Make the Most of Your Family’s Time on the Hill: Ski/Snowboard Money-Saving Deals

Money-saving deals & special events on the snowy slopes in and around Calgary (Family Fun Calgary)

When you live in a place as wintery and as well-situated as Calgary, it makes sense to embrace alpine winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. But the cost of outfitting a family can really add up – and you don’t always want to do the same runs at the same hill. So, we’re bringing you special deals that can save you some of your hard-earned dollars, plus news of fun, special events that might encourage you to try out a new hill (or at least make sure you make it to your favourite hill on the most fun days of the season)!

Make sure you also check out our Ultimate Guide to Family Skiing/Snowboarding In and Around Calgary!!

Deals (Season-Long)

Ski Canada Grade 4 & 5 Snowpass

If you have a child in Grade 4 or 5, you can purchase them a Canadian Ski Council SnowPass™ for just $29.95. The pass allows its holder to ski and snowboard up to three times at EACH participating ski area. There are dozens of participating hills across Canada. That’s a lot of skiing and snowboarding for one super low price! A single pass gets them all the same benefits in Grade 4 AND 5, so if you’re going to pick one up, try to do it for their Grade 4 year; there’s no need to renew for Grade 5.

Got questions about how this works? The website has a fantastic FAQ section.

Cost: $29.95
Where: can be used at mountains across Canada (3 times per hill)

RCR Rockies Grade 2 Funpass

Is your child born in 2010 or enrolled in grade two? Then he or she is entitled to receive a RCR Rockies Grade 2 FunPass™ and have a fantastic season on the slopes!

The pass gives your child season pass privileges at Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort and Nakiska Ski Area for the 2017-18 ski season.

Pass is free with proof of child’s 2010 birthdate; $20 (+GST) processing fee applies. You can apply for pass online or in person at any of the resorts or the Calgary office. If you order online, you can have the pass mailed to you.

Lake Louise Grade 2 Ski Pass

Lake Louise also has a grade two ski pass for your child, for only the $20 administration and operational fee! The pass is good to ski all season long at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. You will be required to show proof of ID, in the form of a birth certificate, health card, or even a report card. (You can use last year’s grade one report card, too.)

You can purchase a Grade 2 Pass online or in person at either the Lake Louise Ski Resort or the Calgary Sales Office or by calling 1-877-956-8473 toll free.

Picking up your pass
You must bring your child with you to the Lake Louise Ski Resort, or the Calgary Sales Office. A release form is required to be filled out by the parent or legal guardian at time of pass pick up and a photo of the child must be taken.


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Special Events

Norquay Toonie Days

On five separate occasions this winter, Alberta residents can hit the slopes at Norquay for less than the price of a cup of coffee! This offer does not include tubing.

$2 Lift tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event with an optional donation to a local charity of Mt Norquay’s choosing. Donations collected from each of Mt Norquay’s ‘Toonie Days’ will be divided between a variety of charities within the Bow Valley and Calgary area.

When: December 14, 2016 and January 11, February 8, March 8 and April 12, 2017
Where: Mount Norquay
Directions: Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay Road.


ShredAbility is a fun ski and snowboard treasure hunt, taking place on April 8, 2017, at Sunshine Village. All money raised from this event goes straight to creating more exciting opportunities for the guests of Rocky Mountain Adaptive.

Teams of 2 solve clues & compete in adaptive challenges to complete the treasure hunt. The hunt is available in Green, Blue or Black Runner level. Teams may also join together to form teams of 4! This is a costume event and there are prizes for the best costume. Enjoy a great day out with family & friends, and help support the continued success of RMA’s programs and lessons.

Included in your day (see website for fundraising minimums) is a treasure hunt including adaptive challenges (see photo above), breakfast, lunch, silent auction, prize giving, swag bags, your lift ticket and the chance to meet many or our awesome participants! There are prizes in many categories including Top Fundraiser, Best Costume, Fastest Team, Slowest Team, and much more!

When: Saturday April 8, 2017
Time: 9 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Sunshine Village
Address: 1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff AB

Grey Cup at Sunshine Village

Mix two of your great loves – CFL and powder! Ski or ride in your favourite CFL team’s jersey and get a $15 discount on your regular lift ticket price.

When: Sunday November 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 am – 6 pm
Where: Sunshine Village
Address: 1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff AB
Facebook: Event Page

Santa Family Photo Days at Lake Louise

What better way to celebrate Christmas than skiing with Santa at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world! Get your free photo taken with Santa and his elves and Santa’s helpers will send you a complimentary e-card! In the afternoon Santa takes to the slopes and works up an appetite for all those Christmas cookies.

Santa and his elves will be in the Lodge of Ten Peaks from 10 am – 12 pm, and will be on the hill from 2 – 3:30 pm on December 23rd & 24th.

When: December 23-24, 2016
Time: 10 am – 12 pm (Lodge of Ten Peaks) and 2 – 3:30 pm (on the hill)
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Address: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise AB

Santa Shreds For Free at Mount Norquay

Planning to hit the slopes at Norquay on Christmas Day? Don your best Santa suit (or dress like Mrs. Claus, an elf or reindeer – but it needs to be the whole suit, not just a hat!), and you can ski for free!

When: December 25, 2016
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Mount Norquay Ski Area
Directions: Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay Road.

Torchlight Dinner and Ski at Lake Louise

Experience the mountain from a whole new perspective as you explore the hill after hours. The excitement begins at the mid mountain lodge, Whitehorn Bistro, where you will enjoy après drinks, appetizers and live music in a majestic setting. Following après, you will enjoy first tracks down a freshly groomed run with professional staff as your escorts. Head to the Sitzmark Lounge where a smorgasbord of food and entertainment awaits you.

Optional transportation to Lake Louise or Banff Hotels is available. Non skiers/boarders can purchase a dinner/dance only option for the Sitzmark Lounge.

Kids 5 and under get in free!

When: December 25 & 31, 2016 and February 14, 2017
Time: closing time – 9 pm
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Address: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise AB

New Years Torchlight Parade at Norquay

Whether you’re watching from the hill or from the Town of Banff or participating in the parade as it winds its way down from the top of the North American Chair, this is a thrilling way to end 2016. Expert skiers who are interested in taking part in the parade should contact Teha Ciotti (

When: December 31, 2016
Time: 7-10 pm
Where: Mount Norquay Ski Area
Directions: Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay Road.

National Ski Day at Nakiska

On January 14th, Nakiska Ski Area is hosting a National Ski Day event, with lift tickets priced at 50% off available online until January 13th!

Go online for more info on National Ski Day.

When: Saturday January 14, 2017
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Nakiska Ski Area
FacebookEvent Page

World Snow Day (Winsport & Lake Louise)

World Snow Day is an international event that brings fun activities to FIS Member National Ski Associations around the globe! The events are designed to encourage kids to participate and engage in winter sports. Participating Calgary-area ski hills include Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park and Lake Louise.

Both venues are offering free skiing to kids under 12 (January 14 & 15 at Lake Louise!), with a paying adult. Lake Louise has some other deals too. Visit the World Snow Day website for more information on each venue’s events.

When: Sunday January 15, 2017
Where: Lake Louise Ski Area (Lake Louise AB) and Canada Olympic Park (Calgary AB)
FIS Snow Day
Lake Louise Snow DayEvent Info
Canada Olympic Park Snow DayEvent Info

Toyota Free Ride at Sunshine Village

Toyota will be at Sunshine Village over the Family Day long weekend (Feb 18-20, 2017), giving free rides in their new 2017 lineup right from the ski hill. Along with this, they are running a contest, giving away 2 lift tickets to people who show Toyota how they ‘ride safe’ using #ToyotaFreeRide. Whether it’s goggles, winter tires, helmets – anything safe – we want to see! 7 pairs of tickets will be given away each week, with the contest ending Feb 24. Also, each entry is an entry into the Grand Prize, a Ski & Stay Getaway for 2 at Sunshine Village.

When: Feb 18 – 20, 2017 (contest open until Feb. 24th)
Time: 8 am – 4 pm daily
Where: Sunshine Village
Address: 1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff AB

Eddie the Eagle Jumps Again in Calgary – click for detailed info

When: Sunday March 5, 2017
Where: WinSport
Address: 88 Olympic Rd SW, Calgary AB

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