IKON Canada Tour
7 Night Guided Tour
January 15, 2019 to January 22, 2019
$1799 Per Person
Put your IKON BASE PASS to use and join us on our 7 night IKON Canada Tour to Revelstoke, Banff, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay. Add a day of heli-ski with RK and you’re set for a true Canadian experience.
Revy is a Mint Tours favourite and is always our first stop on our Canada Tours. It’s the kind of place you can show up to a week after it has snowed and still smash pillow stacks of neck deep, untracked blower powder. 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.
In the heart of the Canadian Rockies lies the famous resorts of Banff – Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mt Norquay. Lake Louise offers terrain for every rider, from wide groomed boulevards on its frontside, to awesome chutes, gullies, steep bowls, and glades on the backside. The resort definitely offers the best leg burning runs of all three resorts and some of the most challenging terrain in the Rockies. Sunshine Village is a mecca for intermediate to advanced riders, with 4 mountain peaks offering incredible steeps, corduroy, and gladed runs to explore. The mix of very cold temperatures and high elevation means Sunshine’s snow quality is top notch. Sunshine is also home to epic off-piste, with their Wild West and Delirium Dive freeride zones providing the opportunity to get very steep and deep in the Rockies.
If you want to experience heli-skiing in Canada, then join us for a heliski day with RK Heliski. It will no doubt be the highlight of your trip. Expect to ride deep snow and fresh lines every run. RK Heliski is one of the highest operations in North America, with consistent, light, dry snow and very few cancelled days and a huge amount of vertical. You’ll get to ride the legendary Jumbo Valley and the Purcell Mountains (3000m+) with runs ranging from incredible open bowls, long glaciated runs and and many other areas that comprise of perfect gladed tree runs.
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 : 5. 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 January & February. What you can expect on this tour is cold temperatures and light-dry powder. 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. We have hot cooked breakfasts included.
Arrive Kelowna + Transfer to Revelstoke
15 January, 2019
Your guides will meet you at Kelowna Airport, we’ll load up our van, and then we’ll make our way to our first stop on the tour, 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. We’ll also run a welcome session where your guides will run you through the tour plan and you’ve got the opportunity to ask any questions.
Revelstoke Ride Days
16, 17 & 18 January, 2019
We spend 3 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 Banff
19 January, 2019
After breakfast, we check out of Valley Retreat, load the vans and depart for Banff. Once we arrive, we’ll check in, then head out to one of our favourite local craft beer pub’s for dinner and drinks.
Optional Heli-ski Day
20 January, 2019
All guests have the option of pre-booking a heli-ski day with RK Heliski. Prices start from $929 per person + tax. Today will undoubtedly be the highlight of the trip. Weather and snow condition dependant, you could find yourself on an open glacier run or in perfectly spaced trees.
Morning: Meet at the RK Heliski office, located within Panorama Mountain Resort. All guests must complete the release of liability waiver, ski and snowboard rental forma and log an accurate guest weight. 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 located in the Guest Pack.
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. They will also brief you on Helicopter Safety. All of the 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: As you are ready to board the helicopter run through your checklist. do I have skis/board, gloves, beanie, goggles, lenses, helmet, camera, sunscreen and most of all a sense of adventure! The first group of the day 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. There will be instructions regarding the route and hazards on the way down. 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. 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 (5 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.
Lake Louise or Sunshine Village Ride Day
21 January, 2019
After your buffet breakfast, meet your guides and beready to go. today we’ll ride at either Lake Louise or Sunshine Village. We’ll select the destination on the day, depending on weather and snowfall. We’ll spend a full day 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- bounds. After riding we’ll head back to Banff and enjoy our last night out in town.
22 January, 2019
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.
- 4 nights twin share accommodation, Revelstoke
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Banff
- Breakfast daily
- Airport transfer, Kelowna to Revelstoke
- Airport transfer, Banff to Calgary
- Private transfers throughout the tour, including daily resort transfers
- On-snow guiding with professional guides
- Mint Tours hosting throughout the tour
- Nightly tours to restaurants & bars
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 5 : 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.
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.