Whistler Lift Ticket Prices
Timing Your Arrival To Ensure The Best Discount
The single day Whistler lift ticket prices that you will pay if you walk up to
a ticket window at either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains will vary somewhat throughout the ski season. A few dollars less at the beginning and end of the season, a few dollars more during the regualr season.
And the same can be said of multi-day tickets that are purchased
once you arrive in Whistler. The prices fluctuate by a few dollars throughout the
Whistler lift ticket prices circa 2011-2012, Blackcomb
Mountain, Base 2
What does change quite significantly
throughout the season is the price that is
charged for pre-purchased
multi-day ski lift tickets. For example, an adult, six day lift ticket
sells for about $100 more over
the Christmas holidays than it would in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Based on these fluctuations in ticket prices, there are a few ways that you can try and cut your
costs on Whistler lift tickets on your next trip.
Getting The Best Whistler Lift Ticket Prices
Anytime you pre-purchase a multi-day ticket for Whistler Blackcomb
(whether it be from your accommodation provider, transportatiojn provider, or directly from the
resort) you will receive a discount on the ticket window price. How
much of a discount? Well, it ranges from a mere 1% over the Christmas
season, to as high as 40% (for a 5-day ticket) at the beginning and end
of the winter season.
So, the first way
to cut down on your lift ticket cost is to
always pre-purchase them before arriving in Whistler. Doing so will at
least guarantee you
some sort of a discount on the price you pay.
But it won't necessarily guarantee you the "best"
price. In order to find the perfect Whistler ski lift tickets (ie. best
priced) for you and your group I encourage you to take a ride on our
Whistler/Blackcomb Lift Ticket Wizard
It will walk you through a
series of short questions and make sure that you end up purchasing your
lift tickets or passes from the right source, at the right price
in Whistler BC during the pre-Christmas season
The second way
to cut your costs would obviously be to plan your
vacation during a part of the season when Whistler lift ticket prices
are lower. Skiing at the beginning or end of the season is always
cheaper than skiing at say Christmas time or during February/March.
The third way
to perhaps save yourself some money is a little less
obvious and may or may not work for you and your situation. Having said
thought I should point it out none the less and explain how it works.
And the best way to do that is to give you an example. From there you
can apply the technique to your own situation.
Let's say you are planning a vacation to Whistler for the week prior to
Christmas, a popular time with families because often the kids are just
starting school holidays. And because it is a popular time to visit,
Whistler lift ticket prices are at their highest. Even pre-purchasing a
multi-day pass will only save you 1% off of the ticket window price.
What to do?
Make sure that you arrive in Whistler and begin skiing the day before the ticket prices go up
Here's how this will save you money.
As mentioned earlier, the cost of a pre-purchased adult, six day ticket
over the Christmas holidays is
typically about $100 more than the cost of that same six day ticket for the weeks leading up to the holidays.
Now, if you were to arrive in Whistler and begin skiing on the first day that prices increased for Christmas (typically around the 20th of December, but it varies by a few days each year), you would pay top dollar for your lift tickets for all 6 days. But, if you were to
simply arrive one day earlier and begin skiing on the day before the prices increased, you would ski virtually the same six days at roughly an 18% discount.
For a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids) the savings would be between
300 and 400 dollars depending on the ages of the kids.
Reading Whistler Lift Ticket Prices
As you have probably figured out by now, these type of savings will
only occur if you are arriving for your ski vacation at a time when the
lift ticket prices are changing. Therefore, this little trick may or
may not be relevant to your situation.
However, the important thing to remember when looking at Whistler lift ticket prices
for pre-purchased tickets
is that you pay the price that is shown
for the day that you begin to ski or snowboard regardless of whether or
not the prices change in the middle of your ski/snowboard days. So make
sure that if you have the option to capitalize on better pricing by
arriving a day early, or a day later, that you take advantage of it.
Take a look at the three charts below which lay out the Whistler
Blackcomb ticket pricing for three different "seasons":
SEASON - DEC 12 TO DEC 18
SEASON - DEC 19 TO JAN 1
SEASON JAN 2 TO FEB 12
In each of the three charts you can see that I've circled the 6-day
price for a pre-purchased adult lift ticket. To better understand how
the ticket pricing works we'll look at four different scenarios.
If you started your six days of skiing/snowboarding on the 18th of December
you would pay $454
If you started your six days of skiing/snowboarding on the 19th of December
you would pay $540
If you started your six days of skiing/snowboarding on the 1st of January
you would pay $540
If you started your six days of skiing/snowboarding on the 2nd of January
you would pay $444
As you can see, the Whistler lift ticket prices that you will pay can
change quite dramatically by choosing to start skiing one day early or
one day later, depending on your situation.
This is just one unique way to save some money on Whistler ski tickets.
There are others. In order to make sure that you are not overpaying for
you lift tickets, run through our
Whistler Lift Ticket Wizard
or take a look at a comprehensive list
of all of your Whistler Blackcomb