Kootenay / Rockies Tour
Kootenay Rockies tour
British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies is home to the POWDER HIGHWAY®, where deep snow, funky towns, and some of the most downhome, stash-laden, adventure-packed ski resorts in North America exist.
This legendary place offers an abundance of deep Kootenay powder melded with authentic ski towns, full of vibrant locals. Join us on this 10 day tour where we ride at Whitewater, Fernie, Panorama and you get the option of heli-skiing in the legendary Jumbo Valley and the Purcell Mountains.
+ Riding the best resorts along Canada’s famous Powder Highway
+ Canadian experiences like snowmobiling, hockey games & hot springs
+ Go heli-skiing in the legendary Jumbo Valley and Purcell Mountains
+ Riding ‘Panorama’s Taynton Bowl, which is patrolled, ex-heliski terrain.
+ Exploring Whitewater Resort – ‘one of the best powder mountains on the continent’
+ Discover what riding in Fernie is all about with huge alpine bowls and uncrowded trails
Located just outside of the funky and vibrant city of Nelson, it is hard to describe its true authenticity and abundance of snow. Over 12 m (40 ft) of snow falls each season on 2,044 vertical feet of uncrowded slopes, groomers and remarkable steeps, top-of-the-line tree-riding and endless backcountry. This year marks a new chapter for this legendary resort with a number of upgrades and an expanded Glory Lodge. A key part of the resort’s experience is the legendary food. Whitewater serves up proper Kootenay hospitality with its internationally acclaimed menu. Whitewater is best described by its tagline. Pure, simple and real … DEEP.
Fernie receives an average of 9 m (30 ft) of legendary powder snow each season and attracts a wide range of skiers and riders from around the globe. With over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, 107 runs, 5 alpine bowls, state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment, Fernie is a true winter playground. You’ll discover what riding in the Canadian Rockies is all about – huge alpine bowls and uncrowded trails. With a mild but snowfall-heavy climate, the weather won’t send many chills down your spine, but the scenery and incredible riding will.
Located in the heart of the Powder Highway, Panorama Mountain Resort lives up to its name. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies, endless vistas of snow covered summits stretch as far as your eyes can see. This place is Pure Canada. Where the best of creature comforts are bordered by stunning wilderness and a vast 2,975 acres of patrolled, skiable terrain – from beginner-perfect groomed trails to wide rolling cruisers, to the steep and deep exhilaration of Taynton Bowl to the rush of heli-skiing – all right from Panorama’s ski-in / ski-out village. Home of Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools.
If you want to experience heli-skiing in Canada, then join us for a heliski day with RK Heliski, based at Panorama Resort. It will no doubt be the highlight of your trip. Expect to ride deep snow and fresh lines every run. RK Heliski is one of the highest operations in North America, with consistent, light, dry snow and very few cancelled days and a huge amount of vertical. You’ll get to ride the legendary Jumbo Valley and the Purcell Mountains (3000m+) with runs ranging from incredible open bowls, long glaciated runs and and many other areas that comprise of perfect gladed tree runs.
What makes this tour stand out
When we are on mountain, we keep our group size small for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. Our typical guide to guest ratio is 1 : 5. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder!
Snow & Conditions
This region scores it’s biggest storms during February. What you can expect on this tour is cold temperatures and deep powder. Most days you can expect to ride powder that’s anywhere from boot to waist deep. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the cold temperatures and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ride light dry snow days after a storm.
We make sure all our guests stay in quality accommodation that’s in the best location. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single beds, and each room has a great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi.
Access to Powder Boards from Trapper Snowboards
Throughout the tour you’ve got access to our fleet of powder boards from Trapper Snowboards. You’ll get to test ride the latest powder shapes from their range. Plus you’ll get to visit their factory in Revelstoke where you will see how these handcrafted boards are made. For anyone wanting to buy a Trapper Snowboard before the tour starts, get in touch, and our guides will have your new ‘custom made’ board waiting for you to ride on day one. Check out their range HERE
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