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The Powder Highway is peppered with some of the best stash-laden ski resorts around. The area is rapidly being recognized as having some of the most outstanding and untouched mountain wilderness in the world.
On the 8-day version of this tour, you’ll be skiing or boarding for 6 full days in scenic resorts such as Red Mountain, Whitewater and Fernie. The 9-day adventure will give you 7 full days of skiing or snowboarding in the virtually limitless vistas of Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Kicking Horse, and Revelstoke.
Your local guides will take you to the back bowls and behind-the-scenes runs of the mountains to spice up your adventure. The days will begin with breakfast in one of the best local cafés or restaurants and end with après ski drinks, a hot tub or a dip in a hot spring cave to relax your muscles. On site, you can schedule lessons and arrange rentals for activities such as snowshoeing or heli-skiing or maybe take a spa day.
These are not your ordinary ski vacations, but rather incredible off-the-radar experiences in beautiful, unspoiled locations!
Spend the week living the skier’s dream at stops along the famous Powder Highway. On this thrilling tour, you’ll strap on your skis or hop on a snowboard to roam over acres of skiable terrain. You’ll be gliding down the slopes of three ski resorts: ...)
Spend the week living the skier’s dream at stops along the famous Powder Highway. On this thrilling tour, you’ll strap on your skis or hop on a snowboard to roam over acres of skiable terrain.
You’ll be gliding down the slopes of three ski resorts: Red Mountain, Whitewater ski resort and Fernie Alpine resort. Your journey will begin in Kelowna and end in Calgary on day 8.
This tour will suit everyone from Beginner to Advanced levels, as each mountain offers several terrain options. Overall, 20% of the whole terrain on the tour is geared towards expert skiers, 30% is aimed at the advanced level, 30% will fit intermediate skiers, and 20% will suit novices.
On this tour, we’ve cherry-picked the highlights of the Powder Highway for you to enjoy!
Day 1 Arrival to the Kootenays
Your unforgettable week begins when we’ll pick everyone up at 2 pm from Kelowna airport or any hotel in Kelowna. Then we’ll drive from Okanagan Valley past some of Canada’s most striking forested hills to the Kootenays, Canada's outdoor activity heaven.
The road cuts throughs several mountain passes, where we’ll stop at Deadwood Junction at a small town coffee shop set in the middle of the towering mountains. Here you will meet the cafes’s friendly owners and dig into some of the most delicious cinnamon buns in Canada.
Finally, you’ll arrive in the lively mountain town of Rossland, where you’ll check into your hotel and head into town for a delicious meal.
Day 2 Red Mountain Ski Resort
After breakfast, you’ll head to the 1st stop on Canada’s famous Powder Highway - the epic Red Mountain resort - and hit the 3500 acres (14.1 km2) of unfettered ski terrain! Your guides will always be available and even take you to some hidden huts, where you can warm up and take a break during the day.
Red Mountain is a former gold mining town located in the West Kootenay region. Here you will find yourself gliding down the oldest ski hills in North America, dating all the way back to the early 1900s. Red Mountain has an excellent reputation in BC among real winter extreme sports lovers.
The Red Mountain ski area is renowned for its light, dry, and powdery snow. There is also plenty of it, thanks to its average of 300 in (750cm) of snowfall each year. The three mountains have just about everything for the ultimate skiing adventure: peaks, steeps, glades and perfect powder.
After you’re done with the mountains for the day, enjoy an après ski session in Rossland’s Rafters Bar, blending in lively talks with the area’s luge teams and locals’ stories. Then pamper yourself with a relaxing soak in a hot tub and head out for some beer tasting and dinner at the best restaurant in town.
Day 3 Red Mountain and Nelson City
Day 3 is your chance to conquer the remaining runs of Red Mountain. If you feel like stepping out of your comfort zone, go for the more extreme back bowls, with almost no people and crispy snow. There you will find some hidden lines that get the adrenaline rushing through your veins.
After a good day on the mountain, unbuckle your shoes, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet while lounging in front of the wood stove at Paradise Lodge.
We’ll have lunch on the patio of Paradise Lodge before ripping up some more runs. After which make our way to Nelson city for a mellow soak and a well-deserved dinner at our favorite local restaurant.
Day 4 Whitewater Ski Resort
On Day 4, we’ll hit the most popular café in Nelson on our way to the Whitewater Ski Resort, about a 25-min drive away. The Whitewater Ski Resort is located in the Ymir Bowl, far off the beaten ski paths, underneath the 7,874 ft (2,400m) high Ymir Mountain, in the Selkirk Mountains.
Whitewater enjoys some of the biggest snowfalls in western Canada, making for a lot of fresh untouched snow. Our guides will also show you some untracked lines on the mountain, where most visitors rarely set their skis.
Set yourself free on the wide blissful terrain, ski non-stop laps, without having to worry about the crowds. If you can’t stand lift lines, this is the place to go. Usually, skiers don’t have to wait for a chairlift - they just hop on straight after they finish their run without ever slowing down.
With plenty of dry snow, tree skiing, and steep slopes, the Whitewater resort will exceed your expectations.
Day 5 Whitewater & Hot Springs Cave
Day 5 is another day in snowy paradise you’ll spend discovering more endless glades and slopes at the Whitewater Ski resort. With your guides, you’ll sneak out to some mystery spots with the best powder on the mountain, where you can choose between fast steep runs and more relaxed open areas.
Skiing or snowboarding in the heart of the snow-covered Canadian wild will be nothing short of brilliant. With rising mountains and trees all around you’ll experience a heavenly calm as you glide through the glistening powder.
In the evening after skiing, we’ll go for a soak in the nearby hot springs. You’ll wade into a steamy cave filled with warm, therapeutic water to help your legs recover. From brisk to balmy!
Day 6 Fernie Ski Resort
On Day 6, we hit the road to Fernie Alpine Resort, where the vibrant coal-mining town of Fernie is buried under almost 29 ft (9m) of ultra-light powder every winter.
In downtown Fernie, the mountains are seemingly within touching distance. You’ll be surrounded by views of snow-capped peaks in all directions and set out to explore yet another one of Canada’s ultimate ski mountains. There are 5 bowls and 1 monumental peak waiting to be discovered!
An après ski session at the base of the mountain will follow, then we’ll head over to the hotel and get checked in before going out on the town for some gourmet food.
Day 7 Fernie Ski Resort
Day 7 is the last day for you to leave it all on the slopes while we cruise through the runs that you might have missed the day before. As your winter vacation is coming to an end, prepare to check the items off your need-to-ski list. We’ll do our best fill the rest of the day with your must-ski glades and alpine bowls.
We’ll stop for a lunch break at the top of the mountain with stunning wintery views of the Lizard Range in all directions. At the end of the day, we’ll raise our glasses with the group and celebrate one stellar week of winter fun on the crispy Canadian powder!
Day 8 Departure to Calgary
On Day 8 we’ll head to Calgary. You’ll enjoy more moments in the wild and take a last glimpse of the alpine scenery as we wind through deep mountain valleys and pass old, rugged mining towns.
It will be time to wave goodbye to the mountain towns, you’ll probably wish you could stay longer! We hope you will have enjoyed your dose of authentic ski culture, time spent rubbing shoulders with the locals, and the thrill of conquering deep snow stashes.
We aim to drop you off in Calgary by 2 pm at the airport or any hotel in town. It should be fine for you to book any flight after 4 pm on this day unless you wish to stay and continue on your next adventure.
Get to know the alpine resort life during the ultimate Powder Highway adventure and ski the hills of four resorts in just nine days. After your eventful ski sessions, enjoy some delicious meals in the best restaurants and cafes in each town. In the e...)
Get to know the alpine resort life during the ultimate Powder Highway adventure and ski the hills of four resorts in just nine days. After your eventful ski sessions, enjoy some delicious meals in the best restaurants and cafes in each town. In the evening, relax in hot tubs or hot springs for a true ski resort experience.
The tour begins in Calgary and ends in Kelowna on day 9. Skiing and snowboarding lovers of all skill levels will find a selection of runs suited for their abilities. Every location offers different route options. In general, the terrain breakdown on this tour is the following: 20% expert, 30% advanced, 30% intermediate, 20% novice.
Day 1 Arrival to Calgary
On Day 1 we’ll arrange a pick-up from any hotel in downtown Calgary between 3:30 and 4 pm. Airport pick-ups are not available, but you can take a fast and easy shuttle to the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Calgary and we’ll meet you there. We recommend that you fly in by 2 pm at the latest. However, if you have to arrive later or if your flight is delayed, we’ll arrange an alternative pick-up from the downtown area.
When everyone is ready, we’ll make the 2-hour drive westwards, into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Prepare to catch your first sight of Canada's mountain landscapes that are sure to put you in the mood for your ski/snowboard adventure. Upon arriving at our destination, we’ll help you to check into your hotel and then we’ll go out to eat as a group.
Day 2 Lake Louise
We start off the Day 2 with a delicious breakfast in a local café and then hit the slopes of Lake Louise with some local guides.
Lake Louise is one of three major ski resorts located in Banff National Park that boasts 4,200 skiable acres (16.9 km2) and 145+ runs for you to conquer. The terrain is versatile, so you can easily find runs for every skill level.
We spend the day on skis or snowboards discovering one of the largest ski resorts in North America. You may choose to go for the gentle slopes or the long cruising runs and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Victoria Glacier and Chateau Lake Louise. If you are a confident skier and are looking for more extreme runs, you’ll easily be able to find glades, chutes, and some of the Canadian Rockies’ most thrilling and wide-open back bowls.
We’ll finish the day with après ski drinks and a gourmet meal before giving your legs a well-deserved rest.
Day 3 Sunshine Village & Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs
After breakfast in a local café, get ready for another thrilling day of exploring the alpine playground of Sunshine Village (Banff Sunshine ski resort), rated as one of Canada’s best freeride resorts.
The mountainside with 3,358 acres (13.6 km2) of skiable terrain unfurls in all directions. There are about 137 runs scattered over three towering mountains that sneakily hide the resort from the rest of civilization. Sunshine Resort can receive up to 30 feet (9m) of snow in a season, while the resort’s altitude of 7,200 feet (2,194m) ensures the snow stays light and dry.
The slopes range from gentle beginner runs to extreme vertical runs for adrenaline-lovers. For those looking to lounge on the slopes, there are beautiful cruisers, patios, heated chairlifts, and stunning winter panoramas in every direction. For an adrenaline boost, your guide can take you to more intense terrain with spines and steeps and some of the best glades.
After our skiing / boarding sessions, we’ll enjoy a meal and head over to the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs to recover in style. You’ll be enjoying a relaxing soak in the same therapeutic waters that the First Nations people travelled to for thousands of years. And if you’re looking for an extra authentic experience, you can rent traditional unitard-style bathing suits!
Day 4 Lake Louise / Sunshine Village
On Day 4 our adventure continues as we tear up the slopes and bowls of Lake Louise or Sunshine Village, depending on weather conditions.
You’ll also have the option of going up to Mount Norquay (on top of Banff Avenue) for some solo laps with your guide. Norquay has a long history of alpine ski racing, and the mountain has a vertical drop of 1,650 ft (503m) and 10.2 mi (16.4km) of various runs. Overall, Norquay’s terrain is considered challenging, offering a perfect chance to test your mettle.
We’ll finish the day with a meal at one of Banff's most historic restaurants. Afterward, you can take a dip and relax in your hotel’s steamy grotto hot tub.
Day 5 Kicking Horse & Eagle's Eye
You are in for a change of scenery on Day 5 as we head through the incredible vistas of Banff and Yoho National Parks. Our next stop is the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, nestled between the Columbia Mountains and the Rockies.
We’ll ski one of the most epic terrains in North America, where you can hit chute after chute and discover four alpine bowls. Secure yourself a seat on the gondola for the best views of the winter paradise below. For more thrilling runs, ask your guide to point out the steeper slopes and get yourself some powder!
We’ll top the day off with a drink at Canada's most elevated dining experience, the Eagle's Eye Restaurant. Then we’ll enjoy a delicious meal in one of the best restaurants in the town of Golden. The cherry on top? A relaxing end-day soak in a hot tub.
Day 6 Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
On Day 6 we’re heading into the wintery wild for another round of runs at Kicking Horse, where light glistening powder and alpine nature abound.
If you’re looking to change up activities for the day, we offer an option for a small-group hike to some of the lesser-known runs on the mountain. This day hike will introduce you to huge, undisturbed fields of powder and a run that is so smooth you’ll think you’re on a heli-ski run. At the bottom of the mountain waits a stylish bar, where we’ll stop for a drink to relax at the end of the day.
After today’s ski session, we’ll enjoy another classic mountain meal in one of the first log cabins built in the town of Golden.
Day 7 Revelstoke Mountain Resort
On Day 7 we’ll be making our way through Rogers Pass, in the heart of Glacier National Park.
When we arrive at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, we’ll get started on sampling the glades and bowls, which include Revelstoke’s longest run - Last Spike. We’ll pass 3 warming huts and treat ourselves with coffee, tea, or other beverages. If you feel like putting your stamina to test, you can bootpack with your guide to reach a subpeak for some extreme bowl runs. You’ll see the highest vertical drop in North America, and zoom through three open-bowl sections and a couple of tree routes.
Later on, we’ll check into the hotel for another relaxing hot tub session before dinner at Revelstoke's best restaurant.
Day 8 Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Day 8 is the last day to revel in Canada’s winter glory. Now is your chance to enjoy your favorites and explore the runs left out yesterday skiing craggy ridges, bowls and glades. You can once again look over the unrivalled landscapes while celebrating your journey after sliding down 5400 vertical feet (1.6 km) to the bar.
In the evening, a special treat will be waiting for you as you come off the slopes. We’ll be taking a ferry to visit another set of hot springs across the lake. Treat your muscles with a calming soak and treat your tastebuds with the gourmet dishes of Kingfisher Restaurant.
Day 9 Departure to Kelowna
On Day 9, we’ll have breakfast in the best café in town and make our way to Kelowna. Around noon we’ll drop you off at the airport, bus station or any hotel in Kelowna. It should be fine for you to book a flight from Kelowna by 3 pm if you want to leave that same day.
Your Powder Highway adventure has come to an end, but Canada’s wild nature has endless opportunities for exploration. If you haven’t had enough you are welcome to continue your skiing/boarding endeavors and join the second part of the Powder Highway tour with us discovering the highlights of Red Mountain, Whitewater, and Fernie. Until next time!
9-day tour availability: January 25- February 2, 2020 February 15- 23, 2020 8-day tour availability: February 2- 9, 2020 February 23- March 1, 2020 All departures are guaranteed. Equipment rentals and lessons are available at each mount...)
9-day tour availability:
January 25- February 2, 2020
February 15- 23, 2020
8-day tour availability:
February 2- 9, 2020
February 23- March 1, 2020
All departures are guaranteed.
Equipment rentals and lessons are available at each mountain. We can help arrange these for you.
Optional activities on the tour include XC skiing / snowshoeing, dog sledding, heli-skiing cat-skiing, scenic flights, shopping and spas (subject to availability).
Prices are subject to 5% local tax. We can adjust the price for pass holders or people who prefer less lift tickets.)
Prices are subject to 5% local tax. We can adjust the price for pass holders or people who prefer less lift tickets.
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
A $500 deposit is required to hold your reservation.
Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Full refunds will be given for cancellations more than 60 days prior to trip, minus a 5 percent transaction fee of what you have paid. Cancellations within 60 days of tour start date will not be refunded. If you need to cancel your tour within 60 days of tour departure we will credit you for another of our tours, minus any costs that have already been incurred by us. These credits are transferable from person to person, but expire in 1 year from issue date.