Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Along the Powder Highway’s 700-mile span, powderhounds have a bounty of famously snow-blessed resorts to explore. With so many options and ways to travel along this snowy corridor, skiers and riders planning a trip to the Powder Highway are faced with the challenge of deciding where to go and figuring out the logistics. Plus, most travelers are pressed for time both in pre-trip research hours and available vacation days. That’s where Fresh Adventures’ guided Powder Highway ski tours comes in. Offering six-day, nine-day and 11-day guided ski tours, Fresh Adventures takes care of everything from ground transportation to and from airports and to the resorts to lodging and lift tickets to high-touch services, like hot springs excursions and guided skiing with knowledgeable locals.
The Fresh Adventures guides are British Columbia locals, full of insider tips, tricks and secret stashes. As you drive from resort to resort, the guides will point out special points of interest. On the resort, they’ll show you special hidden zones that have the best powder. Additionally, since the region is known for its snowy winters, you can leave the tough driving conditions to the local professionals.
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To help you get an idea of what a ski traveler can expect on these guided Powder Highway trips, we comprised a sample six-day itinerary.
Kelowna International Airport (YLW) Pickup
Your tour guide will pick you up in a 2014 Ford E350 van at Kelowna airport or at your nearby Kelowna hotel, depending on your arrival time. Once all the passengers are collected, which can be up to 15 if the tour is full, the group begins the 2.5-hour drive along the cliff-lined highway, abutted by lakes and through the 3 Valley Gap to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Revelstoke has been known to receive well over 500 inches of snow in a season and sometimes as much as 700 inches. Additionally, Revelsoke boasts the longest, lift-accessed vertical skiing in North America. So, in sum, get ready to ski!
After arrival at the three-star Sandman Hotel in downtown Revelstoke and settling into your accommodation, there are options to dine with the group in downtown Revelstoke or do your own thing.
Guides’ restaurant recommendations include: The Village Idiot for casual dining and the best pizza in Revelstoke, Chubby Funsters for lively atmosphere and a diverse menu and 112 Restaurant and Bar for incredible steak, gourmet fare and wine pairings.
Ski Revelstoke, soak in Halcyon Hot Springs
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, the group will head up the mountain for their first taste of the powdery, big-mountain terrain Revelstoke is renowned for. Depending on your ability level and your skiing style, the guides will lead you to specific terrain, whether that be chutes and steep headwalls, trees and pillow lines or scenic trails like Revelstoke’s “The Last Spike.”
Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
After a full day of skiing, the group will head back to the Sandman for a bit of relaxation, and then you have options for dinner. Either head to one of the guides’ recommended restaurants or join the group heading to the Halcyon Hot Springs, who will hop on a ferry to the other side of Upper Arrow Lake, where they’ll enjoy a great meal at Kingfisher Restaurant and enjoy a soak in the 104° F hot spring.
Ski Revelstoke, try out some hike-to terrain
Well rested and up and at em’, you might be feeling ready to take it to the next level at Revelstoke. If you are, the guides will take you and others on the hike-to route to Mackenzie Peak. From the top, you’ll drop into Mania or Discipline for some epic steeps.
After a brag-worthy day on the longest vertical descent in North America, celebrate your conquests with a pitcher of local Mt. Begbie Brewery beer on the sunny outdoor patio between the Rockford Wok Grill and Mackenzie Tavern in Revelstoke’s base area.
Afterwards, the crew can enjoy another group meal in town or opt to go it alone, whichever your preference.
Travel to Kicking Horse, ski Kicking Horse
Today, the group is up a little earlier, to accommodate the two-hour drive to Golden, B.C. and still have time for a full day of skiing at Kicking Horse. From Revelstoke, the van will drive over the scenic Roger’s Pass, famed for its avalanche tunnels and towering peaks.
The view from Roger’s Pass
Once everyone has gathered their gear and lift tickets, it’s time to head up the Golden Eagle Express Gondola to the resort’s 7,700-foot peak. From here, you can enjoy hair-raising chutes and plenty of above-treeline steeps or hop on the gentle green run, It’s a Ten, back to the bottom. You can test your ski legs with numerous top-to-bottom runs or give them a break by skiing off of the Stairway to Heaven chairlift, which offers access to a green run, blue runs, blacks and double blacks.
When it’s time for lunch, head to the panoramic Eagle Eye Restaurant at the top of the Golden Eagle Express. Featuring gourmet fare and huge windows, perfect for taking in the mountain vista, Eagle Eye is the highest on-mountain restaurant in Canada and offers views of the Purcells, Selkirks and Rocky Mountains.
Cap off a great ski day with some celebratory drinks at the Peaks Grill before heading to your accommodations at the Prestige Inn in downtown, Golden, B.C.
Gather for dinner with the group or make your own way.
Guides’ recommended Golden restaurants include: The Island Restaurant, offering a global blend of delicious fare, the Wolf’s Den for lip-smacking casual fare (including awesome poutine), Eleven22 Restaurant for gourmet cuisine and Cedar House Restaurant for a menu featuring locally sourced Canadian ingredients.
Ski Kicking Horse
Grab a coffee at Double Black Cafe and hop on the Golden Eagle Express for another day on this rowdy mountain. If you’re feeling up for it, consider earning your turns. The guides will take interested group members of appropriate ability levels up the three-minute boot pack above Stairway to Heaven chairlift to Whitewall. Those looking to get truly puckered can make their way with guides to Terminator or Terminator 2 Peak, which access a variety of steep chutes, couloirs, open powder fields and more.
Toast your last day of skiing with a flight of locally made craft beer at the new Whitetooth Brewing Co. in downtown Golden, B.C. Don’t miss the Blower Pow IPA or the Whitetooth Session Ale.
Enjoy a scenic drive, soak in Lussier Hot Springs
You can sleep in a bit today. About mid-morning, the crew piles back into the van for a stunning drive south through the Valley of a Thousand Peaks and an excursion to the relaxing Lussier Hot Springs. Located alongside the Whiteswan River, these rock pools are fed by hot, geothermal water which will soothe your muscles while you take in the beautiful surrounding scenery.
Photo: Grant Gunderson
Next, the van heads on to Cranbrook to drop off those ending the six-day tour at the airport. Guests staying on for the nine-day tour will continue onto famed ski town, Nelson, B.C., which is situated near Whitewater ski resort. Those interested in the 11-day tour, will get to experience Whitewater and Red Mountain ski resort and Rossland, B.C. in addition to Revelstoke and Kicking Horse.
Learn more about Fresh Adventures’ guided Powder Highway tours here or call a Mountain Travel Expert to book your guided tour today. They’re standing by at 800-610-8911.
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