CANADA ROAD TRIP TOUR
12 Nights I 5 Resorts | 1 day Catski
February 21, 2017 to March 05, 2017
$3499 PER PERSON
Resorts: Revelstoke, Whitewater, Red Mountain, Big Red Catski, Kicking Horse & Panorama
Ride some of the best powder and terrain on the planet as we head down the BC’s Powder Highway. We’ll 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 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. Included is a full day Catski tour in the Red Mountain backcountry. We stay in 4 star 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.
+ 3 nights twin share accommodation, Pine Inn Panorama
+ 3 nights twin share accommodation, Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland
+ 3 nights twin share accommodation, Prestige Lakeside Resort, Nelson
+ 3 nights twin share accommodation, Valley Retreat, Revelstoke
+ Hosting & guiding throughout the tour
+ Daily resort guiding sessions
+ 1 day Catski, Big Red Cats, Rossland
+ 1 day lift pass Panorama
+ 1 day lift pass Red Mountain
+ 1 day lift pass Kicking Horse
+ 2 day lift pass Whitewater
+ 2 day lift pass Revelstoke
+ Airport transfers and meet & greet
+ Private transportation throughout the tour
+ VIP instore night at Tribute Board Shop
+ Nightly tours to restaurants & bars
+ Demo boards available from Trapper Snowboards
+ Mint Tours hosting and guiding
All our accomodation throughout the tour is twin share with ensuite. These 4 star standard hotels 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.
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. Andrew has been working for Mint as a guide in Japan, New Zealand, America and Canada. He loves nothing more than seeing crew pushing their own riding and progressing throughout a tour. Both of these guys are with the tour the entire time to guide on mountain and lead the charge for dinner and drinks off the hill.
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.
Big Red Catski
This Catski operation is based at Red Mountain and has access to 8 mountains offering 19,300 acres of some of the best gladed tree riding in the world. Your guides are fully qualified and experienced to keep you safe while still scoring the best turns of your life. After a safety briefing we will load into the cats at around 9am where will will head out into a zone and start riding. We lap the mountain until around 3pm, eating lunch in between runs in the cat, when our legs will be well and truly worn out. There is the option to have a professional photographer on board to capture some great shots from the day. All safety equipment is provided on the day and lunch is included.
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.
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.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Meet your guides at Calgary airport. From here we will transfer out to Panorama resort. We’ll head out for a group dinner in Panorama so you can get to know the guests and guides.
Day 2 – Panorama
Spend the first day warming up riding with the crew at Panorama. Your guides are on hand to show you around the resort and offer tips along the way.
Day 3 – Kicking Horse
We will take a day trip from Panorama to Kicking Horse for the day. This place has some of the steepest lines in Canada and a huge amount of vertical.
Day 4 – Transfer Day & Radium Hot Springs
Today we transfer from Panorama to Rossland which is home to Red Mountain. Along the way we will stop off at Radium hot springs, it’s a great way to revitalise the legs.
Day 5 – Red Mountain
A true gem of this region is Red Mountain. This place has some epic tree lines and scores amazing snow. Spend the day exploring this huge resort with the guides and crew.
Day 6 – Catski Day
This will most likely be the highlight of the tour. We will load into our private snow cat and head out into the backcountry with our qualified backcountry guides. We will ride untouched lines all day with pickups at the bottom from the cat.
Day 7 – Transfer Day & Ainsworth Hotsprings
We will pack up in Rossland and transfer over to Nelson. Once in Nelson we will head out to another hot spring to rest up the legs again.
Day 8 & 9 – Whitewater
Whitewater is our local guides favourite place to ride in Canada, so naturally we spend 2 days riding this amazing resort. Make use of the local knowledge and ride the secret local lines on offer out here.
Day 10 – Transfer Day
After a huge 2 days at Whitewater we will transfer from Nelson to Revelstoke. Spend the afternoon checking out this great little town and having a drink with the locals.
Day 11 & 12 – Revelstoke
With the most vertical in North America it’s no surprise we spend 2 days here. Revelstoke is renowned for steep and deep tree runs so pack your snorkel!
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 13 epic days with and we will transfer you back to Kelowna airport for your next leg of your trip!
+ RK Heliski, Panorama – from CAD $890 per person
+ Selkirk Heli ski, Revelstoke – from CAD $1090 per person
+ Snow specific travel insurance
+ Join our Whistler Canucks Tour commencing after this tour if you’re still looking for more adventure!
Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.
$500 deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.