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The Ins And Outs Of The Whistler Edge Card

"Get a Whistler Edge Card."

At least 50% of the time that's the advice that I offer to folks who ask me how to get the biggest discount on lift tickets at Whistler Blackcomb. In fact, I gave that same advice this morning to my younger brother and his family who are coming out from Toronto to ski with us at Whistler Blackcomb during the March Break this winter.

Why only 50% of the time you ask? Well, for starters, not everyone qualifies to purchase an Edge Card. And even if they do, sometimes there are better options available to them. In other words, it's not a straightforward answer.

That's why I recommend "taking a ride" on our Whistler Ticket Wizard before you purchase any Whistler ski lift tickets or passes. It walks you step by step through a series of questions, at the end of which you will end up with the best (read cheapest) way to get up Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. In many instances, the best way will be an Edge Card. But then again, maybe not. All it takes is a few moments to make sure you're getting the biggest lift ticket discounts.

Whistler Ticket Wizard chairlift Blackcomb Take a ride on the Whistler Blackcomb Ticket Wizard. Click here.

Whistler Edge Card Details

Alright, let's get down to business and take a look at the details of the Edge Card.

Here are some of my old cards I have kept over the years. "Back in the day" they used to be called "Express" Cards and my hair wasn't going grey!
Old Whistler Blackcomb Edge Cards and Express Cards Edge Card Memeber since 1994

As you can see from the photo above (right) I purchased my first card way back in 1994 when they used to be called "Express" cards. I'm not sure exactly when the name changed to "Edge" from "Express" but I think it was sometime in the early 2000's. Nonetheless, I have been a member for 18 years and continue to find this the best deal going when it comes to Whistler Blackcomb lift passes.

Do You Qualify For A Whistler Edge Card?

Don't worry, "qualifying" for an edge card simply comes down to where you live. (No tests or credit checks required, just proof of residence.)

If you live in Canada or Washington State you are in business. Simply order your Edge Card online and pick it up from one of the Whistler Guest Relations offices (located at each of the three bases) when you arrive at the resort. When you do pick it up you will be asked to show proof of residency as well as photo ID.

Thomas in Whistler Creekside Guest RelationsThomas in the Whistler Creekside Guest Relations office

Now, if you don't live in Canada or Washington State, there are other options for receiving discounts on your lift tickets. As I said above, the best thing to do is run through the Whistler Ticket Wizard to find out which option is the best for you.

A couple of things to note:

  1. Make sure that you order your Whistler Edge Card online at least 48 hours prior to your arrival. By doing so you will save yourself $15 on a one day edge card (no savings on a 3 or 5 day cards), but perhaps more importantly you will save yourself some time when you arrive at the mountain. The last thing that you want to do is spend 45 minutes at Guest Relations your first morning in Whistler Resort sorting out your lift tickets, when you could be up enjoying the mountains!
  2. Only one Edge Card per person per winter season. In other words, you can't buy 3 separate 1-day cards if you want to ski or snowboard 3 days.

How Does It Work?

Edge Cards come pre-loaded with either 1, 3, 5 or 10 days of discounted skiing/riding. As logic would suggest, the more days that you buy up front, the cheaper it is per day. And once your pre-loaded day(s) are used up, you continue to benefit as the price of each subsequent day on the mountains is also discounted.

Note that the 10-Day edge passes are only available before the ski season begins.

Is It A Good Deal?

In a word... YES. And it is an especially good deal if you purchase your card before the winter season starts. By doing so you will enjoy an extra 10% to 15% savings over the regular season prices.

In fact, if you want the best deal possible you should make sure that you purchase a Whistler Edge Card for next season before this winter season ends. Not only will you guarantee yourself the best pricing, if you purchase a 5 or 10 day card you will get a free bonus day of skiing or snowboarding before Christmas of the following season.

In addition, (and with a little advanced planning and flexibility) you could actually ski or snowboard the entire length of your next Whistler vacation for only $79! (That's $79 total, not per day.) Click here to find out how.

What Does A Whistler Edge Card Cost?

What you will pay for a Whistler Edge Card (and subsequently what you will end up paying per day of skiing or riding) depends on a number of factors that may include:
  1. How many days you purchase
  2. How old you are
  3. When you purchase your card, and
  4. How you purchase your card.
The tables a little further down the page lay all of this out quite clearly.

How Much Can You Save?

Here's the simple answer... A one day Edge Card, purchased online at least 48 hours prior to arrival, will cost you $84 (for an adult, plus taxes). This alone represents a $15 savings over what you would pay for a one day lift ticket purchased at the resort.

On the other end of the savings spectrum, if you were to pre-purchase a 10-day Edge Card by the first week of May for next season, you could ski for about $54 per day.

Is A Whistler Edge Card Better Than A Multi-Day Lift Pass?

As a rule, yes. The exceptions to the rule occur if you plan on doing all of your skiing or snowboarding early or late in the season.

Whistler Edge Card Pricing For 2012/2013

Note: All of the prices that you see below are pre-tax prices. Add 12% to get the final tally.

One day Whistler edge card pricing chart*must purchase at least 48 hours in advance to receive online rate

Three day Whistler Blackcomb edge card pricing

Five day Whistler edge card pricing schedule*includes a free day before Christmas

Whistler edge card 10 day pricing schedule

The Discount Schedule For Purchasing Additional Days On The Mountain Is As Follows:

Whistler Blackcomb edge card discount schedule

More Benefits Of The Whistler Edge Card

In addition to saving on your lift tickets, there are other added benefits and deals to be had if you are a Whistler Edge Cardholder. Here is a sample...

  • discounts on tickets to the Whistler Blackcomb Tube Park

25 percent off Blackcomb Tube Park with Whistler edge card

  • exclusive Whistler Edge Card accommodation deals at hotels like the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Whistler edge card accommodation deals a the Fairmont Whistler

  • discounts on ski and snowboard lessons

Whistler Edge Card Snow School discount

  • save 50% on summer sightseeing and hiking lift tickets

Whistler Edge Card summertime hiking discounts
  • 10 - 20% off all retail items in select stores around Whistler
  • 20% off ski and snowboard rentals
  • discounts on buses to Whistler (Snowbus and Pacific Coach)
  • up to 25% off lift tickets at other Intrawest resorts like Blue Mountain and Mt. Tremblant
  • and more!
So, whether you are planning on visiting Whistler for a day or a week, purchasing a Whistler Edge Card is a great way to get the slopes for less.

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