CANADA ROAD TRIP TOUR
13 Nights I 5 Resorts | 1 day Heliski
February 18, 2018 to March 03, 2018
$3950 PER PERSON
Banff, Revelstoke, Whitewater, Red Mountain, RK Heliski, Kicking Horse & Panorama
+ Riding the resorts along Canada’s famous Powder Highway
+ Heliskiing in the Canadian backcountry
+ Canadian experiences like snowmobiling, hockey games & hot springs
+ Getting steep & deep at Revelstoke
+ Riding the lesser know powder magnets, Whitewater & Red Mountain
+ Visiting local snowboard shops and snowboard factories
Join Mint Tours with our annual road-trip along British Columbia’s famous Powder Highway. We kick off the tour in Banff and along the way you’ll get to ride at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Whitewater, Red Mountain, Panorama, and to finish off, you’ll spend a day heliskiing in the Canadian Rockies.
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 head Canadian guide who grew up shredding all over the Kootenay Mountains and is looking forward to showing you some of his ‘local’s only’ secret spots. Along the way we travel in our own private Mint truck loaded up with boards and local knowledge. 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.
Itinerary and details below..
Banff – 18 February, 2018
Arrive at Calgary Airport and we’ll arrange for you to transfer to our hotel in Banff. Your guides will meet you at the hotel and check you in to our accommodation. You’ve got the afternoon free to check out downtown Banff. In the evening we’ll regroup for a welcome session where your guides will run you through the tour plan and you’ve got the opportunity to ask any questions. We’ll then head our for dinner where you can get to know the guests and guides you can enjoy a few rounds of Rock and Roll bowling, while sampling over 100 craft beers on tap.
Transfer to Revelstoke – 19 February, 2018
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out, load the vans and then drive to Revelstoke. If the conditions are looking good, we may opt to spend the morning riding at Kicking Horse. Your guides will keep you updated along the way. Once we arrive at 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. Typically on our first night, we’ll tune our boards in the tune room, order some pizza’s and spend the night watching snowboard films at the lodge.
Revelstoke – 20 & 21 February, 2018
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.
Transfer to Nelson – 22 February, 2018
After breakfast, we check out of the lodge, load the vans and depart for Nelson. Nelson is our favourite town in Canada. Located close to the US border and famous for it’s liberal attitudes. One of the highlights of todays trip is getting to travel via car ferry on Arrow Lake. If we have time we’ll make a stop at Halcyon Hot Springs on our way. 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 – 23 & 24 February, 2018
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 on our final day, we’ll load the van’s and make the drive to the neighbouring town, Rossland. This is our base for the next 3 nights for our Red Mountain Ride Days.
Red Mountain – 25 & 26 February, 2018
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 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 Panorama – 27 February, 2018
We check out of our hotel, load the vans and then head east towards Panorama. Today is the longest transfer day, so it’s a good opportunity to rest the legs and relax as we make the scenic drive. After we arrive, check in to our slope-side accommodation and then settle in at the T-Bar for a few craft beers and a game of pool with the locals.
Kicking Horse – 28 February, 2018
Today we’ll load the vans and drive to Kicking Horse. We spend a full day here exploring the mountain. Kicking Horse has a reputation for some of the gnarliest in-bounds terrain in Canada. With 45% black runs and 15% double black runs you can be sure to find something here that will be pushing your riding! Not everything is insane steep though so don’t worry if you don’t feel like hucking a cliff into a 45 degree powder bowl, theres options for every ability level here. After a full day riding we’ll head back to Panorama where we’ll hit the slope-side hot pools, the head out for a meal and a few drinks.
Panorama – 1 March, 2018
Spend the day 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 for the following heli 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.
RK Heliski Day – 2 March, 2108
Today will undoubtedly be the highlight of the trip and the perfect way to finish off the tour. Weather and snow condition dependant, you could find yourself on an open glacier run or in perfectly spaced trees.
Morning: We will meet at the heliski office, located within Panorama Mountain Resort. After you have enjoyed a hearty complimentary breakfast, one of the guides will discuss what to expect for weather, suggest layering and demonstrate several safety equipment functions. Your guides will conduct a further after briefing outside which includes Companion Rescue Training and how to properly use your avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel and radio. All guides are trained in avalanche rescue and have a wealth of knowledge that they are happy to share with you. Questions are welcomed and encouraged.
Lift Off: The first group departs by helicopter and others are shuttled to the nearby staging area where the helicopter will be waiting after dropping the first group on one of the many mountain tops. The flight is as exciting as riding powder. Some of the tallest mountains in British Columbia are located in the heart of the Purcell Mountain Range. When the helicopter strategically lands, the helicopter does not shut down, so it is important to wait for the signal from your guide to disembark carefully. Remain in the heli-huddle until the guide unloads all of the equipment and the helicopter takes off. Now there is only silence and smiles at the top of the mountain where the only way home is down. Your guide calls your name, hands over your equipment and gives you the instructions. The guide is experienced in providing a safe and enjoyable day for everyone in the group. Ride in control, take your time, buddy-up in the trees and when the guide stops, you stop above. The first run of the day can be the most challenging; adjusting to the environment, new equipment and DEEP POWDER! Remember to take your time, stay in control and if you are having difficulty ask the guide for a few pointers. The guide will stop at intervals as the group descends. The average time per run varies from 20 – 50 minutes. As you reach the bottom of the run, the helicopter may be waiting for you or may fly in as you are bundling up your gear. Always use caution when approaching the helicopter and listen and follow instructions from your guide. Hand your gear to the guide and buckle in for the next lift. Typically the group will road 2 to 3 runs then break for lunch.
Lunch: Take a rest and refuel on hearty sandwiches, juice, water, hot tea, snacks and treats.
After lunch: The heli adventure continues. The guide and pilot determine if you will move to another zone or continue in the same area. There are many factors to be considered, with safety being the priority. Once you have completed your purchased package (3 runs), your guide will ask the group if anyone would like to ski extra runs. Weather, snow conditions, remaining day light hours and minimum requirements will determine how many extra runs you do. You may decide to call it a day while some of the group choose to keep going. There is a change, depending on several factors, that those who choose to sit out the next run remain at the pickup area while the helicopter takes off. Or you may be regrouped with others and shuttled to the staging area.
End of Day: So you did it! After an epic day of riding deep powder, head back to the heli lodge where you can relax by the fire while enjoying apres ski and exchange photos with your heli group. We’ll then head out for dinner with the crew to celebrate our final night on tour.
Day 13 – Departure Day
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Say farewell to your guides and crew that you’ve just spent 14 epic days with and we will transfer you back to either Calgary Airport or Banff for your next leg of your trip!
Your tour includes:
- 14 days of guiding on & off mountain
- 2 day lift ticket, Revelstoke
- 2 day lift ticket, Whitewater
- 2 day lift ticket, Red Mountain
- 1 day lift ticket, Kicking Horse
- 1 day lift ticket, Panorama
- Heliski Day with RK Heliski including;
– 3 run Heliski Package
– Use of powder boards / powder ski’s for Heliski day
– A hearty hot breakfast for Heliski day
– Packed picnic lunch for Heliski Day
– Apres snacks, post heli
– ACMG guide service, for Heliski Day
– Safety equipment – becon, shovel, probe & radio, for Heliski Day
– Training and helicopter safety briefing, for Heliski Day
- On-snow guiding with professional guides
- Access to demo fleet of snowboards
- Mint Tours hosting throughout the tour
- Nightly tours to restaurants & bars
- 1 night twin share accommodation, Banff
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Revelstoke
- 2 nights twin share accommodation, Nelson
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Rossland
- 4 nights twin share accommodation, Panorama
- Breakfasts daily in Revelstoke
- Breakfast in Banff
- Airport transfer, Calgary Airport to Banff
- Airport transfer, Panorama to Calgary Airport or Banff
- Private transfers throughout the tour
- VIP instore night at Tribute Board Shop
Small Group Numbers
Our guest to guide ratio is 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 share a 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 crew to hang out with and places to go.
Snow and Conditions
We run this tour in late February as it is usually the best snow conditions in BC. It’s normal to be riding fresh powder often this time of year and we still can get some nice sunny days thrown in there too.
Mint Tours Guides
Your guides on tour are dedicated snowboard guides who have spent most of their lives chasing winters around the world. With an in-depth knowledge of the local area and terrain 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.
Our Canadian head guide Hayden has spent his whole life riding and exploring the Kootenay mountains and has an in-depth knowledge of all the resorts and local secret spots. He is a wealth of knowledge for the towns and resorts we ride on this tour. He’s supported by our experienced Mint Tours guides who have years of experience guiding in Japan, New Zealand, America and Canada. Our guides are with the group from tour start, to finish. They are on mountain every day, and in the evening are on hand to plan group dinners and trips to local attractions.
All our accomodation throughout the tour is twin share with ensuite. All the hotels are minimum 3 – 4 star and are all equipped with great facilities. All hotels are equipped with hot tubs and/or pools to rest your legs after a big day on the hill.
Revelstoke is a Mint Tours favourite and one of the stops on our Canada Road Trip tour. 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.
This mountain is home to some of the steepest and most serious terrain in Canada. With 45% black runs and 15% double black runs you can be sure to find something here that will be pushing your riding! Not everything is insane steep though so don’t worry if you don’t feel like hucking a cliff into a 45 degree powder bowl, theres options for every ability level here.
Red Mountain & Rossland
Located on BC’s famous ‘Powder Highway’, Red has been delivering incredible riding longer than any other resort in Western Canada, with the first recorded powder turns in 1896. 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.
Whitewater & Nelson
Nelson is our favourite town in Canada. Located close to the US border and famous for it’s liberal attitudes. What we’re most concerned with is located just outside of Nelson and is known for one thing… POWDER. 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. While in Nelson it’s best to live like a local and check out the Ainsworth Hot Springs, legendary snowboard store Tribute and Rock n’ Roll Bingo night at Mike’s Place Pub.
Panorama Mountain Resort is located on British Columbia’s famous ‘Powder Highway’ just a 3.5 hour drive from Calgary. The terrain here ranges from perfect corduroy to ‘backcountry style’ runs in Taynton Bowl. Taynton Bowl offers deep snow, perfectly spaced trees, long runs and endless lines all to yourself. All accommodation is on-mountain so you spend more time shredding and less time driving to the resort. There is a great range of accommodation options from mid-range to luxury and all guests have access to the slope side Panorama Springs Hot Pools. The hot pools are right on the run and with amazing views, it’s the best way to wind down after a long day riding.
The Canada Road Trip tour is best suited to intermediate to advanced riders.
There is limited availability for this tour.
Bookings close 30 September, 2017 unless sold out prior.
$500 deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 90 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.