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Ski Esprit
Ranked #60 of 99 things to do in Whistler
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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Simply awesome.”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

What a great way to not only improve your skiing, but also get to see more of the mountain than you normally would.

From the ease of checking in, preferably done the day before, to the quality of the instructors, Ski Esprit is a must for anyone that visits Whistler Blackcombe.

The first hour or two of the first day is a little tedious, waiting for the latecomers and the instructors to organise everyone into groups, and the first half of the first day is basically a testing day, to make sure that you can ski the terrain and to the ability that you tell the instructors. Then it's all up to you.

There are five basic levels available, ranging from level two (green runs and virtually learning how to ski), up to level six (double black, steeper terrain and powder). If there are enough people booked in and the levels require it, there are upper and lower levels within each group.

Depending on your level, you'll get to see so much more of the mountain than you normally would, simply because the instructors will push you to test out your abilities, thus making you a better skier in the process.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights has Apres ski. Which is literally, after ski. This is held at three different pubs around the village and includes snacks. This is a good way to get to know the people and the instructor you will be skiing with.

The only negative that I found in the whole experience it's almost expected to 'tip' the instructors at the end of the week. Understandably, tipping is a Canadian thing, though once you've paid for the week, you'd think that was it. In my case, I was so pleased with the experience and the increasing of my abilities, that I was happy to pay the extra, $10 a day is the norm.

Thoroughly enjoyable way to ski Whistler as you will meet new people and improve your skiing. I definitely recommend it for anyone visiting Whistler.

Visited January 2012
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“Simply the best”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Check out the website (www.whistlerblackcomb.com) for what it consists of and browse to Snow School, Adult Camps.

Ski Esprit has one of the highest returning clients rate of any ski-school in the world. I've been over 20 times in 16 trips to Whistler, and there are people who've been returning many many times more than this! Tip: If you are a different ability to your travel companions it is worth being in different groups, it will help your ski-ing and if by any slim chance the apres craic in one group is better than the other then just slide on over.

Oh, and it does get booked out so booking ahead is a good idea.

Visited February 2012
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