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Anyone know where to get Whistler lift tickets that are discounted?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

they are up to $100 a day now which is insane.

post #2 of 21

There are some pretty good lift and lodging deals on the website if that helps.

 http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/plan-your-trip/deals-and-packages/index.aspx

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

yeah checked- there is a discount to buy online but only $28 a day.  still over $400 for 4 days of skiing :(

post #4 of 21
There are places to buy discounted tx like 7-11 in Sqamish but I don't think it's cheaper than buying online in advance. You have to be a WA or Canada resident to get the edge card discount, which makes it very reasonable. I thought most hotels and condos offered them at 30 percent off but it sounds like you checked. Maybe that is dependent on time of year. You must be going in feb or March when they are more expensive, in January it's $353 for 4 days. It may be a small consolation but at least you're paying less than at Vail, BC, Aspen, maybe Breck and Squaw for a lot more terrain.
post #5 of 21

If you're willing to gamble, whistler craigslist often has people selling tickets for various reasons. Some are employees selling off their friends and family tickets and others are people who bought tickets but was then injured etc. Some might be scams, I don't know.

post #6 of 21

Did anyone check how much the 7/11's charge for tickets this year? or any local ski shop on the way from Seattle to Whistler?

 

So far all my options are all ~100$ per ticket. EVO in Seattle charge 99$ including taxes per ticket. Checked Whistler website, 2 people/2days cost 453 CAD with taxes, with the current exchange rate it is about 385USD and adding the 3% foreign transaction fee on credit card, it comes down to same as EVO. My wife has deals via workingadvantage, tickets are cheaper but fees and shipping brings it to the same 100$ range.

 

I appreciate any advice.


Edited by Partizan Turks - 1/8/15 at 1:24pm
post #7 of 21

WTTW - next time buy a Mountain Collective Pass, if you are headed to any other resorts as well. i.e. Alta/Bird, JH, Mammoth, etc.  Pays for itself really fast.

post #8 of 21

1) Get a credit card or debit/atm card that have no or low foreign exchange fees.  If you don't have a creditcard that fits this profile, often times, stock brokerage's account debitcards will have low or no EFX fees: (tdameritrade specifically for canada as there are TD banks everywhere).

 

 

2) From this site it says if you're really searching for a deal, and you can stop by capilano university student union during specific daytime hours, then you can get day tickets for $92.40 (CAD) (if they are not sold out!).

 

http://www.whistler-vacation-tips.com/cheap-lift-tickets-for-whistler.html

http://csu.bc.ca/services/ski-snow/

 

Yes it's just a few $ off and it's not worth it to rearrange your whole vacation just to save a few $ over 4 tickets.

But if you think absolutely about it, it is a pretty decent percentage discount.  

You can't expect to get double digit % off tickets for nothing.

 

3) Whistler's site says Convenience store rate  (7-11) is $109 (CAD) for a 1-Day Adult Lift Ticket. I don't know if this is accurate.  This should come out about the same as pre-buy, but you don't have to commit.  If something happens, *maybe* you find someone else to buy your unused passes versus being stuck with the prebuy.

 

 

4) Finally another option if you've really got an abundance of time and effort; but no money; you can scour vancouver /whistler craigslist listings and find people who for one reason or another have vouchers to sell.  This takes a lot of running around and effort.  But don't expect to save more than $20 per ticket.  Don't expect people to be ditching their vouchers for like half off for no reason.

 

 

I suppose that since there isn't a secret market for discount tickets, just shows the market is relatively efficient and you're not really getting ripped off (too much) by just buying directly from whistler, versus having hidden deals that only some people have special access to.  

 

In my book that's actually a good thing rather than a bad.  You don't have to scour the internet looking for "deals", just buy from whistler and be at peace that at most you're only losing a few $, a fair price for the convenience


Edited by raytseng - 1/8/15 at 5:29pm
post #9 of 21
Thanks Raytsang for all these options. I'll be more than happy with 20$ off. Not looking for a too good to be true price but there's always a deal when it comes a ski lift ticket. Some are crazy deals. For instance Stratton Vt lift tix are almost similar to whistler 98$ weekends. A friend works for ny state and through their union he buys the same ticket for 52. No blackouts. now that's a crazy deal in my book.

i was in UT 3 years ago and almost all local shops in Slc had discount tickets. Ended up buying my tickets from them like $10 cheaper. just wondering if local shops along the way has similar deals. 4 tix at 10$ off, 40$ buys me the free drinks free in the end.
post #10 of 21

If skiing Whistler, get an EDGE card if you're eligible. Alternately, plan your vacation for mid-April and buy the late season pass for ~$200 and ski for a couple of weeks. You'll get far cheaper lodging as well. If possible, combine both strategies: buy next year's edge card in April, then add around $80 to ski the rest of this year plus at least one early day in December (maybe several weeks in December).

 

Only works for Canadians or Washington State residents. 

post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
 

If skiing Whistler, get an EDGE card if you're eligible. Alternately, plan your vacation for mid-April and buy the late season pass for ~$200 and ski for a couple of weeks. You'll get far cheaper lodging as well. If possible, combine both strategies: buy next year's edge card in April, then add around $80 to ski the rest of this year plus at least one early day in December (maybe several weeks in December).

 

Only works for Canadians or Washington State residents. 


Is the spring pass only for CA/WA residents?  If not, any insight on when it starts this year.  I googled but couldn't find any details.  I'm thinking of a trip right before or right after Easter (April 5)

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by jasonmiller74 View Post
 

they are up to $100 a day now which is insane.

 

Insane? Let's see, Vail is $145 / day or almost 50% more, Killington is $92. Where would you rather be?

 

7-11 is essentially cheapest.

 

 
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
 

 

Insane? Let's see, Vail is $145 / day or almost 50% more, Killington is $92. Where would you rather be?

 

7-11 is essentially cheapest.

 


Vail was $160/day over new years.  That's insane

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 

7-11 is essentially cheapest.

 

All right guys no more speculation on 7-11 prices. Just called the 7-11 Squamish, here is the deal for this year. The attendant said it is 114.45CAD/day with tax. With today's exchange rate it is about 96 USD. Still not much different than the other options when foreign transactions fee added on top of this. Final decision: if the exchange rates continues to drop, 7-11 it is. If the exchange rate favors CAD, then EVO it is.

 

By the way, whistler website rate of 113.4CAD/day (tax included) is for online purchases before Jan 31st, otherwise it is increasing to 124.95CAD. So if purchased advanced, whistler web rates are better than 7-11 rates but I don't want to commit to anything until I arrive in Seattle just in case some cancellation happens.

 

Here comes the most expensive lift tickets of my life. :)

 

Snofun3, you asked which resort to prefer but a skiing vacation is not just the lift tickets. Lodging/Transportation/Lift Tickets/Meals/(maybe rentals) etc. all important. One of the reasons I chose Whistler over Denver or Salt Lake City resorts this year was flights were more expensive to both Denver and SLC from Boston, SUV rental from SEA airport is much more cheaper than the Denver and SLC. Lodging will be probably comparable in either though. Overall whistler is offering a cheaper trip despite the more expensive lift tickets.

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

3) Whistler's site says Convenience store rate  (7-11) is $109 (CAD) for a 1-Day Adult Lift Ticket. I don't know if this is accurate.

Yes it is (see my previous post). Then adding 5% tax, it becomes 114.45CAD total.

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Partizan Turks View Post
 

Here comes the most expensive lift tickets of my life. :)

 

 Lodging/Transportation/Lift Tickets/Meals/(maybe rentals) etc. all important. Overall whistler is offering a cheaper trip despite the more expensive lift tickets.

 

:confused

 

The lift tickets are a LOT CHEAPER than others - see Vail above at $160 / day.

 

Oh, and it's twice the size and 10 times the gnar of Fail. So it's also $145 at BV, Steamboat $129 - oh, and those are US funds- at the $114 CAD you say above, then its ABOUT $96.25 US.

 

It's $92 at Killington (and Okemo) for gosh sakes, and $98 at Flatton, so it's real hard to understand your math. 

post #17 of 21

if skiing more than 4 days mountain collective the way to go if still avail

i'm a local and have done this the past 2 seasons, bonus is i travel to utah  jackson every season

MC you get three visits to resort of choice two to all others 50 % off there after

post #18 of 21

Yes, being a local always helps. Many resorts offer frequent skier cards. I ski in North East and never paid those crazy full price tickets at Stratton or Killington. In fact, last year I skied at Stratton for 52$/day and at the year before at Killington for 54$/day through a friend's employee union deal. I can get discounted tickets via working advantage at a little higher rates than those but still cheaper than the face value of >90$.

 

Some people need to pay for airfare, rental cars, hotels for a skiing trip and for those the lift tickets are never the single decisive factor. As a matter of fact, I didn't even check Whistler lift tickets before I arranged the plane tickets and rental car. Yes, Vail at 160$ is beyond insane for me. Denver rental cars are literally like 5X more expensive than Seattle. I've never been to CO in my life and looks like if it happens, it won't be for skiing with these crazy prices. but if you happen to live 5 minutes away from Vail, how likely would you travel somewhere else to ski?

 

Anyways, already figured out where to get the tickets. Thanks for all the input folks!

post #19 of 21

the rising us dollar is starting to make a big difference. if you can't take advantage of the many deals then Whistler walk up rate is the most expensive ticket in Canada but even at that it's still a lot cheaper than some US areas.

B.C interior rates are about 20-25 dollars less before any deals.This year places like Baker Whitefish and Schwietzer are likely going to see less Canadian traffic. That should make some  happy. 

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by ratfink View Post
 

if skiing more than 4 days mountain collective the way to go if still avail

i'm a local and have done this the past 2 seasons, bonus is i travel to utah  jackson every season

MC you get three visits to resort of choice two to all others 50 % off there after


FYI, it's only 2 free days at each ski area if you buy now.  At 420 USD, you'd probably have to ski 7 days to come out ahead with the MC

post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post

the rising us dollar is starting to make a big difference. if you can't take advantage of the many deals then Whistler walk up rate is the most expensive ticket in Canada but even at that it's still a lot cheaper than some US areas.
B.C interior rates are about 20-25 dollars less before any deals.This year places like Baker Whitefish and Schwietzer are likely going to see less Canadian traffic. That should make some  happy. 

There have been articles in two of the local papers that this is going to hurt our local economy noticeably. I certainly haven't seen the impact yet on chair rides.
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