Powder Highway Guided Trip I

Banff Lake Louise, Kicking Horse + Revelstoke | Feb. 15–24, 2019

Check off three of North America's most pristine, powdery ski destinations (Banff Lake Louise, Revelstoke and Kicking Horse) from your bucket list on this unforgettable Powder Highway trip.

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Trip Dates

Feb. 16–24, 2019

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Trip Details

8 nights / 7 days on the Powder Highway

Transportation throughout the itinerary starting in Calgary and ending in Kelowna

3 nights' lodging in Banff Lake Louise, 2 nights' lodging at Kicking Horse, 2 nights' lodging in Revelstoke

2 days of guided skiing at Revelstoke, 2 days of skiing at Kicking Horse, 3 days of skiing at Banff Lake Louise

Optional activities: XC skiing/snowshoeing, dogsledding, heli/ cat skiing, scenic flights, shopping and spa.

About Banff Lake Louise, AB

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Those in search of serenity and quiet are sure to enjoy a trip to this beautiful region as the ski resorts are next to the protected wilderness of Banff National Park, which encompasses the town of Banff and Lake Louise and all three of the area's ski resorts. Banff's inland locale—on the border of interior British Columbia and Alberta—ensures light, fluffy powder which makes skiing in Banff and Lake Louise even more fun.

Sunshine Village & Lake Louise Skiing

Boasting 4,200 acres of skiable terrain, Lake Louise Ski Area takes the cake for “biggest” Banff skiing. With 25 percent beginner terrain and a green run accessible from every chairlift, 45 percent intermediate terrain and 30 percent expert terrain, the Lake Louise skiing suits every level and type of skier and is ideal for large groups or families. Plus, it’s probably the most conveniently located Banff ski resort because the Village at Lake Louise, which features restaurants and lodging options, is just minutes from the ski area.

Sunshine Village Ski Area is nestled in Banff National Park and 15 minutes from the town of Banff. Sunshine Village sits higher up than the other two resorts and allows skiers and boarders the chance to not only ski and ride on the Continental Divide, but also in two Canadian provinces: Alberta and British Columbia. Because of its slightly higher elevation and remote location, Sunshine often gets the most—and fluffiest—snow of all three. While nearly 75 percent of the terrain is designated as beginner or intermediate, Sunshine also boasts some of the area’s best expert and extreme terrain, with two off-piste zones atop the Continental Divide chairlift.

About Kicking Horse & Golden, B.C.

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If you’re an admitted powder hound and have a hankering for deep snow and challenging terrain, then a Kicking Horse ski vacation should be your next winter getaway. Not only is Kicking Horse considered one of North America’s best places to score some pow, but it’s also home to one of the highest vertical drops on the continent—a staggering 4,133 feet. Located just outside of Golden, British Columbia, Kicking Horse Resort sees a yearly average of 23 feet of some of the lightest, driest and deepest powder on the planet. With 27 trails and 106 runs that span across 2,750 acres of lift-served, diverse terrain—including 70 thrilling chutes—a Kicking Horse ski vacation will certainly allow you to get your "kicks" in, no pun intended.

Off the slopes, Kicking Horse has eight on-mountain eateries specializing in everything from French to Japanese food. Nearby Golden also offers an assortment of additional dining options. If you don’t happen to ski or ride, or are just looking to mix it up a bit, spend your day exploring via snowshoe, snowmobile or a pair of cross-country skis, take the kids to the tubing park or ice skating rink, or move the fun inside for some indoor rock climbing. Just over an hour and a half from Banff, and two and a half hours from Calgary, Kicking Horse is easy to get to as well.

Kicking Horse skiing

Like its namesake Kicking Horse is renowned for delivering quite the punch to even the most seasoned skiers and snowboarders, and with 60 percent of the terrain designated as black and double black, you can understand why. Some would venture to say that some of the single blacks would be double blacks elsewhere. Despite its repute, Kicking Horse has plenty of terrain for beginners, plus the Learning Center provides the perfect setting for learning to ski. And if you learn to ski at Kicking Horse, you’ll surely be a skier for life.

About Revelstoke, B.C.

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If you haven’t yet heard about Revelstoke, you will. Formerly a cat-skiing and heli-skiing zone, this new British Columbia resort receives a massive 480 to 720 inches annually. With 5,620 vertical feet, which is 300 feet more than Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke offers among some of North America’s longest lift-served vertical. Its longest run, Last Spike, is 9.5 miles long.Revelstoke’s more than 3,000 acres is accessed by a modern lift system consisting of an eight-person, high-speed gondola, high-speed quad chairs and magic carpet conveyor lifts.

Revelstoke, or “Revy” as locals call it, features a new Resort Village at the base of the mountain around the new Nelson Lodge. It offers a full-service restaurant, retail and rental shops and lift ticket and skier services.

This powder-blessed ski resort is located just 3.5 miles from downtown Revelstoke, a quaint railway town of 8,500 residents, with 100 years of skiing history. Downtown offers a surprisingly exceptional dining scene, with everything from modern café/bakeries to sushi. Nightlife-seekers will be pleased to find live music at a variety of homey pubs. Revelstoke also provides a great setting for winter activities like cross-country skiing, ice- skating and snowshoeing. Or, you may choose to soothe your aches and pains in the natural hot springs or the salt-water aquatic center.

Revelstoke skiing

Revelstoke skiing is mainly below treeline. Advanced intermediates and experts are the best served on a Revelstoke ski vacation with many steep, long groomers, moguls, glades and unrivaled backcountry and sidecountry access. Intermediates will also find mellow cruisers. Beginners don’t have a ton of options at Revelstoke, with only seven percent designated as beginner, so it comes as little shock that this resort is most frequented by thrill-seeking skiers and snowboarders.

Thanks to its close proximity to the resort and downtown Revelstoke, it’s also among the world’s most convenient and affordable places to base your cat-skiing or heli-skiing trip out of. Heli-skiing in Revelstoke provides virtually unlimited terrain.

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Trip Packing List

Choosing what to pack for any type of getaway can be challenging, but packing for a ski or snowboard trip is especially difficult because you’re going to be outside in winter’s element, and often at very high elevations, where the weather can change quickly. To make sure you arrive at your destination with everything you need, we have compiled a checklist you can use during your packing process.

Ski/snowboard apparel and gear:
  • Base layers (non-cotton long underwear with wicking ability)
  • Mid layers (lightweight natural or synthetic down jacket or vest or microfleece or vest)
  • Waterproof outerwear – preferably designed for skiing or snowboarding
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens (bring liners if your hands tend to get cold easily)
  • Helmet (highly recommended)
  • Warm hat
  • Neck gater, scarf, balaclava, bandanna or BUFF® (to cover your face and neck in cold, windy temperatures)
  • Ski/snowboard socks (non-cotton with wicking ability are best – one pair for every two days on the mountain)
  • Goggles with UV protection
  • Sunglasses with UV protection and Croakies®
  • Snacks such as energy bars or something high in protein
  • Sunscreen with at least SPF 15
  • Lip balm with at least SPF 15
  • Skis, snowboard, boots, poles (unless you are renting or shipping your gear)
  • Ski/snowboard bag
Apres-ski wear:
  • Jeans
  • Comfortable, waterproof boots or shoes with good tread—especially if it’s snowing in the town or base village or if you want to enjoy outdoor winter activities like snowshoeing, snow tubing or dog sledding
  • Warm, sweat-wicking socks—especially for traipsing around in the snow
  • Sweater, fleece or other warm top
  • Jacket—if your ski/snowboard jacket is warm, you’ll be fine

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book a private room?
Yes. For an additional cost. Please let us know in advance.
Is heli- or cat-skiing included?
Heli- and cat-skiing is not included, but it available for an additional fee in Revelstoke.
What if I'm not an expert skier? Is this trip right for me?
Skiers and snowboarders with more advanced skills and preference for powder conditions, will best enjoy this trip. Panorama does have some excellent beginner and intermediate runs, but this particular itinerary has been curated for powder lovers.
How/where/when do I meet up with this group?
The ideal itinerary has everyone flying into Calgary (near Panorama) and out of Kelowna (near Revelstoke), with the group transportation departing prior to 2 p.m. However, other options are available upon request. Ground transfers are included in the price and the Mountain Travel Expert booking your trip will take care of everything.
Will there be laundry facilities to wash clothes?
What if I have to cancel?
We require a 50% deposit at time of booking and final payment 60 days prior. If you cancel within 60 days, we charge $500 fee per person. After 60 days, the trip is refundable. Airfare penalties are separate if you book your flights through Ski.com. Because, you never know, we highly recommend travel insurance.
I have dietary restrictions. Will there be food options for me?
Yes. Just please let us know ahead of time so the group leader can help ensure all the included meals offer options for you.
What is not included in this trip?
Flights, meals, alcoholic beverages, heli- and cat-skiing, rentals, lessons and shuttles for early departures