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Cost of Spirit Pass will drop for 2018-19 season

Whistler Blackcomb renews commitment to Chamber’s Whistler Experience program



Whistler Blackcomb has renewed its commitment to the Whistler Experience program, and participants can expect additional savings on the Spirit Pass for the 2018-19 season.

“We strongly believe this discount to the Spirit Pass demonstrates our commitment to the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and their employees,” said Pete Sonntag, COO of Whistler Blackcomb (WB), in a release. “We also recognize and support the guest experience training The Whistler Experience provides and believe this change will help continue the success of the Chamber’s resort-wide service training program.”

Whistler Experience is a service leadership training program for local employees that is administered by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and includes a range of discounts and perks to program participants through the Spirit Pass.

Yesterday, WB announced that the Spirit Pass will be offered at $285 below the fall price of WB’s Unlimited Pass. The 2017/18 Unlimited Pass was priced at $1,289. Specific pricing for the Spirit Pass will be officially announced with other fall products and will be lower than the cost of an Epic Pass, which was priced at USD$899 this past winter.

The savings should help incentivise pass sales for the Chamber after the 2017-18 Spirit Pass was priced $1,229, which added to fears that local employees would choose the comparably priced Epic Pass (CAD$1,167 under the current exchange rate) and its unlimited skiing at Vail Resorts’ roster of properties over the Spirit Pass and its training program.

The list of perks associated with next season’s Spirit Pass has not yet been announced.

“As a 30-plus-year collaboration between Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Chamber, we are pleased to offer the Spirit Pass again for 2018/19,” said Chamber CEO Melissa Pace in the release. “The Spirit Pass provides our business community with a unique tool and benefit to recruit, retain, and train employees through the Whistler Experience Program.

This (program) sets us apart from other resort communities around the world as we continue to work towards our community goal of being the #1 resort worldwide service excellence.”

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