Shred the deep pow stashes of Whitefish, Montana this winter
Are you time poor and just need quality skiing and riding without having to learn a new resort trail map? Then our Whitefish Express Tour will give you the ultimate advantage as you are led by a host who knows the local area and terrain. Our ‘Express Tours’ are designed to give you everything Mint Tours is known for, but condensed into a short and sweet, all-inclusive tour.
Whitefish ski area rises above the town of Whitefish, in beautiful northwest Montana, in the backyard of Glacier National Park. The ski area boasts over 3,000 acres of ridable terrain across three main faces and new for winter 2023 is a brand new express chair opening up more options to ride.
Whitefish is a powder snow factory with an average of over 8 metres falling every winter. Even if it hasn’t snowed in a while, cold temperatures and wind transport keep this mountain fresh. Whitefish is known for plenty of things, and fog is one of them, but the low visibility just means the sun isn’t baking the snow and we ride pow in the trees all day.
We stay slope-side at the authentic Kandahar Lodge which gives us access to Whitefish Mountain Resort by simply walking out the door and as there’s usually no lift line, we’re lapping all day with our local hosts and guides.
05 - 09 February, 2023
Guest to Guide Ratio
4 guests : 1 guide
Freeride - comfortably ride powder, steeps and 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.
Whitefish is one of the best ski towns in the the US boasting numerous bars and restaurants but still maintaining it's classic small town character.
Despite its seemingly remote location, Whitefish boasts among the closest direct air service into a mountain ski town (just 11 miles) in the U.S.
Geographically, Whitefish is located where Pacific storms collide with the Continental Divide. This creates remarkably consistent riding with a heap of snow.
Over 3000 acres of rideable terrain across various bowls, basins and glades with incredible views out to Glacier National Park.
Whitefish Express Tour
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ABOUT WHITEFISH SKI AREA
Whitefish Mountain Resort is located in Whitefish, Montana near Glacier National Park and offers up 3000+ acres of skiing and snowboarding. The resort averages more than 300 inches of snow annually with a vertical drop of 2300 feet.
A TYPICAL DAY IN WHITEFISH
Each morning we’ll walk to the lifts where your guide / coach will show you the spots to find the best conditions on the day. From fantastic off-piste skiing / riding to checking out the unbelievable views into Glacier National Park. Evenings are spent downtown checking out the bars and restaurants to get a true locals perspective.
We stay at the Kandahar Lodge which is slope side in Whitefish. Our twin share rooms are equipped with two beds and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Breakfasts are included along with free WIFI.
BACKCOUNTRY CAT SKIING
Great Northern Powder Guides are Montana’s only backcountry cat skiing / snowboarding operation. They have terrain to satisfy the most experienced skiers and snowboarders with steep, treed terrain Montana is famous for. Located only 20 miles from Whitefish, a day tour is a great add-option (subject to availability at time of booking)
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 4 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.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 4 nights twin share accommodation Kandahar Lodge
- Breakfast daily
- 3 days lift tickets
- 3 days hosting at Whitefish Mountain Resort
- 2 days group freeride coaching from Whitefish snow sports school
- Complimentary on-mountain shuttle
- Daily après ski, includes freshly made popcorn, cookies, and hot drinks
- Glacier Park International Airport transfers, private service (return)
- Nightly tours to local restaurants & bars
- Mint Tours hosting and guiding
DATES 05 – 09 February, 2023
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 IS AN EXPRESS TOUR?
Our Express Tours offer you the best chance to ride a variety of terrain from parks through to steeps and trees over a short 4 night break. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of Whitefish which gives you the ultimate advantage when you have limited time.
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 DAYS ON-SNOW?
There’s 3 days in total. 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 guests and 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 5 people per host 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 confident 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 entirely at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
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.
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 WHITEFISH?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get to Whitefish 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?
We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note that the majority of our tours are led by snowboard guides.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Yes. A 3 days lift passes for Whitefish are included in the tour costs.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Whitefish like any ski area 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 Whitefish has to offer.
PRICE PER PERSON
RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a 50% deposit is payable to secure your spot. The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
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 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 tour specialists.
Within Australia (03)5296 0314
International +61 (03) 5296 0314