Multi-passes, discount cards and other ways to save on skiing
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As spring rolls around, we get thinking about how to pack the most into the rest of the ski season: spring break ski getaways, extended ski holidays, weekends and “sick” days. But we all have a budget and skiing and travel costs are on the rise (how about that price of gas lately?). So how can you max your ski budget for the remainder of the 2021-22 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 2021-22
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.
SPRING 2022 UPDATE
Some ski pass savings cards are only sold for a limited time. All cards currently for sale as of March 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 - some ski areas and resorts will offer up spring skiing for the remainder of the current season as a perk for purchasing your pass early! At the very least, between now and end of June is when you're likely to find the best deal on season pass prices.
Last but not least, we also encourage you to check out the awesome savings offered up by our #SkiNorthAB and #SkiNorthBC partners. You can save on lift passes, or on package ski and stay offers.
Find all the deals here:
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. The cards aren’t cheap but 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.
As of spring 2022, Epic Pass and Mountain Collective are no longer on sale for the 2021-2022 season. However, the Ikon Pass has a spring promotion currently on offer for 2022-23 pass purchases.
Epic Pass - NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR 2021-22
Deal: unlimited access to Whistler Blackcomb and seven total days at RCR resorts. After the 7 days, you still receive 50% off additional lift tickets.
Mountain Collective - NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR 2021-22
Deal: two days of skiing at Canadian resorts including Lake Louise, Sunshine, Sun Peaks, Revelstoke and Panorama. After you’ve enjoyed those days, the rest of the season is 50% off your lift ticket.
Ikon Pass - PRE-PURCHASE DEAL FOR 2022-23
Deal: lets you pick your poison but it does seem to be focused on better deals for US resorts. Go seven, five or four days (total) at SkiBig3, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, and Cypress Mountain. The Ikon Pass has a spring promotion including access to up to 10 resorts for spring skiing in 2022 with purchase of a 2022-23 pass.
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!
Sticking to the local hill? Here are some single resort savings options
SilverStar Mountain 4Pack - no longer available for 2022
Deal: A discounted rate for purchasing a four pack of lift tickets valid for any four days at the resort, plus additional discounts after the four days are used
Extra perks: unlimited access to the tube park, skating, fat biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the same day
UPDATE: 4pack sales are over for 2021-22.
Castle Mountain WOW card - AVAILABLE
Deal: 50% off all season from day 2 on - fantastic for anyone in Southern Alberta or SE British Columbia.
Extra Perks: 10% off the Powder Stagecoach, 15% off lessons
Marmot Basin Escape Card - AVAILABLE
Deal: 50% off all season adult lift tickets, 20% off junior passes (for card owner’s children)
Extra perks: 20% off high performance rentals and ski/board lessons, plus additional discounts
Looking to save on skiing at multiple resorts?
Lake Louise Plus Card - AVAILABLE
Deal: first, fourth and, seventh days free; 20% off after seventh day and 30% off spring lift tickets for you and two friends
Extra Perks: free day at Canyon Ski Resort (Red Deer) or Snow Valley Ski Club (Edmonton
RCR Rockies Card - AVAILABLE
Deal: first, fourth and seventh day free with discount days on every other day of the season at Kicking Horse, Fernie, Kimberley and Nakisa.
Extra Perks: Check their website for Double Discount Days.
Banff Sunshine Mobile Super Card - AVAILABLE
Deal: first, fourth and seventh days free at your choice of Sunshine, Marmot Basin or Revelstoke
Extra perks: $25 off midweek, $15 off weekends, bonus free day at Winsport, Rabbit Hill or Snow Valley
Skiing with family and friends
Norquay Power of 4 Pass - AVAILABLE
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 $289.
Norquay senior pass - AVAILABLE
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?
Saving on kids lift passes - AVAILABLE until end of March 2022
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. Yes, you pay full price but you don’t pay for your kid. But wait! There is more! If you have a child in grade two, for a meagre $20 they ski/board unlimited at RCR resorts. That same offer is available at Lake Louise.
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. Circumstances due to COVID-19 will most likely see a refund, your fear of frozen toes won’t.
How you pay and collect your day ticket
Covid has changed a lot of things including how you purchase and collect your day tickets. Check the resort you are going to before departure to follow their guidelines. Many are offering tickets to be purchased only online with ticket printing at the resort.
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More ways to get the best of the 2021-22 ski season
From special savings to tips on how and where to apres, read on to keep going strong right to the end of the 2021-22 season.