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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: R...)
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 there on day 12th. 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, and 20% novice.
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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is 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!
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
At the 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 to coffee, tea, or other beverages. If you feel like putting your stamina to the test, you can boot pack 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.
You can once again look over the unrivaled landscapes while celebrating your journey after sliding down 5400 vertical feet (1.6 km) to the bar.
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, sho...)
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.
Deposit and Taxes
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
A $500 CAD deposit is required for each guest to confirm their booking. (During COVID we are accepting bookings with a $200 deposit for bookings until the end of summer 2021).
Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposits are non-refundable Lifetime Deposits, which means that for any cancellation 60 or more days before departure, guests are credited their deposit to use towards any tour with us in the future. With this we offer free date changes up to 60 days before each departure to make bookings flexible. Cancellations less than 60 days of departure are non-refundable.
(With COVID we have moved the cancellation window to 30 days before departure to use the Lifetime Deposits, and we are refunding deposits for new bookings for a valid COVID related issue (border closures and flights cancelled, or a positive COVID test) for bookings until the end of summer 2021).
We offer full refunds for any tour that we have to cancel.