Whistler is a big
mountain. I'm sure there are bigger ones, this isn't a pissing contest. But if you're used to your local small mountain like I am, it's a bit of a shock.
For starters, next time I'm planning on coming to Whistler, I'll start leg conditioning a month early.
Second, make sure you are comfortable with steep sections and bumpy slopes. Unless you stick to the greenest of greens, pretty much every run on Whistler has at least some
Third, unless you are going to be here a long time, you won't be able to see everything. So decide what you want to do, do it, and don't be disappointed about the stuff you didn't get to. Have a plan, or make the decision to not have any kind of plan and be happy with that.
Getting around... You can go back and forth between Whistler and Blackcomb without a lot of walking, but it's not obvious. From the Blackcomb base, take the Magic chair up, then ride down towards Whistler village by going past Blackcomb Gondola midstation. From Whistler Village, take Blackcomb Gondola to midstation, then ride down the Magic run.
Absolutely go up 7th Heaven at least once, unless it's totally socked in.
However bad the weather at base, if you go up high enough it's nice snow. Of course it gets more crowded because everyone else is doing that, but if you're going to Whistler you've already resigned yourself to crowds
If there's new snow, start early. Whistler lifts start loading before the official starting time, so allow for that. If there's no new snow, start late. What the grooming cats leave behind in the morning feels like highway grooves.
We stayed at a privately owned suite and got an excellent rate. There are lots of these deals to be had. Most of them are in hotels, so if you have doubts you can phone the hotel and verify the ownership of the suite. A lot of them are managed
by the hotel, which is even better. There aren't any 'slum' areas in Whistler, so you're not going to end up in a rat-infested hole. Check the address on google maps to make sure you're in or close to the village. There are lots of outlying areas that might be a little sketchier. Bus service is pretty good. Buses used to be free but aren't any more. There's a free shuttle that covers limited areas, but I wouldn't depend on that.
Hm, I'll post more if I think of it, but those are the most important takeaways from my first time.