Mint Women is a female-led snowboarding program that encourages women to improve their skills and get confident and fired up to take on any kind of terrain. Whether you’re looking for a tour to ride powder, improve your park skills, get your all-mountain freestyle dialled, or venture into the backcountry, we'll have a women’s snowboard tour to match your riding style. Our womens snowboarding tours are designed to progress the skill level of all female riders in an environment that is both professional and fun. We provide a personalised service and keep our group sizes small and intimate so you can get the most out of your time with us. Our female hosts and coaches have years of experience in making sure you achieve your goals. Not to mention they know how much fun it is riding with other women and meeting new friends. Our tours run each year in Japan, Canada, USA, Europe and New Zealand.
Surf Coast Surf Retreat
Get out of the city and learn to surf with us! Our surf adventures are based in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital. Whether you’re new to surfing or want to focus on progression, our accredited coaches have got you covered. For novice surfers, we will teach you surf safety, paddling, board handling and get you up and surfing. For more experienced surfers we’ll work on improving technique and wave selection so you can trim, cross-step and increase your tip-time! Like all Mint tours, there will be a focus on good food and great company. We'll spend our days in the waves and evenings enjoying great food in the company of new friends.
Powder Highway Tour
Join us for a 12 day roadtrip where you'll get to ride the best resorts along the Powder Highway - Revelstoke, Red Mountain and Whitewater. Progress your skills by riding more vertical, more terrain and more powder snow. Push yourself by following our guides as they search out the best conditions each day. We'll stay in ski-in/ski-out hotels in Revelstoke and Red Mountain so you'll be first in-line on a powder day, and you'll stay lake-side in Nelson close to all the nightlife and just a short drive away from Whitewater. When we’re off the mountain, we’ll check out a hockey game, enjoy the Canadian après, soak in hot springs and get the VIP treatment at local snowboard shops.
Niseko Freeride Tour
Experience riding the snowiest major resorts on the planet surrounded by a group of like-minded women. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 6 riders. From the moment you arrive you’ll know that you’re in for the ultimate powder riding adventure. From our Niseko base, we can explore Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro and Sapporo Kokusai. You've got a dedicated Japow guide, private transport, a 4 star hotel that’s near Hirafu’s famous shopping dining & drinking spots, plus we’ll make sure you visit the regions most authentic onsen and enjoy your nights out at our favourite locally owned restaurants.
Japan Powder Retreat
Join us for an all-inclusive powder and progression adventure to Aizu - our secret powder paradise. You'll up-skill with daily coaching and guiding, get your iconic Japan powder shot with our daily photo sessions and then top it off staying in our ski-in, ski-out onsen hotel! Aizu has something for everyone whether it’s your first time in powder, or you’re a seasoned campaigner. There are easy groomers, one of the best parks in Asia and some of the easiest tree runs in Japan which are perfect to get your lift accessed powder fill, within minimum effort.
Join the Mint Women for an Italian road trip from Zurich to Livigno – Italy’s remote, high-altitude, powder paradise! This is going to be a week filled with Snowboarding, Powder, Park laps, Great food & Vino! Along the way you’ll progress your snowboarding skills with 5 full days of professional snowboard coaching with our very special local coach, make new friends, enjoy traditional cuisine, sample local wines and rub shoulders with the locals.
Wanaka Progression Tour
This September we’re headed to Wanaka for a week full of freeride and freestyle coaching at our favourite resort – Cardrona. You’ll have ex-Olympian, Juliane Bray on hand to build your riding skills through her all-mountain freestyle coaching sessions. You will spend 5 full days with Juliane, riding at her home resort. We will ride to the conditions, and change the plan and pace to suit. We keep our group size small and take a maximum of 6 ladies so you can maximise your progression.
Here’s how we’ve got your back every step of the way
WE'RE ACCREDITED & ACCOUNTABLE
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 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 and post tour arrangements.
TRAVEL WITH THE EXPERTS
All our tours are hosted by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides and coaches. Our team are not only passionate about the destinations we visit, they are also passionate about delivering an amazing experience for all our guests. Plus, when you email us or hop on the phone with one of our tour specialists, you know you’re speaking with someone who lives and breathes snow. Nobody gets you like we do.
SMALL GROUP GUARANTEE
Whereas most companies try to squeeze as many clients per guide, we know offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. When we are on mountain, we keep our group size to a maximum of 6 people. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best experiences (and powder!) each destination can offer.
FULLY ESCORTED TOURS
One of the advantages of travelling with Mint is that you have dedicated guides and coaches for your entire tour. Our guides stay with you throughout the tour and 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 drink and some laughs at the end of the day.
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.
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.
EXPERT COACHES & GUIDES
Professional, dedicated and very, very experienced. Not only do our expert tour leaders know how to find the best snow and terrain, they also know how to pass on the benefits of that knowledge in a clear and comprehensive way to get the best out of you too.
Originally hailing from the small town of National Park, New Zealand, Rachel rose through the professional snowboarding ranks, and eventually became a high-performance coach for regional and national snowboard teams. Her energy, enthusiasm and expert advice will take your snowboarding to the next level and then some. She’ll arm you with all the technical skills and confidence required to be the best snowboarder you can be.
Coming from a background of big time snowboarding events such as U.S. Open, Grand Prix and the Dew Tour for years, Erika is now crushing it on the Freeride World Tour and is currently sitting in 3rd place overall at the end of the 2020 winter. Erika's passion for the mountains and commitment to supporting and growing the local freeride community make her the perfect host for our freeride focused tours.
Juliane has been a pioneer of women’s snowboarding. From her early days as a professional snowboarder, she rose through the ranks to compete at the highest level. Juliane’s long career has seen her with multiple wins at the Burton Open, she’s competed at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and was the first New Zealand athlete to win a Snowboard World Cup. She brings her years of experience from the competitive circuit to her role as a high-performance coach. She’ll have you trying new things you never thought possible.
Fiona has been instrumental in building the the womens program at Mint Tours. She’s a natural leader, and a passionate communicator, so it’s no surprise her career as a professional snowboarder led her to become a high-performance snowboard coach and guide in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. Her personal mission is to encourage women to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and have the best time possible while doing it.
WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING
If you haven't travelled with us before, here's what some of our guests are saying...
“The tour offered by Mint is one of the best investments I have made in myself. I walked away from the tour with new snowboarding skills, an incredible circle of friends and confidence in my ability to achieve whatever I set my mind to. I look forward to joining another tour offered by this incredible company soon.”
“Moments that can’t be put into words and people that I won’t forget. I started with Mint Women Japan in 2018 and have done 4 more Mint Womens’ tours as well as another (half, due to Covid19) tour to Austria. I’ve had the best time with the Minties over 3 continents in 3 years.”
“For a female snowboarder looking to progress in a supportive environment with the best female coaches, there is nothing that even comes close to the Mint Women’s week. The stoke is high on and off the slopes, and I can say that I’ve made friends for life on every tour I’ve been on. How could you not, when you’re surrounded by women who love snowboarding as much as you do, and who definitely want to have fun, eat yummy food and have a delicious cocktail or two. Or more. No judgment. I can’t wait to get shreddy when we are allowed to travel again!”
“I’ve been on 6 Mint Tours over the last couple of years and cannot recommend the company highly enough. The owners are lovely and all the coaches and guides that I’ve had are both knowledgeable on the slopes and great company at the pub at the end of the day.”
“You will not regret having a Mint Tour Guide when hitting the slopes in Japan. They know the mountains and will take you to spots that you simply didn’t know existed. Forget the busy slopes, you’ll be hitting back and side country and sometimes you’ll just be cutting through the thick trees right in the middle which open up into the powder stash of the trip. Having a guide who knows when to bail on a run is also worth it’s weight in gold. Cutting out to the right after the tower, versus a 45 min walk out, across a stream, that ruins your mood and your day… priceless.”
“I can’t thank Mint enough for saving my Japan holiday. I booked my tour last minute when my friends cancelled on our pre planned trip. I had already booked flights, so it was just a matter of finding a tour. I did my research but most tours were aimed at advanced/ extreme boarders, or skiers (no thanks) or park rats. The girls camps I found were aimed at beginners or the younger park and party crowd. Although I’m a young 37 and enjoy being social at night I’m going to Japan to board, not tour the bars. I ended up finding Mint Chicks through a friend and I’m so glad I did. I’ve found my people. Everything was taken care of and thoughtfully planned. The hotel, the snow, our coaches, the food and of course the girls. This was my first tour but it won’t be my last. Next time Canada. Love you guys!”
“I wanted to improve my snowboarding but I got so much more. I have been snowboarding for 10 years but have never had a lesson. My riding improved after the first day. My coach Rachel was knowledgeable, experienced and she genuinely cares. The video analysis and one on one feedback was a game changer for me. I’ll be going back next year.”
“If you are looking for womens snowboarding trip put Mint Women on the top of your list. I had been considering going for 2 years and finally decided this was the time. My expectations were exceeded at every turn. The coaches were amazing, the accommodations gorgeous, the food excellent, the resort beautiful, our small group of women inspiring, supportive, fun and adventurous. Every day was challenging, every moment was enjoyable. Mint has created a very special environment and selected only the most skilled educators to bring it to fruition.”
“5 stars.. I can’t thank the girls at Mint enough. The friendships I’ve made and the skills I’ve learnt are life changing.”
“I just got back from the Japan and had the most incredible time. From our first day drowning in powder to our final day owning the trees. We learnt, we laughed, we fell over, we got back up again and had the best time doing it. A massive shout out to my coach who hiked uphill (so many times) to save me when I was stuck in powder. All the coaches were amazing. They knew when to push us and when to hold back if they could tell that our energy levels were getting low. Their experience made the difference and I think this was the main reason we all progressed so much. I feel confident with my snowboarding now and can’t wait for my next tour with my new Mint snowboarding family. Their tours should come with a warning, HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!”
“I just wanted to say thank you for another epic trip. My leave application is already submitted for Austria! See you in 6 weeks!”
“Thanks for another great week in Japan. I think what sets Mint apart is the variety of locations and the coaches and pros you get to come along. Both times I’ve come I’ve found it attracts such nice guests who I really get along with (which was one of my main worries when signing up on a solo basis).”
“An amazing adventure!! Cannot thank Ris and all the amazing instructors enough – all are so positive, full of the joy of snowboarding, laughter and life. Never made learning so much fun. An opportunity to meet some amazing women, make new friends and be empowered. Looking forward to next time!
“From the second you arrive, the Mint crew are there to welcome you and make sure you have an epic experience. The hotel and resort is next level. Great food, spacious and comfortable rooms, knowledgeable and fun owners who immediately make you feel at home. Daily coaching (including former pro Ju and the awesome Rach) with the snow piling up every day, it’s the stuff dreams are made of. Rach and Ju’s tips, video analysis and endless encouragement make you a better snowboarder by at least tenfold from when you arrive. The coaches are relentlessly upbeat and all the other activities make for a jam packed week. So much of visiting a place comes down to the people too, and Ju, Rach, Ris and the crew and quite possibly some of the most awesome and welcoming people on this planet. The accommodation, food, shred, company is all beyond top notch, and I can not recommend them enough.”
“I just returned from Japan and feel like I will view my life as pre/post Mint. That sounds dramatic but the experience is transformational. I had been on an all-girls tour in Japan before with another company and it was a disorganised mess from the moment we arrived. So I was hesitant to book another tour. But I am so incredibly happy that I found Mint. The booking process was so easy and no question was too much trouble. The coaches are inspirational and patient and funny and wonderful. The attention to detail that they provide is inspired. I went in thinking it was a one off tour but the friendships I made and fun I had will ensure that I go back. If you are thinking about, do it.”
“This was my third Mint Tour, but my first ‘Mint Chicks’. I can’t speak highly enough of this company. From booking to boarding the experience was so memorable. Thanks to Ris and the team.”
“To put it simply. Awesome experience, awesome people, awesome destinations. Just do it! “
“I am so glad I took the chance and sign up for Mint Chicks! I was nervous to go by myself but that worry was alleviated immediately. I was greeted by an amazing group of strong, adventurous, snow loving women and made some great friends in the process. So if you are worried about going alone, I say don’t!”
“Their tours truly caters to all levels. Being an intermediate level snowboarder who lost her way, I came home excited to get back to snowboarding more often at my local resort. The coaches are incredibly supportive. They are beyond knowledgeable, encouraging, inspiring and just amazing women. The hosts went above and beyond to take care of every detail and every person. I will absolutely be back in the future!”
“Get yourself on a Mint Chicks tour – there’s nothing more empowering than hitting the slopes with a crew of girls. Whether you are starting out or are a seasoned rider you’ll find a Mint Chicks trip that is right for you and you’ll have an absolute ball. Cannot recommend highly enough!”
“Mint have created a very special place for women to progress. I can’t rate this trip highly enough in terms of their team, the snow and you can tell they take great care in choosing their locations. I felt safe and well looked after at all times, which was important for me as I have never gone on a trip before by myself. Having our coaches on the mountain all day with us was ideal and the thrill of snowboarding in powder with a bunch of like minded women was empowering. Staying at the resort was ideal as there was no travelling needed after spending a day on mountain. The yoga offered each day was another bonus. I was able to tick all of the boxes for what I needed from this holiday which was really important having waited so long for a break like this. Thanks girls for a trip of a lifetime. I have come away, refreshed, empowered and have gained my confidence back on the mountain.”