The Ski Season is Finally Here!

Sure, we all love the sunshine and warmth of summer, but a little part of most of us yearns for the opportunity to strap on our skis or snowboard and hit the slopes.

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The Ski Season is Finally Here!

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauljh/2274201483/Sure, we all love the sunshine and warmth of summer, but a little part of most of us yearns for the opportunity to strap on our skis or snowboard and hit the slopes. You may even find yourself doing an ancient snow dance because the itch to ski is just so powerful. Calgarians don't have to wait any longer as the season has started and it's time to enjoy the snow-covered mountains, hot cocoa, a warm fire and the cool air on your face.

Finding Discount Lift Tickets

Skiing in Calgary can be very expensive, if you don't know the secrets to finding discounted lift tickets. You should never pay full price, especially if you plan to do quite a bit of skiing. Here are some of the discount options available.

The RCR Card

You will spend $90 for this card, but it provides discounts for Kicking Horse, Nakaska, Kimberly and Fernie. Enjoy savings of $8 to $30 on lift tickets and free tickets on your first, fourth and seventh visits.

Costco

Join Costco for the massive discounts on food, but don't forget about the discounted lift tickets they sell here. This is the perfect option for those only planning to ski a few times throughout the season.

The Louise Plus Card

Known as one of the best choices, it will run you about $100. You save $20 on lift tickets at Castle Mountain, Panorama, Schweitzer Mountain Resort (in Idaho), Lake Louise and Revelstoke. You will also receive free lift days on your first, fourth and seventh visit.

Rocky Mountain Passport

For those looking to ski a ton, this is the only way to go. It's expensive at around $2,200, but you will gain unlimited access to eight top skiing resorts including:

  • Marmot
  • Lake Louise
  • Sunshine Nakiska
  • Kimberly
  • Panorama
  • Marmot
  • Fernie
  • Norquay

It may be hard to justify this expense, but if you ski enough, you will get more than your money's worth.

Sunshine Marmot Card

For $85, this card gives you a $15 discount off lift tickets at both Marmot and Sunshine resorts. You will also receive free days on your first, fourth and seventh visits.

These are all great options to get the most out of your ski season without spending full price for lift tickets.

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