Ultimate 8-day Powder Highway Ski Safari

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Ultimate 8-day Powder Highway Ski Safari

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From $2,195USD

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Highlights

Join this Powder Highway ski safari that takes place in 3 ski resorts in 8 days

Revel in the dreamy snowy conditions blanketing the mountains in the Kootenays: Red Mountain Resort, Whitewater Ski Resort, and Fernie Alpine Resort.

Enjoy a crowd-free experience at Whitewater Ski Resort, where few people gather, but plenty of snow covers the slopes.

Discover some of the best powder skiing Canada has to offer at Fernie Alpine Resort, a favoured resort in the Rockies.

Replenish your body and enjoy a relaxing evening at the hot springs near Nelson, where a steamy cave propels the already therapeutic experience.

Travel deep into the Canadian woods via ski or snowboard on the British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour. This eight-day ski tour twists through some of the most breathtaking snow-capped mountains towering over British Columbia. Begin your journey in Kelowna, before traversing from the Okanagan Valley to the Kootenays, where three hidden gems, adorned with fresh powder, await: Red Mountain Resort, Whitewater Ski Resort, and Fernie Alpine Resort.

Expect this guided tour to carry you to pristine locations only explored by locals. But the adventure doesn’t stop there. It continues after the brisk, snowy hours spent on the slope. Spend your evenings basking and enjoying Canadian-centric activities, including a steaming, much-needed soak in a cave at the hot springs near Nelson, and replenishing your body with hearty dishes at the best restaurants in town. This winter wonderland escapade comes with terrain and slopes tailor-made for any level of skier or snowboarder. Get ready for a wild, exciting trip introducing you to some of the best views and mountains sprinkled throughout western Canada.

British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Kelowna to Rossland

The British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour will kick off in Kelowna at 2 pm. You will be picked up from either the airport or any hotel before you head out to the Kootenays. Amid snaking through the mountain passes, you will stop at Deadwood Junction for one of the best cinnamon buns ever created. Check into your hotel in Rossland, a quintessential mountain town nestled in the Monashee Mountains.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rossland
Meals
None

Day 2 Red Mountain Resort

Propel your energy forth with a fulfilling breakfast and coffee before slipping on your ski or snowboard boots. Travel with your guides to the secret gems peppered through Red Mountain Resort—their expertise includes knowing the best cozy rest spots. Expect to encounter an array of glades, steeps, tree skiing over the vast 4200 acres spanning Red Mountain Resort. After dusting yourself in powder, relish in Rossland’s quirky character and enjoy a memorable après ski session at Rafter’s Bar. Spend the evening relaxing in the hotel’s hot tub, trying out beer at the brewery, and munching on some memorable dishes.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rossland
Meals
None

Day 3 Red Mountain Resort

Spend a second day exploring the depths of Red Mountain Resort. Either opt for a more chilled-out ride, followed by relaxing at the woodstove at Paradise Lodge or wind deeper into Red Mountain’s backyard with your guide for secret back bowls away from the crowds. The evening will take you to one of the best local restaurants in town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Nelson
Meals
None

Day 4 Whitewater Ski Resort

Head to Whitewater Ski Resort, where few crowds gather and layers of snowfall. The relatively untouched resort emulates a skiers' or snowboarders' dream—small lift lines and a glistening white sheet of snow. Our guide will unveil the most untrodden places on Whitewater Ski Resort.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Nelson
Meals
None

Day 5 Whitewater Ski Resort

Savour another day atop the dreamy, snowy, paradise blanketing Whitewater Ski Resort. Continue today where you left off yesterday: following your guide to hidden, pristine pockets peppered throughout the mountain. The evening hours will have you bathing and recovering in some hot springs near Nelson, where a steamy cave awaits.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Nelson
Meals
None

Day 6 Fernie Alpine Resort

Travel from the ever-so dreamy Whitewater Ski Resort to the favoured Fernie Alpine Resort, where five bowls and one stand-out peak lay coated in snow. Avid snowboarders and skiers can’t help but flock here because Fernie experiences one of the largest yearly snowfalls in Canada. Spend the day exploring treasured spots with your guide followed by revelling in an après ski before checking into your hotel. After you’re settled, you will venture out for some gourmet dishes.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fernie
Meals
None

Day 7 Fernie Alpine Resort

Spend the last day on the slopes discovering runs you didn’t encounter yesterday. Thankfully, Fernie Alpine Resort spans several acres, so you’ll have plenty of new runs to explore. Marvel at the panoramic view of the Lizard Range while you break for lunch. Cap off the final day by celebrating the memorable week you spent zigzagging through epic Canadian scenery.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fernie
Meals
None

Day 8 Calgary

Soak up the last few hours of mountain scenery as you wind through remote mining towns and valleys on our journey to Calgary. Expect to get dropped off in Calgary by 2 pm. You can be taken to any hotel or airport in the city. If you want to book a flight, aim to book for any time after 4 pm.

Overnight Location
None
Meals
None

British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour Price and Dates

This guided trekking tour to the Canadian Rocky Mountains is always run as a fixed-departure tour for a mixed group, therefore the pricing is fixed.

Prices below are per person, sharing a double or a triple room:

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Accommodation on British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour

Our careful selection of three-star, clean, comfortable hotels, lodges, and inns tend to include hot tubs—which are much needed after a day spent in the snow. Expect to stay with another tourmate in a room, or you can upgrade to single occupancy if you prefer some privacy and alone time.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $725USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Prestige Mountain Resort in Rossland

Enjoy the on-site restaurant, sauna, hot tub, complimentary Wi-Fi offered by Prestige Mountain Resort.

Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson

Other than its scenic location on Nelson’s waterfront, the Lakeside Resort also offers a spa, pool, hot tub, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a restaurant.

Best Western Mountain Lodge in Fernie

Enjoy spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains from this centrally located hotel, with excellent onsite facilities like a pool, hot tubs, and a friendly bar.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour?

Meals

Meals on this tour are not included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for yourself, your luggage and equipment is included in the comfortable van throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Two expert guides
  • 6 lift tickets
  • Park entry fees
  • Hot springs entry fees

Not included

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gear rental and lessons
  • Getting around in each town during free time
  • Travel expenses before and after the tour
  • Optional extra activities

Optional Extras

  • Ski/snowboarding gear rental - $325USD
  • Optional activities (prices upon request, subject to availability):
    • XC skiing / snowshoeing
    • Dog sledding
    • Heli/cat skiing
    • Scenic flights
    • Shopping
    • Spa visits

Frequenty Asked Questions about Ultimate 8-day Powder Highway Ski Safari

How hard is the British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. This ski tour is suitable for anyone, from beginners to advanced skiers, as every mountain has options for all ski levels. Skiing and snowboarding are physically demanding sports, so it’s ideal if you are reasonably fit.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour?

Meals on this tour are not included. You will dine with a group or on your own at restaurants in each ski town either on the mountain or back in town.

Can I make this trip longer?

Yes! You can combine this tour with our Ultimate Powder Highway Safari-Pt 1 to complete the whole Powder Highway Loop in 16 days!

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Kelowna to start this tour?

You can get to Kelowna via a flight to Kelowna International Airport (YLW) from all major Canadian cities.

Is the British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide speaks English.

Where does the British Columbia Powder Highway Ski Tour end?

The tour ends in Calgary.

Do I need to have my own skiing/snowboarding equipment?

Not necessary! You can book rental equipment during the booking process.

How big is the group?

A maximum of 12 people can tour with us, plus two experienced local guides.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Canada?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Canada?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Do I need to tip my tour guides?

Tipping in Canada is customary, but much appreciated. Ideally, you should tip each guide 5-10 CAD per day (from one person) for an excellent service.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. This ski tour is suitable for anyone, from beginners to advanced skiers, as every mountain has options for all ski levels. Skiing and snowboarding are physically demanding sports, so it’s ideal if you are reasonably fit.


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