The Whistler Edge Pass
How To Ski For $79 On Your Next Vacation
If you live in Canada or Washington State, the Whistler Edge Pass is
"usually" your best bet when it comes to getting the biggest discount
when purchasing Whistler Blackcomb lift tickets. (Folks who use our Whistler
Blackcomb Ticket Wizard routinely find this to be the case.)
For example, the regular season price of an adult, 5-day Edge Pass
is currently $375, or $75 per day (before tax). Not a bad price
considering single day lift tickets are priced at $102, and a 5-day
"multi-day" lift ticket during the regular season is priced at $94
per day (before tax).
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Like I said, it's a good deal, but what I want to show you here is
how you can take those Whistler Edge Pass savings to the next level and
cut you skiing and snowboarding costs in half.
Switching Up Your Whistler Vacation Times Can Save You A Bundle On
Lift Ticket Costs (And Accommodations)
If your time spent at Whistler/Blackcomb typically consists of a
weeks vacation each winter, then this cost saving technique might just
work for you. Especially if you don't mind switching up the time of the
season that you visit. I say this because to make this work you would
need to schedule your vacation to Whistler for April every other year.
Vacation in Whistler in April? Yup!
April can be a great time of year to ski or snowboard in Whistler.
There is still lots of good snow to be had (Whistler/Blackcomb averages
over 10 metres/34 feet of snowfall per year) in addition to warmer
temperatures and sunshine. Combine this with big savings on lift
tickets and accommodations and it can be one of the best times to visit
Recently we were in Whistler for the first weekend of April for a photo
our son was doing for Boden, a clothing company from England.
When we arrived at our hotel in the morning, the Delta Whistler Village
Suites in Whistler Village North, the snow was falling. This of course
meant fresh snow on the mountains!
|Snowing at the Delta in Whistler Village
North in April...
|and snowing at the top of the Excelerator
Chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain the same day
And then the sun came out on Whistler Mountain to make for a gorgeous
spring ski day!
up to the peak of Whistler Mtn. on a sunny April ski day
With over 10 metres of snowfall during the winter, you can typically
count on being able
to ski right to the bottom of the mountains in April with no problem.
Here is a shot I took that weekend looking down to the base of
Looking down towards the base of Blackcomb Mountain
with snow right to the bottom.
Also, did you notice that there is absolutely no one in the lift line?
Alright, by now I've surely convinced you to consider vacationing in
Whistler in April, so let's look at how you can save big on your lift
tickets by doing so.
Near the end of each Whistler ski season (typically around the end of
March, beginning of April) Whistler Blackcomb begins to sell their Edge
Cards for the following season. Now, in addition to being able to
purchase a Whistler Edge Pass for the following season at a discounted
rate, there are a few other perks thrown in to the mix.
One such perk is a free ski day before Christmas the following season.
Another perk, and this is the one that can save you some good money, is
that for a nominal amount ($79 last season) you get unlimited skiing or
riding from the beginning of April right through until the end of May.
Timing Your Whistler Vacations To Maximize Your Savings
So here is what you do...
1. Plan to take your vacation to Whistler next season at the beginning
2. Wait and purchase your 5 Day Whistler Edge Pass (for the following
season) when you arrive in Whistler. At the same time purchase
the "Ski The Rest Of The Season" add on for $79. This allows you to ski
or ride your entire vacation for the one low price. Therefore, if you
skied 5 days on your vacation, it would only cost you about $13 per
day. That represents a savings of approximately $50 per day (before tax).
Now, if a family of four with two adults and two children all did the
same thing, the savings on 6 days of
skiing for the family could easily be in the $800 to $900 range
$300 per adult and $100/$150 per child depending on their age.
3. When you return the following season (are you following me?) you
would then use your pre-purchased Edge Card at that time. And
pre-purchasing at the end of the previous season you would have saved
yourself about 10% to 15% off the full price of the pass.
Remember when I said that it was possible to cut your lift ticket costs
in half by using this strategy? Well, here's how to achieve that.
Simply vacation in Whistler before Christmas that following season and
use the free day you received for pre-purchasing along with the 5 days
already loaded on your Edge Pass. For 12 days of skiing over the two
seasons the total cost would be 5-day-edge-card-spring-discount-pricing-plus-unlimited-skiing... $335 (the discounted price of
the edge pass) plus $79 (the cost of the unlimited skiing). The cost
per day works out to just over $34, less than half of the $75 per
day you would pay by going the conventional route of buying two Edge
A sunny December day on Blackcomb Mountain looking
towards Whistler Mountain
An Unconventional Way To Save Money Using A Whistler Edge Pass?
Alright, I'll admit that this is an unconventional way to purchase, use
and save on lift tickets using a Whistler Edge Pass. But you have to
admit that saving around $1000 over the course of your next two
Whistler vacations is enticing. Is it not? And we haven't even started
talking about the money you will save on your Whistler Accommodations
by travelling in the shoulder months of April and December.
But if you are still not sold on this strategy, (or it simply doesn't
fit your vacation plans), and you still want to get the biggest
discount on your lift tickets, I encourage you to "take a ride" on our
Whistler Ticket Wizard
you purchase the right lift tickets at
the best price for you and your family and friends.