Snowy Creek, Half-Duplexes and Townhomes Close to Whistler Village
Snowy Creek, 4501 Blackcomb Way offers both half-duplex and townhomes close to Whistler Village. This location is classified by real estate agents as being in the Benchlands. However, the proximity to the Whistler Village is undeniably close, and less than a 5 minute walk to all that it offers. In fact, the location is far more convenient to the Village than any other property in the Benchlands. Making it prime for earning rental income throughout the year.
In Spring, Blackcomb Mountain’s, world-class groomers do what they can to keep the ski-in and ski-out operational by rearranging the snow to accommodate skiers. Mountain Square, home of the Whistler Village Gondola, the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola and the Fitzsimmons Chair, are all within easy walking distance. Therefore, this location has a great, plan B for access to the slopes which is important for spring skiing. Coming off the slopes, it is a quick walk home, but only if you can resist the lure of the patios, calling out your name for aprés.
- Active Listings
- Market update
- Location on Blackcomb Way: video
- Distance From Whistler Village: video
- Google map
- Civic map
- Street View Video
- Photo gallery
- Ski-in Ski-out Access
- Site plan showing ski-in/out
- Ski-in ski-out Video
- Comparable sales
- Site plan
- Floor plans
- Strata plan
- Zoning: nightly rental
- Buying process
With the increase in ski-in/ski-out property values, plus the ability to garner revenue through nightly rentals, or seasonal rentals, Snowy Creek is a prized investment.
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Click the following link to view the Active Ski-in/Ski-out Listings posted by all Whistler brokerages. You will also see everything else posted for Whistler ski-in/ski-out real estate on that page. If there is not a link, best to check out the property on WhistlerListings.com
When starting your initial search for Whistler real estate, it is important to understand the current market conditions. If you are not ready to connect with a Whistler realtor and would prefer to do your own homework, I encourage you to study the sales and listing statistics on the Market Update page on this site. The statistics are compiled by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) In addition, the monthly Whistler Real Estate Market Update video is a great way to stay informed in less than 99 seconds.
Snowy Creek has the best ski-in ski-out location for proximity to Whistler Village. The good news that it is far enough away to avoid the 2am revellers. However, it is enough to walk to and from Whistler Village without overthinking it. Therefore, Snowy Creek is top of the list for location, location, location.
Location on Blackcomb Way
The video below is the drive from the entrance to Whistler Village off highway 99, then along Blackcomb Way to Lorimer Road. The purpose of the video is to show you the location of Snowy Creek on Blackcomb Way.
Distance From Whistler Village Video
The video below is about 90 seconds long. That should give you a clue about the length of time it takes from the intersection of Village Gate Boulevard and Highway 99. The video was recorded so that you could get your bearings the centrally located development of Snowy Creek.
Civic Address Map
This map was taken from the Resort Municipality (RMOW) website. It shows you what surrounds Snowy Creek and that the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola runs above part of the development. However, this gondola usually operates from early morning through to 6.30pm, and only in the winter season. Therefore, for upload in summer to Blackcomb Mountain the Gondola from the Blackcomb Base is operational. Please note, on the map below it has not been updated to show the Blackcomb Gondola which replaced the Wizard Express Chairlift in December 2019.
This street view video should help you get a sense of the size of the development. In addition, it should help you with the distance, and length of time it would take to walk to the ski-in access, or the access to the shortcut to Whistler Village.
In the photos below, pause when you see the ski-in ski-out access which is shown just before the bridge.
The ski-in ski-out access for Snowy Creek involves some effort to climb up the incline to get to Village Run. However, it is great way to warm up the muscles with a short burst of activity. In addition, like most things, it would get easier every time. Another alternative is to walk along Blackcomb Way to the bus terminal and walk up the slope to get on to Village Run. I point out both of these options in my ski-in ski-out video below.
Site Plan Showing Ski-in/out Trail
The following site plan was taken from the developer’s original plan. It shows you the number of each half duplex and townhome, in addition to the location to the ski-access on to Village Run.
Ski-in Ski-out Access Trails
The ski-in ski-out access to/from Village Run is within steps of any of the townhomes of Snowy Creek. The climb up to reach Village Run changes with each snowfall, as the snow plough pushes the snow close to the access off the run. I would expect that once you have mastered this climb, it would be easy peasy. In addition, as the snow melts the climb to get to Village Run will be shorter. It is worth the effort because Village Run leads into Mountain Square. That is where you will have the choice of upload via Whistler Mountain Village Gondola, Whistler Mountain’s Fitzsimmons Chair or the Blackcomb Mountain’s Excalibur Gondola.
This location is also convenient if you are mountain bikers or if you are renting to mountain bikers, because it is so close to the Whistler Village Gondola for uploading. Plus, the Blackcomb Base is very close, but in the other direction.The sales of luxury half-duplex/townhomes in Snowy Creek, 4501 Blackcomb Way, Whistler. Data was imported from the Whistler Listing System. Days on Market (DOM) has been recorded since 2010.
|Number||Bedrooms||Bathrooms||Size sq. ft.||Sold Price||Year Sold||DOM||Listing Broker|
|18||4||3.5||2200||2,500,000||2007||S to S|
The sales for other comparable developments are recorded for your convenience on the Luxury Townhouse/Duplex Sales (Sales: Townhouse/Duplex) page on this site. The featured properties are the competitive set. In other words, a buyer would consider any of these developments when looking at similar criteria.
Snowy Creek has a big advantage over other ski-in ski-out rental properties…it has been zoned for 4 bedrooms and a loft. That loft can hold a lot of bunk beds. For rental properties in Whistler, it is like a pyramid, with a vast number of studios on the bottom and then at the top are the exclusive 4 bedroom plus properties. When you add into this equation that not all 4 bedroom properties are available for rent, this makes your 4 bedroom (and loft) even more limited. Limited supply means higher demand which means a higher nightly rental rate.
The proximity to the Village means that the renters don’t have to rent a vehicle, so that is another plus for them. There are no restrictions on your choice of rental management company therefore, you can make your own selection. Therefore when you contact one of them they should be able to provide you with a forecasted revenue. In addition, nightly rental rates on this property and other ski-in ski-out properties are posted online.
Built in 1988, there are 30 units in the development which was zoned for nightly rental. and whether you rent nightly or not is up to you. When the development was built, a room within each townhouse was dedicated as a hot tub room. Therefore, fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how light a sleeper you are, there were no exterior outdoor hot tubs permitted in Snowy Creek. Some owners have kept the indoor hot-tub room, while others have converted the hot tub room into a den.
Site Plan Showing Half Duplex and Townhomes
There were three different plans in the develop’er package for Snowy Creek. Some townhomes have an additional space in the attic above the loft as shown on Unit B floor plan. The following link will provide a Snowy Creek site and floor plan pdf
Snowy Creek was developed in two phases as shown on the first page of each strata plan. It may be best to cross reference the site plan against the strata plan for more information.
With no underground parking, no communal hot tub or swimming pool, the monthly strata fee is kept to a minimum. In addition, access to each of the buildings is relatively simple, so it is easy for the strata council to identify areas of concern. The monthly strata fees include but not limited to:
- snow removal
- garbage removal
- road maintenance and repair
- common property insurance
- contingency fund contribution
Each townhome or half-duplex has a single car garage, and some, but not all properties have a parking pad outside their garage. The development was built in 1988 which means that unfortunately, a lot of vehicles are now too large to fit into the single car garage. Therefore, a lot of owners now use the garage as an equipment room. There are several additional parking spots for owners and guests. I would suggest that anyone renting in Snowy Creek did not hire a car as the location would be chosen because it is walking distance to Whistler Village, and all that offers. However, for residents and second home owners, determining parking trends based on the time of year would be a natural process.
The only storage available at Snowy Creek is what is in your property. This is where the single car garage becomes valuable, especially when you have expensive bikes.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler zoning for Snowy Creek is RM56 which permits Tourist Accommodation. That means you can rent out your property on a nightly basis.
If you are starting out and want to understand what the process is for buying a property in Whistler, have a look at the Buying Process page on this site. Print off the pages for a comprehensive Buyer’s Guide.
So, if you think I would be a good fit to work with you and your family, and you are not already working with a Whistler realtor, please contact me.
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