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January 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Ski for $12 on Super Bowl Sunday

Stevens Pass wants to get skiers to the slopes on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2) and is offering some $12 lift tickets. The  discounted  tickets are available only through the Stevens Pass Facebook page, and will  be valid for four hours of skiing or snowboarding on game day. 1,200 tickets  were made available but are going fast…. Stevens also will…

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May 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Get an early-bird deal on Whistler-Blackcomb lift tickets for next season

The Peak to Peak gondola swoops between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for winter skiers and summer sightseers. (Kristin Jackson photo / The Seattle Times

The Peak to Peak gondola swoops between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for winter skiers and summer sightseers. (Kristin Jackson photo / The Seattle Times

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

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Comments | More in Northwest, Tips & deals | Topics: skiing, spring skiing, Whistler-Blackcomb

February 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

What’s your favorite B.C. ski resort? (And paradise missed at Whistler)

At B.C.’s Big White ski area, there’s wide-open terrain and (usually) good snow. (Photo by Kristin Jackson / Seattle Times.)

Long, long ago my dad had the chance to be one of the early investors in what is now Whistler, the mega ski resort  in British Columbia. Back then, in the early 1960s, there was nothing there  except dankly forested mountains and bears rooting in a garbage dump (near where dozens of luxurious hotels in Whistler Village now stand). To get there from Vancouver,  in the two-tone family station wagon, had taken hours  since the last couple of dozen miles of  road was a bumpy, unpaved grind through the woods.

This will never amount to anything, my dad proclaimed, looking around at what’s  now the village and the world-class Whistler and Blackcomb ski mountains. Oops.

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January 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM

New lifts coming to Whistler (and maybe some sun this weekend)

The massive and ever-improving Whistler-Blackcomb resort in B.C. will start construction this spring on two new chairlifts to open next season. Or boarders and skiers going north this weekend will find a nice snow base (at mid-mountain) of 74 inches and a forecast calling for some sunshine starting Sunday…

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