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“Great Lodge - Wuld Choose A Different Room Next Time.”
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First Tracks Lodge
Ranked #14 of 49 Hotels in Whistler
Certificate of Excellence
midlands
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43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Great Lodge - Wuld Choose A Different Room Next Time.”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

Great Lodge ! Well appointed, spacious and had everything you could want in the room.
This place cries out for a bar to compliment the lounge area, but sadly it doesn’t have one. From that point of view it’s a little soulless.

The rooms were great when we stayed in Feb 2013. The lodge seems to be constructed so as sound from rooms on the same level doesn’t travel, but noise from above is very noticeable.

We had perfect sleep until the UK family with 2 kids arrived and got up and wandered around at 5am every day waking us up. We did speak to the desk clerks three times, but we doubt they said anything, as they seemed not to want to potentially offend the family. Perhaps we are a little sensitive to kids walking around in ski boots at 5.00am………. Slippers would have been an idea maybe ?

We would, if we used the place again opt for a top floor room. In think the construction of the building is at fault here, as you should be able to deaden the sound travelling at the design stage.

First Tracks is a good base to ski from, but the Creekside area is quite quiet and has few restaurants. Some have closed but you still have to book the better ones a few days ahead to get a table which was surprising. More life can be found in Whistler itself if that’s your bag. We chose it due to the quiet location to get some well deserved sleep…….

Swimming pool and hot tub in the main area, plus one of the baths in the room was a Jacuzzi one. Nice showers, but they did leak all over the bathroom floor which was surprising for such a nice lodge. Beds were great !

Free Wifi was also a bonus but you did have to log on every day.

What did surprise me was that unlike European ski Resorts the buses were not free. CAN$2.50 per person each way into Whistler. We spent about CAN $100 on buses during our 10 day stay ( £66.00).

The snow which is the main thing, was pretty good throughout.

If you think you can do Whistler on the cheap think again. Its expensive full stop. 4 beers and a small Pizza in Whistler near the Gondola was £35. Eat out in one of the trendy restaurants and you will be looking at in £50 to £80 a head with wine plus a starter and main course.

With respect to Après Ski, its not like Europe at all. Austrian, French and Italian resorts do it much better than either the Canadians or Americans.

We did enjoy a great eating place called 21 steps which was superb in every way.
Great holiday, but due to the strong Canadian dollar an expensive one.

Room Tip: Choose a top floor room if you want some sleep or take ear plugs
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Stayed in a 2 bed suite with friends for a weeks skiing in February 2013. Clean comfortable rustic interior, gas fireplace. Good kitchen for breakfasts and snacks - not enough equipment / pans for gourmet cooking, washer dryer for in room laundry. Large bathroom with fab underfloor heating. Hot tubs and pool area good for chilling out after day skiing. Creek side is perfect location for slopes but very quiet and not many restaurant choices for evening - couple had closed down at the time we were there. Easy enough to get bus or taxi into whistler village for more selection. Good choice of location if you are looking for the quiet life, not if you want party central.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

Stayed in room 211 (3 bedrooms) with my family. We had a week here and found this location and lodge to be very good. The location is creekside at Whistler and not the main village. In my opinion this is actually the best area to stay, unless you value convenient night-life in the main village. The lodge is not even 50m to the creek side chair lift. The room and views of the chairlift. The lodge hotel has a receptionist and 24hr reception available from the Legends hotel. The apartment is well equipped. I would definitely stay here again.

Positives:
Location, apartment size
equipment, local services, hot pool, elevator, secure ski lockers.

Negatives (minor):
Card access swipe cards kept failing and this got a bit annoying at times.
Pool had a bit of a smell to it

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2013

First Tracks Lodge is so worthy of it's No 1 status on Tripadvisor, as other reviewers mentioned, quieter than Whistler, Creekside Gondola on your doorstep, 2 bedroomed apartment with ensuites, great shower and spa bath, underfloor heating, friendly staff, bus stop (can get tickets from concierge), eateries, supermarket all nearby. Daily housekeeping was a treat, clean gym, outdoor pool, warm reception.
If I was going to nitpick, the apartment didn't have a drying room but we just used the fireplace in the lounge room. Also the ski lockers were so convenient at the back door, but was a little tight for space.
Would definately stay again and highly recommend this accomodation in a very pretty part of the world.

Room Tip: We had a room facing the mountain and loved it.
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Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

Just spent 10 days at Whistler and by choice stayed at First Tracks Lodge which is in creekside but chose as quieter than the village but this accommodation is direct access to gondola to blackcomb mountain.
We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment which was amazing for a family as had two bedrooms with ensuite and a third bedroom with direct access to own bathroom so good for large family or evn 3 couples. had large lounge with balcony and fireplace. views were amazing, close to market place in creekside and also 5 minute walk to shuttle to village.
would highly recommend very high standard accommodation and great location.

Room Tip: Location had great views and much quieter than staying in whistler village, and direct access to ski...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

We stayed here the third week of January 2013. It is right by the Creekside Gondola and we skiied right to the door at the end of the day. Superb concierge service, hot tubs, gym but no restaurant. This is a beautiful spot with all the amenities right next to Whistler Creekeside.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: First Tracks Lodge
Address: 2202 Gondola Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B2, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Whistler
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Whistler
#5 Romantic Hotel in Whistler
#7 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Whistler
#13 Business Hotel in Whistler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — First Tracks Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located ski-in, ski-out at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler Creekside, First Tracks Lodge is an upscale, condo style hotel. This all suite hotel features suites ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. Each suite offers a full kitchen with upscale appliances and granite counter tops, a living area with a gas fireplace, private balconies and one full bathroom per bedroom. This property truly offers all of the comforts of home in a most convenient location. In addition, the Creekside Village is just steps away providing convenient access to a grocery store, liquor store, ski and board rentals, Whistler kids programs as well as a few coffee shops and eateries. ... more   less 
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