Ride Revelstoke, Red Mountain and Whitewater with local BC guides
We’ve been guiding snowboarders and skiers around the Powder Highway for almost 20 years, so it’s safe to say we have our British Columbia road trips pretty dialled. Next winter we’ve gone back to one of our classic itineraries to maximise ride time and to minimise drive time. On this 12 day tour, you’ll get to spend 9 full days riding Revelstoke, Red Mountain and Whitewater with our local Canadian guides. You’ll progress your skills by riding more vertical, more terrain and more powder snow. When we’re off the mountain, we’ll check out a hockey game, drink local craft brews, soak in hot springs and get the VIP treatment at local snowboard and ski shops.
The 12 day tour kicks off in Kelowna before heading north to Revelstoke. We stay in Revy for 5 nights which gives us the best chance of scoring a big storm cycle. We’ll stay on-mountain so when it dumps overnight we’re only metres from the gondola the next morning.
The tour then heads south along the Arrow Lake and onto Rossland and Red Mountain where our Kootenay guides will show you some of their ‘local’s only’ secret spots. Again, we stay on-mountain at Red so we can simply strap in and skate to the lift line.
No Powder Highway tour would be complete without experiencing the town of Nelson, home to around 80 bars, restaurants and the legendary ski area of Whitewater. As this is our last stop, we stay downtown to live and breathe the Kootenay lifestyle with our homegrown guides and friends.
22 February - 05 March, 2022
11 nights & 9 days on-mountain
Freeride - Be prepared to ride and ski in the trees
Why Travel With Mint
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
Big mountain riding
Progress your skills by riding more vertical, more terrain and more powder snow. Push yourself by following our guides as they search out the best conditions each day.
We spend 5 days riding at Revy and stay in ski-in/ski-out luxury. We have our local guide on-hand to show us all the secret spots. Want to know where the best lines in Greely Bowl are? Looking to discover more of the mountain’s amazing cruisers? Our guide will take us anywhere we want to go within boundaries of the resort. After riding relax in our slope-side hot tub overlooking the mountains.
Ride Red Mountain
We spend 3 days riding at Red and again stay in ski-in/ski-out luxury. 'Red' is your guide Rachel's home mountain, which is always an advantage when you're exploring the hill. Get your freeride skills dialled while exploring ‘Red’. The terrain here is amazing and offers steeps, open trees, powder meadows and groomers on 360-degrees of exposure.
To top it off we stay in Nelson and spend 2 days riding at Whitewater. Whitewater Resort is easily the funnest and most underrated ski resort in Canada. Deep powder, bowls, challenging tree runs, fun side hits around every corner, friendly locals and then there is the food. Whitewater has the best mountain food, EVER!
Feel like a local
Check out a regional hockey game, go snowmobiling, soak in natural hot springs and sample a local craft brew along the Powder Highway.
Experience small town charm along the Powder Highway in private transportation from Revelstoke to Rossland and through to Nelson, BC.
$10 Cat Skiing
Only at Red Mountain! From the summit of Grey Mountain, you can hitch a ride in Red's snowcat to the top of adjacent Mount Kirkup. You've got an incredible 2,054 foot vertical drop of powder filled runs that take you back to the Grey Chairlift! Shred back down to the bottom of the Grey Chair or even further down to the Topping Creek Chair. Hop back on the chair and do it all over again. Your legs will need the rest!
Off the Mountain
Our guides are not only with you all day on-snow, they are also on-hand each evening. They always know where to find a chilled happy hour or a seriously good après party.
POWDER HIGHWAY TOUR
Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info
Revelstoke is a Mint Tours favourite and one of the stops on our Canada Road Trip tour. 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.
ABOUT RED MOUNTAIN
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.
ABOUT NELSON AND WHITEWATER
The Kootenay township of Nelson is famous for community spirit, independent stores, bars and coffee. Whitewater ski area boasts everything from open bowls and steep tree runs. Our guides know this place better than most. In Nelson we also check out Ainsworth Hot Springs, local snowboard store Tribute and the famous Oso Negro Cafe.
Throughout the tour you'll stay in premium accommodation that's in the best location. In Revelstoke and Red Mountain you'll stay in luxe ski-in/ski-out hotels so you can maximise your time on-snow. In Nelson you'll stay in a boutique lake-side hotel, close to all the downtown action and just a short drive from the resort. All rooms are twin share (2 beds) with modern facilities including hot tubs and/or saunas so you can rest your legs after long days riding powder.
We offer one of the smallest client to guide ratio’s in the industry which ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best areas a destination can offer. When we are on mountain, our guest to guide ratio is maximum 6 people per guide. This also makes for a more personal experience between our guests and guides.
After you sign up for a tour, you will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. In addition to this, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
Meet your expert team
LOCAL GUIDES & PARTNERSHIPS
Mint opens doors around the globe. Our long-standing relationships with local guides, local legends, professional athletes, local businesses and resorts allow us special access to places and people. Travelling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of each destination. You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and local guides.
Meet your expert team
Hayden is born and bred in the Kootenays and grew up riding both Red and Whitewater, so it's fair to say he knows this region like the back of his hand. If he's not touring the backcountry in winter he's either guiding with Mint in Japan or mountain bike touring in summer.
Meet your expert team
Chuck moved to Revelstoke over 10 years ago from Canada's east coast and has been exploring the Revy backcountry ever since. Not only a sponsored rider, Chuck is a mountain guide both in Canada and Japan with Mint Tours. Nobody brings the hype quite like Chuck.
Meet your expert team
We’re lucky enough to have one of the world’s most qualified female coaches as part of our team. Originally hailing from New Zealand, Rachel rose through the professional snowboarding ranks and eventually became a high-performance coach for regional and national snowboard teams. Rachel now calls Canada home and is based in Rossland, BC, with her very awesome snowboarding family.
Meet your expert team
Thom is our local guide based in Rossland. When the pro's and film crews descend on Red, Thom is always their go-to snowboard guide. Thom is one of the best riders on our team and you'll look forward to riding Red and taking full advantage of his extensive local knowledge.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 5 nights Ski-in/Ski-out accommodation, Revelstoke (4-star twin share)
- 3 nights Ski-in/Ski-out accommodation, Red Mountain (4-star twin share)
- 3 nights Lake-front accommodation, Nelson (3-star twin share)
- Scheduled airport transfers (arrival & departure day)
- Private inter-resort transfers
- Revelstoke lift pass, 4 days
- RED Mountain lift pass, 3 days
- Whitewater lift pass, 2 days
- 4 days guiding with local guides, Revelstoke
- 3 days guiding with local guides, RED Mountain
- 2 days guiding with local guides, Whitewater
- Tips and tricks from our qualified guides and coaches
- Fully escorted tour, local guides on-hand throughout tour
Our Powder Highway Roadtrip is 12 days long. You’ll ride most of the resorts mid-week to maximise your time on-snow and avoid the weekend day-trippers. If 12 days isn’t enough, then book one of our multi-tour combo’s. Ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.
DATES 22 February – 05 March, 2022
PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE
WHAT IS A FREERIDE TOUR?
Our Freeride Tours offer you the best chance to ride powder, plus on this tour you’ll get to experience a variety of different ski areas in the one trip. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of the resorts we visit, which gives you the ultimate advantage when your chasing deep, un-tracked snow. We’ll aim to ride and ski a lot of powder, glades and trees so please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees for multiple days straight. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything.
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that Canada has to offer. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. Single rooms are unavailable on this tour.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. When we are on mountain, we have a maximum of 6 people per guide. 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.
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
This tour is best suited to skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse and hold speed. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything. If you have never ridden in powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the tour to learn. Canadian terrain has lots of glades and trees – please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees. This tour is not suitable for advanced skiers and snowboarders wanting to ride the backcountry or out of bounds terrain.
WHICH RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
This is a set itinerary that includes in-bounds guiding at Revelstoke, Red Mountain and Whitewater.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season. Our guides for this tour are Rachel Newton, Thom Rodrigue, Hayden Manwell and Chuck Morin.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
CAN I BRING MY PARTNER WHO DOESN’T SKI OR SNOWBOARD?
The Powder Highway Tour is not recommended for non-ski or snowboard partners.
HOW DO I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.
HOW DO I GET TO KELOWNA?
We’ll provide you with airport meet & greet times for Kelowna and recommended departure times for Castlegar Airport. If it’s your fist time to Canada or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.
HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.
DO YOU TAKE SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS?
Yes! We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note that the majority of our tours are led by snowboard guides.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
We recommend that all guests bring their own equipment for this tour.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Canada can be a cold place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from 0 to -10. We strongly recommend that guests dress in clothing specific for traveling in backcountry areas. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour.
WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that the tour has to offer.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Yes. You’ll get 9 days of lift tickets in total per person. These are pre-paid as part of the tour inclusions and cannot be excluded from the tour price.
PRICE PER PERSON
The Powder Highway Tour is CAD $5,390 per person
Pricing is in Canadian Dollars and based on twin share accommodation. Please contact us if you would like a quote in your local currency. We can accept payments in USD, AUD, NZD, GBP, CHF, EUR, JPY, CAD.
RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 25% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE
If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our Canadian Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.
2. OVER THE PHONE
Call us and follow the prompts to speak to one of our Canadian Tour Specialists.