Make the Most of Your Family’s Time on the Hill: Ski/Snowboard Money-Saving Deals (2018 Update in Progress)

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

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)
Emailinfo@snowpass.ca
Websitewww.skicanada.org

RCR Rockies Grade 2 Funpass

Is your child born in 2011 or enrolled in grade two? Then he or she is entitled to receive an 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 2018-19 ski season.

The pass is free with proof of the child’s 2011 birthdate; $20 (+GST) processing fee applies. You can apply for a 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.

Websitewww.skircr.com

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 the time of pass pick up and a photo of the child must be taken.

Website: www.skilouise.com

Servus Ski Wednesday at Winsport

WinSport has a partnership with Servus Credit Union for Servus Ski Wednesdays, which allows skiers and snowboarders to purchase a lift ticket between 3 pm and 9 pm for just $12. In addition, Servus Credit Union members receive an additional 10% off rentals.

When: December 5, 2018; January 9, January 30, February 20, March 6, & March 20, 2019
Time: 3 – 9 pm
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park
Address: 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.servus.ca

Norquay Cool2Carpool Days

Norquay has revamped Toonie Days this year, as the popularity of the program meant they had problems with parking. This year, they are running Cool2Carpool Days.

How it works:

Skiers and boarders are encouraged to ride-share to the hill. Split the $50 per carload price between each passenger for your own individual lift ticket (each passenger must be legally seated!). So, round up your family and friends alike, fill the station wagon, minivan or coach to save big this winter! (Each carload purchase must be made in a single transaction; sorry, no splitting payments.) And, if you choose to take the shuttle from Banff, you’ll ski for only $10/pp.

Cool 2 Carpool deal cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.

When: December 19, 2018, January 9, February 13, March 13, & April 10, 2019
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Mount Norquay
Directions: Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay Road.
Websitewww.winter.banffnorquay.com

Special Events:

Ski Big 3 Community Ski Day

If you’re a member of Banff, Canmore, or the Bow Valley, ski Banff Sunshine for only $35 and feel great about the proceeds going back into the Bow Valley community.

When: December 7, 2018
Where: Banff Sunshine Village
Directions: 1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff, AB
Websitewww.skibanff.com

Ski Big 3 Community Ski Day

If you’re a member of Banff, Canmore, or the Bow Valley, ski Mt. Norquay for only $35 and feel great about the proceeds going back into the Bow Valley community.

When: December 8, 2018
Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Where: Mount Norquay Ski Area
Directions: Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay Road.
Websitewinter.banffnorquay.com

Ski Big 3 Community Ski Day

If you’re a member of Banff, Canmore, or the Bow Valley, ski Lake Louise for only $35 and feel great about the proceeds going back into the Bow Valley community.

When: December 9, 2018
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Address: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, AB
Websitewww.skilouise.com

Lake Louise Free Demo Days

The Lake Louise Ski Resort has FREE Demo Days. Come test out new season hard goods from your favourite ski and snowboard companies, for FREE! There will be a variety of companies and shops on hand to give you all the information you need about their products. All you need to do is leave a credit card or driver’s license with the Rep while you take their gear out for a few runs.

When: December 15, 2018, February 16 & March 23, 2019
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Address: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, AB
Website: www.skilouise.com

Christmas Cheer With Santa Claus at Lake Louise

What better way to celebrate Christmas than skiing with Santa at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world! See him in the lodge or when Santa takes to the slopes and works up an appetite for all those Christmas cookies. See the schedule here.

When: December 22 – 23, 2018
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Address: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, AB
Website: www.skilouise.com

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, if you wear it all day!

When: December 25, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Mount Norquay Ski Area
Directions: Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay Road.
Websitewinter.banffnorquay.com

Night Skiing at Castle Mountain

The fun doesn’t need to end just because the sun has gone down! (And good thing, too, during the long winter nights.)

Castle Mountain Resort is offering night skiing. Spend time with family & friends skiing under the lights! All runs accessible by the Green Chair will be open during the evening, including jumps & rails for those a little more adventurous. The event runs from 5 – 8 pm and is only $5 to participate.

When: December 29 – 31, 2018
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Where: Castle Mountain Resort
Address: Pincher Creek, AB
Website: www.skicastle.ca

New Year’s 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 2017. Expert skiers who are interested in taking part in the parade should contact: sales@banffnorquay.com

When: December 31, 2018
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.
Websitewinter.banffnorquay.com

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. See schedule here.

Kids 5 and under get in free!

When: January 15, 2019
Time: closing time – 9 pm
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Address: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, AB
Websitewww.skilouise.com


2017/18

Never Ever Days

On select days this season, Nakiska is offering Never Ever days, where you can get a beginner lift ticket, lesson, and rental for only $25, for skiing or snowboarding!

See other Ski Canada’s Never Ever Days here.

When: February 12, March 16, & April 9, 2018
Where: Nakiska Ski Area
Website: www.skicanada.org

World Snow Day (Castle Mountain)

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.

Castle Mountain Resort will be offering complimentary Green Chair (learning zone) tickets for guests on January 20 – 21, 2018. In addition, ski and snowboard instructors will be on hand within our learning areas to provide complimentary tips and instruction to those who may need a helping hand. A number of additional family-friendly events and activities will be available including complimentary lunch for kids (quantities limited) and a fun-race organized by the local chapter of the Canadian Ski Patrol.

When: January 20 – 21, 2018
Where: Castle Mountain Resort (Pincher Creek, AB)
FIS Snow Day Websitewww.world-snow-day.com
Castle Mountain Snow DayEvent Info

National Ski Day at Nakiska

On January 27th, Nakiska Ski Area is hosting a National Ski Day event, with lift tickets priced at 50% off and available online!

Go online for more info on National Ski Day.

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Nakiska Ski Area
Facebook: Event Page


Special Events

ShredAbility

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
Websiterockymountainadaptive.com/shredability

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