Ultimate Canada Roadtrip
Join Mint Tours on the Ultimate 20 day Canada Roadtrip along British Columbia’s famous Powder Highway. We kick off the tour in Vancouver and along the way you’ll get to ride at Whistler-Blackcomb, Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, Whitewater & Panorama. Our Mint guides will get you involved in the local scene – check out a hockey game, head to the hot springs, drink at craft breweries and hang out at local snowboard shops for VIP events. This tour is hosted by our local Canadian guides who grew up shredding all over the Kootenay Mountains and are looking forward to showing you some of their ‘local’s only’ secret spots. We stay in modern and comfortable hotels and with the Mint crew leading the way, all you have to do is show up and ride, we’ll take care of the rest.
+ Riding the best resorts in BC, along Canada’s famous Powder Highway
+ Canadian experiences like snowmobiling, hockey games & hot springs
+ Getting steep & deep at Revelstoke, staying at one of the best lodges run by snowboarders
+ Riding ‘Panorama’s Taynton Bowl – patrolled, ex-heliski terrain
+ Experiencing ‘Red’s’ steep, powder-filled glades
+ Exploring Whitewater, one of the best powder mountains on the planet
+ Visiting local snowboard shops and snowboard factories
+ Meeting real locals at the world famous Whistler-Blackbomb
Whistler Blackcomb is consistently rated in the top 10 resorts in in North America by TransWorld SNOWboarding. So if you’re looking for the the best park, the deepest snow, the craziest terrain, or the most seamless halfpipe, then Whistler Blackcomb should be on the top of your list for places to shred! You need experience the riding here for yourself to see why it lives up to its reputation. Whistler has it all. Loads of varied and challenging terrain, amazing backcountry access, bowls, steeps, trees, 5 terrain parks, a superpipe and boardercross track. Two giant peaks surround the purpose-built village of Whistler itself. February to April are often good times to visit as there’s plenty of deals on accommodation combined with a great local vibe with small crowds and lots of pow.
Long cruisers, deep steeps, incredible tree skiing and an enormous terrain park offer a remarkably diverse alpine experience. Oh yeah, did we mention that it’s the second largest ski area in Canada? Sun Peaks also scores great quality snow, and lots of it. Prevailing storms from the Pacific Ocean rise and cool as they pass over the Coast Mountains, dropping heaps of the light, dry, ‘easy-to-ski’ powder that they have become famous for. Quality, quantity, and award-winning grooming make for the most consistent conditions you could dream of!
Canada’s newest ski resort, celebrating its 10th Anniversary this season. With 1,713 m (5,620 ft) – the longest lift accessed vertical of any resort in North America, 3,121 acres of terrain and about 10 m (30-40 ft) of snow annually, it is a big mountain enthusiast’s dream come true. At over 15 km in length, the resort also boasts the longest ski run in North America. If you want to challenge yourself with unbelievably long fall line groomers or deep snow, and if off-piste, tree riding sounds appealing to you, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the place to be.
Located in Rossland, RED delivers 2,877 acres of pristine, unfettered skiing. And, with the expansion to Grey Mountain, this added nearly 1,000 acres of terrain to the equation, bumping RED into the ‘Top 20’ – size-wise in North America. With 7.6 metres (25 feet) of annual snowfall, inbounds cat-skiing, the brand new Get Lost Adventure Centre, it is no wonder the NY Times voted RED their #8 Best Place in the World to Visit in 2008. Also voted the Most Underrated Resort by Skiing in 2012. Fresh turns you don’t have to fight for – that’s RED.
Located just outside the vibrant city of Nelson, it is hard to describe its true authenticity and abundance of snow. Over 12 m (40 ft) of snow falls each season on 2,044 vertical feet of uncrowded slopes, groomers and remarkable steeps, top-of-the-line tree-riding and endless backcountry. This year marks a new chapter for this legendary resort with a number of upgrades and an expanded Glory Lodge. A key part of the resort’s experience is the legendary food. Whitewater serves up proper Kootenay hospitality with its internationally acclaimed menu. Whitewater is best described by its tagline. Pure, simple and real … DEEP.
Located in the heart of the Powder Highway, Panorama Mountain Resort lives up to its name. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies, endless vistas of snow covered summits stretch as far as your eyes can see. This place is Pure Canada. Where the best of creature comforts are bordered by stunning wilderness and a vast 2,975 acres of patrolled, ridable terrain – not to mention home to Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools. Personal favourite of Mint Tours.
When we are on mountain, we keep our group size small for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. Our typical guide to guest ratio is 1 : 6. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder!
Snow & Conditions
This region scores it’s biggest storms during February. What you can expect on this tour is cold temperatures and deep powder. Most days you can expect to ride powder that’s anywhere from boot to waist deep. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the cold temperatures and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ride light dry snow days after a storm.
We make sure all our guests stay in quality accommodation that’s in the best location. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single beds, and each room has a great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. In Revelstoke we have home cooked breakfasts included.
Arrive Vancouver + Transfer to Whistler
20 February, 2020
Arrive at our meeting point at Vancouver airport, where we’ll head to our transfer up to Whistler. We’ll check in to our hotel accommodation, and you’ll have a bit of free time before we regroup for dinner and a welcome session, where your guides will run you through the tour plan and you’ve got the opportunity to ask any questions.
Whistler Ride Days
21 & 22 February, 2020
Ride at the famous Canadian Resort; Whistler Blackcomb, with loads of varied and challenging terrain, amazing backcountry access, bowls, steeps, trees, 5 terrain parks, a superpipe and boardercross track, there’s options for everyone! After riding, join the group for dinners, or explore the area at your leisure.
Transfer to Sun Peaks
23 February, 2020
Today, we’ll check out of the hotel and make our way from Whistler to Sun Peaks. In the afternoon, we’ll check into our hotel, where you’ll have some free time to explore the resort. The group will meet in the evening for dinner & drinks, and you can get to know the resort and make a plan for the next 2 days of riding at Sun Peaks.
Sun Peaks Ride Days
24 & 25 February, 2020
We’ll spend these two days exploring the mountains at Sun Peaks, the second largest ski area in Canada. Long cruisers, deep steeps, incredible tree skiing and an enormous terrain park offer a remarkably diverse alpine experience. Sun Peaks also scores plenty of snow. Quality, quantity, and award-winning grooming make for the most consistent conditions you could dream of! After riding we’ll regroup in the evening for dinner with the group.
Transfer to Revelstoke
26 February, 2020
We’ll make our way from Sun Peaks to Revelstoke. We stay in a purpose built snowboard lodge, Valley Retreat. Check in, kick back with a beer and enjoy the amazing views from the back deck out to Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Revelstoke Ride Days
27 & 28 February, 2020
We spend 2 full days riding at Revelstoke. It’s the kind of place you can show up to a week after it’s snowed and still smash pillow stacks of neck deep, untracked blower pow. A big mountain playground located in the heart of the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges of British Columbia. Revelstoke boasts the longest vertical in North America at 1,713 metres with an annual snowfall of 15+ metres. The resort rivals anywhere for terrain and snow conditions. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry options from one village base, making the place a hotspot for some of the worlds best riders and film crews.
After riding you’ve got bars, restaurants, snowboard shops to explore in Revy. We’ll also stop by and visit our good mates at Trapper Snowboards. We’ll take a tour of the factory, so you can see how these handcrafted boards are made.
29 February, 2020
We’ve finished the first leg of the tour, and you’ll transfer with the group back to Kelowna, where you’ll spend a night in the city. Spend some time recovering, or get out and check all the things this town has to offer. Spend a night staying in downtown Kelowna.
Transfer to Rossland
01 March, 2020
We’ll make our way from Kelowna to our hotel in Rossland. After you’ve checked in to your hotel, you’ve got the afternoon free to explore downtown Rossland. In the evening we’ll regroup for a info session where your guides will run you through the plan for the second leg of the tour. We’ll then head out for dinner where you can get to know the guests and guides.
Red Mountain Ride Days
02 & 03 March, 2020
We spend 2 full days riding at Red. Red offers steeps, open trees, powder meadows and groomers on 360-degrees of exposure, so you’ll be able to find good snow regardless of the time of year. One of the main reasons to ride at Red is the backcountry access. The resort operates 16 square kilometres of touring-accessed, uncontrolled backcountry. The resort has a long tradition of allowing people to ride where they want so be sure to follow your guides into the trees for the best lines.
After our big days on the mountain you can check out the town of Rossland. This compact mountain town was voted the coolest Mountain Town in North America and we tend to agree. Follow your guides to visit the local restaurants and bars in the evenings and you won’t be disappointed.
Transfer to Nelson
04 March, 2020
Today we’ll load up the vans and depart for Nelson. In the afternoon we’ll check in to our hotel in Nelson, then head to the legendary core snowboard store, Tribute. The guys will put on some beers and hook us up with deals across the store. In the evening we’ll head out to for dinner and drinks at Mike’s Pub, one of the local favourites.
Whitewater Ride Days
05 & 06 March, 2020
Each day we’ll load up the van and make the short drive from Nelson to Whitewater. We spend 2 full days riding here. Whitewater Resort is ‘one of the best powder mountains on the continent’ according to Powder Magazine and for this reason it’s our favourite place to ride in BC. Deep pow, bowls and epic tree runs is what keeps us coming back every season on our Canada Roadtrip Tour. Our guides know this place better than most as it’s their home mountain. After riding you can head back to the hotel, hit the hot tub, then it’s time to check out Nelson. We’ll head to the legendary core snowboard store, Tribute. The guys will put on some beers and hook us up with deals across the store. Each night we’ll catch up for dinner in town, and head to Nelson’s best local craft breweries and bars to rub shoulders with the locals.
Transfer to Panorama
07 March, 2020
In the morning we’ll check out of the hotel, load the vans and head into town for breakfast before we depart for Panorama Resort. If we have time, we’ll make a stop at Radium Hot Springs on our way. In the afternoon, we’ll check in to our hotel, then head to the slope-side T-Bar, for a game of pool, drinks and dinner. The T Bar is a favourite with the local mountain staff, so it’s always lively.
Panorama Ride Days
08 & 09 March, 2020
At Panorama we stay in ski-in/ski-out condo’s right on the main run. So after you’ve cooked yourself breakfast in the morning, step out the door and you’re ready to go. We’ll spend two days on snow exploring the resort with your guides. The terrain here ranges from perfect corduroy groomers, perfect for laying down high speed carves to ‘backcountry style’ runs in Taynton Bowl, which is patrolled, ex-heliski terrain. This is the perfect warm up if you’re looking to do a heli-ski day. Taynton bowl is accessible via a short hike, which largely keeps the crowds out, so you can expect to find pockets of powder, long after a storm has passed. Taynton Bowl offers deep snow, perfectly spaced trees, long runs and endless lines all to yourself. After riding each day, head to the largest slope side hot pools in North America to rest the legs and then head out for dinner and drinks with the group.
10 March, 2020
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Say farewell to your guides and new friends that you’ve just spent 10 days with and we will transfer you back to either Calgary Airport or Banff for your next leg of your trip.
Your tour includes:
- 20 days of guiding on & off mountain
- 2 day lift ticket, Sun Peaks
- 2 day lift ticket, Revelstoke
- 2 day lift ticket, Red Mountain
- 4 day lift ticket, Whitewater
- 2 day lift ticket, Panorama
- On-snow guiding with professional guides
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Whistler
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Sun Peaks
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Revelstoke
- 1 night twin share accommodation, Kelowna
- 3 nights single share accommodation, Rossland
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Nelson
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Panorama
- Breakfasts daily in Revelstoke
- Airport transfer, Vancouver Airport to Whistler
- Airport transfer, Panorama to Calgary
- Transfers throughout the tour, including daily resort transfers
- Mint Tours hosting throughout the tour
- Nightly tours to restaurants & bars
Please note this tour does not include lift tickets for Whistler. We can add these on to your package at the time of quoting, or use your Epic Pass, which will cover your Whistler ride days.
Ikon Pass holders, your pass includes Revelstoke so let us know at the time of booking if you have either of these great passes, or if you want to know more about the Ikon Pass or purchase one let us know and as an Ikon Pass retailer we can hook you up!
Mint Tours Guides
Your professional guides have an in-depth knowledge of the local area, terrain and conditions. You can be assured we will always find you the best snow conditions available. Our goal is to get everybody on tour enjoying themselves and pushing your riding in a relaxed and fun environment.
Small Group Numbers
Our guest to guide ratio is typically 6 : 1. We like to keep our group sizes small so you can get the most out of your time with us. There’s nothing worse than riding with a large group, especially on a powder day! We have our guides on-snow every day. At night we’ll have our hosts on hand to show you around the local area. With our small groups, you’ll feel like part of the Mint Crew and not just another face in the crowd.
If you’re travelling solo you won’t be alone. In fact our tour is perfect for solo travellers, we just match you up with someone to room with for the entire time. Not only are our guides with you on-mountain during the day, they keep the stoke going well into the night, so you’ll always have people to socialise with and places to go.