Lift prices Whistler vs Australia

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  1. LMSM

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    My family of five are going to be in Whistler over Christmas this year. First time on overseas snow for us so we are all very excited. However, after looking up the website to get an idea of lift tickets and ski school prices I was a bit shocked at how expensive they are.

    All we ever hear in Australia is how expensive our prices are and why would you ski here when you are better off going overseas where it’s all cheaper. Now I realise we are going in peak holiday season so we are going to be paying peak prices but when I worked out the equivalent tickets using Falls Creek pricing and we are talking substantially more expensive in Whistler. Am I wrong? Am I looking up the wrong things? I do realise that you are getting much more bang for your buck but the difference in price just didn’t seem to fit with the idea that overseas is much more reasonable.
     
  2. chrisj

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    Overseas is a big place.
     
  3. Donzah

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    Whistler is one of the most expensive places to ski in the world. Shares that dubious honour with a bunch of other Vail owned resorts.
    I'd suggest looking at somewhere like Sun Peaks or Big White for value for your first trip OS.
     
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    Not as big as it used to be.. ..
     
  5. gareth_oau

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    Don’t forget to add another 12% taxes to whatever prices you see advertised
     
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  6. Harper11

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    Depends how many days you want to ski

    Everywhere has gone so season or epic pass oriented that day passes and multi day passes are pretty expensive
     
  7. LMSM

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    I knew Whistler was expensive...I suppose I was just a bit shocked at how expensive compared to here. The Whistler part of our trip is actually one part of our holiday with extended family. We are all staying in Vancouver for a couple of weeks after Whistler which we are also looking forward to. Accommodation for both was locked in months ago because with 21 people we couldn’t really leave things to the last minute. The accommodation wasn’t too bad price wise...just the lift passes threw me for a loop.
     
  8. Legs Akimbo

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    The trick is to catch early bird season passes. They are much better than walk up prices. The break even point is generally about 2 weeks. Unfortunately it is too late now.
     
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    Also whistler offers s fair bit more than falls creek to be fair
     
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    This.

    I paid a fortune for lift tickets on my last trip to the US which was after about 10 years off. I wanted to wake up in the morning and decide which of the 10 resorts within an hour's drive to ski. Cost a king's ransom but we made the most of the powder days. In retrospect I should have bought a Mountain Collective pass as that covered Alta/Snowbird and Jackson.
     
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    It’s apples and oranges though is it.
     
  12. Piste Again

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    Holy shit batman! A 14 of 17 day pass is $133/day. The 2 of 3 day is $151/day.

    Japan and Europe (except Switzerland) are miles cheaper. And they frequently offer 5 hour passes, late start passes, saturday discounts and things that make them cheaper again.

    We've been going to Canada some northern winters and spending a week at Whistler with some mates of ours who moved to Vancouver Island. I was going to go there this January but they didn't want in. Her exact words were "Whistlers got crazy expensive as has Mt Washington. ". They're coming to France with us in January 2020 instead, and I'm going to Japan in about 67 days :woohoo:.
     
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    Yes, Whistler is expensive but also an amazing pair of mountains with a huge amount of vertical. Are any of you likely to need lessons, as it’s often better value to bundle a lift and lesson package? That also includes some pretty advanced lessons, by the way, including their camps. Significant discounts are to be found if you buy before 31 August, so you’ve missed the boat there. You also can get free guided tours. Avoid weekends if you can, unles you enjoy lengthy (albeit well organised) lift lines.
     
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    Hmmm. Chamonix/Mont Blanc unlimited, 10 ski fields, is $A101 for a one day pass or $82/day for a 6 day pass. Not trying to argue about the terrain, but the difference in price is pretty staggering.
     
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    True. I haven’t skied in Europe (yet!) so can’t comment on prices there. I was simply commenting on Whistler as a Canadian resort since that is where the OP will be over Christmas. He/she may find prices cheaper at the resorts closer to Vancouver such as Grouse Mountain - @sly_karma may wish to provide further info here ...
     
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    You picked the wrong resort if you wanted cheap lift tickets. You need to lock in early bird season passes for the best pricing in North America or resorts sometimes have "free skiing for kids" with accommodation packages.

    If you want cheap lift tickets, come to Japan. $163 for a season pass for Tomamu gives you unlimited skiing plus a host of other benefits. (That's part of a family pass, $650 for 2 adults and 2 kids). Furano will cost us about $80 a day for 2 adults and 2 kids. (kids ski free and Tomamu season pass holders get discounted tickets)

    Best day ticket price I got was just a few years ago in Myoko Japan, $15 for an adult day ticket. :D
     
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    Mind you it costs me nothing to ride in whistler.
    My perisher season pass works just fine.
    *with a few exceptions.
     
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    Grouse/Seymour/Cypress are less money but less mountain too. Whistler has acreage and vertical that put it at the top of the pile in nth america year after year. You always pay top dollar when you opt for the top of the pile. There are lots of ways to buy a lift pass these days, with almost as complex a pricing structure as the airline industry, but still the best deal is early bird season pass.

    The Euro mega resorts tout their massive lifted areas and huge vert, but often you're paying for facilities you have little chance of using. In theory, you can ski a different lift every run and traverse your way across the countryside and end up three valleys away, brekky in Suisse, lunch in Italia, etc. How much actual skiing did you do? Traveling from one valley to another takes time and lots of relatively empty vertical. Not the same as cranking laps on a fast lift on steep terrain and racking up real vert. Both are good on their day, it's not an apples to apples comparison. Nth american resorts might have less skiable acreage, but it's all patrolled and opens relatively quickly on a powder day.
     
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    How much is the early bird Epic pass that gives unlimited Whistler access?
     
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    Just a little!
     
  21. Whatever really

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    I’m going too whistler for 11 days and have decided to just buy an Epic pass, $949USD but this deal runs out Nov 1.
     
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    The Australia epic pass is probably the best value for whistler for that length

    I’m thinking of getting one for a trip in a years time but I won’t ski Perisher
     
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    You only get 10 days at Whistler (and Vail, B Creek or Breck) with the Australian epic pass
     
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    You could probably base in Vancouver and spend a day or two at each to fill in most of a week. F20 has a trail map from every resort she's skied. It's close to wallpaper!

    As a first time visitor, that's the mistake we made, as does everyone. It's considerably cheaper than North America anyway, but once you work out how the area works, you can buy a pass for just one part of the mega-resort and stick to that for the day. For example, in Portes du Soleil you can buy the full PDS pass, or save about 20% and just get Avoriaz, Les Gets or the Swiss resorts. For the smaller resorts in the area like Roc d'Enfer and Mt Chery you save about 50%. Then you have the option of a full day, a 5 hour or a late start. We stay most of a month and ski 15-20 days and it works out cheaper to go day by day and only buy the full area pass if we want to go for a longer ski.
     
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    That’s plenty for me for this trip
    Taking the kids

    And it works out at $80 aud per day which is hard to beat
     
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    Breck is unlimited with blackout days. Not included in those 10 days.
     
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    The Australian pass is 10 days and has holiday block out periods,
    If you are going for less than 10 days and outside these dates it’s great if not you are best with the Whistler epic pass.
     
  29. Harper11

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    Yeah the black out dates aren’t too bad

    Generally they are days you’d want to avoid anyway

    • 29 - 30 November 2019
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    • 18 January 2020
    • 15 - 16 February 2020
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  30. skipperlee

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    skied whistler twice with 3 kids - I bought lift tickets/ski hire bundles well in advance it was buy 1 adult get 1 kid free - so 2 kids skied for free and the teenager had a discount price aswell. we went over presidents week and was busy but if you got to bottom lift for opening you missed the rush although there was a couple bottlenecks where the queues were big but organised with no pushing (big red , emerald , symphony)