Whistler sale could mean huge price drop for season passes
Skiers at Whistler Blackcomb resort are seen in an undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Destination BC-Robin O'Neill)
Published Tuesday, August 9, 2016 4:59PM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:12PM PDT
It appears the price of buying a season pass at Whistler could be plummeting under its new U.S. owners.
A spokesperson for Colorado-based Vail Resorts Inc. said the company expects to add Whistler Blackcomb to its Epic Pass, which provides access to more than a dozen other ski resorts, in the 2017-18 season.
The current price for the Epic Pass comes to about $1,060 Canadian for adults, significantly less than the $1,649 being charged for Whistler Blackcomb’s season pass.
“We consider the Epic Pass to be the best value in the industry for all skiers and riders and we plan to keep it the best value,” Kelly Ladyga told CTV News in an email.
While the price for the 2017-18 Epic Pass hasn’t been set, Ladyga said Vail Resorts hasn’t “historically taken the price of our passes up because we have acquired a resort.”
Families with children might not have as much to get excited about, however. While Whistler Blackcomb offers a youth rate of $769 for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, the adult Epic Pass covers everyone 13 and older.
The Epic Pass for children 12 and under also currently costs about $550, compared to the $469 being charged for the current Whistler Blackcomb children’s pass.
Vail Resorts is paying nearly $1.4 billion to purchase Whistler Blackcomb, in a deal that’s expected to close this fall.