Canadian Lift Pass Rules & FAQ

Now in its 29th year, the Canadian Lift Pass program allows you to purchase packages of 5, 10 or 20 lift passes at a time at a discounted price. To make the Program more affordable and accessible, ski areas are broken up into different tiers based on their ticket window price (Diamond, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Fun Pack, and Cross Country), allowing you to find the right package that fits both your needs and your price point.

Canadian Lift Passes are perfect for you winter adventure. They’re available to everyone and are 100% transferrable; share them with friends, family, co-workers, and everyone in between (please read our rules and regulations for information on restrictions).

New this year, Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Brozne packages are sold in groups of 5, 10, or 20 lift passes all season long. Fun Packs and Cross Country packages are sold in groups of 5 lift passes.

FAQ

Participating ski areas are assigned to different ticket categories based on the ticket window cost of a full-day lift ticket. We then offer our customers the opportunity to buy packs of lift tickets at a generous discount of up to 35%.

If a ski area is in a different ticket category from last year it is because they have made changes to their lift ticket pricing for the upcoming season.

Depending on which ticket level you purchase, you can use your Canadian Lift Passes at up to 100 different ski areas in Canada.

Diamond: can be used at all participating ski areas (excluding blackout dates)
Gold: can be used at all participating ski areas, except Diamond-level ski areas
Silver: can be used at Silver, Bronze, Fun Pack, and Cross Country-level ski areas. Cannot be used at Diamond or Gold-level ski areas.
Bronze: can be used at Bronze, Fun Pack, and Cross Country-level ski areas. Cannot be used at Diamond, Gold, or Silver-level ski areas.
Fun Pack: can be used at Fun Pack and Cross Country-level ski areas. Cannot be used at Diamond, Gold, Silver, or Bronze-level ski areas.
Cross Country: can only be used at Cross Country-level ski areas. Cannot be redeemed for an alpine skiing lift ticket.

No, this is not a season’s pass. Canadian Lift Passes are a group of individual lift tickets, which can be redeemed at up to 100+ ski areas in Canada.

Every participating ski area is assigned to one of five tiers – Gold, Silver, Bronze, Fun Pack, and Cross Country – based on their average lift ticket price.

Cross Country – can only be used at ski areas listed as under the Cross Country section in the program

Fun Pack –Cross Country, plus all of the Fun Pack-listed ski areas

Bronze – Fun Pack, plus all of the Bronze-listed ski areas

Silver – Bronze, plus all of the Silver-listed ski areas

Gold – Silver, plus all of the Gold-based ski areas

Diamond – can be redeemed at every participating ski area in the program

No. Silver passes can redeemed at all ski areas listed as Silver, Bronze, Fun Pack, and Cross Country.

Yes. Canadian Lift Passes are 100% transferrable and can be shared with friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, and everyone in-between.

Yes. Canadian Lift Passes make a perfect gift, as you can buy in packs of 5, 10, or 20 Canadian Lift Passes and give them as gifts to friends, family, and everyone in-between.

No, Canadian Lift Passes cannot be resold. Canadian Lift passes have no cash value and cannot be resold under any circumstances. If you or anyone in possession of your passes are caught reselling them (i.e. on ski area premises, anywhere online, etc.), the ski area has the right to confiscate the passes and take legal action. The CSC will also deactivate all remaining passes and will blacklist the purchaser from all of our programs.

You can use up to 20 lift passes at one time, so grab your friends and go hit the slopes!

Yes, you can give the passes to someone.

No, if you give the passes to someone you do not have to be at the ski area with them. Canadian Lift Passes are fully transferrable, making them the perfect option to share passes with family, friends, and everyone in-between.

No, you cannot use your unused passes the following season. Canadian Lift Passes expire at the end of each season on May 31st.

Yes, some ski areas have blackout periods during the season where Canadian Lift Passes are not valid and cannot be used. We recommend you check our Blackout Dates section before you buy to ensure the dates don’t conflict with your potential usage plans.

No, you do not have to register your cards before going to the ski area. However, we do suggest that you register all cards that you plan on giving to other people, for added security in case something were to happen to the cards.

Please note that Canadian Lift Passes will start shipping on October 1st.  Orders are processed in order of purchase date. Our goal is to process all orders within 3-5 business days.

We ship all Canadian Lift Pass orders via Canada Post’s Expedited Parcel service. You will receive a notification when your order has been processed, along with a tracking number from Canada Post.

A Canadian Lift Pass is equivalent to a full-day lift ticket. Although it varies from ski area to ski area, it is good for a minimum of 8 hours, applicable for that particular day only. The 8 hours do not carry over.

Maybe. Canadian Lift Passes go on sale in August and quantities are limited. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to buy passes early to ensure they’re available but also to get them at their best price, as prices increase on September 1st, October 1st, and November 1st.

EARLY! Canadian Lift Passes go on sale in August and quantities are limited. Plus, prices increase on September 1st, again on October 1st, and one final time on November 1st, so the earlier you buy the more you save.

Passes start shipping on September 1st, generally take 3-5 business days to process, and take an additional 2-3 business days to be shipped. You will receive an email from us when your order has been processed, along with a tracking number from Canada Post.

If you haven’t received your Canadian Lift Passes after 14 days please call us right away at 1-877-736-1117 and make sure you have:

  • The order number from your purchase
  • The billing name
  • The order date

Rules & Regulations

It is very important that you read the mandatory rules and regulations below before proceeding with your purchase.

  • Lift passes cannot be used in conjunction with any other coupon, discount, or promotion, including the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass Program and Never Ever Days.
  • The Canadian Ski Council (CSC) is not responsible for lost, stolen, or unused passes due to inclement weather, injury, or medical conditions.
  • All issued lift passes expire at the end of the 2019/20 winter season (May 31, 2020).
  • Ticket refunds or ticket exchanges will not be given under any circumstances.
  • Lift passes have no cash value and cannot be resold under any circumstances. If you or anyone in possession of your passes are caught reselling them (i.e. on ski area premises, anywhere online, etc.), the ski area has the right to confiscate the passes and take legal action. The CSC will also deactivate all remaining passes and will blacklist the purchaser from all of our programs.
  • Orders accompanied by post-dated cheques will not be accepted.
  • If you are not paying by Visa or MasterCard, it is recommended that you courier your cheque and order form to help ensure that your purchase will successfully arrive at the CSC office, and in time.
  • Lift passes are sold on a first-come-first-served basis until the limited number of lift passes have sold out. If you submit a lift pass order after the passes have already sold out, your order will be refunded in full.
  • Lift passes, along with a detailed list of all participating ski areas, will be sent to you via Canada Post Expedited Parcel Service in advance of the 2019/20 ski season.
  • Other restrictions may/could apply at participating ski areas, including blackout periods during March Break, Christmas Holidays, etc. Please check with the CSC when purchasing your lift passes.
  • A Canadian Lift Pass equates to one full-day lift ticket and is valid for 8 hours. It cannot be rolled over to a different day.
  • Ski areas have the right to drop out of the Canadian Lift Pass Program at any time.

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