|Originally posted by Frances:
I believe LM more than the marketers who tell you there aren't any lift queues.
Firstly an apology if this quote an incorrect author.
Having spent almost all last season at Whistler I have seen the list queues and they are not bad compared to Europe.
In Europe, the queues can look the same length but hold twice as many people. They are generally not a restful place. They are not orderly; pushing and shoving (squeezing in and sneaking up a couple of places each time the Q moves) are the norm. There are more tactics involved, whether to join the middle (shorter but often slower) or the outside (longer but probably quicker). Kids demand absolute priority and can only be stopped by the judicious placing of a pole between their skis, unless you are cruel enough to pop their bindings. In Italy, adults more often than not allow the kids to queuejump, expressing no more than an indulgent smile.
Expect your skis to be trodden on regularly ( at least they don't damage YOUR edges).
With the addition of the Fitzsimmons lift for peak-time uploads in Whistler village, I think the queues there are considerably reduced.
Blackcomb base never has queues first thing in the morning. Solar coaster is the only lift to steer clear of on occasion there.
Crystal chair only gets busy on powder days.
As with all places, explore and get off the beaten track.