Powder Highway Guided Trip II

Fernie, Whitewater + Red Mountain | Feb. 24–Mar. 3, 2019

During this guided Powder Highway adventure, experience Fernie's famous powdery glades, the renowned cat-skiing mecca of Red Mountain and Whitewater's lift accessed backcountry playground.

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Trip Dates

February 24–March 3, 2019

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Trip Details

7 nights / 6 days on the Powder Highway

Transportation throughout the itinerary starting in Kelowna and ending in Calgary

3 nights' lodging in Fernie at the Best Western, 2 nights' lodging in Nelson (Whitewater) at Prestige Lakeside Resort, 2 nights' lodging in Rossland (Red Mountain) at the Prestige Mountain Resort

2 days of guided skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort, 2 days of skiing at Whitewater, 2 days of skiing at Red Mountain

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

About the accommodations

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Prestige Lakeside Resort in the historic city of Nelson is positioned perfectly to boast the most inspiring and picturesque views of the lake and mountains. From the moment you set foot in this stunning full service resort, you will begin to experience the comfort, luxury and serenity it offers.

Top Amenities Include:
  • Full-Service Health Spa
  • Indoor Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Onsite Dining & Bar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Prestige Mountain Resort in the charming city of Rossland is situated between the Monashee and Selkirk mountains. After a day of skiing, escape to the comfort and elegance of your guestroom, indulge in the culinary offerings at the on site restaurant or sink into the hot tub to unwind

Top Amenities Include:
  • Sauna
  • Hot Tub
  • Onsite Dining & Bar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Room service
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About Fernie Alpine Resort

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With an average annual snowfall of 29 feet, Fernie Alpine Resort is what powder lover’s dream of. Adventurous powder hounds will think they've died and gone to heaven with Fernie's 2,500-plus acres of terrain and 2,800-plus-foot vertical, five spectacular open bowls, ridges and glades. A wide variety of brand new on-mountain ski in, ski out condo-style accommodations have been developed, as well as improved base area facilities. And despite its repute as a snowy destination, the weather is quite manageable, making it a great ski vacation for cold-sensitive skiers. If it’s not snowing, it's sunny in Fernie. Skiing Magazine put it best when they said, "Fernie Alpine Resort is another magical place where temperatures are mild and snowfalls massive!"

Fernie Skiing

With 30 percent designated as beginner skiing, 40 percent intermediate and 30 percent advanced to expert skiing every choice of skiing and snowboarding terrain is well represented on a Fernie ski vacation, from steep trees and chutes to gentle, groomed boulevards and leg burning bump runs. Combine all the terrain options with Canada’s best snow, and Fernie skiing is bar none. The spectacular, expert skier-pleasing Lizard Range offers many hike-to pitches and extreme mountaineering from the peak.

About Red Mountain + Rossland, B.C.

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Red Mountain ski vacation combines convenience with deep, dry snow and exciting, varied terrain. The ski area is considered by some as one of the last great undiscovered resorts. Located in laid-back Rossland, B.C., Red Mountain is situated in the Kootenay region, just two hours from Spokane International Airport. Since the first recorded powder turns were taken back in 1896, Red Mountain has been able to retain the charm on which its reputation was built.

Red Mountain skiing

Red Mountain should be top-of-mind for powderhounds and experts looking for playful terrain, with consistent fall line slopes, and a slew of cliffs, spines, and stumps to launch off. The 6,807-foot Granite Mountain acts as a center piece for experts on a Red Mountain ski vacation. With a favorable snowfall history and plenty of North-facing tree runs, Red Mountain skiing is typically a deep affair. Experts looking for accessible backcountry or sidecountry ventures will be pleased with the resort’s offering in Mount Roberts, Record Ridge and Kirkup.

Intermediate skiers have a host of long blue runs to choose from, off the top of Granite’s Motherlode chairlift. Intermediates and beginners alike will find even more terrain options on the Paradise side of the resort, making Red an incredible option for a family ski vacation, especially if younger children are just learning to ski, and parents are looking for some world-class powder skiing.

As a home mountain to many of the world’s best freestyle and freeride athletes Red Mountains terrain parks pack quite the punch. Red Mountain offers tricksters nearly 30 features from small to extra-large.

About Whitewater + Nelson, B.C.

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There’s a reason this one-of-a-kind ski resort has been considered by Powder Magazine as “one of best powder mountains on the continent.” Located in the Selkirk Mountains on the famous Powder Highway in British Columbia, and just outside of Nelson, Whitewater Ski Resort is graced with an average of 40-plus feet of light, dry snow every season. Its abundance of natural terrain is spread over 1,184 acres and over 2,045 feet of steeps, deeps, chutes, bowls and glades. Off mountain, guests of Whitewater can head into nearby mining-era Nelson, just 15 minutes from the mountain, and enjoy over 40 restaurants, an array of accommodation options, hot springs and a winter vibe unlike any other. For those in search of an authentic, core ski vacation experience, you’ll find it here.

Whitewater skiing

Whitewater previously enjoyed repute as a small ski area, with just two chairs, and provided skiers with a mellow skiing experience, but the resort’s recent expansion and construction of Glory Ridge triple chair on the resort’s backside, resulted to an influx of hardcore powder seekers. Overnight the resort doubled in size and added 2,000-plus feet of vertical. These days advanced and expert skiers enjoy a majority 56 percent of Whitewater’s terrain. This lift-serviced backcountry scene has given the mountain legendary status among avid skiers and off-piste snowboarders. Best of all, big crowds and lift lines are virtually non-existent at Whitewater.

Hardcore skiers and boarders just can’t get enough of Whitewater’s snorkel deep steeps, bowls, trees and glades, but beginners and intermediates are still well served with some of Canada’s best natural corduroy.

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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.
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. Fernie, Red Mountain Resort and Whitewater Ski Resort have 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?
Your Mountain Travel Expert, who will book your trip for you (a complimentary service Ski.com offers all customers), will have all the details for you. Your group trip leader will also have those details.
Will there be laundry facilities to wash clothes?
Yes. The Prestige Lakeside Resort does offer dry cleaning and laundry services, so you can pack on the lighter side.
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. Please be sure to let your group leader know about your restrictions so they can help ensure that the included meals accommodate your needs.
What is not included in this trip?
Flights, meals, heli- and cat-skiing