South East BC Tour
British Columbia’s south-eastern region is home to the POWDER HIGHWAY®, where big mountains, small towns, country hospitality and the deepest snow in Nth America exist. Join us on this 10 day tour across the Kootenay’s and ride at Red Mountain, Whitewater, & Panorama.
+ Riding the best resorts along Canada’s famous Powder Highway
+ A true locals perspective riding a Red Mountain
+ Canadian experiences like snowmobiling, hockey games & hot springs
+ Riding ‘Panorama’s Taynton Bowl, which is patrolled, ex-heliski terrain.
+ Exploring Whitewater Resort – ‘one of the best powder mountains on the continent’
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
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.
01 March, 2020
Arrive at Castlegar Airport and your guides will meet you and transfer you 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 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 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.
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. 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:
- 10 days of guiding on & off mountain
- 2 day lift ticket, Red Mountain
- 2 day lift ticket, Whitewater
- 2 day lift ticket, Panorama
- On-snow guiding with professional guides
- Mint Tours hosting throughout the tour
- Nightly tours to restaurants & bars
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Rossland
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Red Mountain
- 3 nights twin share accommodation, Panorama
- Airport transfer, Castlegar Airport to Nelson
- Airport transfer, Panorama to Calgary
- Private transfers throughout the tour, including daily resort transfers
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.