If you’ve never heard of Kicking Horse Ski Resort in British Columbia, it’s not surprising.
That’s because Kicking Horse Ski Resort (previously known as Whitetooth Ski Area) is the first, four season mountain resort to open in the Rockies region in 25 years. Over the past few years, the resort has gone from modest ski hill to world-class resort.
Visitors to Kicking Horse Ski area can’t help but rave about the monumental powder season dumps, the massive vertical terrain, and laid back atmosphere guaranteed to have you wondering why it took you so long to find this snow haven.
Of course, paradise always has a price.
Luckily, we’ve collected a number of tips to help you save money on your next Kicking Horse Ski Resort vacation.
Know exactly when you’d like to have your vacation? Booking your Kicking Horse ski resort accommodation far in advance can allow for discovering cheaper nightly rates, especially if you’re flexible by even a few days. Prices usually skyrocket around big holidays, and drop right back down immediately after.
Sure, you could stay in a hotel, but consider booking your Kicking Horse ski accommodation directly with homeowners instead. You’ll save layers of middle-agent fees and taxes, while often paying a cheaper nightly rate.
Plus you get to experience Kicking Horse ski area from the comfort of a fully furnished condo, with all the amenities included. And don’t forget, most owners have free parking, whereas most rental managers and hotels have additional nightly parking fees.
I’m sure you’ve heard that two is company, and three’s a crowd. But your total booking price drops dramatically if you decide to share the cost of your Kicking Horse ski accommodation with a few other friends.
Getting a bigger property and adding an extra two people could save you a few hundred dollars by spreading the cost out. Plus, what’s a ski resort vacation without a few friends to experience it with?
Keeping kids entertained in between hitting the ski slopes can be a pricey affair. Television and movie rentals are generally a fail-safe alternative to going out.
Consider packing a number of fun alternatives to help in the slow periods, such as a few classic board games, a pack of crayons, or absolutely a pack or two of cards. After all, there’s nothing quite like an evening of Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit after a day of hard skiing.
Eating out is easily one of the fastest ways to burn a hole in your finances, especially if you’re Kicking Horse Ski Resort vacation lasts more than a few days. The easiest alternative is to book your accommodation with a kitchen and prepare at least some of your meals ensuite.
Not much of a chef? Not to worry, try searching a few simple recipes online before you go and surprise yourself. Your wallet will thank you.
While strolling the streets and browsing the shops in Kicking Horse Ski Resort, keep an eye out for tourist guides and helpful maps that often include discount coupons for various activities and restaurants. By the end of your trip, you could end up saving a worthwhile amount.
If you’re a resident of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, you can pick up a Snowmax card for some worthwhile savings. In the past, the card's come loaded with 4 free days at Panorama or Kicking Horse Ski Resort (you could split the days as you please). Then for the rest of the season you continued to score a $15 discount on future lift tickets. Search for a Snowmax card and discover the savings for this season.
Flying into Calgary? Avoid facing the treacherous winter road conditions from behind the wheel and travel to Kicking Horse Ski Resort by shuttle. Shuttle service is a safe, convenient and comfortable transportation option. Learn more and get your 10% Kicking Horse shuttle discount!