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Historical Traveler Reviews First Tracks Lodge Whistler
I have no words to explain the First Track Lodge. It's just amazing. If you are looking for something classy and of high standards, then first track lodge is the place to stay at. I am so glad we stayed there. My boyfriend and I spent 3 nights there and had an awesome time. We have decided that everytime we go to Whistler, we'll stay at the First Track Lodge. The service was excellent. It includes everything..full kitchen, private landury facility. We had one bedroom suite for us and it had 3 cable TVs and other entertainment stuff like DVD player, Stereo. It had everything you would want. We had such a great time inside that we didn't even go out that much. I highly recommend it. You will love it and wont regret making this choice. I am very picky about places, but when it comes to the First Track Lodge, I dont have a single bad word to say. The best place one can ever stay at!!!
Great spot for a quiet, luxury ski trip!
Just returned from 5 nights (March 15-21) and really enjoyed everything about First Tracks. Location in Creekside was wonderful (right next to the Gondola) and walking distance to everything you might need (groceries, bank, liquor store, movie rental, etc.) as well as apre ski at Dusty's!!!
The pool and hot tubs were immaculate and the ski lockers conveniently located between the hotel elevator and gondola. Joey Chans across the street was the best and least expensive meal we had all week (try the Rubies and Pearls cocktail -- green tea, lychee nut licqueur, vanilla vodka and fresh pommegranite seed -- yum!). The service at First Tracks was excellent in some areas and spotty in others -- the amenities were as expected, rooms beautifully appointed and comfortable. One exception -- pillows were lumpy -- and when I requested feather pillows was told that none were available! Also, if they come to make up your room and your're still there, make sure you call them before you go out -- they will not automatically come back! This happened on our fist day and I was told that housekeeping leaves at 4:00 pm -- it was 5:30 -- so I was out of luck! This did not sit well with me, so they sent up two young men (who were not on the housekeeping staff) to make the beds, empty trash and replenish towels -- they did a great makeshift job and the effort was greatly appreciated. Would stay at First Tracks again in a heartbeat!
Awesome location at a great price!
Stayed at First Tracks for 7 days during the first week of March, 2005. I rented two 3-bedroom units for my group of 10 people. First Tracks Lodge was AWESOME. Our units were side-by-side, facing the mountain, right in front of the lifts (literally 20 metres from the Lodge's front door). Daily housekeeping, granite counters in kitchen and baths, terraces, hot tubs and pool (communal), full stainless steel appliances and best location in Creekside. Would definitely stay here again! Note: Underground parking is an additional $15 per night.
Great Facility - Great Location - Average to poor service
We stayed at First Tracks Lodge from March 5-10, 2005. The lodge is located in the Creekside area which is a few miles away from Whistler Village. We did not mind this arrangement at all because it was a wonderful setting with several restaurants, small grocery store, etc. so all our basic needs were met - although we did visit Whistler Village several times for shopping and dinner - only a 5 minute drive by car or $1.50CAD per person each way for a local bus. Right outside the door of the lodge is the Creekside Gondola which takes you right up the mountain where you can ski the entire Whistler/Blackcomb/Creekside Resort Area. There was no snow at the base in the villages or on the lower portions of the mountains so we had to limit our skiing to the very upper portions of the mountain and then we had to download on the Gondola at the end of each day. Everyone we met said this was the worst year for snow in 30 years - very little snow fall, warm temps, etc. Even with the horrible conditions this year we had a fantastic time. The snow was slushy when you got too low on the mountain and sometimes icey from the warm temps in certain places but there were still plenty of groomed trails for great skiing. We will definitely return to Whistler again - this was our first trip to the area after skiing many times in Colorado. I can see how great it would be on a normal year when snow conditions are better - the ski area is huge!! The crowd in Whistler is much more diverse/cosmopolitan than the folks that ski in Colorado which we really appreciated - many Europeans and Asians along with a better mix with the US crowd - we felt more comfortable as a gay couple than we usually do in Colorado. Back to First Tracks, the facility is immaculate - great common area (although there is no staff at First Tracks - they are at Legends across the plaza), great workout facility, pools/hot tubs are fantastic, and the rooms are beautiful - loved the heated slate floors in the kitchen and baths. The only thing the lodge needs to do is step up the service! The front desk does not consistently answer the phone when you call from your room or when outside calls come in for you. I think they are under staffed. If they would increase the staff and notch up the service a bit this place could rival a high end Hyatt or possibly even Four Seasons (on a bad day). Having said all that, we would stay there again in a flash.
Wonderful week at Whistler
Our group of 8 rented a 3 bedroom 3 bath condo at First Tracks Lodge. Everyone was delighted with the accomodations. Our view was of the gondola and the children's ski school was a stones throw from our window. Being this close to the lift was a priority for this (twentyish) ski/board group who after a hard day on the slopes just enjoyed the convenience of coming back, cooking a home cooked meal in the lovey kitchen and a dip in the hot tub. I chose this lodging for these reasons and because the cost was less than a comparable luxury unit at the Village. Nobody seemed to mind the Creekside location. There was a well stocked grocery store within walking distance. Besides, the $1.50 for the bus or $9.00 CND for a cab was no big deal when we wanted to venture out. We were on vacation! Daily house keeping was nice too. FYI be prepared to check in at the Legends next door. We rented a car for a day at Budget to see the area outside of Whistler and were looking for a free parking spot. There were none to be had, only free DAY parking. So if you drive from the airport be prepared to pay for parking. If you have a group I would recommend Curtis Goldsberry of Vancouver Shuttle and Charter ------------. Tell Curtis that Joyce referred you. At First Tracks, we didn't hear noise from Dusty's Bar across the couryard. There were fewer people in Whistler due to less snow this year so everything was pretty quiet. Going to Whistler has been a long time dream and it, including First Tracks, lived up to it's fine reputation.
First Tracks Lodge is a spectacular place to relax, ski, enjoy the mountains in the winter or summer. We have stayed there in summer and during ski season. The proximity to lift (60 feet away) is amazing! Whistler Creekside is quieter than the Village of Whistler but with all the same amenities now that the new village is nearly complete. NOTE that Steve Case, founder of AOL, has just bought two units at First Tracks for his company, exlusiveresorts...a pretty good endorsement in itself.
All you could ask for
I stayed here last summer and it was superb. I remember it clearly because it was large, beautiful, had a suite with everything including kitchen and all utensils. It is a deluxe condo. Plus it has a jacuzzi pool and BBQ; sauna; and fitness room. Great amenities and toiletries too. It is about a 3 minute drive from centre of Whistler. There is a minimart and videostore steps away for getting a dvd (player is in the room!). You will LOVE this place and it's large enough for more than a couple as there is a sofa bed!!! Very private. Also has a beautiful fireplace library sitting area in the lobby. It is only about 2 years old and very clean.
Amazing! Beyond Expectations!
The First Tracks Resort is absolutely amazing, provided you have the money to splurge on this luxury resort! You definately get what you pay for (for us $200/night) as we booked a one bedroom suite. The big surprise came when we saw that our room was actually split into TWO floors and there was an extra den area with a pullout couch. It could easily have fit 6 people comfortably. The rooms are spacious, well-designed and include a washer/dryer which came in handy at the end of a wet snowy day. My only complaint is that you have to pay $15/night for parking (so factor that into your costs) and it is far from the village. You'll have to take a bus ($1.50) home if you finish your day at the base of Whistler-Blackcomb, because it's too far to walk. All in all, a good time!
This place was gorgeous. Completely authentic and brand new.
Where do I start? The first tracks lodge in whistler was stunning. The room we had was a two bedroom with a private balcony as well as a small den. The floors were heated and the bathrooms were huge and beautiful.
My entire family adored this place and we will definately go back. At first I was reluctant to book with this hotel because there was no picture of it online, but I am glad I took the risk; it's only 1 years old. Also, for those who will book online, the directions are wrong going on highway 99, so make sure you call the hotel and ask for directions. Jasmyn
Great Getaway at the Base of Whistler Creekside
Where do I start? Fully furnished condo-style hotel room, including full-sized kitchen. Heated floors in kitchen and bathrooms to warm the toes and dry the clothes. Washer and dryer in room. DVD, VCR, entertainment center. Great views of either the mountain or the heated hot tubs and pool (for those who like to watch). Located only steps from the Creekside Gondola and a couple miles from the Village, it allows easy access to the mountain and Village by day (ski-in/ski-out), or a short drive to the Village by night to enjoy the world-renowned apres and nightlife. If you're planning on staying at First Tracks, though, be prepared for a nightmarish parking garage. Check-in and check-out is at the Legends Hotel, which is a minor inconvenience but easily overlooked. Overall a great place to spend some time, for a group of 20-something guys or a family with small kids (close enough to the village to easily enjoy it but far enough that you can avoid it if you want). My personal club recommendation: Buffalo Bill's at the Timberline Lodge. Long queue but quick entrance can be bought...
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