Mint Chicks Europe
10 Nights I 7 Days Riding
February 20, 2018 to March 02, 2018
$2950 PER PERSON
Destinations Spanish & Andorran Pyrenees and Barcelona
Join the Mint Chicks in Europe next February for a road trip through the Spanish & Andorran Pyrenees filled with Snowboarding, Pintxos & Vino Tinto! Along the way you’ll progress your snowboarding skills, make new friends, enjoy traditional cuisine, sample local red’s and rub shoulders with the locals. Your guides are on-hand every day to select terrain suitable for the group to ride. We want you to enjoy your snowboarding in a relaxed and fun environment. There is always time for coffee breaks, hot chocolates and selfies. If you’d like some one-on-one coaching, you’ve got the option to join lessons or freeride coaching sessions. For ladies looking for a powder fix, we’ll have some of the most affordable heli-ski options in Europe on offer. This fully inclusive tour is running at the peak of the snow season, allowing us to make the most of the best snow conditions. We travel in style in a private van throughout the tour, and it is fully hosted and guided by Mint Tours.
5 NIGHTS & 4 DAYS RIDING IN VALLNORD, ANDORRA
We kick off our tour with four days riding in the famous Vallnord region made up of the resorts Pal, Arinsal, and Arcalis. Being located among rugged mountain ranges close to the Mediterranean, this beautiful part of the world is blessed with abundant snowfall. The north facing slopes receive almost as much snow as Japan! There is terrain here for every level of rider, with long leg-burning groomed runs, easy access to off-piste areas, gullies, trees and and perfectly crafted snow parks with a multitude of features for all riding abilities. The interconnecting resort gondola enables easy transitions between Arinsal and Pal, meaning less time catching lifts and more time riding! Staying in the remote northern-valley of Andorra, Arcalis, we’ll enjoy traditional cuisine and local red’s, and rub shoulders with the locals. See what Riding in Vallnord is like, WATCH HERE
4 NIGHTS & 3 DAYS RIDING IN BAQUIERA, SPAIN
We then head across the border into Spain to ride their largest and best known ski resort; Baqueria. This vast terrain extends across four valleys, offering countless freeriding, off-piste, and side-country options. Whether it’s mellow groomers your seeking, or perfectly-spaced tree runs, Baqueira caters to all riders and is bound to offer some memorable powder runs. We stay in the small village of Valle de Aran, which is a perfect location for riding in Baqueira and the best place to explore the historic Catalan Pyrenees town.
See what riding in Baquiera is like, WATCH HERE & HERE
CITY STOPOVER IN BARCELONA
We start and finish this tour in Barcelona, one of our favourite cities in Europe. We spend our final night staying in the Gothic Quarter in the city centre. Step outside your hotel and you can have your pick of what you’d like to do; culture, historic architecture, world-class drinking and dining scene, museums, it’s all on our doorstep. Take a stroll through the laneways of the Gothic quarter, past plazas and 14th-century cathedrals. In other parts of town view the sculptural masterpieces, the creations by Gaudí and his Catalan architectural contemporaries. Barcelona has also long inspired artists, including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, whose works are on display in the city’s museums. The night holds limitless possibilities in Barcelona. Start with sunset drinks from a panoramic terrace or at a rustic beachside chiringuito. As darkness falls, live music transforms the city: with everything from flamenco to rock at concert halls. Towards midnight the bars fill. Take your pick from old-school taverns adorned with 19th-century murals, plush lounges in medieval chambers or boisterous cava bars. If you’re still standing at 3am, hit the clubs and explore Barcelona’s wild side.
Barcelona Arrival Day / Transfer to Vallnord, Andorra
20 FEB, 2018
Bienvenido Mint Chicks! Welcome to Spain. Your guides will meet you at Barcelona Airport, and then we’ll make our way to our base for the next 5 nights, La Massana, home to the Vallnord Resorts. Located in the remote northern-most valley of Andorra, nestled on the border between France and Spain, this tiny country is made up of rugged mountains, steep valleys and beautiful lakes. Due to its altitude and proximity to the Mediterranean, the Andorra ranges are home to abundant and consistent snowfall. Once we arrive, your guides will check you into our accommodation and you’ve got time to settle in. For the next 5 nights, we are staying at Hotel Magic Ski, a luxury 4 star hotel, magnificently located at the foot of the Vallnord slopes, with direct access to the ski lift. The hotel is equipped with a spa and wellness centre which is usually the first place we’ll head after a long day on the slopes. Once all everyone is settled in, we will hold an informal welcome session at the hotel bar. Grab a drink and settle in as your guides run you through the plan for the tour. We will then enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel so you can get to know the other guests and guides. Each night we have a buffet dinner included at the hotel and after you’ve always got the opportunity to head to one of the local bars to mingle with the locals.
Vallnord Ride Days / Optional heli-ski
21, 22, 23 & 24 FEB, 2018
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, get ready for the day and meet your guides in the lobby. We’ll make the short walk to the lifts. Your guides are on-hand to ride with the group every day and give you some pointers and riding tips. Throughout the tour we will ride at a relaxed pace. We want the group to enjoy their riding in a relaxed and fun environment. There is always time for coffee breaks, hot chocolates and selfies. If you’d like some one-on-one coaching, you’ve got the option to join a lesson or a freeride coaching session. You’ll spend 4 days exploring the Vallnord region of Andorra, which consists of three resorts; Pal, Arinsal, and Arcalis. The north facing Arcalis gets almost as much snow as Japan, and with its scenic slopes, and off-piste terrain, it is arguably the best riding in Andorra. It is also a popular destination among pro-riders, playing host to the first stop on the Freeride World Tour, so keep an eye out. Arinsal is known for its long leg-burning groomed runs, and perfectly crafted snow parks with a multitude of features for all riding abilities. The interconnecting resort gondola enables easy transitions between Arinsal and Pal, meaning less time catching lifts and more time riding!
Take advantage of the incredible snow conditions and add a heli-ski day during our time in Andorra. Often voted as one of the top ten places to heli-ski, Andorra offers fantastic value heli-ski for as little as 200 Euros for 2 runs!
After riding each day, head into the village of La Massana for a spot of shopping, or just enjoy the après ski, taking in the sunset with a glass of wine and some tapas. One of the afternoons we will drive to the nearby town of Andorra La Vella to visit the Caldea, Southern Europe’s largest thermal spa complex. Caldea has a mind-blowing variety of different bath’s including an indoor lake, a Turkish Bath, Indo-Roman baths, Aztec baths, the Grapefruit bath and an outdoor jacuzzi with mountains views.
Dinners are included and each night we will meet for a buffet dinner at the hotel. We’ll catch up on all the day’s happenings over dinner, and a few drinks. For anyone wanting to explore the village after dark, we’ll head out to one of the local bars to sample some local red wines, mingle with the locals and practice your Catalan language skills. Salut!
Transfer to Vielha, Valle de Arán, Spain
25 FEB, 2018
After breakfast we check out of our hotel. Today we will drive across the border into Spain. We will wind our way through scenic mountain villages so keep your camera handy, there will be lots of opportunity for photos. Our destination today is Vielha, the capital of the Valle de Arán and our base for riding in Baquiera. Once we arrive, we’ll check into our hotel. We will be staying in the historic village at the 4 star hotel, Tryp Vielha Baquiera. The modern and luxurious hotel is equipped with a great spa facility including a heated pool, sauna’s, Turkish baths and relaxation area with thermal beds. There is also a day spa on site, so you can work the knots out with a massage or body treatment.
Once we check in you’ve got some time to explore this historic and scenic mountain village. The Valle de Arán is surrounded some of the largest peaks in the Spanish Pyrenees. The area also has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, with Romanesque and Gothic churches housing works of art that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Another feature of the Valle de Arán is its French influenced cuisine which we’ll be sure to sample.
In the evening we will regroup for a buffet dinner, which is included at our 4 star hotel. You’ll enjoy a selection of amazing local cuisine at the dinner buffet, which includes salads, vegetables, fresh caught trout, smoked and grilled meats, seasonal fruit and delicious desserts. After dark the Spanish villages are known to come alive with many people gathering at local bars for music and tapas. We’ll head out to explore the bustling bars in Vielha.
Baquiera Ride Days
26, 27 & 28 FEB, 2018
Every morning we’ll meet at the breakfast buffet which has a wide range of cakes and pastries, seasonal fruit, a selection of cheeses and cold meats, eggs, bacon, Spanish tortilla, sausages, chorizo, breads, different olive oils, cereals, yoghurts and juices. Once we’ve loaded up for the day, we’ll make the short 20 minute drive to the base of Baquiera.
The next three days we spend riding in the largest and best known resort area in Spain; Baqueria, Beret and Bonaigua. We think that the terrain here is perfectly suited to our Mint Chicks with options for every level of rider. Follow your guides as we explore the 4 valleys that make up this vast area. There are endless riding options, and your unlikely to ride the same slopes twice. This quiet resort is home to incredible scenery, easy groomed runs and easy off-piste, powdery bowls, and if anyone is game, we’ll be taking on some tree riding. It’s location and elevation creates reliable snow conditions lasting from November through to the end of April each year, so we’ll hope to score some memorable powder runs! If you’re seeking something a little more challenging to ride, follow your guides into the off-piste areas and gullies of Bonaigua. Still wanting a powder fix? Add a heli-ski day in Baqueira and experience the backcountry. Baquiera offers introductory heli ski days, with 2 run packages for 290 EUR.
After riding there are so many off-snow options in the Valle de Arán. Your guides are on-hand to assist with planning any additional activities. There is husky sledding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, cultural walks, museums and historic churches, food and wine tours, the off-snow options rival the snowboarding! If you want to rub shoulders with the locals, join your guides for daily après ski in the village where we will bar hop and sample the pintxos and local wines. Each evening we will regroup back at the hotel for dinner. For anyone wanting to explore more of the village, after dark the villages come alive. You can always head out for drinks at the many bustling bars in the village of Vielha.
1 MAR, 2018
After breakfast, we’ll check out of our accommodation. Today we leave the mountains behind and head to the coast for our final destination, Barcelona. We check in to our hotel, located in The Gothic Quarter in the centre of the Barcelona’s Old Town. After we check in, you’ve got the afternoon free to explore the Gothic Quarter. This beautiful neighbourhood used to be a Roman village and has some remnants of its ancient past. These days because of the constant modernization it is easy to spot an ancient building right next to one built in the 90s. It is this mix of old and new that brings people from all over the world to stay in the Gothic Quarter. The narrow, winding streets create quite a labyrinth and means that it may take a while to get your bearings. The Gothic quarter has many peaceful squares where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. However, one of the main attractions, right in the heart of the district is the huge Cathedral which has a stunning courtyard full of plants and oddly, geese.
After you’ve had some time to explore, we’ll meet for dinner. We’ll head to the Plaça Reial which is full of many amazing restaurants and bars and is always packed, day and night. We’ll sample some of the amazing cuisine and celebrate our final night together with a few drinks. After dinner if you’re wanting the enjoy the night-life, we’ll check out a few of the bars and find somewhere to have a drink or a dance
2 MAR, 2018
Our tour concludes in Barcelona city. Today we say goodbye after an amazing tour through the Pyrenees. If one night in Barcelona isn’t enough, we can extend your stay at the hotel, so you can keep exploring this amazing city. For anyone wanting to explore more of Europe, join us on our next tour to Switzerland in 2 days time. Our next tour meets at Zurich Airport on March, 4, 2018.
Snow and Conditions
We run this tour in late February as it’s the best time of year for scoring a good mix of powder days and bluebird conditions.
Small Group Numbers
We keep our group sizes small so you can get the most out of your time with us. We have our guides on-snow every day and at night we’ll have our Mint hosts on hand to show you around the local area.
Mint Chicks Guides
Your guides will select terrain that is suitable for the entire group to ride. 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.
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 crew to hang out with and places to go.
We have handpicked all the accommodation for the tour especially for our Mint Chicks so you can enjoy your time on and off the mountain. All accommodation is 4 star standard, modern, comfortable and clean, and all the mountain hotels are equipped with spa’s and wellness centres so you can relax at the end of the day. All rooms are twin share and are equipped with en suite bathrooms, wifi and flat screen TV’s. If you would like a bit more space, just let us know and we can arrange for a private room.
Our Mint Chicks Tours are perfect for intermediate riders who can comfortably link turns on blue/red runs. If you are looking to improve your riding and get more experience riding different types of terrain then this tour is for you!
If you’d like to speak to one of our Mint Chicks guides to see if this tour is suitable for you please get in touch:
Call. 1300 205 609
Email. [email protected]
Your tour includes:
- 5 nights twin share accommodation, Hotel Magic Ski, La Massana
- Breakfasts and Dinners at Hotel Magic Ski
- 4 nights twin share accommodation, TRYP Hotel Vielha, Baquiera
- Breakfasts and Dinners ar TRYP Hotel, Vielha
- 1 night twin share accommodation, Hotel Citadines Ramblas, Barcelona
- 4 day lift ticket, Vallnord Resorts
- 3 day lift ticket, Baqueira / Beret
- 7 days guiding & hosting on mountain
- Nightly tours to local restaurants & bars
- Airport transfer from Barcelona to La Massana (20 FEB)
- Transfer from La Massana, Andorra to Vielha, Spain (25 FEB)
- Daily resort transfers in Spain
- Transfer from Vielha, Spain to Barcelona (1 MAR)
- Mint Tours host on-hand throughout the tour
As this is a small group tour, we have limited availability. Please contact us to check availability.
Bookings close 30 September, 2017, unless sold out prior.
To book the tour, a $500 deposit per person required to secure booking with the 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. For more information don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
T. 1300 205 609
E. [email protected]