Ultimate Powder Highway Safari- Pt 1
Welcome aboard the ultimate roadtrip around the powder Highway
|9 days- 7 skiing|
|12 guests, 2 guides. 6:1 guest to guide ratio|
start/ end location:
|Calgary 4 pm pickup from any downtown Calgary hotel. Ends in Kelowna at noon on day 9, drop off at Kelowna Airport, bus station or any hotel.|
Ski/ board Ability:
|Beginner to Advanced (every mountain has options for all skill levels)|
|20% expert, 30% advanced, 30% intermediate, 20% novice.|
|Available at each mountain. We can help arrange these for you|
|Dining as a group or on your own at restaurants in each ski town. Apres ski and drinks each day on the mountain or back in town. Suitable for most diets|
|Hand picked hotels, lodges and inns, in convenient locations for you. We prefer accommodations with hot tubs for optimal relaxation each day. Expect clean and comfortable 3 star hotels. Double occupancy or upgrade to single supplement|
|XC skiing/ snowshoeing, dogsledding, heli/ cat skiing, scenic flights, shopping and spas (subject to availability)|
|February 16 - 24, 2019|
(Prices are subject to 5 percent local tax. We can adjust price for pass holders or people who prefer less lift tickets.)
Tour Price: CAD $3230
Single Room Upgrade: CAD $975
Day 1- Meet your new ski and snowboard buddies when we pick you up between 3:30 and 4 pm from any hotel in downtown Calgary. Get to know everyone and enjoy the scenery as we head 2 hours west into the heart of the Canadian Rockies and some of Canada's most iconic mountain landscapes. We help you check into your hotel and then go out to eat as a group, chatting about the epic days to come during your ski/ snowboard tour. (Airport pickups are not available, but you can hop on an easy shuttle to meet us at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Calgary. We recommend flying in by 2 pm at the latest and can arrange alternative shuttles if you need to fly in later or are delayed.)
Day 2- Feast on a delicious breakfast at a cafe before hitting the slopes with your local guide today. We spend the day skiing and boarding at Lake Louise which has tons of terrain for every level of skier and boarder. Find your legs on some mellow groomers with spectacular views of the Lake, Victoria Glacier and Chateau Lake Louise across the valley or challenge yourself on some steeper runs in the back bowl with your guide. Finish off the day with some apres drinks and a gourmet meal, chatting with your new friends about how sick you all were on the slopes earlier.
Day 3- Try another cafe and head up for a day of exploring the alpine playground of Sunshine Village, rated one of the best freeride resorts in Canada and with a buffet of mountain vistas in all directions. If you're feeling chill, there are some amazing cruisers, heated chairlifts, patios and panoramas everywhere you look. If you're feeling adventurous, dive into some more intense terrain with your guide, picking off some of the best runs on the mountain with enough spines and steeps to keep your knees knocking and your heart pounding. Feel free to ask your guide for some pointers to take your riding to the next level anytime! After another animated group meal we head over to Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs so you can rest those legs in style, soaking in the same healing waters that the First Nations travelled to for thousands of years. If you feel your legs have been sculpted well enough by the day's skiing you can rent a traditional unitard-style bathing suit and show it off! (Encouraged but never recommended).
Day 4- You guessed it! Another day of tearing it up on the slopes at Lake Louise or Sunshine (depending on conditions), with the option to head up for some solo laps to nearby Norquay, which is pretty much on top of Banff Avenue. Enjoy another meal at one of Banff's most historic restaurants and take a dip in the steamy grotto hot tub of your hotel.
Day 5- Today we hit the road, heading through Banff and Yoho National Parks, seeing for ourselves why the First Nations named the area after the feeling of awe they felt. We arrive at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, located right between the Columbia Mountains and the Rockies. If we were here 150 million years ago we would be on a beach, but thanks to some plate shifting we now get to ski one of the most epic ski areas in North America. Kicking Horse is home to.... well, after 10 years I don't even know how many chutes and I still keep finding more, as well as 4 unbelievably sweet alpine bowls. Take the gondola up and pick your poison on the way down, heading for scenic cruisers that last forever or fast forward a bit and point it down a steeper run with the help of your guide. Top it off with a drink in Canada's most elevated dining experience (Eagle's Eye Restaurant), a succulent meal in one of Golden's best restaurants and a soak in the tub and you get a pretty amazing day.
Day 6- If you can even climb out of bed today then you might as well head up to Kicking Horse for another round of 4000 vertical foot, scenery so distracting you can barely ski, champagne powder so light it's blowing in your face kind of runs with your guide, who will probably have a ridiculous grin stuck on his or her face at this point. If you're up for it we hike as a group to some of the lesser known runs on the mountain, which give you access to a massive powder field and a whole bunch more heli-ski worthy runs. (Unlike a heli-ski run, these ones actually have a heli-lodge worthy bar waiting for you at the bottom. Grab another classic mountain meal in one of the first log cabins built in Golden before sleeping like a baby.
Day 7- Soak in some more scenery as we journey through Rogers Pass, known for the 140 avalanche paths that have plagued the highway and railway for over a century. Here we witness the struggle between mankind and the mountains and then we experience it for ourselves as we try to ride every tree run and bowl at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Enjoy the longest run (Last Spike), which passes 3 glorious warming huts, all complete with coffee, tea and warm “adult beverages”, or follow your masochistic guide up the bootpack to subpeak for some full bowl runs that you can't help but feel giddy on. Drop in and ski three sections of open bowl and several pitches of tree runs, finding out for yourself that Revelstoke has the highest vertical drop in North America. Check into your hotel for a good hot tub recovery session, before trying the food of Revelstoke's best rated restaurant.Day 8- One last day to enjoy Revelstoke Mountain Resort so make it count! Assuming we barely scratched the surface the day before we will do our best to explore the rest of the several thousand acres of tranquil tree runs, craggy ridges and open bowls. Enjoy the views, the friendly locals and the unrivalled terrain with your guide before having a celebratory drink, well deserved after the 5400 vertical feet you rode down to get to the bar. Tonight we head to another set of hot springs across the lake, taking a unique ferry to get to them. Treat your muscles to a relaxing soak before we feast on the gourmet dishes of Kingfisher Restaurant and recount the highlights of the trip.
Day 9- This morning we head to the best cafe in town for breakfast before hitting the road to Kelowna. We will drop you off around noon at the airport, bus station or any hotel in Kelowna. You should be safe to book a flight out of Kelowna airport by 3 pm today. Hopefully some of you will be continuing on for the second half of the Ultimate Powder Highway Roadtrip with us to explore the hidden gems of Red Mountain, Whitewater, and Fernie. See you soon!
- 8 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
- 7 lift tickets
- Transportation from pick up to drop off in van with ski box and trailer
- Park passses
- Hot pring entry fees
- Expert local guides (6:1 ratio)
- Personal meals and alcohol
- Optional activities
- Optional personal transportation around time during free time
- Rentals and lessons
- Getting to and from the tour