December holidays seem long gone. Maybe you (and the family) had a chance to hit the slopes…if so, congrats!
It’s time to start dreaming about the next three-day Family Day weekend for those in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario (Feb. 16 2015), oh…and British Columbia (Feb. 9, 2015).
Well, we have rounded up some great Family Day promotions to help you hit the slopes on a budget and help save you some searching.
Three things to keep in mind:
First – It’s just three days. We recommend playing in your own backyard! Driving is always the most cost-effective way to hit the slopes.
Second – It’s a weekend and it’s a holiday, so most places will be busy. Book early to avoid disappointment. Also, these deals were available when we wrote the article but things change (supply and demand).
Third – Chances are the places you’ve heard ofm everyone else has heard of too – and you better bet they’ll be jacking up prices come Family Day weekend. Keep that in mind if you are reading this list thinking ‘Where is that hill again?’
That’s sorta part of the adventure, and when you have shorter lift lines you’ll be happy.
There is a great range of groomed runs suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts who may take on the challenge of the off-piste Taynoton bowl.
It’s also pretty massive with 2,487 acres of terrain to explore. Panorama mountain is sure to be less busy than Sunshine or Lake Louise as it’s a bit further to get to from major cities. That’s why this deal is about being somewhere with ski-in-ski out accessibility. If you stay, they practically pay you to ski.
If you pick this option, you’ll be staying at the recently-renovated Pine Inn which boasts that it’s the best value to stay and ski in Western Canada.
In addition to lodging and lift tickets this deal also gets you night skiing, free use of the fitness centre, the village gondola, and the Panorama Springs Pool which is Canada’s largest slopeside hot pool.
The Deal: “Slopeside Value Package” Stay and Ski at Panorama for just $83/person per night. Add link
This resort is best known as Manitoba’s Snowboarding Capital. The hill is quaint and is great for those who want to learn or have a young family. It’s proximity to Winnipeg means you can drive in and drive out.
The Deal: Save 54% on lift tickets by buying from yipit.com
If you live in Saskatchewan you know it’s pretty darn flat. We couldn’t turn up deals in your area. Take a look at the surrounding province deals.
Mount St. Louis Moonstone
Mount St. Louis Moonstone is very drivable from Toronto, but if you are coming from a bit further you might want to stay over at the nearby Carriage Ridge Resort. It’s located a 15 mins drive from the ski hill – which by the way now has night skiing!
Overall, this ski hill’s lines are way kinder than it’s too cool for school cousin Blue Mountain.
Stay at Carriage Ridge Resort at Mount St. Louis Moonstone and get two complimentary adult lift tickets at check-inn & 10% off ski rental at Mount St. Louis Moonstone. This is a $78 value (*Must Stay 2 Nights).
Want to feel like you’re in a Swiss village? Mont Ste-Marie has an unspoiled beauty about it. The resort has a list of small chalets which all look downright adorable.
The Deal: Is the PRIVLEGE CARD which offers a 25% discount on the daily lift ticket plus 3 free visits. For only $54. Also their online special for lift tickets is just $36 per person.
Red Mountain in beautiful Rossland, B.C. bills itself as Western Canada’s original ski resort with their 112-year history. The village is quaint, not touristy or contrived. It’s got a spirit about it and it’s great for all age ranges.
The Deal: Get the Red Card which is a pre-loaded lift ticket card which gives you a discount. Three days is $199, a savings of around $40 overall. Also, if you have kids and are staying in the Red Village the kids 12 and under ski free so long as you have one adult proof of purchase per child.