Ski Lift Pass Price Comparison for 2017/18 Season

Three years back, we compared the prices of all Canadian Rockies ski resorts here. We contacted all local resorts and preliminary pricing for the 2017/18 season is as follows, from lowest to highest for a day pass (2014/15 prices in parenthesis):

Here are a few thoughts:
  • Adult day lift ticket prices have risen 4-22% over the last three years. By percentage, Fairmont Hot Springs has risen least (4%) and both Lake Louise and Sunshine Village the most (22%).
  • In 1998, 20 years ago, adult lift passes ranged from $28 at Whitetooth (now Kicking Horse) to $46 at Sunshine Village.
  • Children aged under 6 continue to ski free everywhere in the Canadian Rockies
  • The number of resorts offering free skiing to older seniors is stable at three: Panorama and Fairmont (over 75) and Marmot Basin (over 80).
  • The least expensive Canadian Rockies ski passes are offered at Fairmont Hot Springs (adult $47)
  • Three years ago, Norquay was the only local resort offering tickets by the hour. This has been discontinued.
  • Lake Louise and Sunshine Village have the most expensive local lift tickets, but they remain significantly less expensive than Whistler (where an adult day pass is $128).

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