Whistler on a Budget

Whistler on a Budget
Photo Credit: Whistler Blackcomb

Life in the Whistler bubble may not be cheap, but it is always a good time. There are however some ways for you to get in on all the fun for less, or even better – for free! Here are some of our top tips on how to do Whistler on a budget.

  • Volunteer

As a volunteer you get many perks and freebies, for example as a Whistler Blackcomb vollie you can get a free winter season pass – all you have to do is to commit to 23 days throughout the season and you can ride and hike for free all year!

During festivals like Crankworx and Whistler Film Festival you as a volunteer get to be a part of the festivities, free swag – anything from bike park tickets to GoPros, watch some movies for free and there’s always a great volunteer party at the end.

  • Get a free or discounted season pass

Whistler Blackcomb staff receive a free season pass, but if you work for another local Whistler or Pemberton business you can often still get a season’s pass at a discounted rate through Whistler Chamber of Commerce. Their Whistler Experience program is a series of training sessions and once you have completed one of these which are usually around 1.5hrs you then receive a $400 discount of your pass! Another option is to get your pass when the early bird rates apply, this is usually a couple of months before the season starts.

  • Hike

With nothing but your own two legs you can get to some spectacular places and it’s completely free and will give you memories for a lifetime. Our Whistler favorites are the Skywalk and Joffre Lakes, stay tuned for a more detailed list of B.C hikes that’s coming soon.

  • Ice Skating

Just lace up your skates and head to Olympic plaza or any of the lakes (make sure to check the ice first!)

  • Party

Yep, party! Get your locals card from the Gibbons Group and you receive $10 to spend at their venues for every $100 that you spend there. This means $10 extra to spend at Longhorns, Buffalo Bills, Garfinkel’s, Tapley’s and/or the Firerock Lounge – why not buy your buddy a beer? Shared fun is the best kind of fun! Most venues have great daily specials and Happy Hour menus, as well as guest list for evening events for free entry.

  • Float your boat

For around $20 you can pick up one of the infamous Explorer 200’s and with a bit of care (and luck!) it will be your best friend all summer long. Or you can rent paddleboards, kayaks and canoes down at Alta Lake. Floating on one of the many lakes around Whistler is a summer must, and don’t forget to give the River of Golden Dreams a go! Just remember – take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints!

  • Outdoor Concert Series

Throughout the summer there are several free concerts at Whistler Olympic Plaza and you can see and hear artists like Blue Rodeo, Save the Whale and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to mention a few.

  • Competitions and shows

Fire and Ice Show, King of the Rail, Longboard Races, Crankworx, Whistler Ski & Snowboard Festival.. These are just a few of the many events that put on free shows and you can normally watch all races and competitions for free.

  • Go on a Brewery Tour

For a mere $15.95 you get not only a tour of this brewery that was established in 1989, but also 4 delicious samples of their finest brews.

  • Locals Deals

Companies such as Blackcomb Snowmobile offer locals discounts on fun adventures such as cat skiing for only $299 when you’re on their locals standby list.

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