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How to Save on Skiing at The Big 3 (Mount Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise) this Winter

by Karen Ung

If you missed the Early Bird deals on Season’s Passes, there are several ways you can save on skiing at Mount Norquay, Sunshine Mountain Village, and Lake Louise Ski Resort. From discount cards to night skiing, and special deals for kids, here’s how you can keep more money in your pocket for après-ski fun (or other adventures).

Mount Norquay is a family-friendly ski hill just a few minutes from the town of Banff.

Discount Cards

If you will be skiing or snowboarding two or more times this winter, you can save money by getting a discount card from your favorite ski hill:

  • The Mount Norquay Big Drop Card ($85) offers 50% off full-price lift tickets every visit! Savings start on day 2 for adults, day 3 for youths (13-17 years old), and day 5 for children (6-12 years old). No blackout dates. Get it at Mount Norquay. ***A Senior Season’s Pass is the most affordable option for those over 65.
  • With the Sunshine Super Card ($133 at Sunshine / $128 at AMA), your 1st, 4th, and 7th visit are free at Banff Sunshine Village, Jasper’s Marmot Basin, or Revelstoke Mountain Resort. You can also get discounts on other visits ($15 off on weekends, $25 off midweek and non-peak dates); a bonus free day at WinSport, Rabbit Hill (Mon-Fri only), or Snow Valley; and discounts on food, retail, rentals, and accommodation. The Sunshine Super Card comes in three formats: Mobile, Direct-to-Lift, and Classic. For more info, visit Ski Banff.
  • The Lake Louise Plus Card ($139 at Lake Louise / $135 at AMA) offers your 1st, 4th, and 7th day of skiing free at at Lake Louise, Castle, Panorama, or RED Mountain! The card also includes one bonus day at Snow Valley Ski Club, or Canyon Ski Resort. Save 20% off additional ski days, and get 20% off child full-day full-price lift tickets. Partner discounts on dining, lessons, rentals, lodging, and more are also included. Get your card at Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Details: Note that the cards are non-transferable (can only be used by one person), cannot be combined with other discounts, and are only valid for one season. For direct-to-lift access, it is recommended you activate your card 24-48 hours in advance depending on the one you get (see ski hill websites for details).

Costco Lift Tickets

Costco Ski Cards (2021/2022 season) | Image credit: Margaret Stovra

Costco sells Adult Lift Tickets to Mount Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine for 15-30% off. The tickets are transferable meaning they don’t need to be used by the same person, or on the same day!

  • Mount Norquay adult lift tickets are 2 for $154.99 (20% off – regular price is 2 for $194). When you use your Costco Adult lift tickets, you can get 20% off child/youth/tube park tickets, 20% off rentals, 10% off lessons, and 15% off lodging with Banff Lodging Company! Visit Mount Norquay | Costco for details.
  • Sunshine Village adult lift tickets are 2 for $189.99 (30% off – regular price is 2 for $272)
  • Lake Louise adult lift tickets are 2 for $218.99 (15% off – regular price is 2 for $258)

Costco lift tickets must be purchased in-store (not available online).

AMA Lift Tickets

AMA Members can purchase Adult, Youth, and Child lift tickets at discounted rates:

  • Sunshine Lift Tickets: $99 Adult (26% off – reg. $134), $87 Youth (16% off – reg. $103), $43 Child (16% off – reg. $51)
  • Lake Louise Lift Tickets: $116 Adult (reg. $129-149)*, $85 Youth (reg. $95-109), $35 Child (reg. $39-49). *Lake Louise is offering up to $20 off when you buy your lift ticket online one day in advance, so that’s why there is a range of prices.

Discounted ski cards are also available at AMA (see above). For more information, visit AMA | Skiing & Snowboarding in the Rockies.

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Lake Louise Ski Resort | Image Credit: Chris Moseley, Lake Louise Ski Resort

Kids 5 & Under (Tiger Ticket or direct-to-lift Tiger Pass)

If you don’t mind going to the ticket window, you can get a FREE Tiger Ticket for children 5 and under when you purchase an adult lift ticket at Mount Norquay, Sunshine Mountain Village, and Lake Louise Ski Resort. The child must accompany the adult to receive the free lift ticket. 

For direct-to-lift access for children 5 & under all season, get a Tiger Pass (see prices below):



Fine print: To be eligible for the Tiger Ticket or Tiger Pass, kids must be 5 & under as of December 31, 2021 for the 2021/2022 season.

Grade 2 Pass

Alberta and SE BC Residents can get a Lake Louise Grade 2 Pass for $20. Proof of residence and (one of the following) your child’s birth certificate, healthcare card, Grade 1 report card, or Grade 2 report card are required. For more information, visit Ski Louise | Lake Louise Grade 2 Pass.

Grade 4/5 SnowPass

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If you have a child in Grade 4 or 5 and like to ski at different resorts throughout the season, consider the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass. For only $29.99, your child can ski two times at each participating location over the life of the pass.

Participating resorts in Alberta include Mount Norquay, Sunshine Mountain Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Winsport, Marmot Basin, Castle Mountain, Pass Powderkeg, Valley Ski Club, Rabbit Hill, Edmonton Ski Club, Sunridge, Tawatinaw Valley, Kinosoo Ridge, Vista Ridge, Nitehawk, Manning & District, and Whispering Pines.

Half-Day Ticket, Night Skiing, Midweek Pass, Afternoon Season’s Pass, Student Pass

Got a flexible schedule? You can save a lot with a midweek season’s pass, night pass, or night lift tickets. Those who crave a little more shuteye will benefit from half day pricing (while it isn’t half price, it’s still cheaper than full-day tickets). Don’t forget Student Passes for post secondary students!

Mount Norquay has Half-Day Skiing (starts at 12 pm), Last Hour Skiing (3 pm – 4 pm), Night Skiing (5 pm – 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays, Starts January 7, 2022), Magic Carpet lift tickets, Norquay 96 Pass (midweek pass has blackout dates but includes some bonus weekend days and night skiing. Norquay 96 Family Pass also available.), Power of 4 Midweek Pass (grab 3 friends and ski midweek for $289/person! Some black out dates.), Night Season’s Pass for only $95 (Fridays and Saturdays from Jan 7, 2022), and a Student Season’s Pass (49% off for 18-24 years old, valid Student ID required).

Sunshine Mountain Village has Afternoon Skiing (load the gondola at 12 pm), a Midweek Season’s Pass for 47% the price of a regular season’s pass, Afternoon Season’s Pass, and Student Season’s Pass (27% off Adult Pass for 18-29 years old full time post secondary students or Co-op students with valid Student ID).

Lake Louise Ski Resort has Half-Day Tickets (begin at 12:30 pm), After 2 pm Tickets, Learning Area Only lift tickets, Midweek Season’s Passes for 46% the price of a regular season’s pass, a Parent Season’s Pass that can be shared between two parents (12% more than an Adult Season’s Pass), and Student Season’s Pass (46% cheaper than a regular Adult Pass).

Ski & Stay Packages

Looking for ski & stay deals? Several hotels in Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise bundle accommodation and lift tickets for reduced prices:

Don’t forget discounts on lodging when you purchase ski cards:

  • Your Sunshine Super Card gives you 10% off at Sunshine Mountain Lodge (Banff’s only ski-in/ski-out accommodation), 15% off Banff Aspen Lodge, 15% off Banff Lodging Company hotels, 15% off Brewsters Mountain Lodge, 15% off CanAlta Lodge, and up to 40% off Castle Mountain Chalets. See Sunshine Super Card Benefits for details including blackout dates.
  • Save at several hotels in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise with your Lake Louise Plus Card (or Lake Louise Ski Resort season’s pass). Participating hotels include Banff Lodging Company properties (Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, Banff Ptarmigan Inn, Dorothy Motel, Fox Hotel & Suites, Moose Hotel & Suites, Hidden Ridge Resort, Rocky Mountain Resort, or Tunnel Mountain Resort), Buffalo Mountain Lodge, CanAlta Lodge, Canmore Lodging Company, Castle Mountain Chalets, Deer Lodge, Emerald Lake Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise Inn, and Mountaineer Lodge. Show your card or season’s pass at check-in for the discount.

Last but not least, Stay 3 nights at Sunshine Mountain Lodge and get the 4th night free!

I hope these tips save you money this ski season. If I missed any, please let me know in the comments below!

How to save on skiing at Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise this winter.
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