Skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb, the mega B.C. ski resort, earlier this spring, I practically swooned at the cost of a walk-up lift ticket – more than $100 a day.
Luckily, some people can beat that stunning price by purchasing an Edge card, a pass that gives discounted rates for five or 10 days of skiing and boarding to residents of Washington state (and all Canadians).
The purchase deadline for the early-bird discounted Edge card for next season was May 6, but Whistler-Blackcomb has extended it for another week until May 13.
A five-day Edge card costs $355 Cdn. (the Canadian and U.S. dollars are almost at par) for an adult, bringing the daily lift price down to $71 a day. A 10-day Edge card is $639, shaving the daily cost to about $64.
There’s also a three-day Edge card for $232, giving a daily rate of about $77 for a ski ticket. Tax is extra on all passes.
Get details and purchase online at Whistler-Blackcomb’s website.
The 5- and 10-day Edge cards come with some nice perks. You get a free early-season ski day from whenever Whistler-Blackcomb opens, usually for U.S. Thanksgiving, up until Dec. 20. And you get a free “Alpine Experience” summer sightseeing day, including on the Peak to Peak gondola that swoops between the two mountains.
Want to ski this spring? Blackcomb is open for skiing and boarding until May 27 (Whistler already has closed). Buyers of the 5- and 10-day Edge cards can pay an extra $79 for a spring-pass add-on with unlimited skiing and boarding. (Way better than the April rate I had of more than $100 for a single day.)
Just be aware, if you want to go ski in the sun this spring, that a big chunk of Blackcomb is now closed for construction of a new chairlift, Crystal Ridge Express, as of May 6. According to Whistler-Blackcomb, areas closed include the Crystal zone, Spanky’s Ladder and the Blackcomb Glacier. Still, there’s lots of terrain for the last of the season’s snowplay.