Those who missed Whistler Blackcomb's first spring pass sale last April can have a second chance at getting a season pass on sale. Rates have gone up since spring and British Columbia's introduction of the new HST tax adds to the price, but rates are still better than they will be after the sale.

The company launched their early bird season pass sale at the end of August. The Unlimited adult season pass is available for $1,349 CAN, but will increase by $350 CAN after Oct. 11. The new HST adds a 12 percent tax onto the price.

Unlimited passes are available for youth, seniors, and children, too, but adults have the option to purchase two other types of passes-a midweek adult pass costing $999 CAN or a 15-day pass costing $899 CAN.

Unlimited passholders get use of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola year-round and a 20 percent discount at mountaintop restaurants that include the Roundhouse Lodge, Rendezvous, and Glacier Creek Lodge. Unlimited passholders can get $100 off of a day of skiing or riding with Whistler Heli-Skiing. Discounts on retail, rentals, and lessons are also available. Unlimited adult and senior season passholders can also purchase a $500 Whistler Blackcomb gift card for $399 and three additional lift tickets for $139, which makes a lift ticket cost $47.

Opening Day is scheduled for Nov. 25. Whistler Blackcomb hit a record season last winter with 587 inches of snow, which has locals itching for a repeat season now that the Olympic Games are over. Skiers and riders can once again hit the Men's and Women's Alpine Skiing courses. They will be open to public skiing and riding with snowmaking enhancing lower elevation slopes. Travel on the Sea to Sky Highway, which was improved for the Olympic Games, should be shorter between Vancouver and Whistler.

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