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An 80% Discount On A Whistler Lift Passes

No matter when you are heading to Whistler BC, there is always a way to get a deal on Whistler lift passes so that you don't end up paying full price when you arrive at the resort. The trick is to know where (and when) to look in order to get the biggest discounts.

Now, the "trick" I'm going to tell you about here allows you to save over 80% off the full price of three days of skiing at Whistler Blackcomb. The "catch" is that you have to be in Grade 4 or 5 (9 or 10 years old) to take advantage of this offer.

If that describes you, read on.

If not, don't worry. There are many ways for skiers and snowboarders of all ages to save money on lift tickets at Whistler Blackcomb. Like I said, you just need to know where to look!

For example, the same organization that offers an 80% discount on lift tickets for Grade 4 & 5 students, also offers a 40% discount on Whistler lift tickets for big kids (ahem... adults). The problem is that not too many people even know about it.

So in order to make it very easy for you (and your friends and family) to find the biggest discounts on Whistler lift passes (and not miss out on discounts like the 40% I mentioned above), I created the Whistler Lift Ticket Wizard. Just answer a few questions and in less than 60 seconds you will be shown the ticket option that is best suited for you.

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

3 Days Of Whistler Lift Passes For Only $29.95

Each ski season for the past 16 years the Canadian Ski Council (an organization that represents different facets of the ski and snowboard industry in Canada) offers what it calls the "Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass Program". Grade 4 and 5 students (9 and 10 year olds) across Canada can purchase the pass which allows them to ski for free up to 3 times at over 150 ski resorts across Canada.


Our son Callum took advantage of this program last year while in Grade 5. After applying online, he received his SnowPass card in the mail within a few weeks.

Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass front side Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass back side

Here he is enjoying one of his three free days at Whistler Blackcomb...

Thomas and Callum in grade 5 by the Glacier Chair, Blackcomb Mountain Our son Callum (foreground) when he was in Grade 5, with his brother Thomas (in yellow)
waiting in line for the Jersey Cream Chairlift, Blackcomb Mountain

Grade 4 & 5 Snowpass brochure The SnowPass brochure that arrives with
the card, contains all the info you need

Now considering that a 3-day Whistler Blackcomb Edge Card would cost a 9 or 10 year $139 plus tax, you would think that this SnowPass (which offers much more than just three days at Whistler) would be priced much higher.

The truth is, it's not. In fact it is only $29.95 including tax.

That's 450 ski days for just $29.95, or, less than 5 cents per day!

Alright, I know that may be taking it to an extreme but you get the idea... it's a great deal! Heck, even if they only used the pass one day it would be a pretty good deal.

Anyway, take it from someone who has paid to have his 9/10 year old son ski at Whistler Blackcomb, there is simply no better deal on Whistler lift passes than this one.

How Much Could The SNOWPASS Save You On Whistler Lift Passes?

How much can you save? Let's do the math.

If you only used the Grade 4 & 5 Snowpass for 3 days of skiing or snowboarding at Whistler, the cost per day would be $9.98 after tax.

Compared to single day Whistler lift passes purchased at the resort which cost $510 before tax for a child (7-12 years old), the savings would be $41 per day.

Compared to a 7-Eleven Fast Tracks children's ticket which would cost $45 before tax , the savings would be $35 per day.

Definitely worth it wouldn't you say?

Who Can Use Their Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass At Whistler Blackcomb?

When your son or daughter applies for their pass they (you) will be given one of two types of passes depending on where they live. Kids living in Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada) will receive an Eastern Canada SnowPass. Kids living in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon Territory) will receive a Western Canada SnowPass.


Unfortunately, only those kids living in Western Canada are eligible to use their SnowPass to obtain Whistler lift passes. Kids living in Eastern Canada will have to find another alternative for discounted Whistler lift passes. Some good options include the Whistler Edge Card and 7-Eleven ski lift tickets. In fact, even for those kids from Western Canada that can use their SnowPass at Whistler Blackcomb, they are only good for three days of skiing or snowboarding, so you may want to consider these other options if they will be on the mountains for more than 3 days.

Are There Other Restrictions/Requirements For Whistler Blackcomb?

The only other requirement is that each SnowPass holder be accompanied by a paying adult when they are skiing or snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb. But unlike some of the other resorts that participate in this program, there are no blackout dates for Whistler.

For more information, including all the participating resorts, rules and regulations and details on how to apply, visit the SnowPass website at www.snowpass.ca

Callum at the peak of Whistler Mountain using his Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass Callum, on the peak of Whistler Mtn, on a beautiful February day in Whistler BC

Get the complete rundown on Whistler lift passes here.


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