Black Friday and Cyber Monday… I say GO SKIING!

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday… I say GO SKIING!

By JOANNE ELVES

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. In the last decade, it’s been inching into the Canadian retail market and who can complain? Suddenly we have crazy deals before Christmas. At SnowSeekers, we are all for saving dollars, so let's take a look at what deals can be had for our favourite time of the year.

Lift Tickets

Have you bought your resort cards yet? Check out the Black Friday deal from The Canadian Ski Council. They bundled up Canadian lift passes, so you can buy a bunch for yourself or share with family and favourite friends. Over 30 resorts in B.C. and Alberta are participating and the best part is, you are not limited as to how many times you can visit a single resort.

The resorts are divided into six different price points from Cross Country to Diamond. Buy packages of tickets from bundles of 5,10 and 20 tickets. Check out the details here.

Calling Grade 2 and Grade 4 snow enthusiasts – did you check out the RCR Grade Two Ski Pass yet? For $20 your 7-year-old or child in grade two can ski at any RCR resort. That’s Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Fernie and Nakiska out west or Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec. 

And what about the Grade 4 & 5 Pass? If you sign up in grade 4, you get two seasons of access to over 150 ski areas across the country. Each participating resort offers three free days – and anyone in grade four can figure out that is 450 days of skiing or boarding. It’s only $29.95. 

Ski Big 3 has Big Perks. Check out its lift ticket deals for savings up to 20% until Nov. 26. A bonus when buying the 3 in 5 days of skiing pass, you get complimentary passes to the Banff Hot Springs. 

Pass Powderkeg in the Crowsnest Pass is offering a crazy deal until Dec.10. Adult season passes as $199.00. Yes, I said SEASON PASS! That includes night skiing and reciprocal benefits at resorts like Lake Louise, Castle Mountain, Sun Peaks, Baldy and more. https://www.passpowderkeg.com/home/season-passes/

Resort Deals

Whistler says, “Skip the malls, stay at the mountain instead. Check out 2 nights offerings from as low as $158 CAD. And since you are surfing the Whistler page, look for deals on activities that don’t include skis. This sale ends November 26th. 

Who goes to the big resorts like Sun Peaks, SilverStar, Kicking Horse and Big White for just one day? NO ONE! So why not buy your tickets in advance? You can save up to 40%. Check your favourite resort for details. Look for deals on combos of accommodations and lift tickets.

We hear gremlins have gotten into Sunshine Village's website store and are pushing prices down for Cyber Monday. Get great deals on everything from lift tickets, lessons and more. 

Mount Washington on Vancouver Island has some great Cyber Monday deals on right now and just like the online stores, you can "fill your cart" with some great deals. 

Shopping?

Black Friday or Cyber Monday have deals galore. SportChek is offering up to 50% off select clothing and gear. Sporting Life and Columbia Sportswear both have big sales, but then who doesn’t. The list will be endless. I say… grab a mug of coffee on Monday, Nov. 26 and shop carefully. Only use sites you know are trustworthy (as in big names). Avoid any site that you have never seen before. BIG HINT… if their use of the English language sucks… don’t click “BUY.”

Better yet, on Cyber Monday – go skiing. Learn when your favourite resort opens here.