphony...I promise these will not be boring. But that's great you're taking on a lesson--you'll figure out where to ski.

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