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 18/19 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 2018/19 Ski & Stay Package before May 31, 2018, gets you the following perks:

  • Save up to 40% at select lodging properties
  • Save up to 40% on SkiBig3 Lift Tickets
  • Kids ski free when an adult skis 5 days or more
  • Save 20% on SkiBig3 Guided Adventures

Insider tip: if you are an Ikon or Mountain Collective passholder, you are eligible to access these same Early Bird accommodation deals. Book by May 31st 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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