Keeping the coins in your pocket

 
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Nancy Shields

Keeping the coins in your pocket

Keeping the coins in your pocket. Whether you’re single or have a family, we all know getting away for a weekend of skiing and riding can get expensive. Resorts, travel companies, hotels and eating establishments know this. Throughout the year, they all offer up great deals to save your wallet, so you can continue to enjoy Western Canada’s many winter playgrounds. As those deals come up, SnowSeekers will be sharing them with you here, so make sure to check back often.

Stories

Ever since that little bundle of joy came into your life, you’ve been dreaming of the day you can drift through the powder or shred through the trees together, teaching that little tike all your tricks and skills. Ah yeah, what a dream. But aaaah, what a headache when the bills start to fly. Winter sports are not cheap. Here are some ways to keep the dream alive without spending their college fund.

As you ride the chairlift to the top of your favourite run, are you thinking about the fresh tracks you are about to carve? Or are you hoping you are going to get value out of how much you just paid to have the privilege of sitting on that "easy access to the summit" chair? 

Imagine this. Champagne powder snow that piles up more than 20 feet deep. Never-too-cold average daytime temperatures of 23F. Endless acres of skiable terrain.

When it comes to planning your ski vacation to British Columbia's interior, rule No. 1 is the earlier you book the better.

Historically Black Friday was a shopping day, or should we say shopping frenzy held the Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It’s been called the “kickoff to Christmas shopping day” since 1952.

Destinations

Recognized as one of the world's premier winter ski resorts, the Town of Whistler and its Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort is found 125 km north of Vancouver.

Jasper can be described as one of Canada's most authentic ski towns. Home to Marmot Basin Ski Resort, Jasper is located in the Canadian Rockies about 365 km west of Edmonton. Or at the end of the Icefield Parkway - rated as one of the most scenic drives in the world. 

Shames, located just outside of Terrace, British Columbia, is the type of place where you can easily get in powder tracks with little to no effort, because they are everywhere.

 

Located in Northern B.C. along the Yellowhead Highway, Prince George is home to Powder King Mountain Resort, 740 km west of Edmonton, or accessible by flight into their airport.

Opened in 1938, we are located in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass in SW Alberta, about 140 km from Lethbridge and just 230 km from Calgary.  Pass Powderkeg is a community-owned ski area, designed for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities where there’s no need to hunt for parking, battle for space to turn on the slopes or go to the bank to finance a family ski trip.

Located along the Trans-Canada Highway 265 km west of Calgary, Alberta, Golden is home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.