Discount Whistler Lift Tickets
This Is Perhaps The Best Deal You'll Find
When I contacted the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) recently to
inquire about their discount Whistler lift tickets I was shocked. Why?
Well, it was the end of January (about half way through
the ski season) and they still had over 10 of their Platinum Ticket
packages available for sale.
So what, you say?
Let me explain.
A single day, adult lift ticket at Whistler Blackcomb currently costs
$102 plus tax.
The cost of a pre-purchased 4-day lift ticket costs $370 plus tax
for most of the season. (The price fluctuates somewhat throughout the
season, but this is typically what you will pay. Click
here for a comprehensive list of all ticket pricing.) That works
out to $103.60 per day including tax.
Tickets purchased through the CSC's Platinum Ticket Package cost
only $62 per day plus tax.
Now let's put that in context.
$832 In Savings...
View of Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain
Let's say that you are planning a trip to Whistler with four other
adults at the end of February. During your trip each person in your
party plans to ski or snowboard for 4 days. Even if you pre-purchase
your 4-day ski lift tickets through your accommodation provider or
from the resort, you will only save $10 off the ticket window price for
the passes. In other words, instead of paying $380, you will each pay
$370 (plus tax).
The grand total that the five of you will spend on lift tickets,
including tax, will be $2,072
Now, let's look at a scenario where one smart person in the group (that
would be you) decides to order a package of 20 discount whistler lift
tickets from the Canadian Ski Council ahead of time. The cost for those
With taxes (and a $10 processing fee, and $5 donation) included, the
total cost of your Whistler Blackcomb tickets would be $1,405
That, my friend, is a savings of
Now can you understand why I was a bit shocked that more people aren't
taking advantage of these savings?
If you don't require 20 adult lift tickets, don't worry, there are
other options for obtaining discount Whistler lift tickets. Check out
our Whistler Lift Ticket Wizard
for the easiest way to find the perfect
tickets for you and the rest of your family/group.
How The CSC Discount Whistler Lift Tickets Program Works
Each year the CSC puts together what they call a Corporate Ski
Pass program through which they sell discounted ski/snowboard tickets
to the public. These tickets can then be used at over 100 ski resorts
across Canada. Only their "Platinum Package", which I referred to
includes Whistler Blackcomb as one of the resorts.
Each ticket package contains 20 lift tickets. The Platinum Package
costs $1,240, or $62 per ticket.
Corporate ticket packages go on sale around the first week of August
for the upcoming ski season. There are limited quantities, and packages
are sold on a first come, first served basis. So if you are interested
in purchasing a package it is best to do it very early.
A Warning and a
Warning: Do not wait until the
last minute to try and order these tickets. As I said, these ticket
packages are sold on a first come, first served basis. If you want to
make sure that you do not miss out I highly recommend that you purchase
your Platinum Package in early August.
"But you just said that packages were still available at the end of
Prediction: True, but here is
my prediction... The more people that know about this option for
purchasing discount Whistler ski tickets, the harder they will be to
get in the future. At present these tickets are not widely promoted,
but as more websites (like this one) recommend them, the earlier they
will be snapped up.
Are These Discount Whistler Lift Tickets Just For Canadians?
No. The CSC will ship these lift tickets anywhere in the world as
long as you agree to pay for the shipping. Therefore, unlike the Whistler
Edge Card program
which is only available to people living in
either Canada or Washington State, these discount Whistler ski tickets
are available to anyone in the world.
Are There Other Benefits To Purchasing The CSC's Discount Whistler
Yes. For folks that live in provinces that charge less sales tax than
British Columbia (12%), the savings will be even greater. For example,
if you live in Alberta, you will only pay 5% tax on these lift tickets
as opposed to the 12% you would pay if you were to purchase them in BC.
Who Is The Canadian Ski Council
The Canadian Ski Council is a body that represents the various groups
involved in the ski (alpine and cross-country) and snowboarding
industry in Canada. Groups focused on everything from instruction,
racing, equipment wholesale and retail, ski area operation, disabled
skiing etc. are all represented by the CSC. According to their website (www.skicanada.org
goal of the Canadian Ski Council
is to increase participation in recreational snowboarding, alpine and
cross-country skiing in Canada.
The discount ski lift ticket program is therefore aimed at helping to
achieve this goal by making access to the mountains more affordable.
And you get to benefit!
Skiing down under the Harmony Chair, Whistler Mtn, with
Blackcomb Seventh Heaven area in behind
Other Discount Whistler Ski Ticket Options
Can't take advantage of this deal for some reason? Don't worry, all is
not lost. There are some other options when it comes to securing
discount Whistler lift tickets.
One option that I mentioned above was the Whistler
Blackcomb Edge Card
. Another option that might make sense is
purchasing your discount Whistler
lift tickets from a 7-Eleven
convenience store in either Vancouver
or Squamish. Both are good alternatives.
But my top recommendation is to try our Whistler
Blackcomb Ski Lift Ticket Wizard
. By simply following the advice of
the Wizard, 99 times out of 100 you will end up with the perfect (ie.
cheapest) Whistler Blackcomb lift passes for you and your