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Learn new skills and progress your powder riding next winter in Lapland

For winter 2022, we’ve scheduled two very different Lapland Backcountry Tours including our popular Pyhä Lucky Ranch Camp located in Finnish Lapland, PLUS a unique backcountry program based at Tamok, in northern Norway and hosted by local guides Jarkko-Juhani Henttonen and Sami Modenius.

Both programs are designed by experienced local guides and suitable for most ability levels.  Learn how to ride safely through the backcountry either on snowboard, skis or pow-surf board. We have Ilahu -Powsurf boards for you to test and use through the whole camp.  Also if you don’t have your own splitboard / touring skis / avalanche gear, our rental partners are happy to set you up.

Our guides are picking the best lines based on safety, ability levels and fitness in order to help you master those pow turns. Our Nordic Powder Camps are in a cooperation with The Lucky Ranch in Pyhä, Tamokhuset with Cohkka Guides, Ilahu -Powsurf Boards and Arctic Rental.

Whether you are looking to progress your backcountry skills or just eager to discover a few secret spots in the Lappish backcountry, the Nordic Powder Camps are for you.

Dates

Pyhä

03 February - 07 February, 2022
10 February - 13 February, 2022
17 February - 21 February, 2022

Tamok

02 April - 09 April, 2022

Guest to Guide Ratio

4-6 guests : 1 guide

Price

Pyhä camp:
625€/ person (midweek)
582€/ person (weekend)

Tamok camp:
1450€ / person

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Tour Type

Backcountry – Prepare to earn your turns

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.

Highlights

Guides

Our local Lappish guides have unique knowledge of the region from years of exploring and riding the backcountry. Their expertise will give you the best chance of accessing many of the secret spots to find Nordic powder.

Highlights

Learn how to surf on snow without bindings

Ilahu Pow Surf Boards and few snowshoes are in free usage during the camps in Lucky Ranch and Tamok Camps.

Highlights

New camp in Tamok Valley, Norway

Unique for 2022, we stay in Tamokhuset mountain hut, riding 6 days with IFMGA mountain guide Sami Modenius meanwhile learning Finlav LT1 snow safety course with Jarkko-Juhani Henttonen.

Highlights

Take it easy riding the resort

As an option, you might feel like just going to the ski resort to ride without hiking. Book one of our guides to come with you to show you the best lines. Possible in both camps and tour.

Highlights

Sami Reindeer farm

Evenings after a long day of riding are a good time to do cultural activities. Visit a real Sami reindeer farm and learn about Sami culture and reindeer farming.

Highlights

Horseback riding Aurora hunt

Want to experience the snowy nature by horseback riding? Our horseback guide takes you to dark trails by only using headlights and possible auroras lighting your path. Possible in Lucky Ranch Camp and tour.

Lapland
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Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info

IS THIS FOR ME?

These camps are mostly offered for snowboarders / skiers from Finland due to no transport included, but the camps can be participated from other countries too. If you know how to handle your snowboard/skis in the groomed slopes and want to learn how to ride powder with snowboard/powsurf board – or want to have good time riding new spots with nice co-riders and experience something new – these camps are for you.

LUCKY RANCH CAMP

The headquarter of this camp is in Lucky Ranch holiday center in a small town of Pelkosenniemi next to Pyhä ski resort. Area has many big, wide open fells and lots of treerides to choose for all ski levels. Pyhä is known as mecka of backcountry riding in Finland. I think there is nothing else to add there, it tells it all.

LUCKY RANCH ACCOMMODATION

Your package includes accommodation at Lucky Ranch in the town of Pelkosenniemi. You can either book a 2 room apartment (2pcs) or three bedroom house for a private group or share it with other campers as as a commune house. One of the apartments has 1 single bed and 1 double bed + futon beds as extra. Another one has 2 single beds + sofa bed. Three bedroom house has 1 large double bed, 2 single beds and 2 sofa beds

COHKKA CAMP IN TAMOK

Tamok has been one of the favorite places for finnish freeriders to go to ride bigger mountains for few decades now. Our basecamp is surrounded by 14 peaks offering new runs for days for all skill levels. In this camp you will get 6 days of guided riding by IFMGA mountain guide Sami Modenius and Finlav LT1 snow safety course + more advanced snow safety information from Jarkko-Juhani Henttonen.

COHKKA CAMP ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation is in Huset mountain hut. Huset offers 4 persons rooms to sleep in. The style of the accommodation is a modest mountain hut, but here we are going to enjoy other things than hanging in your bedroom! If you are travelling alone, you can share a room with fellow campers. The Huset has a big living room for hanging out with fellow travellers, eating good food made by Christel von Haartman and having few beverages in the evenings.

CAT SKIING IN NORWAY

Optional extra: On the super snowy days, when it’s best to stay below the treeline, the snowcat will take you 300m vertical up the mountain to take those perfect mellow runs through the trees.

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

Ingemar BACKMAN

Professional snowboarder who changed the whole snowboarding scene back in 96' with his legendary and massive backside air method in Riksgränsen, Sweden. He is the co-founder of the clothing brand WeSC and the snowboard company Allian, where he has a bunch of his own PROMODEL boards. In his last move he started to be a guide for Mint Tours in Japan and the Nordic.

Meet your expert team

Arto PITKÄNEN

A snowboarder for life, who have been focusing on finding the best powder spots and making the coolest turns with snowboard for the last decade. He is a guide for Mint Tours in Japan and Nordic countries and have a strong guiding experience with other luxury travel companies aswell.

Meet your expert team

Antti KESKITALO

It doesn't matter if it's on the asfalt, water or on a snow this man can handle the board. The man behind LeviCamp531 and the Lucky Ranch who has powsurfing as his passion on the hills next to his Ranch.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Tour Inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

 

Pyhä, Finland

  • 4 nights in shared accommodation in Lucky Ranch 
  • 3 Days on-snow guiding with professional guides 
  • Breakfast with possibility to take snack for the riding day, soup lunch after riding, dinner daily 
  • Fully-escorted camps, guides on hand throughout the camp
  • Sauna + ice bathing 
  • Ilahu powsurf boards to test and use during the camp 

 

Tamok, Norway

  • 7 nights in shared accommodation in Tamok Huset mountain hut. 
  • Breakfast with possibility to take snack for the riding day, soup lunch after riding, dinner daily 
  • 6 days on-snow guiding with professional guides 
  • Finlav LT1 snow safety course with more advanced information 
  • Fully-escorted camps, guides on hand throughout the camps 
  • Ilahu Powsurf boards to test and use during the camp 
Tour Dates

Pyhä / Lucky Ranch 

  • 03.-07.02.2022 
  • 17.-21.02.2022 
  • 03.-07.03.2022 

Tamok / Cohkka / Tamok Huset 

  • 02.-09.04.2022 

Private groups only – subject to availability


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.

FAQ

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 NORDIC POWDER CAMP?
Our Powder Camps offer you the best chance to ride deep, nordic powder or learn how to do it. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of the areas, 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. 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, recommended arrival and departure times, travel options and transportation information.


WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guests to room with. Your group will be made up mostly of solo travellers. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snowsports and an eagerness to learn powder riding even more.


HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Between 8 to 16 persons per camp with a guide to guest ratio of 1:4. 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. 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.


ARE THESE CAMPS/TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
These camps and tour are best suited to skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in groomed slopes and also for ones that can also handle riding powder. 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 the tour to learn. We have 3-4 guides so we can divide the groups with skill and condition level.


WHICH HILLS/FELLS/RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
We keep the camps/tour itinerary flexible so you can ride at the resort on at some of the days of your stay. Each day your guide will make the decision on which hills/fells to ride based on a number of factors including weather, snowfall, group ability and interest. We can access within easy reach of our centrally located accommodations with terrain ranging from wide-open mellow runs to deep and steep untracked tree riding and skiing.


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. If you have a preferred Mint guide, just let us know and we’ll be able to tell you which tours they are leading.


CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS/TRAIN?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights / trains for the camps/tour. We can book you the best options, with no booking fees.


IS TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED?
Transportation to the camps is not included in the price.  Ask us about meeting up with other campers prior to the tour to ride share.


DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on camps/tour need to be covered be 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, travel options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the camps/tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.


HOW CAN 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 PYHÄ / RANTAJÄRVI?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get there. If it’s your fist time to Lapland 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?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment. We do recommend bringing powder boards or ski’s for camps/tours.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Lapland can be a cold place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from 0 to -30. 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 (board, boots, bindings & outerwear). Powder boards and ski’s are recommended.


WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of snowboarders/skiers from diverse backgrounds mostly from Finland and Sweden and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snowsports and an eagerness to explore all that riding powder has to offer.

Price and Payment

PRICE PER PERSON

Pyhä / Lucky Ranch:

599 € per person.  If you wish to leave on Sunday evening, price is 559 €. 

(Minimum 4 persons / max. 8).

Tamok / Cohkka / Tamokhuset:

1450 € per person.

(Minimum 6 persons / max. 12). 


RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, 100% payment is due within 3 days of booking. Cancelations can be made up until 21 days prior to arrival. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE

Enquiries and Bookings

If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:

1. ONLINE
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our Nordic Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.

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2. OVER THE PHONE 
Call us and follow the prompts to speak to one of our Nordic Tour specialists.

+358 44 238 9361 (Finnish and English)

 

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