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Multi-Mountain Season Pass Ski Trip

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Whistler Blackcomb | Blake Jorgenson

Multi-Mountain Pass Ski Safari

 

If you’ve got a multi-mountain season pass in your pocket and wanderlust in your head, we’re here to help. Epic, IKON, IndyPass, and Mountain Collective all give skiers and snowboarders the freedom to resort-hop at a fraction of the walk-up ticket window price, and often offer lodging discounts, too. Here’s the lowdown on how to organize a BC ski safari with your pass.

For All Multi-Mountain Pass Ski Safaris:

  • From within BC, Alberta, or Washington State, consider a door-to-door road trip in your own vehicle.
  • Whether you drive your own vehicle or rent one at the airport, ensure it is all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive equipped with winter tires.
  • Check in advance which pass version you have to avoid blackout dates. Epic and IKON both sell multiple versions of their pass, and only the full version of each has zero blackout dates.
  • Check ahead whether any resorts you plan to visit require reservations or proof of vaccination.
  • Check to see whether your pass includes lodging discounts. Many do!

Epic

The full, unrestricted version of the Epic Pass includes unlimited days at Whistler Blackcomb, and a total of seven days combined at Fernie, Kicking Horse, and Kimberley, with no reservations required and no black-out dates.

How to put it together:

  • Arrival Airport: Canadian Rockies International (YXC) in Cranbrook
  • First Stop: Kimberley
  • Second Stop: Fernie
  • Transition Day: Visit hot springs while driving up the gorgeous Columbia River Valley.
  • Third Stop: Kicking Horse
  • Transition Day: Drive back to Canadian Rockies International (YXC), fly to Vancouver (YVR), and catch an airporter to Whistler.
  • Fourth Stop: Whistler
  • Depart: Vancouver International (YVR)

FERNIE ALPINE RESORT

Serious powderhounds make the trek to the southeastern corner of BC to ski at Fernie Alpine Resort. Nearly nine metres (30 feet) of snow blankets this resort each year, ranking it among the snowiest ski destinations in Canada. A must? Ride up the Polar Peak chairlift to one the highest peaks in the Lizard Range, and carve the steep and deep from 1,082 metres (3,550 feet).

Photo: Dave Heath

KICKING HORSE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Tucked among soaring peaks in the Rocky Mountains, Kicking Horse is all about big mountain skiing and champagne powder. Kicking Horse is also home to four alpine bowls and chutes that keep skiers exploring for days. More thrills? The surrounding heli-skiing terrain is seemingly limitless. With an impressive ski-in/ski-out village, Kicking Horse rocks the après scene too, from cosy pubs to fine dining. Case in point: The Eagle’s Eye Restaurant is Canada’s most elevated dining experience, thanks to its lofty 2,346-metre (7,700-foot) perch.

Photo: Zoya Lynch

KIMBERLEY ALPINE RESORT

Surrounded by the Selkirk and Rocky mountains, Kimberley Alpine Resort is known for consistent snowfall, short lift lines, and abundant sunny days. It’s a great choice for both families and experts, with terrain for all levels and 80 runs over 729 hectares (1,800 acres) of skiable area. Stay slope-side and ski from your door in the morning, then stroll the Platzl, a pedestrian-friendly shopping area, in the afternoon. In the evening, Night Skiing and our resort Skating Rink or Stemwinder Bar & Grill await.

Photo: Kari Medig

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

Whistler Blackcomb is considered one of North America’s premier mountain resorts—for good reason. A short, scenic 125-kilometre (78-mile) drive from Vancouver, this resort offers exceptional hospitality, a diverse cultural scene, and dramatic scenery. Two mountains, connected by the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, offer more than 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls, and three glaciers. Epic skiing, combined with a glamorous après scene and endless off-mountain activities, make this an unforgettable ski vacation.

Photo: Blake Jorgenson

IKON

The full, unrestricted version of the IKON Pass includes seven days each at RED Mountain, Revelstoke, and Cypress (a day-ski area overlooking Vancouver), with no blackout dates.

How to put it together:

  • Arrive: Kelowna International (YLW)
  • First Stop: Revelstoke
  • Transition Day: Make the drive from Revelstoke to Rossland during daylight, and plan ahead for the required car ferry crossing. Stop along the way to enjoy hot springs.
  • Second Stop: RED Mountain in Rossland
  • Depart: Kelowna International (YLW)
  • Bonus: To include Cypress in your BC Ikon Pass ski safari, fly from Kelowna (YLW) to Vancouver (YVR), then take a car service or shuttle to a downtown hotel. Soak up the Pacific Northwest’s coolest city, then hop on the Cypress Shuttle from the heart of downtown to ski by day or night at Cypress, where freestyle skiers and snowboarders soared to victory at Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

RED MOUNTAIN RESORT

RED Mountain Resort delivers 3,850 acres of pristine skiing and riding, placing it in Top 10 “terrain territory” in North America. Here, you’ll find fresh turns you don’t have to fight for, 300 inches of annual snowfall, epic vertical (2,919ft/890m), wide-open groomers, 360-degree descents, IKON Pass access, and some of the best tree runs in BC.

Photo: Kari Medig

REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT

While the town of Revelstoke boasts more than a century of ski history, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) is practically brand new. Canada’s newest ski resort claims the longest lift-served vertical in North America at 1,712 metres (5,620 feet). With 75 named runs—43 per cent classified as intermediate and another 45 per cent designated as advanced—strong skiers will find themselves at home on 1,263 hectares (3,121 acres) of terrain.

Photo: Ryan Creary

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN

Thirty minutes north of Vancouver, Cypress boasts unforgettable views of the Strait of Georgia, the Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island. With 53 runs over 600 skiable acres, this local mountain has lots to offer, including the most night skiing terrain in western Canada. Not a downhill skier? Try Nordic, snowshoeing, or check out the tube park.

Photo: Destination British Columbia

IndyPass

IndyPass is growing rapidly. Currently it offers passholders two days each at three very different, independently owned alpine ski areas in BC—Apex, Manning Park, and Sasquatch—plus Nordic skiing at Sovereign Lakes near SilverStar.

How to put it together:

  • Arrival Airport: Kelowna International (YLW). Make advance arrangements to drive your rental car one-way to Vancouver.
  • First Stop: Sovereign Lakes, the largest continuously groomed network of Nordic trails in Canada.
  • Second Stop: Apex
  • Bonus: Go winter wine tasting in the Okanagan.
  • Third Stop: Manning Park Resort, a little ski area amid the big landscape of a majestic provincial park.
  • Fourth Stop: Sasquatch, another little ski area in a lovely landscape with huge snowfall.
  • Fifth Stop: Vancouver. Drop the car, and then enjoy the city for a few days.
  • Depart: Vancouver International (YVR)

SOVEREIGN LAKE NORDIC CLUB

Combined with neighbouring SilverStar Mountain Resort, Sovereign Lake offers an impressive 105 km (65 mi) of  groomed trails, the most in North America. Rent skis, snowshoes, and even child carriers (or bring your own) and start exploring. If you haven’t had your fill by nightfall, there are plenty of lit trails to keep you going.

Photo: Matt Ferguson

APEX MOUNTAIN RESORT

Apex Mountain Resort is one of British Columbia’s hidden treasures, thanks to terrific snow and varied terrain. This South Okanagan mountain, 30 minutes from Penticton, boasts an impressive six metres (19 feet) of champagne powder a year.

Photo: Ben Giesbrecht

MANNING PARK AND SASQUATCH MOUNTAIN RESORT

Manning Park, east of Hope, is well known as a cross-country and snowshoeing destination. Stay in the lodge, rent a cozy cabin, or pitch a tent for winter camping. And after the sun sets, look up. Wide open skies and little light pollution make for some exceptional stargazing.

Located north of Harrison Mills, this local gem is a great place for family fun and building memories. After a day on the slopes, retire to your cabin in the woods for a little R&R, then repeat the next day. Terrain parks, a tube park, and snowshoe trails add to the experience.

Photo: @mddyelrck

The Mountain Collective

The Collective offers two days each, plus lodging discounts, at Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, and Panorama, with no blackout dates. Additional lift tickets are discounted 50% per day.

How to put it together:

  • Arrival Airport: Kelowna International Airport (YLW). Make advance arrangements to drive your rental car one way to Calgary (YYZ).
  • First Stop: Sun Peaks
  • Second Stop: Revelstoke
  • Third Stop: Panorama
  • Depart: Calgary International (YYC)

PANORAMA MOUNTAIN RESORT

Intimate, accessible, friendly, and laidback, Panorama has long been a favourite ski destination for families. The snowfall is dry and the days are sunny and warm. Here, 135 runs stretch across nearly 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain with panoramic views of the Purcell and Rocky mountains. Panorama’s charming village is home to Canada’s largest outdoor slope-side hot pools, and the adventurous can go heli-skiing right from the village base.

Photo: Kari Medig

REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT

While the town of Revelstoke boasts more than a century of ski history, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) is practically brand new. Canada’s newest ski resort claims the longest lift-served vertical in North America at 1,712 metres (5,620 feet). With 75 named runs—43 per cent classified as intermediate and another 45 per cent designated as advanced—strong skiers will find themselves at home on 1,263 hectares (3,121 acres) of terrain.

Photo: Ryan Creary

SUN PEAKS RESORT

The mountain trio of Tod, Sundance, and Morrisey encircle Sun Peaks’ slopeside, pedestrian-only village. The resort’s interior BC location provides frequent bluebird powder days. Choice abounds with 138 runs, long cruisers, deep steeps, incredible tree skiing, and an enormous top-to-bottom terrain park. Check out the immaculately groomed Nordic trail network, head out with a team of Alaskan huskies on a dogsledding tour, or enjoy evening snowshoeing and fondue tours.

Photo: Reuben Krabbe

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