10 Night Guided Tour
January 15, 2019 to January 25, 2019
$2850 Per Person
Tick Canada’s biggest and best resorts off your bucket list and join our road-trip across 2 states.
Day 1 – 5: Revelstoke
We start the tour in Kelowna and make the drive to Revelstoke. This is always our favourite stop on tour for it’s cool mountain town vibe, deep powder, steep terrain and incredible vert. It’s the kind of place you can show up to a week after it has snowed and still smash pillows of neck-deep powder. No wonder its a hotspot for some of the world’s best riders and film crews. This big mountain playground is located in the heart of the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges of British Columbia. Revy has the most vertical on the continent (1,713 metres), four high-alpine bowls, 13 gladed (treed) areas and a brag-worthy 14 metres of average annual snowfall. In Revelstoke, we stay at our Canadian home base, Valley Retreat. This is one of the best snowboard lodges in North America, with the 2,466-metre-high Mount Mackenzie rising up aggressively from the back yard. We’ll spend 4 nights staying here, and 3 days riding at Revelstoke.
Day 5 – 8: Banff, Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine & Norquay
We then travel to Banff and spend the next 3 nights staying in the heart of town, close to the best restaurants, bars and nightlife which Banff is famous for. We keep our itinerary flexible while we’re in Banff and ride at the best resort on the day. We have 3 resorts to choose from – Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Norquay.
Banff Sunshine sits high on the Continental Divide in the heart of Banff National Park. Three sprawling mountains provide breathtaking views, uninterrupted by any signs of civilisation beyond the resort’s boundaries. Sunshine has the longest non-glacial ski season in Canada and can receive up to nine metres of snow. The high altitude of 7,200 feet ensures the snow stays light and dry. The world-renowned resort features more than 3,300 acres of terrain, ranging from cruise groomers all the way up to extreme big mountain runs. Sunshine’s very own Delirium Dive has been named one of the 10 top off-piste destinations in the world.
Lake Louise is known for it’s spectacular scenery and its variety of terrain from gentle slopes and long cruising runs, to glades, chutes and some of the Canadian Rockies most exciting and wide open bowls. With over 4,200 acres spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise is also one of the largest ski resorts in North America. As well as receiving the #1 Ski Resort in Canada at the prestigious 2017 World Ski Awards, Lake Louise has also been named one of the top three freestyle resorts in the world. When visiting Lake Louise Ski Resort, be sure to take your camera! The spectacular views of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests are truly unique and befitting of Canada’s first National Park.
Norquay continues to be the locals’ gem. Just minutes from the Town of Banff, this is the best-kept secret in the Canadian Rockies! If it’s a powder day, we’ll head for the Norquay Glades, off the Mystic Chair. Perfectly spaced trees stacked with fresh snow is a recipe for a memorable powder-day. Here you’re sure to find a plethora of untouched, hidden powder stashes that not even the locals have yet discovered. Or we’ll head to the North American Chair, renowned for its steep slope, this chairlift offers unlimited line choices and unmatched face-shot potential.
Day 8 – 10: Panorama
From Banff, we head south-east along the famous Powder Highway to Panorama, which is one of our hidden-in-plain-sight gems. Panorama if often overlooked by groups looking to get their powder fix, but what you’ll find here is sure to impress. It’s been a stop on our road trips for the past 10 years for a very good reason. This place is Pure Canada, with snow-covered summits that stretch as far as your eyes can see. The terrain here ranges from perfect corduroy to ‘backcountry style’ runs in Taynton Bowl, which is 750 acres of patrolled, ex-heliski terrain. 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. And with the recent terrain expansion, Taynton is bigger, better, and badder. This monstrous new terrain is ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. And it’s definitely where the wild things will go! The new area boasts four huge new double black lines. Panorama now has 1300 metres of vertical, that’s an additional 75 metres, and an additional 52 hectares of terrain, and a new resort distance record for a ski run, at over 6.5 km long! This brand new alpine zone is now in-bounds and part of the resort’s regular safety patrol.
Day 9: Optional Heli-Ski, RK Heliski
For an unforgettable Canadian experience, you can’t go past spending a day heli-skiing in the vast backcountry. You will get to ride the legendary Jumbo Valley and the Purcell Mountains (3000m+) with runs ranging from incredible open bowls, long glaciated runs and perfect gladed tree runs. 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. One of the most commonly asked questions about heli-skiing is what is the minimum ability level. If you are confident on blue and some black runs, are in good physical shape but don’t have powder experience, you can heli-ski. With the advancement of powder boards and ski’s, heli-skiing is now more accessible than ever. All the heli guides excel in finding fresh untracked powder in terrain that matches the group’s ability level. Add a day of heli-skiing from $929 CAD per person.
Day 11: Depart for Calgary
All good things must come to an end. Today we leave Panorama and head back to Calgary Airport and say goodbye.
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.
Lake Louise / Banff Sunshine / Norquay
20 & 21 January, 2019
After your buffet breakfast, meet your guides and be ready to go. For the next two days we will keep the itinerary flexible and either ride at Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine or Norquay. We’ll select the destination on the day, depending on weather and snowfall. Each day, you’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 each day, we’ll head back to Banff and enjoy the nightlife.
Transfer to Panorama
22 January, 2019
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you’ve got the morning free to explore Banff at your leisure. In the afternoon we will depart Banff and head south-east along the Powder Highway to Panorama. This ski-in/ski-out village is Pure Canada, with snow-covered summits that stretch as far as your eyes can see. Once we check-in, any guests opting to heli-ski will head to the in-resort office for registration. Then we’ll regroup for dinner at the T-Bar and enjoy the local craft beers and a game of pool with the locals.
Optional RK Heliski Day
23 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 forms 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.
24 January, 2019
Spend your final 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. Taynton bowl is accessible via a short hike, or you can load up in the new Monster X Snow Cat which will shuttle you in 10 minutes to the furtherest reaches of the bowl. If conditions are right, expect deep snow, perfectly spaced trees, long runs and endless lines all to yourself. After riding, head to the largest slope side hot pools in North America to rest the legs and then head out for dinner and drinks for your final night on tour.
25 January, 2019
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Say farewell to your guides and new friends that you’ve just spent 11 days with and we will transfer you back to either Calgary Airport or Banff for your next leg of your trip.
- Professional on-snow guiding with qualified guide & snowboard coach
- 3 day lift ticket, Revelstoke Mountain Resort
- 2 day lift ticket, Ski Big 3 – Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine & Norquay
- 1 day lift ticket, Panorama
- 4 nights twin share accommodation, Revelstoke
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Banff
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Panorama
- Breakfast daily in Revelstoke
- Breakfast daily in Banff
- Airport transfer, Kelowna to Revelstoke
- Airport transfer, Panorama to Calgary
- Transportation throughout the tour, including daily resort transfers
- 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.
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.
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.