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

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As fall rolls around and we get thinking about how to pack the most skiing into the ski season, all of us skiers and snowboarders become number crunchers and travel agents. We all have a budget and skiing and travel costs are on the rise. So how can you max your ski budget for the 2022-23 ski season?

As they do each year, the Alberta and B.C. ski resorts offer up various loyalty cards, season pass perks and direct-to-lift apps to tempt you to ski and board at their resorts. Simply buying online at most resorts will save you around five to 10 per cent. Buying multi-day passes will also get you a discount. On top of that, there are discount cards that start shaving the cost of your lift tickets after the second visit. And once you hit a certain threshold, a season’s pass or mega card is going to be your best bet.

How to save on skiing for 2022-23

Figuring out which one of these many paths to savings is right for you can be a chore but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve done the legwork on multi-passes, discount cards and other ways to save on your skiing, so you can stretch that budget to its limit. 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.

Fall 2022 UPDATE 

Some ski pass savings cards are only sold for a limited time. All cards currently for sale as of September 2022 are labelled below as AVAILABLE but we recommend checking the resort website for the latest update. 

Early bird season pass purchase incentives: if you're planning on buying a season pass for 2022-23 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 partly to reflect the fact that only a portion of the hill is open.

Sunshine Village opens the Western Canada season on November 3, 2022 with $68 lift tickets! Also opening the same weekend are Lake Louise, Nakiska and Norquay. (Be sure to check resort websites for the latest updates, as changes can happen quickly). 

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 - available (prices go up November 20)

Price: various - ranging from $370 to $899 + gst (USD)
Deal: 
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 (7 days total across RCR: Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Nakiska)
    US - Rockies/West: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, Stevens Pass, Kirkwood, Northstar, Heavenly 

Buy it here 

Mountain Collective - available (limited quantity)

Price: $599 (USD)
Deal:
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
    US - Rockies/West: Alta, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass, Big Sky, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Sugar Bowl, Sun Valley, Taos 

Buy it here

Ikon Pass - available

Price: various - from $519 to $1229 + gst (USD)
Deal:
The "yewww" crew (that's three W's) brings you a customizable slate of destinations and numbers of days, primarily in the US (with some Canadian resorts).

  • Includes 50 partner resorts
  • Unlimited riding with full season pass at 14 resorts
  • Up to 7 days at 39 destinations
  • get 4, 5 or 7 days of lift passes at a discount on certain resorts
  • 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

Buy it here
 


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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! 

Castle Mountain WOW card available (until Dec 24, 2022)

Price: $99.95 + gst
Deal:

  • 50% off all season from day 2 on 
  • 20% off midweek stays
  • 15% off lessons
  • 10% off Powder Stagecoach Cat Skiing

Buy it here.

Marmot Basin Escape Card - available

Price: $89 + gst
Deal:

  • 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

SilverStar Mountain 4Pack - available 

Price: $429 + gst
Deal:

  • Save on a four pack of lift tickets valid for any four days at the resort (no blackouts)

Extra perks: unlimited access to the tube park, skating, fat biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the same day

For families, there are youth, child, student and seniors rates on 4packs as well. 

Buy it here
 


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Looking to save on skiing at multiple resorts?

 
Lake Louise Plus Card - available (limited time)

Price: $129 + gst
Deal:

  • 3 free days (1st, 4th & 7th visit) 
  • 20% off paid visits
  • 20% off lift passes for up to 2 accompanying children
  • valid at Lake Louise, Castle, Panorama or Red

Extra Perks:

  • free day at Canyon Ski Resort (Red Deer) or Snow Valley Ski Club (Edmonton)
  • activate to win contest: win 1 of 4 ski trips, simply by activating your card before January 31, 2023 (get details on the Lake Louise website)

Buy it here

RCR Rockies Card - details available November 2022

Price: TBD
Deal:

  • 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 Mobile Super Card - available

Price: $99/adult
Deal: 

  • 3 free days (1st, 4th & 7th visit)
  • $25 off midweek, $15 off weekends
  • valid at your choice of Sunshine, Marmot Basin or Revelstoke

Extra perks: bonus free day at Winsport, Rabbit Hill or Snow Valley

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? 

Buy it here

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

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

  • 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

Book ahead and save on pay-as-you-go lift tickets

If you’re not ready to commit yet or unsure of how many days you’ll get in, you can still save on lift tickets. Many of the resorts are offering a discount if you plan ahead. Check the sites for booking options.

Whistler Blackcomb for instance offers you the option to load up to 10 days at a time on a Day Pass, reducing the price by 20%. The tickets are good for the entire season. Big White near Kelowna gives you a 25% discount when you purchase online while Sun Peaks will offer up to 40% off depending on the day of the week. 

Booking ahead online does have one itty-bitty problem. What if the day you thought you were going, it either turns out frightfully cold or your plans go sideways? Look for the itty-bitty fine print and see what your options are. 

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