Join us in Steamboat, Colorado for our mini break snowboard powder tours
Are you time poor and just need quality skiing and riding without having to learn a new resort trail map? Then our mini break US ski and snowboard tours are designed to give you everything Mint Tours is known for, but condensed into a short and sweet all-inclusive tour.
You’ll spend 4 nights and 3 days skiing and riding Steamboat’s patented Champagne Powder ®, then after each day stop by the slopeside après ski bars or head downtown and enjoy the ‘Boat’s relaxed ski-town vibe, with countless popular restaurants and bars rich in Western Colorado heritage.
Spanning across 4 peaks, Steamboat is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado, boasting over 1200 hectares of intermediate to advanced terrain. Go exploring perfectly spaced trees off-piste, take a hike and ride some of the incredible backcountry on offer, or tackle chutes and gullies that live up to their double-black ratings. Steamboat also boasts perfectly manicured terrain parks, banked courses and an impressive 18 foot Superpipe.
To maximise time on-snow, you’ll stay at the Steamboat Grand – Steamboat’s flagship hotel featuring beautifully appointed guest rooms just 100 metres away from the ski lifts. And with your host Scott sharing his local knowledge of Steamboat’s ‘secret spots’ you can be confident of finding the best snow conditions each day.
December - March, 2021
4 nights I 3 days on-mountain
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.
CHAMPAGNE® POWDER SNOW
Steamboat’s unique snow averages 6 percent water content. Compare that to the 15 percent water content more typical at other locations. No other ski resort has its snow trademarked, and there’s no other place you’ll find Champagne Powder® snow than in Steamboat.
Steeped in history, surrounded by ranches, barns, horse and cattle, Steamboat Springs also boasts one of the biggest and best ski mountains in the US.
The natural sulphur hot springs at Strawberry Park are one of Steamboat's many natural highlights and a 'must-do' after a big day on the mountain
Steamboat mini break tour
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ABOUT STEAMBOAT RESORT
Located in North-west Colorado, Steamboat Springs, aka. ‘Ski Town USA’!, is home to some of the best snow conditions in the Northern Hemisphere. With over 8.9m of their famous ‘Champagne Powder’ annually, the resort is a powder pig's paradise making the tree riding alone worth making the effort for. Spanning across 4 peaks, Steamboat is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado, boasting over 1200 hectares of mainly intermediate to advanced terrain.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN
Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range: Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak. 2,965 acres (1200 hectares) of permitted terrain offer a diversity of trails for all levels of ability. Gladded areas of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak are Steamboat's particular claim to fame, with legendary Champagne Powder® snow in the trees for the most avid powder hounds.
SNOW & CONDITIONS
With an annual snowfall of 314"/797cm it's fair to say conditions will be good from early season right through to spring in Steamboat. However, in December Steamboat typically peaks much earlier compared to other spots in Colorado, and it gets more dependable snowfall early. Then in February, the base is at its deepest with plenty of big storms hitting the mountains making for a ton of terrain to cover only three days.
ACCOMMODATION & TRANSFERS
Our lodging is the Steamboat Grand located at the base of the Steamboat Ski area. Rooming is based on twin share in a queen / queen room and single share upgrades are available. Private airport transfers are from Denver International Airport and based on a set scheduled pick-up / drop-off time. Driving from Denver International Airport (DEN) takes between 3 and 4 hours on most days - the scenic drive is breathtaking!
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.
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.
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 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.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 4 nights twin share accommodation
- 3 day Steamboat adult lift tickets
- 3 days on-mountain hosting at Steamboat ski area
- Return Denver International Airport (DEN) private scheduled transfers
- Nightly tours to local restaurants & bars
- Afternoon apre ski sessions
- Meet, greet and ski with Olympians Billy Kidd and Nelson Carmichael
- Optional night skiing at Howelson Hill (oldest operated resort in Colorado)
- Optional dog sledding and snowmobiling tours
- Mint Tours hosting throughout
The Steamboat Mini Break Tour is 4 night / 3 days on-mountain. If 4 nights isn’t enough, then book one of our multi-tour combo’s or enquire about adding pre or post tour accommodation. Please ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.
December – 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.
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 A FREERIDE 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 Steamboat 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 Steamboat 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 Steamboat. Don’t worry you won’t get bored skiing and riding over 165 named trails across 2,965 acres/1,200 hectares of terrain and glades.
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 STEAMBOAT?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get to Steamboat 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?
Yes. We include a 3 day Steamboat adult lift ticket in the tour cost. As Steamboat is an IKON ski area, you also have the option to use your pass here and we will subtract the lift ticket cost from the tour. You also have the option to either pre-purchase an Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass that includes riding at Steamboat via your Mint Tours sales consultant.
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?
Steamboat like any ski area can experience all kinds of weather depending on the season, with temperatures typically ranging from +10 to -10 in Spring. 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 Steamboat has to offer.
PRICE PER PERSON
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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
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 United States 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 USA Tour specialists.
Within Australia (03) 8563 9437
International +61 (03) 8563 9437
Drop us an email and one of our United States Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.