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1st time out west: Revelstoke vs Whistler

Hoping to do a ~week long trip out to BC. Contemplating what's the better choice of a mountain.

Whistler is much bigger, but also much busier. I'm probably gonna have a few days during the week, but also the weekend. Would Revelstoke be considerably more traffic-free on Sat-Sun?
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We will be in Big White in February and March. Its a big mountain.
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Well I have never been to either so my opinion doesn't amount to much but since there aren't many posts here yet I will offer my crappy opinion regardless haha.

Whistler is the biggest&best resort in North America. If I was going out west for the first time, that place would be at the top of my list. All resorts can get busy but they have the lifts to handle the crowds.

Revelstoke is new and has a huge vert but they only have 3 lifts, what if one lift is being repaired, your trip is basically done. Whistler has 37 lifts.

Just my 2 cents.

PS I'm super jealous, both resorts have been dumped on. They both have had about 4 meters of snow already. Either place will be epic!

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Depends what you want. If you want the whole winter atmosphere... then Whistler is better. If you just want to ride, then hit Revelstoke.

Whistler has lots of lifts; but on weekends they all bottleneck in a couple, which makes for huuuuuuuge lines; especially on good days when they shut down some areas for avy control. Thats ok if you're going to ride several days and dont mind getting fewer runs per day; or take the weekend off and just ride the weekdays.

Whistler is crowded.
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I did a week at Whistler 3 years ago, and a week at Revelstoke last year.
(I'm also from Toronto btw.)
They are both places I would go back to readily.
Both are ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Revelstoke has the gondola all of about 100 metres from the accommodations. Whistler is a bit more of a walk depending on your hotel location, but hardly onerous.

If you haven't been to either yet, I would choose Whistler first.
Just the amount of terrain available is enough to easily keep you occupied for a week.
Yes, weekends can be busy, but still manageable.
The village provides lots of options for apres and dining if that is important.

If you're into park riding at all, Whistler has 4, Revelstoke has none.
Snow tubing and ice skating is available at Whistler if you want to do something different one day.

Having said all of the above, I have to admit I can't wait to get back to Revelstoke. It is more suitable for advanced riders btw, so factor that in to your decision. And the highest vertical in North America provides for long, challenging runs.

You can't go wrong with either resort.
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Depends what you want. If you want the whole winter atmosphere... then Whistler is better. If you just want to ride, then hit Revelstoke.

Whistler has lots of lifts; but on weekends they all bottleneck in a couple, which makes for huuuuuuuge lines; especially on good days when they shut down some areas for avy control. Thats ok if you're going to ride several days and dont mind getting fewer runs per day; or take the weekend off and just ride the weekdays.

Whistler is crowded.
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I did a week at Whistler 3 years ago, and a week at Revelstoke last year.
(I'm also from Toronto btw.)
They are both places I would go back to readily.
Both are ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Revelstoke has the gondola all of about 100 metres from the accommodations. Whistler is a bit more of a walk depending on your hotel location, but hardly onerous.

If you haven't been to either yet, I would choose Whistler first.
Just the amount of terrain available is enough to easily keep you occupied for a week.
Yes, weekends can be busy, but still manageable.
The village provides lots of options for apres and dining if that is important.

If you're into park riding at all, Whistler has 4, Revelstoke has none.
Snow tubing and ice skating is available at Whistler if you want to do something different one day.

Having said all of the above, I have to admit I can't wait to get back to Revelstoke. It is more suitable for advanced riders btw, so factor that in to your decision. And the highest vertical in North America provides for long, challenging runs.

You can't go wrong with either resort.
With the above in mind, I'm leaning towards Revelstoke. I'm very beginner level at park and might just get my fix of that locally. What I really really want is powder. Some nice glades. Not having to bump into people. Not waiting for more than 2 chairs at a time.

I'm sure Whistler would be fun as well, but for various reasons I typically choose the slightly less popular option when given a choice. Was a bit upset when I realized that it takes 2.5 hours to get to Revelstoke from either of the two nearest airports, but then noticed it's about 2 hours from YVR to Whistler as well. Getting some riding done on the day of arrival is gonna be tough either way.

Whistler's lift tickets are quite a bit pricier (not that I blame them, so much more terrain), is that indicative of the relative cost of food and accommodations as well?
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Considering the biggest El Nino event in history is occurring, and not to mention the PNW has already gotten hammered, I think your best choice is sticking near the coast. Whistler.

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Considering the biggest El Nino event in history is occurring, and not to mention the PNW has already gotten hammered, I think your best choice is sticking near the coast. Whistler.
Interestingly, Revvy has a 161 cm base and Whistler 169 cm. Yes, it's a GREAT season start at Whis. But with the ammount of people running over those extra 8cm base, i'd take the 161.

Mt Baker has 290cm base :yikes: !!

Again, Whistler is way worse on weekends so if you do weekdays it won't be as bad. Weekdays are ok. But forget about waiting for 2 chairs.

Yes lift prices reflect overall costs. Whistler is more expensive in every way. It is more awesome though. Really..... the atmosphere, terrain and overall vibe is pretty amazing. But the crowds.....

Last sunday I waited 2hrs to get out of the parking lot at the end of the day. And i was in the 'hush - mostly local' parking. My first run was at 11am after being in the lineup at 8:30am (opening time). I was delayed a bit from a crash in the highway, and it was a 39cm day so ppl were stoked. Really... the crowds are brutal.

Oh and that 2hr from YVR to Whistler is pretty awesome. Beautiful scenery.

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Considering the biggest El Nino event in history is occurring, and not to mention the PNW has already gotten hammered, I think your best choice is sticking near the coast. Whistler.
Revelstoke has had its fair share of dumpage too. I like Revelstoke for their terrain and more homely feel. I like whistler for its terrain and accomodations/conveniences.

The Revelstoke slope-side accommodation is only one "resort" at the base of the gondola there. I prefered staying in town and wandering around, its an older logging town.

The Whistler area is insanely large, mountains and base areas. There is so much stuff there to do other than ride. If you want to meet an Australian dude then Whistler is the place, I swear that every Aussie bloke spends their early 20s in Whistler.

All in all I would probably pick Whistler to go to again first. Revelstoke is pretty close behind though and if the snow was happening in Revy more than Whistler, I would pick there really quick over Whistler.
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Last sunday I waited 2hrs to get out of the parking lot at the end of the day. And i was in the 'hush - mostly local' parking. My first run was at 11am after being in the lineup at 8:30am (opening time).
What?! Are you serious? I've only been to Whistler during weekdays this year. Is this seriously what a Sunday is like?
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