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OFF-PISTE & BACKCOUNTRY POWDER SAFARI
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Skiing

Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 3,297
This guided backcountry powder skiing safari takes in some of the snowiest ski areas in North America including Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Rogers Pass & Lake Louise. Each tour has a maximum of 6 spots; join as a solo, small group or book the entire 6 spots.
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The Canadian Ski Safari

Straddling British Columbia and Alberta, Route 1 is a small piece of the transcontinental Trans-Canada that crosses the country for some 7200km between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.

Departing from Calgary, this tour takes in a 650 km stretch of the famous Powder Highway along the valley that provides access to the main peaks of the Monashees, Selkirks and Purcell Ranges. These mountains have made the region a legendary myth for anyone who enjoys off-piste skiing, ski touring, heliskiing, cat-skiing and in general for all those who love big powder.

During this trip, you will stop at some of the snowiest ski areas on the North American continent: Revelstoke, the newest resort in the region, Kicking Horse, self-proclaimed powder capital, and Lake Louise known for its large ski area located in the beautiful Banff National Park.

This trip along the Powder Highway is a beautiful exploration of the realm of "fat ski" and big powder.

This tour is for mixed groups therefore you can join in as a solo traveller, couple/small group or you can book it as a private group tour. Ski-tourers as well as split-boarders are welcome.

Skiing Terrain

Canada is renowned for steep terrain in open alpine bowls, pillow lines & gladed trees.

This is a backcountry touring trip and whilst lifts will be used to gain initial vertical in some cases, it is mostly about hiking to find the perfect untracked line every time!

Your guides will adapt the daily program according to the group's skills and mood.

Highlights
  • You will enjoy 7 days of backcountry skiing, discovering the wild mountains of Western Canada preserved by the Purcell Nature Reserve and the Revelstoke and Banff National Parks.
  • You will ski from 700 to 1,700 metre descents on virgin snow, alternating steep slopes and pillows, alpine bowls and large forests with widely spaced trees.
  • You'll have a stop in Banff, capital of the Canadian Rockies. The city center is teeming with small restaurants, cafes, independent shops and art galleries.
  • You will share unforgettable moments with participants from around the world; skiers all speak the same language!

Skier/Boarder AbilityThis tour caters to strong intermediate to expert skiers. You should as a minimum be able to ski a steep black run with short controlled turns, plus you should have some prior experience off-piste and in deep powder.

This tour incorporates traversing, hiking and skinning (mostly in conjunction with lifts) to get to the best untracked snow, therefore you should have a good level of fitness.

Group Equipment (Provided)SAFETY KIT : Including shovel, avalanche probe and avalanche beeper: must be worn by each participant at all times off-piste. If you have your own, please bring it. Indicate whether or not you have your own on the booking form.

SAFETY AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT: Each guide will have all that is necessary for the safety of the group in their rucksack : radio or mobile phone, first aid kit, tools for repair, space blanket, rope, shovel, and avalanche probe. The guide may ask you to carry such equipment in your rucksack. If you are an experienced mountaineer with your own equipment, bring it with you.

What Should You Bring? WIDE TOURING SKIS: 9V guides use and recommend wide skis that make all kinds of snow fun and are light enough to use with touring bindings to go uphill with skins in order to access to untracked snow. There is so much snow in British Colombia, the best ski equipment to bring are fat skis (100mm widght or more under the foot) with low tech bindings. Diamir or Marker touring bindings are fine. Touring / freeride boots are mandatory!

BAGGAGE: Please travel light! As you will be staying in 4 different places during the safari, make sure that your baggage is practical, and can be quickly packed and easy to carry. 
It will be transported from one hotel to the next, but there are no "porters" to and from the rooms, and please think of the bus driver who will be loading and unloading all the bagage. Please, only one bag per person to be transported and no loose belongings that are likely to get lost.

SMALL RUCKSACK for daily necessities. 25 litres will be a good choice. Inside your pack you should have:

  • 1 x goggles with 2 spare lenses
  • 2 x scarf or neck-warmer to protect against wind, cold, sun or powder
  • 1 x spare gloves or mittens
  • Sunscreen for lips and face (high protection)
  • Pocket knife for picnics
  • Foil blanket in case of accident (or if chair lift breakdowns)
  • Beverages, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, muësli bars
  • Shovel and probe - if you have your own, bring them
  • Optional: camera, video or binoculars, swiss army knife
  • Puffy jacket, compressed at the bottom of the rucksack

CLOTHING: Most of your time will be spent in ski wear. Remember to bring very warm clothes, you will get cold and humid. It’s often snowing hard in March in British Colombia. If you have room you may wish to have two skiing outfits. If properly equipped, you'll enjoy the skiing, whatever the weather. The group will ski in all conditions.

Itinerary

This tours starts & ends at Calgary International Airport (YYC). Search for flights here>>

DAY 1: Arrival day & travel to Golden
Welcome meeting at Calgary Airport with your guide. Transfer in the 4x4 to Golden, the first stop.

Night in Golden.

DAY 2: Kicking Horse then travel to Revelstoke
Legs warm up! Ski from the lifts of Kicking Horse that can reach beautiful off-piste routes on the sidelines of the resort's ski area.

After skiing, transfer to Revelstoke where you will spend the next 4 nights.

DAY 3: Revelstoke
Skiing in Revelstoke, the resort of all the superlatives of the region. The place where everything is possible: Alps-like long runs, heli skiing, cat skiing, and ski touring.

DAY 4: Revelstoke
Ski from the Revelstoke ski lifts. Ascent of Mc Kenzie Peak if weather and snow conditions permit.

DAY 5: Revelstoke
Ski from the Revelstoke ski lifts. From the summit of the lifts, beautiful looping hike to discover the little bowls on the sidelines of gates.

DAY 6: Backcountry skiing at Rogers Pass en route to Golden
On the road between Revelstoke and Kicking Horse, when arriving at Rogers pass, the mountain is a mere invitation to apply the skins to indulge into the B.C. spirit for a memorable day on the slopes of the 3,284 m high Mount Sir Donald. After ski touring, there's a 90 minute drive before arriving in Golden.

Night in Golden.

DAY 7: Kicking Horse
Another day of skiing to explore the most beautiful couloir the resort and surroundings offer.

Night in Golden.

DAY 8: Travel from Golden to Ski Lake Louise
After a short ride from Golden, you can put on skis to discover the surroundings of Lake Louise. Surrounded by a huge National Park, Lake Louise is the largest resort in the region. If the group is keen, it is recommended to take a skin tour to reach the Surprise Pass, a beautiful loop in a breathtaking scenery between the glaciers that feed the famous Lake Louise.

Overnight in Lake Louise.

DAY 9: Transfer to Calgary via a stop in Banff
Breakfast then transfer to Calgary airport with a quick tour of Banff on the road.

Accommodation

Bed & breakfast style properties are used throughout this trip to provide an authentic Canadian experience with warm hospitality.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

€2,970

  • Price is per person twin-share (private room upgrade subject to availability)
  • Base price & invoice currency is in EURO..convert to your currency here>>
  • Price is based on full group of 6 (will be higher for less numbers in group)
Inclusions
  • Your own qualified guide/instructor for duration– max 1:6 ratio
  • 8 nights twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • Lift passes for all resorts & use of avo safety gear
  • All ground transport
Add-ons
  • Private room upgrade - from EURO 70 / night (subject to availability at the time of booking)
Not Included

Ski Safari 9 Vallees Terms & Conditions

BOOKINGS
Deposit of € 750 per person required to secure booking. You will receive confirmation and invoice by return. It is preferable to contact us first to be sure there is room for you in a suitable group on the expected departure. No booking will be registered without a paid deposit and a signed booking form. Any booking made within 31 days of departure date must be accompanied by full payment.

PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT : by cheque made out to "Association Safari 9V" or by Visa or MasterCard.

BALANCE PAYMENT is due no later than 31 days before the trip. Any trip not fully paid 31 days before departure date will be considered as cancelled by the participant. -By credit card: 31 days before departure, “Safari 9 V” will charge on your credit card the balance amount indicated on your booking form, unless you have sent written cancellation or disapproval of the invoice before this deadline. -By cheque: Your balance cheque should be received by “Safari 9 V” no later than 31days before departure of the tour.

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES
All changes or cancellations requested more than 90 days before departure date will cost € 80 for administration fees.

CANCELLATION FEES BEFORE DEPARTURE : -90 to 60 days ; 30% of tour price ; -60 to 32 days ; 60% of tour price ; -31 and less or “No show” : 100%. -If some undertaker charges 9Vallees for some fees as transportation, accommodation, … booked for the participant, if “Safari 9V” is supporting fixed fees for this participant and, if the cancellation fees do not cover the expenses, the cancelling participant will be charged with the difference. All cancellation must be made in writing (by fax or by mail), the date with held being that of reception.

CANCELLATION WITHOUT FEES REPLACEMENTS: Any person enrolled can send another person in his/her place at any time free of charge, as long as the replacement person has the required skiing ability.

CREDIT: When cancelled at least 7 working days in advance, we can credit the total amount paid for a trip on the following year. In this case, we keep the total amount and send you a credit voucher worth one year, which you may use for yourself or offer to the person of your choice.

PRIVATE GROUP BOOKING
In case of booking within a group, the cancelling participant will be reimbursed according to the above “cancellation fees” paragraph , minus the afforded group reduction or the group will announce Safari 9V that it shares the difference. CANCELLATION BY “Safari 9V”

INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: “Safari 9V” reserves itself the right to cancel any group for which less than 4 persons have booked (6 for Norway and Russia) 31 days before departure, in which case, the client will be fully reimbursed, or choose to join another tour.

LACK OF SNOW: “Safari 9V” will try to propose another tour at the same dates (alternative programme or location). A disagreeing participant would have the choice between postponing the same tour or being reimbursed.

INTERRUPTED TOURS
Any trip that has been started and then interrupted by a participant will not be reimbursed, whatever the cause. Only personal insurance can guarantee refund of partial cost for a justified cause. (see “Insurance” there under).

QUALITY
The places of accommodation have been chosen both for their strategic location and for the charm of their mountain atmosphere, however luxury can not be promised. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme at any time, in the aim of improving quality or making the best of prevailing conditions. Each guide has an average of 6/7 skiers per group, however on the spot it may be necessary to shift skiers in order to make the groups more homogeneous, consequently changing the size of each group.

INSURANCE MOUNTAIN RESCUE INSURANCE is mandatory. Check your coverage for accidents, repatriation and luggage. Mastercard covers rescue off piste, when accompanied by a professional. We may help participants living in the European Union to find such an insurance

CANCELLATION INSURANCE is optional, and may be contracted only privately. Visa Premier and Gold MasterCard provided by the French banks afford cancellation insurance for tours paid by credit card. Check with your own bank.

RESPONSIBILITY
In booking with “Safari 9V”, each participant declares him/herself fully aware of the inherent risks in the practice of all mountaineering activities. A guide should not be considered as a comprehensive insurance policy. We are dealing with something more than just sports, as we are confronted with a natural environment, which we may know profoundly, but can never control. The role of a guide or instructor is to reduce risks to a minimum. Therefore, any participant who does not respect the guide’s instructions, becomes entirely responsible for any accident he may subsequently cause or be involved in and will not be able to claim against the Safari 9V guides or organisers. Generally, “Safari 9V” cannot be held responsible for accidents which may occur during the trip, such as personal injury, loss of belongings, etc... unless professional failing can be proved. For all legal action, whatever the nationality of the participant or the place concerned, only French courts can deal with legal cases.