Greater Vancouver skiers and riders must choose between buying season passes at five different nearby ski resorts. We've pulled together the season pass information, so you can compare the advantages of each for yourself.
Each of the five ski resorts offers season passes for all age groups. We've listed prices just for the adult passes, so you can make a quick comparison.
As the largest ski area in North America, Whistler Blackcomb has the most to offer. Located two hours north of Vancouver, the resort runs 37 lifts spread across two monstrous mountains spanning 8,171 acres.
Due to sheer size, season passes cost more at Whistler Blackcomb than other resorts. The good news is that the resort's season pass sale is running until Oct. 10. An adult unlimited pass costs $1,429 on sale, almost $300 less than its regular rate. Those who want to avoid the weekend mayhem can get a midweek pass for $1,019. Families can get 10 percent off their passes.
Cypress Mountain sits closer to Vancouver, about 20-25 minutes from downtown. Driving from North Vancouver and the North Shore will take even less time, making the proximity easy for grabbing a few turns after work during night skiing. Daily shuttle busses also offer a green way to get to the ski area.
The resort, which is running its preseason sale until Nov. 1, offers three types of season passes. The Gold Pass, valid for unlimited lift access, costs $953 on sale for adults. The Silver Pass, which costs $461 for adults, offers skiing and riding anytime except Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 and weekends in January and February. The Bronze Pass, at $305 for adults, is valid for one specified night per week, Dec. 15 to March 25.
Located in Mt. Seymour Provincial Park, Mt. Seymour sits about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Residents of North Vancouver, Seymour Heights and Windsor Park are even closer. Shuttle busses can reduce the hassle of driving.
Mt. Seymour's season pass sale runs until Sept. 30. An adult pass costs $324 on sale in contrast to $809 after the sale. Families with two adults and up to four children living in the same house can get a pass for $749 instead of $1,899. A rental season pass and Parkgate Mall Shuttle Pass are also available.
Grouse Mountain offers the quickest accessibility. Located right in North Vancouver, skiers and riders can hop on busses that run every half hour to get to the bottom of the tram to access the resort. It is also the most convenient for those who want to ski at night.
The resort is currently selling its three types of season passes at regular rates. Full Privilege Passes, which include access to skiing and snowboarding and mountain activities such as ice-skating and sleigh rides, cost $825 for adults. The Nightly Pass at $515 for adults is good for any evening after 4 p.m. while the One Night Per Week Pass at $350 for adults is valid on any night but only once a week.
South of the U.S. border, Mt. Baker sits two hours from Vancouver. The ski area draws Canadians due to its deep snowfall and favorable exchange rate. The ski area holds the world record for deepest snowfall in a season and averages 1,638 centimeters (647 inches)—usually a good 500 centimeters more than Whistler Blackcomb.
Mt. Baker's season pass sale goes until Oct. 31. An adult pass costs $695. After the sale, rates for all age group passes go up by $50.
Most season passes for ski areas include additional perks in the form of discounts. Those usually amount to 10-50 percent off purchases at restaurants, retail shops, ski schools and sometimes discounted skiing at other areas.
Need to look at more details? Find out further information and purchase passes online here: Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain, Mt. Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Mt. Baker.