With fall’s arrival right around the corner, that’s great news for one BIG reason: Nelson’s ski season won’t be far behind!
If you’re ready to trade your hiking boots for a snowboard, there’s no better time to get a head-start on the season, scheduled for Dec. 6, weather-permitting.
Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort offers multiple ways to get you ready for opening day – and save big in the process, notes the resort’s Bex Dawkes.
“The customer experience has been our main priority, so we really listened to what was already working well, like making the mountain a wifi- and cell-free zone, and what we could do to improve that experience,” Dawkes says. “We know the skiing here is incredible, so how can we enhance that?”
- First up is the introduction of multi-day lift passes – choose from three, four or five-day passes and save 15, 18 or 20 per cent respectively against single-day tickets. And because lots of mountain-time can be hard on the body, you can rest your legs for a day or two and take in the other opportunities on the mountain or down the hill, Dawkes says. Three-day passes must be used within five days, the four-day pass within six days and the five-day pass within seven days.
- The second new offering is the Local Legends card and it may well be legendary. Responding to customer feedback, the program is open to anyone living in the East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary regions, and replaces the Powder Plus program. It not only gives you three days of unrestricted access to the slopes – ski on any three days across the 2019/2020 ski season – it also offers 25 per cent off midweek day tickets in March 2020, 35 per cent off private lessons, 10 per cent off rentals and repairs, AND 10 per cent off in the WH2O retail store.
- The third option to watch for as you plan this year’s season is the Backcountry Explorer. This is just $250 for 10, one-ride sessions throughout the 2019-20 season. Even better, you only need to sign the waiver once for the entire season.
- Of course, regular riders and skiers know the best way to save big on the coming season is to take advantage of early-bird pricing on their season pass. Buy before Sept. 30 for just $850 – a big savings on both the pre-season rate and the higher rate if you wait until opening day!
Other “firsts” on the hill include Whitewater signing on as the first Canadian Ski slope participating in Canada’s Sustainable Tourism initiative, highlighted by features such as using locally sourced food and supplies and offering priority parking for those who car pool. You also won’t find artificial snow-making, which can have significant environmental impacts, Dawkes notes.
And for those who opt to take the shuttle bus to the top of the mountain, you’ll be happy to know you can now reserve your seat online!