If you've never heard of Kicking Horse Ski Resort in British Columbia, it's not surprising.
That's because Kicking Horse Ski Resort (formerly known as Whitetooth Ski Area) is the first, four season mountain resort to open in the Rockies region in 25 years. Over the past few years, the Kicking Horse Ski area has gone from modest ski hill to world-class resort.
Visitors to Kicking Horse Ski Resort can not help but rave about the monumental powder season dumps, the massive vertical terrain, and laid back atmosphere guaranteed to have you wondering why it took you so long to find this snow haven.
Of course, paradise always has a price.
Luckily, I've collected a number of tips to help you save money on your next Kicking Horse Ski vacation.
Tip # 1 – Avoid Booking Your Kicking Horse Ski Resort Vacation During Major Holidays
While it's usually the most convenient to flee the cities on major holidays, it's worth being flexible on your chosen days. That's because accommodation prices usually skyrocket around big holidays, and drop right back down immediately after. Booking your Kicking Horse Ski Resort accommodation, flights, and lift tickets far in advance can allow time to surf around for the best times to go.
Tip # 2 – Book Your Kicking Horse Ski Resort Accommodation Directly with Homeowners
Sure, you could stay in a hotel. But consider booking your Kicking Horse ski accommodation directly with homeowners instead and you'll bypass unnecessary middle-agent fees and taxes, while often paying a cheaper nightly rate.
Plus you'll experience the Kicking Horse Ski area from the comfort of a fully furnished condo, with a furnished kitchen, television, and other amenities included. And do not forget, most owners have free parking, where most rental managers and hotels have additional nightly parking fees.
Tip # 3 – Share The Cost And Invite A Friend (or two) to Kicking Horse Ski Resort
I'm sure you've heard that two is company, and three's a crowd. But your total booking price drops dramatically if you decide to share the cost of your Kicking Horse ski accommodation with a few other friends. Getting a bigger property and adding an extra two people could save you a few hundred dollars by spreading the cost out. Plus, what's a ski resort vacation without a few friends to experience it with?
Tip # 4 – Pack the Entertainment
Keeping kids entertained in between hitting the ski slopes can be a pricey affair. Television and movie rentals are generally a fail-safe alternative to going out. But you should also pack a number of fun alternatives to help in the slow periods, such as a few classic board games or a deck of cards. After all, there's nothing quite like an evening of Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit after a day of exploring the Kicking Horse ski area.
Tip # 5 Prepare Your Own Meals
This one is a killer. Eating out is generally considered one of the fastest ways of burning a hole in your wallet. The easiest alternative is to book your Kicking Horse ski accommodation owner-direct, and use your fully equipped kitchen to prepare some of your meals ensuite. Not much of a chef? Not to worry, try searching a few simple recipes online before you go and you'll surprise yourself. (In a good way).
Tip # 6 Look for Promotions in Tourist Brochures & Flyers on Kicking Horse Ski Resort
While strolling the streets and browsing the shops in Kicking Horse Ski Resort, keep an eye out for tourist guides and helpful maps that often include discount coupons for various activities and restaurants. By the end of your trip, you could end up saving a worth amount.
Tip # 7 Buy A Snowmax Card
If you're a resident of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, you can pick up a Snowmax card for some worthy savings. The card comes loaded with 4 free days at Panorama or Kicking Horse Ski Resort (you can split the days as you please). Then for the rest of the season you continue to score a $ 15 discount on future lift tickets.