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Utah's favourite ski and snowboard destinations - Solitude & Brighton

New for 2022, our Utah Tour will be scheduled at peak powder season and we have purposely made it a mid-week mission to ensure fewer crowds and more opportunity to experience Utah’s legendary dry blower snow.

The Solitude & Brighton mini break tours are designed to give you everything Mint Tours is known for, but condensed into a short and sweet all-inclusive vacation.

Solitude Mountain Resort located just 34 miles from Salt Lake City up Big Cottonwood Canyon, is known for some of the best in-bounds off-piste terrain in Utah.  Add an average 500″ of annual snowfall to the equation and you’re looking at an insanely good few days of skiing and snowboarding.

Brighton is Utah’s only resort that can boast that 100% of its terrain is accessible by high speed quads, allowing skiers and snowboarders the quickest powder laps in the state.  With easy access between both Solitude and Brighton resorts each day, there’ll be no shortage of runs to explore across a combined 2,300 + acres of terrain.

Don’t have an IKON Pass yet?  We can add one to your tour booking so you have unlimited access for the entire tour.

Dates

23 January - 27 January, 2022

Duration

4 nights I 3 days on-mountain

Price

USD $1,775 (twin share)

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Tour Type

Freeride - intermediate skiers and snowboarders

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.

Highlights

BLOWER POW

Here in the Big Cottonwood Canyon, they boast an average of over 500 inches of legendary Utah powder snow each.

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Local knowledge

You'll have the ultimate local advantage. Each day you'll ride with our experienced US based hosts and snowboard coaches.

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Village lodging

Our accommodation is virtually ride in / ride out from the amazing Solitude Village. Easy access to not only the slopes, but also plenty of dining and drinking options.

Utah Mini Break Tour

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ABOUT IKON PASS & UTAH

Solitude and Brighton are both an Ikon Pass destination, so depending on your pass type, you can use it to access all the ski lifts. If you don’t have an Ikon Pass or Base Pass as yet, then speak to our sales team and they will add it to your tour booking.

SNOW CONDITIONS

Experience light, dry powder along some of Utah’s most stunning, varied terrain with 500 inches of annual snowfall, snow can hang around untracked for days. Our tour is scheduled for midweek to avoid the crowds and last January time of season is your best chance of scoring it deep.

A TYPICAL DAY

Staying in ski-in / ski-out lodging means each morning we simply walk straight to the lifts where your host will show you all the spots to find the best conditions on the day. After riding we’ll either enjoy some apres at one of the bars at the base of the village like The Thirsty Squirrel.

ACCOMMODATION

Our Solitude ski-in / ski-out lodging includes unbeatable views and world-class terrain right outside your door. Accommodation is based on twin share village view rooms with en suite bathrooms, TV's along with most mod-cons.

SMALL GROUPS

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.

PRE-TOUR SUPPORT

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.

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

Scott Anfang

Scott is our lead guide and coaching director who brings over 20 years industry experience to his role. He is a three-term AASI National Snowboard Team Member and the current coach of American Association of Snowboard Instructors National snowboard team. Scott is also Co-founder of GoSnow industries, the first on-demand booking platform for snowsport instructors. Sponsors: Burton Snowboards, Smith optics, Hestra Gloves, Patagonia outerwear, Anon helmets, Purl Wax.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Tour Inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

 

  • 4 nights twin share accommodation Solitude Village View
  • 3 days hosting at Solitude and Brighton Ski Resorts
  • Return SLC Airport transfers
  • Nightly tours to local restaurants & bars
  • Mint Tours hosting and guiding
Tour Dates

The Utah Mini Break Tour is 4 nights. If 4 nights isn’t enough, then book one of our multi-tour combo’s. Ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.

Group 1:  23 January – 27 January, 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.

FAQ

Here’s a list of our most frequently asked questions. If there’s anything we haven’t covered, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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 THE UTAH TOUR?
Our Freeride Tours offer you the best chance to ride a variety of terrain from parks through to steeps and trees. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of Solitude and Brighton which gives you the ultimate advantage when your chasing un-tracked snow or looking to challenge yourself. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride anything.


WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I SIGN UP FOR THE TOUR?
After you sign up for this 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.


HOW MANY GUIDED DAYS ARE THERE?
One of the advantages of travelling with Mint is that you have dedicated guides for your entire tour. Our guides are on-hand from the moment you arrive, until we say goodbye on departure day. They are not only with you all day on-snow, they are also on-hand each evening. They are always more than happy to share their experience with you on the mountain, and share a beer and some laughs at the end of the day.


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. 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. Your group will be made up mostly of solo travellers. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that Jackson Hole has to offer.


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. We have a maximum of 6 people on this tour. 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, hold speed and is adventurous when skiing and snowboarding the entire mountain including side-hits and jumps. 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.


WHICH RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
The tour is based at Solitude and we ski / ride here and Brighton.


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?
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.


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 UTAH?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get to Utah and where to meet your hosts. If it’s your fist time to the USA 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.


ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
NO.  Most of our clients have an IKON Pass includes riding at Solitude and Brighton resorts.  If you don’t have an IKON Pass, no problem, ask your sales consultant for more information about purchasing one.


CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Solitude and Brighton like any ski areas can experience all kinds of weather depending on the season. 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).


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 Solitude and Brighton have to offer.

Price and Payment

PRICE PER PERSON

USD $1,775 (twin share)

USD $2280 (single share)

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SINGLE SHARE SUPPLEMENTS
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this tour. The single supplement applies to all nights on your tour and is subject to availability. Please speak to your tour specialist for further information.


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 60 days prior to tour departure. 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 United States 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 USA Tour specialists.

Within Australia (03) 8563 9437
International +61 (03) 8563 9437

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