SMALL GROUPS AND
Mint Women offers women's snowboard tours and progression programs across the world. Our women's snowboarding programs encourage riders 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 women's 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 guides, 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.
Aomori Freeride with
Get off the beaten path with us in Northern Honshu. We're headed to Aomori Spring - a remote resort where you'll find deep powder, lack of crowds and very little western influence. On this tour you will spend 6 nights and 5 full days riding at Aomori Spring Resort. This is an all-inclusive tour with almost everything included in the price - ski-in/ski-out accommodation, lift tickets, guiding, breakfasts, dinners a night time tour and dinner in a local town, airport transfers, and we've even got our media team on hand to send you home with a video from the trip.
Japan Powder Progression
If you've dreamt of floating surfy turns through deep Japan powder, then join us! You'll spend the week riding with a qualified snowboard coach who will give you plenty of tips and a locals perspective from day one. She knows all the secret powder stashes and will give you tips and feedback to help you up-skill. You’ll explore parts of the mountain you didn’t know existed, avoid lift lines, hit the best spots for snacks and of show you all the epic spots for the ‘gram.
Join us for our favourite Europe trip, exploring Innsbruck - the snowboarding capital of Tyrol and home to the likes of Burton and Method Mag. The city is surrounded by oodles of resorts where you’ll find terrain that ranges from friendly to insane. To give you a unique local perspective, you’ve got our Innsbruck powder guide on-hand to drive you to the best resorts each day. There is no other city in Europe where you can snowboard world-class resorts by day, and have the culture, nightlife and restaurants just steps from our hotel at night.
Get your first powder turns, take your pow shredding skills to the next level or just simply enjoy a week snowboarding in Japan with an awesome group of women. You’ll spend your days learning from a professional snowboard coach and your evenings enjoying great food and drinks in the company of new friends in all while staying in ski-in/ski-out luxury. Bring a valid Epic Pass and you'll get a 5 day consecutive lift pass.
Experience riding Rusutsu, one of the snowiest major resorts on the planet with Freeride World Tour athlete Erika Vikander guiding. These hard-charging women have just one goal for the week – to find you the best POWDER! This is an all-inclusive adventure. Apart from riding every day with Erika and Christina, you'll stay in ski-in/ski-out luxury accommodation with breakfasts, dinners and airport transfers included, plus well have our videographer on-hand to capture some of the action throughout the week.
If you want to take the next step and start riding backcountry terrain then this is the tour for you. Experience riding the snowiest major resorts on the planet surrounded by a group of like-minded women with a highly qualified Japow guide leading the way. You’ll spend the week exploring while riding the Niseko United Resorts plus the nearby powder-magnets; Rusutsu, Kiroro and Sapporo Kokusai.
Slovenia has a unique culture that combines the best of Europe and the Balkans. We spend 8 days exploring this winter wonderland on our roadtrip from the capital Ljubljana to Lake Bled and Maribor. Staying in luxe 4-star hotels along the way, we will visit 5 different resorts in the Julian Alps, Kamnik Alps and on Pohorje Mountain. There is great freeride terrain with tree-runs and plenty of off-piste options to satisfy powder lovers. You'll feel as if you have discovered your own personal snowboarding wonderland.
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 team 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 are 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. The experience was 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. 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. Don’t be worried about going alone.”
“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 you’re an old 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 amazing. 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.”
1) Improve or recover your technique
On all our Mint Women tours you will learn new skills that will make snowboarding more fun and allow you to do more fun stuff, on more of the mountain. Alternatively, you might not have been snowboarding in a while and need a refresher to get the hang of it again. Or maybe you’ve always looked enviously at other snowboarders ripping powder or nailing tricks in the park. Join a progression tour and with a little coaching, that could be you!
2) (Re)Build your confidence
Maybe last time out you got hurt and want to rebuild confidence, or you’re with a group of friends and you’re worried about holding them up. Join a tour and you’ll not-only rebuild confidence, you’ll always be riding with a group of similar ability. On our tours you will be hosted, coached and held up at all times by an all-star lineup of inspiring women. Our priority is to find you the best snow and terrain and give you the tools to become a better snowboarder in an incredibly positive and supportive way.
3) Fast-track your knowledge of a ski resort
Sure, you could cruise around the resort with your friends and try to figure it out in your own time but why not get all the answers on day one? Answers that can often be make or break for a snowboarding holiday. Whether your idea of a good time is getting to all the secret powder stashes, avoiding the lift lines, finding the best side hits in the area, finding the best spot for marshmallow-whipped-cream hot chocolate, an under-the-radar spot for a banging lunch or an epic photo spot for the ‘gram, again – our coaches and guides will give you a locals perspective from day one and keys to the city.
4) Stay Safe
Maybe you love to go off piste or are keen to get into the backcountry. In order to do this independently, you need to be intimately aware of snow conditions and ensure you and your touring party have the knowledge, training, skills, equipment and experience to do this safely. If there’s any doubts, join one of our tours where you will be led by qualified guide who has been out in the hills all winter and knows exactly how it is right now and where to find the best snow, safely.
5) Delegate your trip planning – join a tour!
We know how it is – trying to gather a group of friends together for a holiday, co-ordinating annual leave, trying to come up with an itinerary that fits everyones needs, dates, travel arrangements, travel styles etc. It can be a headache even for the most organised trip planner! Offload that headache – join one of our tours and let us take care of every detail from booking to boarding. Or come solo and make some new snowboarding buddies!
6) Learn from professional coaches
All our tours are hosted by professional snowboard coaches who will help to build your confidence, skills and help reduce the risk of injury, plus make your rate of progression much faster. You’ll also refine your technique and iron out any bad habits which can be difficult to get rid of once they are set in. Our coaches will also ensure you are learning on the right equipment for your level and that it is set up correctly and specifically for you. The trained, eagle eyes of our coaches will give you individual feedback to help you on your snowboarding journey.