Ride Tribe Schools

Whistler Blackcomb's Ride Tribe Schools program is aimed at all ages and ability levels of youth between ages 8-18 who live in Vancouver and the surrounding region and are looking to come up with a school or youth group. The dates we offer the program are from Wednesday - Sunday.

Youth Groups

Elementary Program / Secondary Program / Youth Groups

Students love Ride Tribe because it is no ordinary ski school, it's a culture. They get to ski and ride with young professional coaches who know the mountains inside out, top to bottom.

  • Students will be supervised by our coaches for the entire day on Blackcomb Mountain. Students will be escorted from the bus to the rental shop, to lunch and back to the drop-off area at the end of the day. This full supervision allows you to enjoy the mountain with other teachers or chaperones knowing that the safety of your students lies in the capable hands of specially trained Snow School staff.
  • All students ski/ride in a “session” with a coach for the entire day. The presence of a coach is mandatory.
  • Replacing the lesson, a “session” focuses on both the experience on the mountain and skill development. Our professional instructors cater to the students’ needs. Park, pipe, free riding, learning to turn - whatever they want to do.
  • Students are grouped in sessions with friends, based on ability. Skiers and snowboards can be grouped together in intermediate or advanced groups.
  • We require every student who takes in the Ride Tribe Schools program to wear a helmet. We have more than enough helmets to outfit every student in the RTS program with a complimentary helmet regardless of whether or not they are renting any other equipment. We also have enough Wrist Guards to provide all snowboarders with them. We strongly recommend all teachers/chaperones to ride/ski with a helmet as well, and would be happy to provide you with one complimentary as well.
  • A complimentary Flaik GPS unit will be included for every student this year. Flaik is a real-time tracking solution for skiers and riders that not only provides extra safety, but allows participants to log their day to see what runs they were on, how much vertical was achieved and see where they want to ski in the future at Whistler Blackcomb.
  • Beginners will focus on fundamentals and will quickly become comfortable on skis or a board.
  • Halfpipe and terrain park clinics focusing on freestyle skills are offered for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders, led by specially trained instructors.
  • Save up to 70% off the public price for the same product

We want you and your students to have the best mountain experience possible and the key to achieving this goal is to have a group of staff dedicated exclusively to the Ride Tribe Schools program. We operate Wednesday-Sunday from December to April, with breaks at Christmas and in February (specific dates noted above). All of our staff are specially trained on the schools program and understand the level of care required to provide a safe and fun environment for your students.

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Organizer Incentives

School Rewards

Complimentary Chaperone lift tickets will be provided to teachers and adult chaperones valid for your trip date only. As with years gone by, these tickets will be based on an 8:1 ratio for elementary & a 12:1 ratio for secondary schools. Any additional adult day of lift tickets can be purchased at a fee. Both of these tickets will only be valid for your RTS trip date, no exceptions.

We value all the hard work that goes into organizing trips with the Ride Tribe Schools program for your students each season, and would like to offer the following rewards to organizers.

The first reward is a $2/student commission paid back to the organizer through a WB Gift Card should they bring within 5% of the numbers submitted on the school trip forms sent in two weeks prior to your trip date. For example if you submit your Ride Tribe Schools presented by Trip forms with 100 students, and 98 actually attend on the day of your trip you will receive a Whistler Blackcomb Gift Card in the value of $196. If 100 students were submitted on your forms and only 90 attend then you would not be eligible for this perk.

For the second reward, we will be offering complimentary any day lift-tickets to the organizer based on the following ratio:  1 ticket / trip with 50+ students. The tickets will not be available on the day of the trip. You will be issued a Mountain Money Number that you can take to any WB Guest Services location to pick up your tickets.

Lastly, the top 25 organizers will be invited to our Ride Tribe Schools Organizer Appreciation Day in April. The day includes:

  • Complimentary transportation to and from Whistler with various pick up/drop off locations around Vancouver
  • Complimentary lift ticket
  • Complimentary après event 

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All bookings require a deposit payment of $46 (equal to the lesson-only portion of the day) per student, which is due by Oct 31st for bookings in December or 2 months out (Ex: Nov 17 for a Jan 17 booking); trips that have not been secured by a deposit will not be guaranteed. If a trip is not guaranteed, your space will still be held but relinquished should another school request the same date and secure the booking with a deposit. The deposit amount is non-refundable. The balance of the trip is due on your trip day.

1. Credit Card:
Call Matina at 604-905-6044


2. Send a cheque to:
Whistler Blackcomb
2055 Lake Placid Drive, Suite #329
Whistler, BC
V8E 0X9

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made within 2 weeks of your intended trip date. If you cancel your trip inside of two weeks, your deposit will not be returned.

Bus Packages

Back by Popular Demand


For the 2017.18 season, Whistler Blackcomb will continue our successful partnership with Discover Canada Student Adventures, the largest group ski and snowboard tour specialist in Western Canada. Ride Tribe Schools and Discover Canada Student Adventures (DCSA) have teamed up in order to provide you with our most encompassing ski/snowboard trip package to date. In choosing to include DCSA as part of your Ride Tribe Schools program, you will be provided with a hands-off, hassle-free experience from start to finish.

DCSA offers schools a level of service consistent with the School Protection Program (SPP). Choose DCSA and they will:

  • Meet with you to answer any question or concerns about the program.
  • Provide you with a custom promotional package (flyers to promote the trip at school, standardized consent forms to be taken home, itineraries, waivers, etc.)
  • Arrange all trip details and provide an insured uniformed guide on every bus.
  • DCSA Guide(s) run the trip consistent with SPP guidelines (Show CWSAA respect video, ensure all students are properly waivered, etc.)
  • Guide ensures that students are delivered to Ride Tribe Coaches for the duration of the day so that teachers are able to enjoy a day of skiing or boarding.
  • Promote the trip to your students.

All we ask of you is that you come along and join us for a day on the slopes!

For full details please call 604.689.8128 or email: info@dcstudentadventures.com

Adaptive Sports

Whistler Adaptive Sports – Ride Tribe Schools

The participant is no longer required to become a member of the Disabled Skiers’ Association of BC. However, there is a new Whistler Adaptive Sports Program membership of $15.00 that is required and the online registration form links to a page to pay for this membership.


If the child is able to be integrated into the Snow School class easily, the cost is $75.00 including tax. Within this program, the student will be accompanied by a trained 'buddy' throughout the day who will be there to offer support to both the student and the coach. There should be no other charges for this child other than the $75.00 (and $15.00 for annual WASP membership). This cost includes the buddy, lesson, lift ticket, and rentals. All transportation and meal charges will be billed through the school and are additional.

If a child needs special equipment, or cannot be integrated into the mainstream Ride Tribe class, the lesson will need to go through Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP). WASP students in this option will be provided with a private lesson. The cost for this is $181.05, which covers lift, lesson, rentals and an option to have a family member/friend/assistant join the guest in their lesson with a complimentary ticket to do so. For this program, students meet their instructor in Essentially Blackcomb (EBCB) in the Carleton Lodge at the base of Whistler Mountain at 9am.


Registration for the Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program with the Ride Tribe Program should be completed through the Whistler Blackcomb website or Whistler Adaptive. Please be sure that the school’s name and relevant contact information is complete on the registration form.

Registration for the Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program with the Ride Tribe Program should be completed through the Whistler Blackcomb website or Whistler Adaptive. Please be sure that the school’s name and relevant contact information is complete on the registration form.


Other Programs


Bring your students to Whistler this season to enjoy the spectacular views from the brand new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, and have lunch on the top of Whistler Mountain with our PEAK 2 PEAK Sightsee and Lunch package.

Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the new world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a breathtaking, 4.4-kilometre journey to infinite possibilities. Redefining the Whistler summer experience by creating limitless new ways to get up-close-and-personal with the mountains, this engineering marvel breaks three world records.

  • Longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometres
  • Highest lift of its kind at 436 metres above the valley floor
  • Completes the longest continuous lift system on the globe

Rates and Operating Dates - 2019.20 TBD

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