Join our 12 day roadtrip along Canada's famous Powder Highway
Ride more vertical, more terrain and more powder snow than you ever imagined on our 12 day tour along Canada’s famous Powder Highway.
We’ve been guiding guests along the Powder Highway for almost 20 years, so it’s safe to say we have our British Columbia road trips pretty dialled. Next winter we’ve gone back to one of our classic itineraries to maximise ride time and to minimise drive time. On this 12 day tour, you’ll get to spend 9 full days riding Revelstoke, Red Mountain and Whitewater with our local Canadian guides. When you’re off the mountain, you’ll live lice a local; check out a hockey game, drink local craft brews, soak in hot springs and get the VIP treatment at local snowboard shops.
This 12 day tour kicks off in Kelowna before heading north to Revelstoke. We stay in Revy for 5 nights which gives us the best chance of scoring a big storm cycle. We stay on-mountain so when it dumps overnight we’re only metres from the gondola the next morning.
We then head south along Arrow Lake to Rossland and Red Mountain, home town of our head Mint Women guide Rachel. She’s on-hand to let you in on some of her ‘local’s only’ secret spots. We stay on-mountain at Red so we can simply strap in and ride to the chairlift.
No Powder Highway tour would be complete without experiencing the town of Nelson, home to the legendary ski area of Whitewater, plus around 80 bars and restaurants. As this is our last stop, we stay downtown to live and breathe the Kootenay lifestyle with our homegrown guides and friends.
23 February - 06 March, 2021
12 days & 9 days on-mountain
CAD $5,390 per personCurrency Convertor
Freeride - Be prepared to ride off-piste and in the 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.
We spend 5 days riding at Revy and stay in ski-in/ski-out luxury. We have our local guide on-hand to show us all the secret spots. Want to know where the best lines in Greely Bowl are? Looking to discover more of the mountain’s amazing cruisers? Our guide will take us anywhere we want to go within boundaries of the resort. After riding relax in our slope-side hot tub overlooking the mountains.
Ride Red Mountain
We spend 3 days riding at Red and again stay in ski-in/ski-out luxury. 'Red' is your guide Rachel's home mountain, which is always an advantage when you're exploring the hill. Get your freeride skills dialled while exploring ‘Red’. The terrain here is amazing and offers steeps, open trees, powder meadows and groomers on 360-degrees of exposure.
To top it off we stay in Nelson and spend 2 days riding at Whitewater. Whitewater Resort is easily the funnest and most underrated ski resort in Canada. Deep powder, bowls, challenging tree runs, fun side hits around every corner, friendly locals and then there is the food. Whitewater has the best mountain food, EVER!
Big mountain riding
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.
Travel like a local
Our local guides will have you experiencing the best of each destination. Check out a regional hockey game, go snowmobiling, soak in natural hot springs and sample a local craft brew or wine along the Powder Highway.
$10 Cat Skiing
Only at Red Mountain! From the summit of Grey Mountain, you can hitch a ride in Red's snowcat to the top of adjacent Mount Kirkup. You've got an incredible 2,054 foot vertical drop of powder filled runs that take you back to the Grey Chairlift! Shred back down to the bottom of the Grey Chair or even further down to the Topping Creek Chair. Hop back on the chair and do it all over again. Your legs will need the rest!
British Columbia is home to some of the coolest mountain towns in Canada. Revelstoke, Rossland and Nelson are an eclectic mix of artists and artisans, heritage buildings, friendly locals, a thriving foodie scene focusing on locally-sourced and organic food, yoga studios a-plenty, craft beers and local wines.
Off the Mountain
Our guides are not only with you all day on-snow, they are also on-hand each evening. They always know where to find a chilled happy hour or a seriously good après party.
Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info
While the town of Revelstoke has more than a century of mountain-sport history, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is practically brand new. It's Canada’s newest ski resort which holds the claim to the longest lift-served vertical in North America and has some serious stats - 43% is intermediate and 45% is advanced terrain. You'll hone your freeride skills by riding at Revy. This big mountain playground gives snowboarders the ultimate push. Just a short drive from the resort is the town of Revelstoke. A well-preserved Victorian town. There's a good variety of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes plus some 'local flavoured' nightlife.
ABOUT ROSSLAND & RED MOUNTAIN
Rossland is that rare beast: A place of small town charm at the base of a world-class ski resort. Its historic downtown has all mod cons, from gourmet espresso to book stores. And all of it is held together by the famously friendly locals and their commitment to making sure that Canadian Hospitality still means something. RED is known at the last great unspoiled resort. There's a huge amount of terrain spread across three mountains that feature everything from wide-open groomers to steep, powder-filled glades. The abundant snow, friendly staff and locals, and the short lift lines are just a few reasons why our guests fall in love with RED.
ABOUT NELSON & WHITEWATER
The Kootenay township of Nelson is famous for its community spirit, fiercely independent stores, bars and coffee. Set on Kootenay Lake, Nelson is home to a strong mountain community with Whitewater Ski Resort just a 20 minute drive away. Beyond that, world-class backcountry and industry leading cat and heli operations including Baldface Lodge call this town home. This resort has everything, deep powder, bowls, challenging tree runs and fun side hits around every corner.
Throughout the tour you'll stay in premium accommodation that's in the best location. In Revelstoke and Red Mountain you'll stay in luxe ski-in/ski-out hotels so you can maximise your time on-snow. In Nelson you'll stay in a boutique lake-side hotel, close to all the downtown action and just a short drive from the resort. All rooms are twin share (2 beds) with modern facilities including hot tubs and/or saunas so you can rest your legs after long days riding powder.
We know that by 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. We have a maximum of 6 people per guide 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!
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.
Meet your expert team
Rachel rose through the professional snowboarding ranks to eventually became a high-performance coach for regional and national snowboard teams. She now coaches and guides for Mint in Canada and Japan. She'll have you riding more vertical, more terrain and more powder snow. Rachel lives in Rossland, BC, with her very awesome snowboarding family.
Meet your expert team
Hayden is born and bred in the Kootenays and grew up riding both Red and Whitewater, so it's fair to say he knows this region like the back of his hand. If he's not touring the backcountry in winter he's either guiding with Mint in Japan or mountain bike touring in summer.
Meet your expert team
Chuck moved to Revelstoke over 10 years ago from Canada's east coast and has been exploring the Revy backcountry ever since. Not only a sponsored rider, Chuck is a mountain guide both in Canada and Japan with Mint Tours. Nobody brings the hype like Chuck.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 5 nights Ski-in/Ski-out accommodation, Revelstoke (4-star twin share)
- 3 nights, Ski-in/Ski-out accommodation, Red Mountain (4-star twin share)
- 3 nights, lakefront accommodation, Nelson (3-star twin share)
- Scheduled airport transfers (arrival & departure day)
- Private inter-resort transfers
- Revelstoke lift pass, 4 days
- RED Mountain lift pass, 3 days
- Whitewater lift pass, 2 days
- 9 days guiding at Revelstoke, RED Mountain & Whitewater
- Fully escorted tour, local guides on-hand throughout tour
Our Canada Roadtrip is 12 days long. You’ll spend 8 out of 9 days riding the resorts mid-week to maximise your time on-snow and avoid the weekend day-trippers. If 12 days isn’t enough, then book one of our multi-tour combo’s. Ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.
DATES 23 February – 6 March, 2021
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.
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 powder, plus on this tour you’ll get to experience a variety of different ski areas in the one trip. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of the resorts we visit, 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 for multiple days straight. 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, 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. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that Canada has to offer. 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. Single rooms are unavailable on this tour.
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. When we are on mountain, we have a maximum of 6 people per guide. 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 snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse and hold speed. If you have never ridden in powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the tour to learn. Canadian terrain has lots of glades and trees – please be prepared to ride in the trees. Weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride anything. 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.
WHICH RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
This is a set itinerary that includes in-bounds guiding at Revelstoke, Red Mountain and Whitewater.
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. Our lead guide for this tour is Rachel Newton.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the stress 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.
CAN I BRING MY PARTNER WHO DOESN’T SKI OR SNOWBOARD?
We have limited availability on this tour, therefore it is not recommended for non-ski or snowboard partners.
HOW DO 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 KELOWNA?
We’ll provide you with airport meet & greet times for Kelowna and recommended departure times for Castlegar Airport. If it’s your fist time to Canada 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 this tour is led by snowboard guides.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
We recommend that all guests bring their own snowboarding equipment for this tour
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Canada can be a cold place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from 0 to -15. 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 snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear). If you have the option of bringing any board, an All-Mountain snowboard would be our recommendation.
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 snowboarding and an eagerness to explore all that the tour has to offer.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Yes. You’ll get 9 days of lift tickets in total per person. These are pre-paid as part of the tour inclusions and cannot be excluded from the tour price.
PRICE PER PERSON
The Powder Highway Tour is CAD $5,390 per person
Pricing is in Canadian Dollars and based on twin share accommodation. Please contact us if you would like a quote in your local currency. We can accept payments in USD, AUD, NZD, GBP, CHF, EUR, JPY, CAD.
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 90 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:
Click on ‘Enquiry’ below and send us your details. Once we receive your request one of our Canada Snowboard 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 Canada Snowboard Tour specialists.