7 reasons to book your ski vacation early

If a ski trip to Banff & Lake Louise is on your bucket list, or you’re thinking about where to use your 19/20 Ikon Pass or Mountain Collective Pass, getting a jump on your vacation plans can pay off in spades.

Early birds really do get the worm here. Here’s how you can save money, stress less and get the best by booking early.

Skier in deep powder at Mt. Norquay
Photo by Reuben Krabbe.

1. Save with early bird prices

For great deals and big savings in Banff and Lake Louise, it pays to book early and bundle your accommodation and lift tickets together as a package.

Booking your 2019/20 Ski & Stay Package before August 31, 2019, gets you the following perks:

  • Save up to 40% at select lodging properties
  • Save up to 34% on SkiBig3 Lift Tickets
  • Kids ski free when an adult skis 5 days or more

Insider tip: if you are an Ikon Pass or Mountain Collective pass holder, you are eligible to access these same Early Bird accommodation deals. Book by August 31, 2019 and save up to 40% at select lodging properties.

Snowboarder ripping up powder
Photo by Reuben Krabbe.

2. Best accommodation options: take your pick

Booking early means getting what you want. In Banff and Lake Louise, the most popular lodging options sell out with lightning speed during peak periods. Whether it’s a specific condo, a certain bed configuration, or a sought-after room type, when you book early you get to choose from the best of the best. It could mean the difference between a bigger room, a better suite, or a grander view rather than settling for what’s available at the last minute.

Insider tip: if you’re considering a condo in Banff and Lake Louise this Christmas, book as far in advance as possible – many specific lodging options sell out by the end of summer.

Goat's Eye Suite at Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park.
Goat's Eye Suite at Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Photo courtesy of Banff Sunshine Village.

3. Flexible booking dates = nothing to lose

Need to extend your stay or change your dates? SkiBig3 offers complete flexibility with your booking so you have nothing to lose when booking early – and everything to gain. Book your vacation with just a 5% deposit and you can make changes until 14 days prior to arrival, at no extra charge.

Guided Adventures
Photo by Jillian Tester.

4. Less stress, more excitement

Booking early means your plans are secured, so there’s no need to stress. Anticipating a vacation is also a big part of the excitement. Imagining the sights, sounds, tastes (and snow) will motivate you for months before you arrive! There’s no better feeling than having a guaranteed adventure to look forward to.

A female skier at Sunshine Village
Photo by Reuben Krabbe.

5. Maximize flight benefits

More often than not, flights are also cheaper when you book early. Sorting your vacation well in advance also means you can get the most out of your airline rewards. If you’re booking a flight using frequent flyer points, booking further in advance often means more options, better deals and greater flexibility.

Snowboarder at Sunshine Village
Photo by Reuben Krabbe.

6. More time to perfect your itinerary

Getting the main parts of your vacation organized early gives you more time to plan the finer details and tweak them over time. When you lock in basic plans such as travel dates and accommodation early-on, you have a basic structure to work around. Then you can enjoy extra time in the lead-up to plan for bucket-list worthy activitiesamazing restaurant visits and incredible photo opportunities. This way you’re organized yet flexible in case something unique comes up to slot into your itinerary.

Pizza and beer at Banff's High Rollers bowling alley.
Photo by Noel Hendrickson.

7. Maximise your travel buddy recruitment time

The sooner you book, the more time you have to convince your friends to join your adventure. There’s nothing worse than missing an adventure with your mates simply because it was too last minute for things to fall into place. The earlier you get the ball rolling, the more opportunities they’ll have to choose from the best deals and accommodation too.

Sunshine Village
Photo by Reuben Krabbe.

Ready to take advantage of these early bird benefits?

Our friendly Reservations Team is always happy to share their local knowledge and experience to help you find the best vacation package for your style and budget. You can reach them via Live Chat (scroll up for the Live Chat link at the top of our website), or by calling 1-844-754-2443.

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Showing 6 comments
  • Heather

    We would like to purchase a lift ticket to give as a gift. for our 26 year old sons birthday. Can we just buy a pass without picking a date, as he would have to figure that out on his end.

    • Sarah Pearson

      Hello Heather – please give our Res Agents a call at 1-844-754-2443 – they are the best to help you sort out this request and get that lift ticket purchased for your son.

  • Emma

    We are thinking of making a trip next Easter and I just wanted to know when I can buy online lift passes and the costs – assuming that’s cheaper than waiting to purchase on arrival, together with ski/boot hire

    • Sarah Pearson

      It is always best to lock-in earlier than later to be able to secure the best accommodation. Lift & Lodging packages (and rentals) are available now for the 2019/20 season – including Easter. By packaging, you are able to save the most. If you just need to book Lift Tickets and Rentals – I would recommend signing up for our e-newsletter so you are first to know about any lift ticket sales that happen throughout the season. Lift Tickets typically go on-sale in the fall for the winter season.

  • claire

    Im thinking of booking for next easter. If I book now do i need to pay in full for accommodation and passes or can I pay a deposit

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