Multi-passes, discount cards and other ways to save on skiing


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If you want to ski more than a few times a season in Alberta or BC, it's no secret that multi-day ski passes are the best deal for your money. Many passes also come with perks like hotel savings, discounts on lessons and other savings.

But which among the various Alberta and B.C. ski resort loyalty cards, season passes, mega cards and direct-to-lift apps is best for you? 

Here's our breakdown, including season pass deals now on for 2023-24.

How to save on skiing for 2022-23

There are lots of ways to save on the sticker price at the resorts. Here are some simple rules of thumb. 

Online pass purchase
Simply buying online, at least 24 hours in advance at most resorts will save you around five to 10 per cent. Good for the fly-by-the-seat of your pants types or single visits without advance planning.

Membership discounts
BCAA, AMA and Costco sell a selection of discount passes (check their websites).

Multi-day passes
At some resorts, buying multi-day passes will get you a discount. Doing a multi-day ski trip to a single destination? This could be your ticket. 

Loyalty cards
Individual resort discount cards start shaving the cost of your lift tickets after the second visit. Solid choice if you're sticking to one resort, but you're not quite hitting season pass visitation levels.

Season passes
Once you hit a certain threshold, usually about 10 - 12 days, a season’s pass or mega card is going to be your best bet.

Getting the most out of your ski budget is the objective. The math can be a bit messy but in the end, it all boils down to a few things: how many days you plan to ski/board, how loyal you are to one resort and how much you want to spend. 

An online lift pass pickup station at Marmot Basin, Jasper.

Spring 2023 UPDATE 

Some ski pass savings cards are only sold for a limited time. All cards currently for sale as of May 23 are labelled below as AVAILABLE but we recommend checking the resort website for the latest update. 

Early bird season pass purchase incentives: many 2023-24 season passes to Alberta and BC ski resorts are on sale between now and end of June. If you're planning on buying a season pass for 2023-24 to a ski area in Western Canada, check to see if they are offering an early bird incentive.

Also worth noting is that early season openings sometimes carry early season lift pass pricing. (This is partly to reflect the fact that only a portion of the hill is open.)

The Mega Cards

The big three mega cards—Epic, Ikon and Mountain Collective—are gaining momentum, adding more and more Canadian resorts by the year. If you plan on skiing multiple resorts this winter, you can cash in with these cards. Check the add-ons too: many have discounts on dining and accommodations.

Epic Pass on sale now for 2023-24

Price: ranging from $280 - 600 + gst (USD)
Epic is one of the most flexible passes, with various card packages as well as customizable options.

  • Includes a total of 38 partner resorts across North America and Europe
  • Get a season pass, multi-day pass or customize a pass for your trip
  • Resorts include:
    Canada: Whistler Blackcomb (unlimited), Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (available with Epic 4-day pass and above: Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Nakiska)
    US - Rockies/West: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, Stevens Pass, Kirkwood, Northstar, Heavenly 
Mountain Collective on sale now for 2023-24

Price: $570 (USD)
Mountain Collective connects you to great ski road trip opportunities across Western Canada and the Western US, with partner resorts that span Alberta, interior BC and the western US.

  • 2 days of skiing per resort (no blackouts) at 25 partner resorts
  • 50% off lift tickets for remainder of the season
  • special deals on lodging with Collective partners
  • Resorts include:
    Canada: Lake Louise, Marmot Basin (new for 2022-23!), Panorama, Revelstoke, Sunshine, Sun Peaks, Le Massif de Charlevoix (QC)
    US - Rockies/West: Alta, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass, Big Sky, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Sugar Bowl, Sun Valley, Taos 
Ikon Pass on sale now for 2023-24

Price: starting at $799 (USD)
The "yewww" crew (that's three W's) brings you a customizable slate of destinations and numbers of days. If you're looking to travel internationally for skiing, the Ikon Pass has you covered with locations in Canada, the US, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

  • Includes 47 partner resorts
  • Unlimited riding with full season pass at 14 resorts
  • Up to 5 days at 33 destinations
  • Resorts include:
    Canada: Cypress Mountain, Panorama, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, and SkiBig3 (Lake Louise, Sunshine, Norquay)
    US - Rockies/West: Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Palisades Tahoe, June Mountain, Winter Park, Eldora, Mammoth, Big Bear, Solitude

Resort Discount Cards

There are a lot of variations on the resort discount card. Some offer 50 per cent off all season, while others offer free days when you hit certain milestones (e.g. first, fourth, seventh days).

If you’re planning to ski multiple days in a season but maybe not quite hit the threshold to make the season pass worthwhile, these are a great way to save a few bucks. Many offer direct-to-lift options too! 

Marmot Basin Escape Card - available

Price: $89 + gst / adult

  • 50% off all season adult lift tickets (no blackouts)
  • Up to 50% off adult lift tickets at partner ski areas
  • Up to 30% off accommodation in Jasper
  • 20% off junior passes (for card owner’s children)

Extra perks: 20% off high performance rentals and ski/board lessons, plus additional discounts

buy it here

Lake Louise spring ski pass available now

Price: $499 + gst / adult
Lake Louise is open for skiing and riding now through May 7.

buy it here

RCR Rockies Card 2023 on sale through March 31

Price: $149 + gst / adult

  • 3 free days (1st, 4th & 7th visit)
  • discount days on every other day of the season
  • valid at Kicking Horse, Fernie, Kimberley and Nakisa

Extra Perks: Check their website for Double Discount Days. 

buy it here

Banff Sunshine spring ski pass available now

Price: $529 + gst / adult
Ski and ride now through May 22, 2023.

buy it here

Skiing with family and friends

Norquay Power of 4 Pass - available

Price: $1196 or $299/person*
Deal: ski midweek all season with three of your favourite friends.

* Buy the package as a group of four with each person chipping in only $299. 

Buy it here

Norquay senior pass - available

Price: $25
Deal: skiers and snowboarders over 80 years ski all season for $25

For any of you still cutting it up at the age of 80 your season pass is a delightful $25!

Something to look forward to in your golden years, right? 

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Canadian Ski Council grade 4/5 Snowpass - available (until end of March 2023)

Price: $29/ child (available to children in grade 4 or 5)

  • kids in grade 4/5 ski free (two times at each participating resort)

This is a great way to save on your kids' skiing! Is your little darling in grade 4 or grade 5 this year? Rush over to the SnowPass website, slap down $29.99 and follow your athlete down the slopes of a multitude of resorts across Canada – twice each.

Yes, you pay full price but your kid is free. But wait! There is more! If you have a child in grade two, for a meagre $20 they ski/board unlimited at RCR resorts (including Lake Louise). 

Buy it here

Ski passes on sale for 2023-24

PRO TIP: many Alberta and BC ski resorts will be releasing season passes for the 2023-24 season now or in the very near future. To find the best early bird rates, plan to purchase your pass between now and end of June.

Here are some of the season pass sales on currently (may not be a comprehensive list).

Mega passes

Epic Pass 2023-24

Mountain Collective 2023-24 pass

Ikon Pass 2023-24

2023-24 ski resort season passes on sale*

*Check individual resort websites for the latest updates

Big White Ski Resort 2023-24 season pass - early bird to Oct 15, 2023

Castle Mountain Resort 2023-24 season pass

Fernie Alpine Resort 2023-24 season pass - early bird sale to Jun 16, 2023

Hudson Bay Mountain 2023-24 season pass - local rate to May 31, 2023

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort 2023-24 season pass - early bird rate to Jun 16, 2023

Kimberley Alpine Resort 2023-24 season pass - early bird to Jun 16, 2023

Lake Louise Ski Resort 2023-24 season pass - pre-season rate to Oct 15, 2023

Marmot Basin Ski Area 2023-24 season pass

Mount Norquay Ski Area 2023-24 season pass

Mount Washington Ski Resort 2023-24 season pass - summer rates to Aug 31, 2023

Nakiska Ski Area 2023-24 season pass - early bird to Jun 16, 2023

Panorama Resort 2023-24 season pass - spring sale to May 31, early bird to Oct 17, 2023

Powder King 2023-24 season pass - early bird to Jun 30, 2023

Red Mountain Resort 2023-24 season pass - pre-season to Oct 1, 2023

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies multi-pass - early bird to Jun 16, 2023

Revelstoke Mountain Resort 2023-24 season pass - pre-season to Oct 1, 2023

SilverStar Mountain Resort 2023-24 season pass

Sun Peaks 2023-24 season pass - pre-season rates until Oct 31, 2023

Sunshine Village 2023-24 season pass

Whistler Blackcomb 2023-24 season & Edge passes

Package offers

Ski Big 3 ski and stay packages

Kids ski passes

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