The 2011-12 Sunshine Marmot Card offers better value than ever for the occasional skier or snowboarder who comes to Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort and its sister mountain, Marmot Basin.

At only $84.95, the popular discount card pays for itself in just one visit and offers a cornucopia of discounts, both on and off the mountain.

Not only will you get your first, fourth and seventh days free at two of Alberta’s finest ski resorts, but you will also receive discounts of $13- $26 off your lift ticket on the other days. And when you register for a free direct-to-lift upgrade at Sunshine Village when linking your credit card to the Sunshine Marmot card, you benefit in two ways:

  • You can skip the ticket lines and head straight to the gondola, getting you on the slopes faster than ever;
  • You enjoy all the same great discounts the season pass holders receive.

Those discounts include Sunshine and Marmot’s ski and snowboard schools, rental shops, retail and food and beverage outlets. Plus, you will receive discounts at more than 40 retailers and hotels in the area.

Direct-to-lift SMC holders can grab an early season special at the incomparable Sunshine Mountain Lodge, in the heart of Banff National Park. Save $50 per person on any mid-week stay; $100 per person on Friday and Saturday nights in the area’s only ski-in, ski-out accommodations.

So get a jump start on your Christmas shopping this year and pick up one for yourself and for loved ones. The Sunshine Marmot Card is only available until Dec. 31, 2011.

You can buy your cards at the Banff Ski Hub, Calgary Snow Central or at participating Safeway, SportChek and SportMart outlets and soon AMA offices. For more information, check