Red and Whitewater Ski Safari

If you are looking for some of the best tree skiing on the planet, technically challenging terrain, empty slopes and some of the deepest snow in Canada then the British Columbia interior is the place to be.
Andy Knights
Sales Manager - North America
If you are looking for some of the best tree skiing on the planet, technically challenging terrain, empty slopes and some of the deepest snow in Canada then the British Columbia interior is the place to be.
Andy Knights
Sales Manager - North America

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Spokane - Red 2 hrs 30 mins
Red - Nelson (Whitewater) 1 hr
Nelson - Spokane 3 hrs

Summary

If you dream of leaving waist deep tracks in staggeringly deep snow and of tearing through some of the best tree skiing, bowls and narrow chutes in North America then the resorts of Red Mountain Resort and Whitewater are for you. They may be a little harder to get to but this means no queues and the magical experience of having lap after lap of incredible powder all to yourself.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Suggested Itinerary

All of our holidays are tailor-made to suit your dates and requirements, however below is a sample itinerary to show how the resorts might best be combined.

Red Mountain Resort

Land in Spokane, pick up your hire car and drive to Red Mountain Resort.

The base area at Red is small and intimate with traditional style accommodation offering everything you need. There is a cluster of restaurants and bars and nearby Rossland, 15 minutes drive away, is one of the coolest mountain towns in Canada.

Until recently, the skiing had been spread over the gnarly peaks of Red and Granite, both offering some truly incredible groomers and arguably the best steep tree skiing in the world. However, on June 20th 2013, Red Mountain was granted permission for one of the single largest and certainly the most exciting terrain expansions in North America.

There was already so much to explore at Red and now it has a whole lot more to offer. The immense snow, outstanding terrain, short lift lines and genuinely friendly locals will mean that you want to keep Red’s secrets all to yourself.

Whitewater

After skiing in Red Mountain - jump in the car and drive an hour to Nelson, located 25 minutes away from Whitewater. There are some beautiful hotels to choose from and a great variety of restaurants and bars. Nelson calls itself a city but it’s actually quite small and very charming. It has a very welcoming vibe where, just like on the mountain, anything goes, so long as you are having fun.

Whitewater’s tag line is “Pure, simple and real…DEEP” and in our view that’s nailed it. The mountain has an incredible array of terrain choices. From steep, technical chutes and bowls offering the promise of neck deep powder to wide open pistes and fast tree runs, this is nirvana for skiers and snowboarders everywhere. When you also factor in the short lift lines, great value lift pass and an average snowfall of a whopping 40 feet it’s easy to understand why we get so excited by this unique resort.

Whitewater is a serious mountain for serious skiers and is well known for its steeps. Around 88% of the 1,200 acres is advanced terrain, and when you consider the 2,200 feet of vertical you get a picture of just how epic Whitewater is.

On your last day, drive three hours to Spokane for your flight home.

Price Guide

A sample price for this 10 night ski safari including accommodation, flights and hire of an SUV is £1,495pp based on 4 adults sharing two standard rooms at Prestige Mountain Resort, Rossland and two standard rooms at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, Nelson.

Request a quotation online tailored to your particular requirements, or please call us on 01273 224 060.

Reviews

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20/02/2018 Nicky Hudson

You may not have heard of Red Mountain Resort, but it is a real “GEM” in Canada’s “Powder Highway” The resort is currently made up of three peaks, Red, Granite and Grey, and you can pretty much ride / ski where ever you want to go within the ski boundary, just pick your line and go……….. There are some mellow runs, but the terrain is probably better suited to the intermediate and advanced and will be loved by those looking for great blacks, and double blacks. Great tree runs and powder galore, so if you want to improve your skills in the powder, trees and off piste you can dip in and out building your confidence as you go. There is a resort operated Cat-Ski area on Mt Kirkup, priced at $10 per run so this is a great way to try Cat-Skiing without breaking the bank. Or alternatively there is an independent operator in Red Village for those wanting to go for the day, they have terrain off site which you travel to via mini bus after meeting for breakfast and safety checks. Unfortunately we didn’t book this in advance and they were fully booked for the duration of our stay, so I would advice to book this before you travel to avoid disappointment. Don’t be put off by having to drive it is an easy, enjoyable route and we got to see a moose, a bob cat, an Artic hare and loads of deer, and you can always grab a coffee on the way. It snowed every day of our visit, by the end of a week we had a good 2.5 feet of snow on the roof of our hire car !!!! We had a fabulous time and would highly recommend a visit. Red is now in our top 3 Canadian resorts. “Simple, pure, real……..deep” this really does sum up Whitewater perfectly. If you are looking to show case your new designer ski / snowboard wardrobe, don’t bother NO ONE will be looking or interested !!!! Whitewater is an authentic Canadian locals’ mountain and that is how they want to keep it. If you are on the hill it is for one thing and one thing only …….. to make some lines This is not a fancy resort, you can’t stay on the mountain and it has only 3 chairs and these are old school, no pull down covers not even a foot rest but where you get off …….. well be prepared to play big time. There are pistes but these are not groomed every day, some not at all. The joy of Whitewater is the powder bowls and tree runs, you use the ‘pistes’ to get back to a chair lift or to access your next bowl or glade of trees. Providing you are in the ski boundary you just pick your line and go…… The backcountry terrain is apparently some of the best accessible by chair lifts there is. (We didn’t venture out of bounds, avalanche risks were high throughout our stay, but if you are a backcountry person - enjoy !!) This is not a beginners mountain, to really enjoy Whitewater you need to be a strong intermediate or advanced. Locals learn here, but they learn to get good quick, I wish I had grown up here. The Fresh Tracks Cafe offers a great range of food - it has it’s own series of cook books, 2 from the series came home with me - so you can top up your energy levels before hitting those powder bowls again. Whitewater is not for everyone, but if your trips are about being on the mountain to ski or board, about riding lines through incredible snow and you want to ride down through bowls filled with pillow after pillow of powder and hardly see another soul then make the trip to Whitewater it won’t disappoint. It snowed every day we were at Whitewater !!! We travelled from the Scottish Borders, this entailed flights from Newcastle to Heathrow, Heathrow to Vancouver, Vancouver to Kaloona and then a drive to Whitewater. It isn’t the easiest of places to get to but soooo worth the effort !!!!

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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