Ski & Snowboard Europe
Challenging off-piste, incredible backcountry, world-class resorts and unique cultural experiences make Europe the ultimate destination for a freeride snowboard and ski tour. The sheer number of resorts in Europe means that once you arrive in a major transit hub, it's a relatively short drive or flight until you can access pretty much any kind of terrain that you could hope for. There are roughly 1200 resorts in Europe which would make it one of the biggest shreddable expanses in the world. Thanks to these massive ski areas, the statistical chances of scoring freshies for days are a lot higher. The countless small, hidden resorts across Europe mean that folk spread out way more. And unless you’re heading to one of the major freeride areas like Chamonix, your every day European skier or snowboarder just isn’t as powder hungry as their North American or Australian/Kiwi counterparts. All of this, of course, adds up to way more fresh tracks and faceshots for you and I. One of the other great reasons to ski or snowboard in Europe is the culture. There are countless alpine towns and villages that live and breathe the mountains, where the locals have lived and worked in these mountain towns all their lives. We’re talking about the families that farm the valleys in the off-season and the small-town shop and bar owners – all who will have ridden the local hills since they were old enough to walk. For 2021 we have select departures to Russia, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland.
We spend 10 days travelling through Finnish Lapland visiting the Arctic's best resorts. You’ll get to witness spectacular landscapes from frozen lakes and stunning Arctic fells and we'll stop off at the most northern ski areas of Europe including; Pyhä-Luosto, Saariselkä, Levi, Ylläs and Ounasvaara. Plus you'll get to experience husky and snowmobile safaris, ice-fishing, snow surfing and bask in the amazing natural beauty of the Northern Lights.
SWEDEN & NORWAY
Our journey begins 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. We road trip through the northernmost regions of Sweden and Norway, stopping at all the iconic snowboarding destinations including Dundret (home to snowboarding legends Ingemar Backman and Johan Olofsson), Narvik, Riksgränsen and Björkliden. You'll experience Arctic life and Sami culture in Gällivare and ride a snow cat to the highest mountain lodge in Sweden for a traditional Lappish dinner and party at at the famous apres bars.
The Austrian Tyrol hosts some of the biggest and best ski resorts in the world. We spend 7 days based in the freeride city of Innsbruck, the best place in the Tirol for the ‘powder chase’. There is no other city in Europe where you can stay in the city and explore incredible freeride resorts by day and have all the nightlife and restaurants just steps from our hotel to explore after dark. So you can spend your week deep in the white-room, your guides will show you the best lines, find you the best snow and make sure you have a good time while doing it.
Slovenia has a unique culture that combines the best of Europe and the Balkans. We spend 8 days exploring this winter wonderland on our roadtrip from the capital Ljubljana to Lake Bled and Maribor. Staying in luxe 4-star hotels along the way, we will visit 5 different resorts in the Julian Alps, Kamnik Alps and on Pohorje Mountain. There is great freeride terrain with tree-runs and plenty of off-piste options to satisfy powder lovers. You'll feel as if you have discovered your own personal snowboarding wonderland.
Join Mint Tours and all-time legend Ingemar Backman for a truly unique spring shred to the home of European snowboarding in LAAX, Switzerland. While this tour is scheduled to run on the first week of Spring, you can expect anything from perfect bluebird to deep powder days. The Flims Laax Falera ski resort is one Europe's most snow-sure regions.
Join us in the Balkans as we explore the spectacular Shar Mountains of Macedonia and Kosovo by snowcat and splitboard. While the well known resorts across Europe are overcrowded and tracked out, the freeriding in the Balkans is completely undiscovered and waiting to be ridden. From wide slopes to narrow couloirs and natural gullies with vertical drops of up to 850 metres per run, the terrain here is suitable for both intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
For Spring 2022, we've scheduled a unique backcountry program based at Tamok, in Northern Norway and hosted by local guides Jarkko-Juhani Henttonen and Sami Modenius. Whether you are looking for an easy way to progress your backcountry skills or just eager to experience Arctic life, then this camp is for you.
AUSTRIA FREERIDE TOUR
The Austrian Tyrol hosts some of the biggest and best ski resorts in the world. We spend a week based in the freeride city of Innsbruck, the best place in the Tirol for the ‘powder chase’. There is no other city in Europe where you can stay in the city and explore incredible resorts with great freeriding and fun tree runs by day and by night have the nightlife and restaurants just steps from our hotel.
ITALY FREERIDE TOUR
This is going to be a week filled with snowboarding, powder, great food & vino! Arrive into Milan and be transported to a remote freeride paradise tucked away deep in the mountains of the Alta Valtellina and bordering Switzerland. Livigno is our home base for the tour and you’ll find authentic alpine charm in every nook and cranny with a friendly local feel. Spend your days floating surfy turns through the deep powder and your afternoons and evenings visiting the regions most authentic après bars and our favourite locally owned restaurants.