I've been doing a trip to Kicking Horse with a day trip to Revy every year for the past few years.
We fly into Calgary so here's what I've found:
1) Costco is the real deal. Just check that the deal is for 2 single day tickets instead of one 2day pass. They have flipped-flopped between the two deals. It is a great deal, but not so much for a single day trip. Probably shouldn't bother you if you're there for a week, but take a hard look at the Kicking Horse ones if you're only going for a day, last year it was a 2 day pass, not 2 single lift tickets. And anything you buy at Costco can be returned to ANY Costco (even Toronto) for a full refund. Make sure you all have enough debit card room.
2) Enterprise has the best deals for rental cars that I have found. If you have friends with the entertainment or wheelchair sports coupon book, then use it. Keep checking prices right up until the moment you fly as "sales" pop up all the time. You don't have to give them a credit card or deposit to reserve so you can cancel an existing reservation and re-book at a better price any time you like.
Check to see if your credit card offers insurance. The cars are cheap, but the insurance kills. Check that it covers windshields. If you're taking the rental company's insurance, pay the extra $5/day for windshield insurance. Trust me on this, we had to replace a windshield at a Speedy Glass last year.
Renting for a week is a way, way better deal than renting for a day or 2. Between the free upgrade and 15% off and then another free upgrade at the airport (cuz they were out of mid-size) we got an SUV for $150/week. The regular price for a mid-size was $79/day.
If you want to save even more, take a cab to an non-airport location (there's one 5km away) and rent from there.
One way rentals between provinces are usually very expensive (Vancouver to Calgary is $800 on top of the weekly rental, for example)
I wouldn't sweat the 4x4s. Rentals come with all-season tires anyway, so 4x4 is only marginally better. If you really need 4x4 to get thru Rogers Pass or Kicking Horse Canyon, then it's probably closed anyway.
Personally, I'd pay the extra to get a place with a kitchenette if you want to save money. You're going to Costco anyway. That $2 worth of pasta will run you 5x that in a restaurant and you'll have to do that 3x per day. And you can make/take lunches to the hill. Buy your booze in Alberta (liquor store next to the Costco)
If the roads are open, then Revy-Kicking Horse is about 2 hours. If it is going to be a heavy POW day, then you might get stuck in one place or the other so have a credit card to get a motel.
Last edited by Bones; 10-29-2012 at 04:47 PM.