A Snow-Filled Stay at the Aspens on Blackcomb
Once again we took a chance, booked using a LivingSocial Escape voucher and hit the road. We headed to Whistler, BC to stay in our very own 1-bedroom condo at Aspens on Blackcomb in Whistler’s Upper Village. A hotel-style condo is our ideal set up with a toddler in tow. Dek was able to sleep in our room during naps and in the living room at night. We all got more sleep and Dek didn’t just sit there staring at us when he should have been going to sleep.
The booking process on this hotel voucher was fairly simple. I was requesting some pretty last-minute dates in the middle of snowboarding season. I went to them with an open calendar of weekends for us to work around. The agent came back with 3 weekends in January that they had available and let me know which were booking up faster than others so I would know how quickly I had to move to secure a stay at the Aspens onBlackcomb. With just 3 emails we were all set to go. I booked our Aspens on Blackcomb condo, called reservations with my credit card number to hold the room (this is standard practice at most hotels I’ve been to) and received email confirmation quickly. All we had to do is pack and drive up to the Aspens on Blackcomb.
Upon arrival, I left Mike and Dek in the car so I could find out about parking and check in at the Aspens on Blackcomb. The process took about 5 minutes, which is probably the fastest I have every checked into a hotel. I was handed a package of room keys, pool keys, towel cards, a map and a number of other promo cards. Bit overkill, but I guess everyone needs to have their say in your vacation. I do wish there was just one card that accessed everything though. There was too much risk of losing one of the pieces I had to return at the end of the trip.
Internet was included in our voucher, but unbeknownst to me, parking was not. It cost us an additional CAD$15 per day. This was not a welcome additional expense as you can imagine, especially after my pregnant brain miscalculated how long we would be there and I ended up paying for an extra night of parking at the Aspens on Blackcomb. Now I could have gone to the front desk and seen about a refund, but I didn’t think of it at the time and honestly just wasn’t in the mood to deal with any complications on this trip.
Our Aspens on Blackcomb condo was clean, simple and efficient. The main section of the condo was one big room broken into 3 sections: the kitchen, a small dining area and the living room. There was a small flat screen TV and DVD player in the living room along with a fireplace. The kitchen was stocked with your basic utensils, plates and cookware. There was a dishwasher, which was a very nice surprise, as we hate to do dishes when we are on vacation. We eat out more than we should because of how much we loathe having to do an everyday chore. A balcony fed off the living room with a nice view of the pool, hot tubs and ski in/ski out entrance.
The bedroom was small, but had two dressers/night stands and a big enough closet to hang some clothes and stash our suitcase. There was no TV, but as long as we could have a light on to read we were generally very comfy hiding out while Dek slept in the living room.
The bathroom was larger than the one we have at home. Not hard to do, but I always marvel at how big they can be. There was enough space to stick Dek’s tiny potty we had carted up so we could continue to encourage the potty training we had started the week before. The tub was nice and deep allowing for a late night soak after a long day in the snow.
Overall our Aspens on Blackcomb condo wasn’t the height of luxury, but it certainly wasn’t sub par in any way. It was efficient and clean, which is all we needed.
- Hot Tubs and Pools: The Aspens on Blackcomb boasted 3 outdoor hot tubs and a year round heated pool. By late afternoon the hot tubs were busy, but there was always room for one more person looking for a nice soak. The pool usually had one or two intrepid families making the plunge, but it was pretty chilly so no one stayed in for very long. I put one toe in and went running for the hot tubs.
- Note: You cannot use the condo towels in the pool area. You must use your pool towel card to get towels from the front desk. You must return the towels before you check out. Leaving the pool towels in your condo does not count as them being returned and you can be charged for them.
- Ski and Snowboard Storage: Summit Ski, which is adjacent to the front desk, offers complimentary ski concierge service. If they are not open, you must leave your skis or board with the front desk.
- Note: Skis and snowboards are not allowed in the room. You must check them in at the complimentary concierge service. You can be charged for bringing them into the elevator and/or up to your room. However, we did see plenty of people doing just that so I am not sure how strictly it is enforced.
- HouseKeeping: You are staying in a condo unit, not a hotel, so the rooms are only cleaned every 4 days.
- Other Amenities include bike storage, communal laundry areas and a very small gym.
If you are an avid skier or snowboarder the Aspens on Blackcomb location can’t be beat. With ski-in/ski-out access you can simply walk downstairs, strap on your snowboard and hit the powder. It is a short ride down to the Blackcomb ski lift and an easy walk back up the hill if you shoot past it at the end of the day. The condo complex was quiet since it was not close to any bars and had tons of families enjoying a stay. The resort also enforced quiet hours from 10pm-8am which ensured a good night sleep for all.
There are shuttles that will bring you from the Blackcomb day lodge and drop you off at your hotel in the Upper Village if you do not feel like walking. There are also a handful of restaurants available in the Upper Village, but if you are looking for more dining options head down the hill into Whistler Village with the kids. You can either walk, drive or shuttle it down. We chose to drive a lot so we could move on our own timeline. Parking was cheap, and even free in the Market Place lot if you could get done your meal in 2 hours.
Know Before You Go
- Aspens on Blackcomb, 4800 Spearhead Drive, Whistler, Tel: 604-932-7222
- A 1 bedroom can run you about CAD$300+ a night, but there are many deals and packages out there.
- Check in: 4pm, Check out: 10am, call the night before your departure if you would like a late check out.
- Reservations for the Aspens on Blackcomb are made through ResortQuest, a company that manages several properties up in Whistler. Condos are generally privately owned and then rented out when the owner is not using them, so décor may differ. If the Aspens is booked, look at some of the other properties they offer.