Whitewater Ski Resort offers a great escape for locals and visitors alike in the Nelson area. Sean Armstrong/Courtesy Whitewater Ski Resort

Think skiing in September and save big!

Great reasons to grab your season pass early at Whitewater Ski Resort

With ski and snowboarding season just around the corner, the dreams of fresh powder can’t be far behind.

For people looking to make those visions a reality – and save some money on a season’s pass – Whitewater Ski Resort is offering up its early bird pricing until Sept. 30. If you’re wondering what makes this such a great way to spend those winter days, here’s some food for thought:

Like great powder and back country options? Check.

How about delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients? Check.

And a mile-high elevation that often keeps it out of the clouds? Bingo.

Add in expanded services like a new quad chair, guest services lodge and the food-driven Glory Lodge at the base of the legendary Glory Ridge, not to mention trails for snowshoers and cross-country enthusiasts, and you’ve got a winning combination that makes springing for a season’s pass totally worthwhile.

“We did a lot to expand the user experience last year and it really was well received. But of course, the 40 feet of snow really helped,” says Rebeckah Hornung, Sales and Marketing Director for Whitewater Ski Resort.

International value added for pass holders

A bonus for season’s pass holders – thanks to Whitewater’s membership in the Powder Alliance – is the ability to ski three free days midweek and receive 50 per cent off weekend skiing or boarding at any of 18 other resorts, including one in Japan and another in Chile.

At home, the value of purchasing an early-bird season pass at Whitewater means it only takes nine days of skiing or snowboarding to pay for the cost of the pass.

Opening day like a gathering of old friends

With a majority of the pass holders hailing from nearby communities, you can expect the opening of the season Dec. 7 to have the flavour of a family reunion.

“We have a really strong ski and snowboard community here in the Nelson area,” Hornung says. “You catch up with all these people that you haven’t seen all summer. It’s so nice to see their smiling faces.”

Make those personal connections

People who haven’t been up the mountain before might find themselves working to connect to wifi. But the absence of ability to hook into technology is part of its charm and adds to the serenity. The folks who run the resort made this a conscious decision as a way to make Whitewater a place where individuals and families can enjoy the experience to the fullest, and connect with each other even more.

Not having to compete against screens for family or friends’ attention is a plus, she adds, whether one is enjoying a family ski day, partaking in the aprés-ski scene, socializing on the chair lift or savouring the great snow conditions.

It all speaks to Whitewater’s slogan, Pure, Simple and Real … DEEP.

To find out more about the resort’s ticket packages, visit skiwhitewater.com.

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