Whistler Kids
Whistler Kids
4.5
Sports Camps & Clinics • Lessons & Workshops
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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Our world-class instructors will take your little ones from the bunny hill to tackling all the mountain has to offer before you know it. For a fun, exciting way to learn and build a love for the sport, look no further! Lessons are offered in several languages, including Spanish and French.
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Sophie S
Greater Shepparton, Australia71 contributions
Jan. 2022
I had my 12 year old daughter enrolled in the 5 day ski camp, and then a two day, and then two single day lessons.

I had thought that the camp would keep the same group of children and teacher (ideal for my daughter with autism), however each day was a different teacher and group. However, my daughter mostly had a great time. She is usually an over confident intermediate skier (which I pointed out on the first day) however she had a couple of good scares on the the first day and flatly refused to ski anything other than green runs for the rest of the trip. I was somewhat disappointed to see that, given at home she will ski the odd black run. However, she still progressed and her technique is significantly improved.

The instructors and organisers were generally friendly and kind and made my daughter feel welcome each day.

The had a GPS tracker on each child, and each night an email would arrive showing where they had skied for the day. This was great fun to relive with my daughter and keep her engaged. The instructors even let her ride with a GoPro some days so that she could record some of her runs, thank you. She loved being able to do this.

Two thumbs up for Lisa (from Russia) whom really clicked with my daughter and gave her heaps of encouragement.

The only negative is the extreme cost of WB Ski School, especially when you add a tip at the end of the day. Hence why I am giving 4 instead of 5 stars.
Written February 6, 2022
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Kahle B
Boise, Idaho50 contributions
Jan. 2020
We enrolled our 3 and 5 year old in the 5 day ski camp at the Blackcomb base. We also had friends who had a 3 and 7 year old who did the same. Our kids had both skied since they were age 2. Both had gone through several series of lessons at our local resort before this 5 day camp. Overall, we were happy with the program and only have a few minor negative comments that I'll get to below.

Each day we dropped off the kids at the Blackcomb base area at 8:30. There were snacks waiting for the 3 year old inside and the 5 year old met his instructor out front.
The full day lessons allowed mom and dad plenty of time to explore the mountains and have nice kid free lunches. The 3:15 pick up left some time for us to ski as a family if we desired to do so. We loved getting the emails with the GPS data so we could see our kid's daily travels and stats. Both of our kids improved, however the 3 year old made huge leaps and is now a level 3. We occasionally randomly ran into the kids as we skied around the mountain and at Rendezvous for lunch. They were always happy to see us but were fine going back with their instructors after a quick hello. The camp tends to discourage mid day visits as it can make other kids sad, wondering where their parents are. Our 5 year old skied Whistler 1 day and rode the peak to peak gondola. He got passport stamps at each lift he visited. We were amazed that our 3 year old did not have a potty accident all week. The kids have their own separate lunch areas at the various lodges around the resort and could pick their own meals. Had this camp not been so good and well organized, I think our entire trip would have been less pleasant since it is pretty challenging to ski with 2 young kids at a resort this size.

Now to the critiques. Our 5 year old was skiing some blue runs before we arrived. I provided what I felt was a fairly detailed assessment of his abilities at check in. At the end of the first day I was thrilled to hear my 3 year old had been up the gondola and skied up high were it was sunny and the snow was better. I then found out that our 5 year old spent his entire first day riding the magic chair down low. I spoke with his coach and the supervisor and conveyed my displeasure. They assured me he would ski up higher the next few days and he did. Both mountains feature playgrounds for the kids to explore. Unfortunately they seemed to be closed every day. Our 3 year old went to the magic castle on Blackcomb 1 day. Unfortunately, our 5 year old did not get taken to the castle because he was skiing Whistler the one day it was open. I don't know why he wasn't taken to the tree fort at Whistler. This made for a rather sad kid at times as he kept asking when he would get to go. It did not seem that much effort was made to keep these facilities open and yet they are highlighted on the promotional video. Also, I would say that Whistler seemed to have the better learning facilities as compared to Blackcomb. They have an entire learning center with several magic carpets and terrain features at the gondola mid station. This could mean snow when its raining at the base in some situations. We were staying at Blackcomb but if we were to do it again, I think we'd opt for Whistler. My 5 year old improved but just slightly and his instructor didn't seem to have any ideas to get him to progress to more parallel turns. Also, his instructor did not provide much feedback on his report card. It was actually verbatim as our friend's 7 year old, complete with identical minor errors, so I think she just treated it like a form letter. The 5 year old cried at drop off a few days and his instructor did not do much to comfort him or assist us in leaving for the day. Again, the 5 year old had fun after a few morning sobs, and we'd definitely put him in the camp again. We were just hoping for more improvement after 5 days with an instructor at a world class resort, as he had been steadily improving with his lessons at our local hill.

We would definitely recommend this camp and will be back in future years.
Written February 4, 2020
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Journey545821
3 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Family
I can't praise the daily ski camp for kids highly enough. Our four year old came in having had some local lessons and could stop in snowplough but not turn. He's spent four days skiing with Alannah and come back skiing snowplough turns down the blue sections of the Lower Olympic run back down into the village! Our tiny skier was so happy to see Alannah on the second and third days of camp, she really made him feel comfortable skiing. The GPS tracker they put on their legs means you get to see everything they've done in a day. One day our wee one was even one on one with his instructor. Yes it's expensive, but it's also priceless to be able to get away skiing yourself knowing that your young one is being brilliantly looked after and learning to ski themselves.
Written January 26, 2020
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BreezeRidge3
Scottsdale, AZ508 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Family
This review really covers both the Whistler Kids Ski School but also the ski school for adults because I chose to put my daughter in the beginner lessons but also myself into a refresher lesson which enabled me to feel good knowing my daughter was in safe hands but also that I could get a local guide to teach me how to ski Whistler again after a number of years being away from skiing. Firstly the staff they have are simply amazing, they have passion and a keen interest and it shows from the minute you meet them, my daughter, after only 1 full day with her instructor actually came out with me the following day and skied from the Roundhouse down to Whistler Village, that in its self is amazing. I want to give a huge shout out to Reagan, this is a teacher who loves what he does and it very good at it, thanks for the amazing Saturday skiing.
Written March 1, 2019
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Brett L
Aberdeen, MD2 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Family
My kids (ages 4, 6, and 8) don't have TripAdvisor accounts, so writing this review mainly on their behalf:

Whatever they do to compensate their Adventure camp instructors, they should really get double. We just returned from a 3-day excursion to Whistler where all 3 kids did the 3-day adventure camp out of Creekside. They started with absolutely zero experience and at the end of 3 days, all 3 were ready to ski with us on green runs. Even more importantly, they were really excited to do so!

On the drive back to Seattle, they were talking about the next time they would go out skiing with us. That's WAY more important at the intro level than pushing the kids up the skill-scale, although the kids did better in that dimension than we expected as well. We wanted them to have fun and come back to skiing first, which they definitely did. That's a tough order for new skiers in an all-day camp for 3 days straight, but whatever they did, it worked!

Special thanks to Santiago with the 4 year-olds, who had his hands full with our youngest who was not *at all* convinced that he wanted to do ski school. By the end, our son was inviting "Silly Santi" over to our condo to hang out apres-camp :) . Alex, the instructor for our 8-year-old was also really great with our less-than-coordinated 2nd-grader. By the end, he was going up and down greens confidently and super-excited to come back again. The quality of these instructors will keep us coming back.
Written February 22, 2019
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Simon M
Aberdeen, UK30 contributions
Feb. 2019
Just got back to the UK after 10 days in Whistler. Our 5 year old son did 2x one day ski lessons and a 5 day ski Adventure camp. The first 1 day was okay, apart from him losing a balaclava and neck gaiter, which were never to be seen again. Considering he was only in the ski school area I am surprised that they couldn't be found or returned to the base office. The second 1 day was not good at all. The instructor seemed to lose interest in him because he had a few sessions of crying. When we picked him up, the instructor barely gave the time of day, and failed to tell us that photos had been taken of the kids that day - I only found out this when I saw the instructor handing out slips to other parents. Seems the guy was only interested in the kids if they behaved perfectly all day.
The 5 day camp was very good indeed, and I can't rate the instructor (Tom) highly enough. My son improved in leaps and bounds through the week and it was great seeing him go from just doing the ski school area at the beginning of the week to skiing from the top of the Gondola to the village by the end.
Written February 18, 2019
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Monica P
7 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Family
Registered my twin 4 year olds in adventure camp in December and again this January. They absolutely loved it. They loved their instructor and their skills improved dramatically (starting from never skiing before!) The program is well organized and well run. Would recommend to any parent!
Written January 31, 2019
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SI709
Seattle, Washington, United States165 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Family
I took my daughter to her first ski school experience here at age 4. She was hesitant, but the instructors were welcoming and warm. Each day, she came out happy and said she had fun. She also liked the food they offered. She went 3 days in a row.
They gave a review card at the end, so we knew what she could do and her level for next time. The only comment I have is that it would be nice if there was a 1/2 day option, as it is a long day for a 4 year old.
Written January 6, 2019
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Karen43
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Family
My daughter had a mix of adventure camp, group lessons and a private lesson, and loved every minute of it. The adventure camp is the best option if you are there for a few days although it only starts on Mondays, as the kids get the same group and instructor all week, and it’s better value. They will move the kids up or down as well based on ability, but book ahead in peak season as they sell quickly and only lessons seemed to be left once you get to the mountain at busy periods. Not all resorts have this type of experience for kids, so i really recommend it.

At the end of the day you get an email showing where they went, distance, speed, etc.

My daughter was a total novice at the start and after the camp was a level 3, very confident and able to jump and stop easily.

Instructors were lovely.

The Snow School was flexible with changes refunds. However, the online booking and, even worse, the service at the Snow School at Blackcomb Day Lodge was excruciating. Yesterday I waited for an hour - I joined the queue second in line. Someone was brought into the queue ahead of me. No apologies. Every small change or action seems to take a massive effort and the systems for both the Snow School and rentals seem to freeze persistently. It can easily take 20 minutes or more once you are served to do what you need to, and they can have just one or two people serving. By the time I walked away, there were about 10 people in the queue.

I was also horrified to be told that, even when you are beginners and won’t need the lifts, you still have to shell out for lift passes for private lessons. The rationale given to me was the cost of grooming the slopes has to be borne by all skiers, including beginners, even though this requirement was not evident on the website or in any booking documents.

The website is also not user friendly and some basic information (such as the start and finish time of lessons! A guide for beginners about the lifts, etc!) would greatly enhance everyone’s experience and lower stress levels, for staff and guests alike.

However, prior to the busy season, responses to online inquiries were very helpful and quick.

I would recommend, but of course there are not other choices at Whistler / Blackcomb.
Written December 30, 2018
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Sightseer665324
3 contributions
Apr. 2018 • Family
Outstanding ski experience for our entire family. Our private Instructor by the name of Javier from Argentina was always on time, patient and knowledgeable. He def approved our boys skiing capability. We did 2 days worth of private lessons with him. Overall great service by the company.
Written April 8, 2018
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